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Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight

 
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Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
has anyone ever experience this before with their dog.

He cannot walk pee, poop or move around at all.

We were at the vets until 2am last night and they gave him a steroid IV treatment but he doesn't seem to be improving at all.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
I just read about this, I think it was here? I dunno but it rings a bell.

I hope your little "hot dog" gets well. Dachshunds is the cutest most sweetest pups.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Poor thing.

Sounds like he might have a spine injury? Could something have fallen on him?

Take him to the vet ASAP

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
fill the bathtub and make the lil guy swim. put a sock or towel under his belly so you can hold his paws off the bottom of the tub. my mom had a dachshund yrs ago that had disc problems, same thing, partial paralysis. the vet gave her a steroid that would taste like oysters as soon as you smelled it. the vet also prescribe the swimming PT. good luck.
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So sorry to hear about your pup Op.

My prayers are with you and your 'best friend'.

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
So sorry about your dog. This is a problem in dachshunds and other 'long' dogs. They have a weakness(spinal problems) because of how they are bred just like other pure breeds can have. Shepherds have hip problems. I love purebreeds but mutts are my choice since they have less problems.

Here is a thread that discusses this.

[link to answers.google.com]
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I have heard of a condition called tick paralysis. maybe your dog got a tick infection. in that case he will bounce back in no time at all.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Did the vet x-ray his spine? Dachshunds frequently injure their backs from high jumps off of beds or other furniture. I hope he gets better.

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Weird, double post.

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Is it hip Dysplasia? Is he elderly?

If so....I had this occur with an elderly dog -VERY quickly overnight- and it took a shot of Cortisone to get the dog up again.

Cortisone has side effects (on kidneys) but it works and the dog was not harmed in the long run.

If the dog is young or has no history of hip issues, that's a strange occurrence and may be neurological or spinal in nature.

My heart goes out to you and your companion animal.

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Have him checked immediately for antifreeze poisoning. My dog ingested antifreeze a few years ago, and had the exact same issue. We caught pt early enough to save him, but if you don't they will die from kidney failure.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
From what I understand you should probably take him to a university hospital or a specialist, if your own vet is not having success treating this problem. Apparently time is of the essence in cases of spinal damage or injuries. This is particularly important when the paralysis happens suddenly.

For now I'm praying for him and you and sending healing energy.

God bless..

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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
My cat was having issues with her back and I took her to a vet that does acupuncture. It helped immediately. just sayin'

My friend takes her beloved old cocker spaniel to a chiropractor. That also seems to work well.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Pinched nerve/disc.
Follow the vet's instructions. The steroids will help get the inflamation down.
Once he's over the hump, watch his weight and keep him fit.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Have him checked immediately for antifreeze poisoning. My dog ingested antifreeze a few years ago, and had the exact same issue. We caught pt early enough to save him, but if you don't they will die from kidney failure.
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Particularly if this problem happened overnight...

It is what happened to mine. Fine one day, paralyzed the next.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
I have a dachshund also. He did the same thing last year. Mine had a slipped disc in his back, his rear legs were paralyzed and when he tried to stand up he would fall over to the left side. Some never regain use of their legs and have to be put down, others can get surgery although it is expensive, and some get better with rest and steroids.

If your vet did not know it was his back, I would switch to a vet that understands that these types of dogs have alot of disc problems.

Mine could not walk for about a week. Another week in a kennel to keep him from reinjuring his back. He has been fine since that time.

Good luck to you and your lil dog.
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bummer. hope he gets better.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Had this happen to our poodle two years gao. Need to take the dog into the vet asap for exam but what happened to ours was ruptured disc. In younger animals they can recover if not to severe but Bo was 12 yrs. old and it progressed within a three day period and died of complications of spreading paralisis. It is very important to get it checked out immediate so no further damage is done if this is the case. With Bo he was fine and went to get up one morning and could not stand.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Have you fed your dog any salmon (fish) lately? My dog became paralyzed after eating some salmon that we were cooking outdoors during a BBQ party. The vet said salmon poisoning is a rather common occurence in dogs in the northwest. Thankfully the dog recovered. Do not feed your dog raw salmon.
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this 'put down' thing is so selfish. can't you even have your dog with you until the last moments?
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
has anyone ever experience this before with their dog.

