Hi, I’m Dr. Repking and I can help with your question this morning. I have over 10 years of experience.
Your GSD was recently diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy correct? Can you list any medications and supplements he is taking, including dose and frequency?
OK. My recommendation for management is to get a harness that fits him to support his chest, and use a towel under his hind end to help assist him to stand and walk.
Are you giving 100 mg rimadyl twice a day?
The other thing to consider is home care. There may be a mobile vet in your area, or a vet that can utilize Telehealth to assist in management. If he does have degenerative myelopathy, the condition is progressive although usually not painful.
He could also have a back injury and having a veterinary chiropractor or acupuncturist assess him may be helpful.
Yes if he is not urinating on his own that is a problem, and he should be seen for this as there can be serious complications.
This sounds like a difficult situation.
If you can get him to an emergency clinic or if he seems comfortable and not in pain continue to manage him and call his regular vet in the morning.
Yes, you can look for a mobile vet service in your area to help with the testing, and assess him. I would recommend going with whoever is available the quickest.
Unfortunately with large dogs this issue becomes so hard to manage. And some animals do not accept help well, just like people.
It sounds like you are trying everything you can do within this situation and that is all you can do.
If there are any other questions I can answer please let me know. Thank you for using JustAnswer.
I will. And hang in there.
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