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Lost control of back legs

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First post but I've been by several times over the years working with my first doberman.

Dex is about 6 years old, I've been trying to track down his issue with his back legs for about a year now. It started with it being somewhat difficult or taking longer for him to sit or lay down, kind of like waddling in place. Over the next few months climbing stairs became more and more difficult until I had to help.

Then I took him to the vet about 6 weeks ago. He did a rear leg/hip xray with no obvious sign of arthritus or hip displasia. He started with steroids coupled with a pain medication which showed some improvement for 2 weeks but then became worse than before. Then after doing a full body X-ray they found arthritis in a part of his spine. The gave me bravecto and have been doing a round of injections in his spine once a week for the last month. Wednesday is his last injection.

The problem is he's doing worse than ever now. Our porch has about 6 steps to to the yard. If he goes to use the bathroom he can't get back up and just sits at the steps. Her now can barely walk, he just sort of scoots. The strange thing is it doesn't seem to cause him pain, he still has a sunny disposition.

The Vet at this point is out of ideas, and his only guess is its nerve related and is referring me to a doctor to perform an MRI which I'm saving for. It's supposed to be a bit over $1000.

I suppose my question is before I go through with this is there any other alternative? Should i stop the injections? Is there anything else it might be other than nerve degeneration? I'm terrified that if this nerve degeneration continues I may have to put my best friend to sleep.

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Has he checked for either of these?

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy in Large Breed Dogs

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Not usually the way CVI presents, but...

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My previous Great Dane had Wobblers, which generally was not painful but did impact mobility. My current Doberman has arthritis, which is painful. Both dogs really benefited from acupuncture. If you have access to a holistic vet, I would see one for a second opinion.
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Bravecto? Do you mean Adequan?
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Hey everyone sorry been checking around trying to find a holistic vet. Not bravecto, Flexadin Plus sorry.
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Acupuncture worked for my boy's wobblers. His first signs were walking like he was drunk and dragging his back legs a little. He also started showing symptoms when he was 6 years old. Hope everything goes well for you and your boy.
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I had a very hard time finding a holistic vet and had to travel 45 miles away for treatments/acupuncture.
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Hey everyone, new update but not a happy one at all.

I work weekends, and Dex stays with my Dad while i'm working. So when I left Friday he was still able to walk in the morning and kind of waddle later in the Day. When I got back Monday morning he was completely unable to walk and had lost all bowel control.

I was told that Sunday my Dad and Brother brought him to the vet because while chewing a rawhide bone he had cut his mouth and was bleeding quite a bit and it wouldn't stop. By Monday it had stopped but the Vet wanted to see him again that morning to go over some Blood Test results as well as an update to go over what to do next and our options.

We had contacted a holistic vet and a Veterinary Chiropractor last week with no results. I was then referred to the Veterinary Referral Center of East Dallas who, after going over all the Scans, X-Rays and other Tests told me they couldn't help and to Contact the Center for Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Care in Lewisville.

The only hope was to do an MRI, and hopefully they could find something. An MRI that on top of the initial consultation would have been close to $2800, which they needed up front. Unfortunately they don't take payment plans and all I had at that point was $800.

It is at this point that Dex' breathing became more labored and difficult for him, in addition to the loss of bowel control and his back legs I felt like the only thing I could do was to end his suffering humanely, The Vet put Dex to sleep on 12/22 at 11:47AM and he was buried in our back yard next to my old Lab, Link.

Hindsight being what it is, I now realize I probably could have gotten a title loan and used my vehicle as collateral or sold my daily driver, but at that point I didn't think that i'd have the time or perhaps even if I got the money together and had the MRI done, received any promising news or a plan to fix it...

This week's been a real hard week. I have no doubt that at some point I'll want to, and will get another Doberman. Dex was no doubt the best Dog and Friend I could have possibly asked for, but for now I can't even think about looking for one so soon after his passing.

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So very sorry for your loss. RIP Dex..
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I am so very sorry to read this and so very sorry for your loss. RIP and run free Dex!
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I'm so sorry for your loss of Dex.

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I am so sad for you.... Over the last 4 decades, I have seen many of my Dobe boys pass.

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I'm so sorry you loss your Dex. My heart aches for you.

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So very sorry, Dex turned ill / may time partially heal your broken & loving heart.
- I too lost my best friend Amy, 3.5 years ago / we all realize its not easy...don't blame yourself
Dex knows, you did all you could, his time unfortunately was up...keep the wonderful memories !!


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