He cannot walk pee, poop or move around at all.

We were at the vets until 2am last night and they gave him a steroid IV treatment but he doesn't seem to be improving at all.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

FoJ
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Our dog just had this happen as well. They did blood work and xray'd but nothing unusual. Put her on anti-biotics, pain meds, and a neurological drug. Some improvements but definately something going on. They wanted me to have an MRI done but I can't afford that.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Paralysis like this can be caused by a certain kind of blood clot. Only treatment to try is steroids, and it sounds like they tried that. One of my beautiful cats had that problem and while I was making the decision to put her down, she died in her sleep. Maybe give prayer a couple of days and then decide what to do.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
has anyone ever experience this before with their dog.

He cannot walk pee, poop or move around at all.

We were at the vets until 2am last night and they gave him a steroid IV treatment but he doesn't seem to be improving at all.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

FoJ
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I've heard that one of the side affects from Frontline Flea and Tck Repelant will teporarily paralyze a dog, Written in very small print on the box. No Vet will say anthing about it but I have heard it happened.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Pinched nerve/disc.
Follow the vet's instructions. The steroids will help get the inflamation down.
Once he's over the hump, watch his weight and keep him fit.
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That happened to my cat years ago. It was a slow death for the cat. The vet didnt say anything until after she died.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Your dog probably suffered a stroke.
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I've heard that one of the side affects from Frontline Flea and Tck Repelant will teporarily paralyze a dog, Written in very small print on the box. No Vet will say anthing about it but I have heard it happened.
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I was thinking about that too, lots of stories about this on the Internet. Here is one page, incidentally mentioning Dachshund [link to www.biospotvictims.org]

On the other hand, paralysis is also one of the symptoms from some tick-borne diseases as well, as mentioned by previous posters...

I've also read somewhere that some breeds (i.e Dachshund) is prone to spine injuries so that is another unfortunate possibility I'm afraid. Some kind of trauma could have happened during the day before and giving symptoms later.

Good that you took your dog to the vet right away, hope the treatment works!

Good luck!

/L
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My neighbors had this happen to the Dachshund. She did recover on the steroids except for a minor weakness in a rear leg. Some don't, but they can learn to use a little special walker on wheels, but if their bladder and bowel don't heal you are looking at diapers or putting your friend to sleep and letting her reincarnate into a healthy body. Everyone getting one of these dogs with long bodies and short legs, should be made aware, and I wonder if people shouldn't just start breeding for longer legs. The little dog was brilliant and lovely. She did eventually pass of other issues a year ago.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
A similar thing happened to my dog, but it was over the course of a week that she lost mobility. Turned out to be a tumor on her spine. I miss her sooooo much.
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Re: Our Dachshund's rear legs are paralyzed almost overnight
Did the vet x-ray his spine? Dachshunds frequently injure their backs from high jumps off of beds or other furniture. I hope he gets better.
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That, or possibly a tumor growth near or on his spine.
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I have heard of a condition called tick paralysis. maybe your dog got a tick infection. in that case he will bounce back in no time at all.
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Yes, this is probably it. Check him, bathe him, remove any ticks and he will be OK. It happened to a dog I had growing up. Some ticks are really poisonous.
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I have heard of a condition called tick paralysis. maybe your dog got a tick infection. in that case he will bounce back in no time at all.



Yes, this is probably it. Check him, bathe him, remove any ticks and he will be OK. It happened to a dog I had growing up. Some ticks are really poisonous.
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I meant to also say that this does affect the back legs only.

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