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Guest cairosmom

I am new to this forum, but I am so concerned about my senior ( 12 years) greyhound girl! In the last few months I've seen several "seizures" where her hindquarters just drop and she drags herself around on her butt -- it's almost like a mini-stroke, lasting 30 seconds to a minute. Afterwards, she's fine. More recently, in greeting me in her usual exuberant way (on slippery floors), her rear legs have splayed out from underneath her in a "Chinese" split position and she screams with pain and surprise until I am able to right her back onto her rear legs again. Can this be lumbosacral stenosis I've read about? Or something else? I will see my vet, of course, but am looking for some guidance from the wise community of pet owners who might have experience this before. What's ahead? Medication, incontinence, etc.? Weigh in, if you've had some experience with this, please..

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Guest TheUnrulyHound

My senior Outlaw did the splits thing :( terrifying isn't it? I have wood and tile floors in most of the house and once I realized that he was having a hard time walking on them and maintaining his balance I went to the dollar store and bought a ton of their cheap $8 carpet runners and made trails thru the house. To the water bowl, his bed, the front door where I let him out etc.... he stayed on those runners and I could tell he appreciated it.

 

The thing I most worried about was when I would leave the house. If he did the splits and I was not there to pick him up... would he just stay there in agony? I don't know if they can get up from a position like that when they are weak in the hips and I wasn't about to watch him try while he was screaming... so anyhow, when I would leave I would either crate him or babygate him in a carpeted room. It made me feel a lot better about his safety while I was gone

 

Outlaw did have the beginning of LS, he did not live long enough for it to get to the advanced stage :weep: I do not know anything about the seizures though, I have never had a hound with that issue.

 

I know I did not really answer any questions but I hope that these suggestions will help her be more comfortable.

 

Someone is going to post the Dr Stacks paper on LS.... I know it..... I just do not know where it is :blush

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Guest houndhome

Tigger gets neuropathy of the hind quarters when he has a reaction to medication. It clears itself up in a week or so. The first time he had it, I just didn't believe the doctor when she said it would clear up by itself, but it did. I don't know if this is what your girlie has, but if the doctor says that is what it is, and it will clear up, know that Tigger's did. Good luck! Sounds really scary!

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Guest Hattiemae

I recently attended a seminar taught by Dr. Couto. He said that often hind end weakness is the result of blood clots and that baby aspirin would help. I'd suggest you email him with your dog's symptoms and see what he has to say.

 

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