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Sand is 10 1/2 . He has no use of his back legs. We have been to the vet and did a week of preds. The vet feels with his age they are not going to come back.

We had x-rays done nothing. His one back leg was swollen but it is now down.

Sand is our seizure boy . Has low thyroid. He has been on meds 9 yrs. He take phen,potassion bromide and soloxine.

He is tryingto get up. 2 weeks ago he could not stand at all. Now if i stand him up he can stand for about 2 min. Can not walk.

Is there anything else we can try? this boy is so alive .Still talking to us being his self except for his legs.

The thought of letting him go rips my heart out.

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No answers unfortunately, I am just very sorry you and Sand are going through this. I am sure someone on GT will have some good suggestions. Hang in there.

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I would vote for a visit to an ortho, too, and take a good long look at the spine and perhaps up to the neck if you find nothing in the spine. We had a GSD who showed some rear leg dragging as he advanced in age, but nothing major until he lost complete use of the rear legs rather suddenly. An MRI showed a congenital defect in the spinal column that had essentially collapsed a couple vertebra onto the spinal cord, pinching it off. We had to open him up and essentially clean out the matter that had collapsed and caused the pinching. It was a rough couple days of recovery, but once we were on our way back, he was 90% improved. Absent the MRI and ortho visit, our vet had always "assumed" that it was age related or the early phases of hip dysplasia (this was a GSD, after all). But we needed the MRI and ortho to figure it all out.

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I'm so sorry this has happened. Its so hard i went through this with my 11yr old boy it was unexpected and quick. one day he was fine the next day could not walk. The vet could not find any problems xrays xrays meds pain pills with no avail . We carried him like you say you are to use the bathroom and i would also pic up his rear legs and like wheel barrow him around on his front legs, witch where fine and strong. I still till this day do not know why this happened to him and it was not fair and i so wish we could have found out why this happened. I beat myself up constantly about him and wish i could have fixed him. I so hope you can find a reason and find help for him. I will pray for him and you. I so wish i could help.

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Might want to contact Dr Couto or crew at Ohio State. You could also send the films to have them reviewed. Pretty sure Dr Couto is out of town right now but, the other Drs there will be able to help. Your hound may have had a thrombo event (clot)--Dr Couto treats that with aspirin. Please consider contacting them before you consider letting him go. Might want to contact joejoesmom for OSU contact infor.

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No advice, just lots of hugs for you and your boy.

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Might want to contact Dr Couto or crew at Ohio State. You could also send the films to have them reviewed. Pretty sure Dr Couto is out of town right now but, the other Drs there will be able to help. Your hound may have had a thrombo event (clot)--Dr Couto treats that with aspirin. Please consider contacting them before you consider letting him go. Might want to contact joejoesmom for OSU contact infor.

Indeed, Dr. Couto is out of the country until October 5. But I'm sure someone else in his team could help you. Here is all of the contact information:

 

Here is info on how to contact Dr. Couto and his team. The email or phone consult is free, however a few people have been told they must sign up for the website ($50) and submit the request that way. Dr. Couto tells me that this is not true. However, if you are a member of their website, please submit your request that way because it will automate things and make record keeping for them easier. Certain chemo drugs are free; you would need to pay to have them administered.

 

Greyhound Health and Wellness Program

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

601 Vernon Tharp Street

Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone: (614) 247-6757 or (614) 247-8490

Email: greyosu@osu.edu

Website: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/GHWP.htm (registration and fee now required to get full access to this site)

 

This email goes to the team. If Dr. Couto is traveling, you may get a quicker answer from one of his team members. Drs. Marin and Zaldivar typically respond to greyhound owners. The consult is free but if you can afford to support the program please do so. You can sign up for full access to the website ($99 per calendar year) or donate through the giving page on the website. If you decide to donate, you can double your money by giving through the Greyhound Project. Just go to this website and scroll down to the appropriate donation button: http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/donate.shtml. They will match the funds that you donate.

