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Dragging hind leg

Discussion in 'General Health' started by k9kreationz, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

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    I bought Spirit an adorable little pink Thundershirt. Didn't do a damn bit of good. I donated it to a rescue who said they could use it.
     
  2. k9kreationz

    k9kreationz Premium Member

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    Haha. Sometimes that happens. There are so many things I have given away or sold because it didn't work out.
     
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  3. Caro

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    How is Koji? You didn't mention if he's walking better.
     
  4. danisgoat

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    How is Koji feeling? Any better with some rest?
     
  5. k9kreationz

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    Koji Update:
    It's been a week that he's been on crate-rest. He's getting whiny, so he must be feeling better...or he's in pain and uncomfortable. When I have allowed him to walk a bit, he doesn't look like he's dragging his paws anymore, yay. But his back still slopes and he isn't able to hold himself up all the way when he pees (he squats a bit). The vet said to give it to two weeks to see if anything changes.

    So, not much difference. :( I'm scared we'll have to go forward with a CT scan. Vet said that would cost $1500, but does that include all the pre-work too, like bloodwork? I'm assuming they'll have to put him under so he'll stay still. I wish I knew what was going on with him or even to know if it hurts.

    Does anyone know how much pressure I'd need to put on Koji's spine to see if he's still have muscle spasms? I'm going to call my vet tomorrow to find out if no one really knows. And may see if he's willing to give me more muscle relaxers. I wish I could tell if Koji is in pain or not. Ugh! Why can't they talk to us?
     
  6. Piper's mom

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    I wonder if you've thought about taking Koji to a chiropractor? I know if may sound far fetched but there are chiropractors that specialize in dogs that could help. Perhaps ask your vet if they know of one in the area.
     
  7. Caro

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    It's good that he's not limping, so maybe it will get better yet. Will it make any difference to how he is treated if he gets a CT? When I took Tully back to the hip specialist because of her limping he suggested a CT scan (or an MRI but no way could I afford that). But I didn't go with it because it wasn't going to change the treatment regime she was already on.

    A muscle spasm is easy to see if you just rub the area like you are giving a light massage. Deska gets them all the time and his fur twitches when the muscle spasms. If he's having spasms, or his muscles are sore than a massage from you will probably help a lot (plus I bet he'd love it).
     
  8. k9kreationz

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    Actually, that was the first thing I asked (we used to go when I did agility) - great minds think alike. :) However, the vet said that seeing as how we don't know what is going on, we need to get him better first. Once he's better, then he is fine with chiropractic care as upkeep. But seeing as how we're not sure what is going on, going to a chiro can cause more damage than not. Does that make sense?
     
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  9. k9kreationz

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    Would his care change? I would say it could. It's his back/spine. A CT scan should show us he needs surgery to fix something and then he's fine. It could show us that this is only going to get worse and there's nothing we can do. Well, that's what the vet said and he said I have to make the choice depending on how much money I want to spend.
     
  10. Caro

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    Really hoping he doesn't need surgery and he's just torn/pulled something.:fl Times like this don't you wish they could talk and tell you what's wrong.
     

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