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We are dealing with late-stage degenerative myelopathy. He has been progressively weakening in his hind limbs. But he suddenly had a precipitous loss of function yesterday, with his back end collapsing. I was taken by surprise but managed to get him up. Now  I have to help him get up and down and stand, and his back feet knuckle under. We are going to the emergency hospital today.

Those who have dealt with this, are there any medications that helped your hounds regain some function? Or other treatments?

Thanks for your information.

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My boy, Spirit, is about a year and a half into dealing with degenerative myelopathy so I feel for you and your boy.  My vets have said that there really is no treatment that stops the decline.  They recommend walking as much as Spirit is up for it.  He takes Rimadyl and Gabapentin--both help with discomfort.  Per the vets, degenerative myelopathy is NOT in itself painful.  Spirit is 14.3 and the vets think he has some mild arthritis, so the pain meds mostly remove that discomfort from the mix.  

If your boy rallies I'd recommend the harness sold by GodsGreyts on Etsy.  Spirit can wear it 24/7 and it allows me to help him quickly when he needs an assist.

Beyond these things, it really is a "game" of watching your hound's quality of life and trying to make the loving and heartbreaking euthanasia decision at the right time for your hound.  

Can/does he get up for meals, treats, walks?  Does he enjoy walks or time in the yard?  Is he relaxed and calm or restless and anxious?  These are the hardest decisions ever. :grouphug 

What is your own vet saying/doing?  Can you get an appointment with the vet who knows you and your hound?

ETA, I just noticed your users name so I'll sign off 2Houndsand3Cats

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Lucy with MoMo (FTH Chyna Moon), Spirit, and Miles the slinky kitty (OSH).
Missing Piper "The Perfect" (Oneco Chaplin) and Winston

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Thanks for your replies.

LBass, he still wants to get up as usual when I am preparing his food and when I leave the room. He struggles to get up beyond what he is physically capable of. It's like he doesn't admit that he is having difficulty. He still wants to go out, but now he needs help. I had the stairs removed and had a big ramp built from my back deck a year ago, so he doesn't have to face stairs.

He can't take Gaba, has a bad reaction to it. I recently started giving him Previcox, and it helps, so he is in some pain. My favorite vet moved some distance away from my regular practice and the remaining vets are missing diagnoses on my other babies. Our emergency hospital has a lot of specialists: neurologists, radiologists, cardiologists, etc, and they are more aware of current best practices. I have more faith in them than the vets.

My google searches have always said there is no treatment for DM. But recently I found aminocaproic acid, which might help some. Was hoping someone here might know something. Will ask the specialists about it.

He loves the warm sun in the spring beyond anything. Hope he can hold on for another few weeks to see all the beautiful alpine flowers that carpet our acre in the early spring.

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I'm sorry you lost your good vet.  We have one of those emergency practices that is linked with a specialty vet practice here and it has been a great resource over the years.  Hope your boy enjoys the coming spring.  Perhaps someone else will chime in with aminocaproic acid experience.

 

 

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Lucy with MoMo (FTH Chyna Moon), Spirit, and Miles the slinky kitty (OSH).
Missing Piper "The Perfect" (Oneco Chaplin) and Winston

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Did you test for DM?  There is a specific test available.  If you didn’t there may be another condition you may be dealing with (LS, disc, cancer).  Hope the neurologist can help.

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Thank you everyone for all your help. Very sadly, I had to say goodbye to my beautiful boy last Saturday at 10:30 pm. He was in terrible pain. Full X-rays (which I insisted on the first time we visited the Emergency Hospital, but the doctor misread) did show a suspected lumbar disc rupture, and he'd had a degenerative spine condition for more than one year. At the end, he had become paraplegic below the hips, lacked any pain response, and was no longer able to empty bladder or bowel. We went back to Emergency last Saturday, and the vet was more knowledgeable. That was the hardest day of my life. He took a huge part of my heart with him, but I can feel him enveloping the sky above our house and radiating love down on us.

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I'm so sorry your boy is gone.  :brokenheart  If you would like to share his name, I will add it to the list of Bridge Angels in the Remembrance section of Greytalk.  :grouphug

 

Charlie the iggy, Hada the podenco maneta, Georgie Girl (UMR Cordella), Lulu the podenco andaluz
Angels: Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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I’m so sorry for your loss.

Jan with precious pups Katie Crazykatiebug, Emmy (Stormin J Flag) and Simon (Nitro Si) Missing my angels: Bailey Buffetbobleclair 11/11/98-17/12/09; Ben Task Rapid Wave 5/5/02-2/11/15; and Brooke Glo's Destroyer 7/09/06-21/06/16. My blog about grief The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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On 3/30/2021 at 3:55 PM, macoduck said:

I'm so sorry your boy is gone.  :brokenheart  If you would like to share his name, I will add it to the list of Bridge Angels in the Remembrance section of Greytalk.  :grouphug

Thank you so much. My beloved angel's name is Zenji.

 

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I have added Zenji's name to the list of Bridge Angels in March.  He is in good company.  :grouphug

 

Charlie the iggy, Hada the podenco maneta, Georgie Girl (UMR Cordella), Lulu the podenco andaluz
Angels: Mazy (CBR Crazy Girl), Potato, my mystery ibizan girl, Allen (M's Pretty Boy), Percy (Fast But True), Mikey (Doray's Patuti), Pudge le mutt, Tessa the iggy, Possum (Apostle), Gracie (Dusty Lady), Harold (Slatex Harold), "Cousin" Simon our step-iggy, Little Dude the iggy ,Bandit (Bb Blue Jay), Niña the galgo, Wally (Allen Hogg), Thane (Pog Mo Thoine), Oliver (JJ Special Agent), Comet, & Rosie our original mutt.

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5 hours ago, macoduck said:

I have added Zenji's name to the list of Bridge Angels in March.  He is in good company.  :grouphug

Thank you. I miss him so much. It was such an unfair ending.

 

Thank you everyone for all your good thoughts and wishes for my beautiful boy.

 

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