 

The Team:

 

Dr. Couto, Department Head, Greyhound Medicine, Oncology and Hematology

Dr. Lili Marin, Greyhound Health and Oncology

Dr. Sara Zaldivar, Greyhound Health and Oncology

Dr. William Kisselberth, Oncology

Dr. Cheryl London, Oncology

Dr. Cristina Iazbik, Blood Bank Director and Hematologist

Dr. Bridget Urie, Oncology Resident

Dr. Matt Sherger, Oncology Resident

Dr. Joelle Fenger, Oncology Resident

Dr. Roberta Portela, Oncology Resident

Dawn Hudson, Vet Tech

Ashley DeFelice, Vet Tech

Stacey Gallant, Vet Tech

 

Drs Marin and Zaldivar are originally from Spanish speaking countries. If you have trouble understanding them over the phone, you might ask for one of the other vets or vet techs to “translate”.

 

Dr. Couto's direct email is:

couto.1@osu.edu

His phone number is also 614-247-6757. If he is in town, he typically returns emails in the early hours of the morning.

 

You should know that (in my humble opinion) they need more staff. Unfortunately finances do not permit it at this time. They do 20 to 30 greyhound consults a day along with all of their "in canine" patients. Depending on their workload there may be a wait for the consultation. If you are contacting them on an emergency basis, please let them know.

If you want to make an appointment to be seen in person/canine, you can call the main number to set up a date/time. The main number for the veterinary hospital is 614-292-3551.

 

If you decide to visit OSU please contact me. I may be able to put you up in a local home, provide moral support, or just help with logistics:

 

Finewhipador-drool@yahoo.com

 

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Guest vahoundlover

Boss lost the use of his backend due to a bulged disc. My vet would use something like a Tins (sp?) unit and work his back legs for him daily. She said his back end didn't receive the messages from the brain so we had to reteach him. After 2 weeks at the vet we brought him home and started acupuncture and herbs, holy cow, what a huge difference! I can't remember for sure but I think we did treatments a couple times a week then weekly then every other and so forth. He wore an assistance harness 24/7 and never completely recovered but he lived two years happy and able to enjoy his walks and car rides while his admirers doted on him.

 

Sending Sand lots of good thoughts and prayers.

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Guest BlueCrab

one other thought - aren't there things that don't show up on X-rays but do show up on MRIs and CAT scans? I mean, I don't know much about medicine, but I know with people the different tests show different things. Perhaps whatever's effecting him won't show up on an x-ray, so the ones you have don't show anything. I know it means more money, but if an MRI or CAT hasn't been done, can one be done? (I was the earlier poster with the GSD - the only way we found his problem was MRI - didn't show up on x-rays if I remember back all those years).

 

So sorry it's happened...prayers for your boy.

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Someone mentioned acupuncture and it has kept our 9-1/2 year old going strong the last two years with lumbosacral stenosis. For your dog at this point I think I'd go with the MRI and then see where you stand. It sounds like a disk or a nerve problem. I'm so sorry this is happening, but it may not be at all hopeless! Ten and a half is not really old for a greyhound.

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Guest kelli123

Just checking up on you and Sand? How is every thing today? I cant stop thinking of you. As i had mentioned we have been through this also. I hope things are a little better. :candle:hope

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Sometimes Postassium Bromide (KBR) can cause hind end weakness. Have they checked his levels? When my friends' Shepherd was on it her rear end was very very weak.

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Guest jerrybird

I'm sorry that you and Sand are experiencing this. My old guy, 11 years and 95 lbs. had the same problem. We carried him up and down stairs in a sling for almost 10 months. We had to let him go after my husbands back gave out from slipping on icy stairs during what we called 'the lift'. So, take care of your own back and we wish you good luck with Sand.

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UPDATE: Sand is getting some use of his legs back . I massage them a couple times a day . We walk him with a towl.

 

We have an appt. for accupuncture Tuesday.

She works at our vets so she has looked at his x rays and knows his history.

 

Sands Pottasium bromide levels are good. He has been on this for 8yrs.

 

Please keep him in your prayers

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