On Sunday March 13th, my 7.5 year old Doberman, Achilles, acutely became paralyzed in all four limbs with no trauma or incident known. He was rushed to the vet where radiographs were taken and a full blood panel was run. Blood work was within normal limits and his rads showed some degenerative disc disease in his thoracic region but nothing obvious in his neck. On physical exam, pain could not be elicited anywhere in his spine or neck. Unfortunately we could not afford an MRI or surgery so we elected to give him time with a course of steroids to see if he would respond. Possible diagnosis' included, FCE, Wobblers or other disc related injury. He was started on Prednisone, Doxy (just in case it was tick borne), Tramadol, Gabapentin, and Methocarbamol..........
We were hopeful of an FCE and just needed 4-6 weeks to recover but Achilles had stretched his neck up and yelped loudly. He is still very painful if not given his meds. He is currently getting 100-150mgs of Tramadol 3x daily, 300mgs of Gabapentin 3x daily. (no NSAIDs yet, wash out period after being on Prednisone) He is eating very well, acting himself and can drink water, although not drinking as much as he normally does. He has lost 17 pounds since day one. (hes eating normally but the Prednisone did a number on his muscles.) He cannot get up on his own but he can army crawl and flip himself onto each side. He has slowly progressed and got better each week. Lately it has been hard to tell if he has made anymore improvement. (sometimes I think he does but don't know if it is the positive thinking).........
TheKozaFam - so very sorry your Achilles is dealing with the dreaded Wobblers.
- reading your post / makes me finally realize, what took our former Amy
- yelping too in severe pain, from neck movements, one Saturday night & never reoccured
- weekend emergency vet visit, yielded nothing / suspect now, it was Wobblers
- she lost her legs once on front porch, few weeks before the end
- even when finally paralyzed from the neck down (year after yelping)
- her heart was still beating strong / ruling out DCM
- she seemed to have 3-4 strokes, in the middle of the night, final day
All we did, was take her in for chiropractor/acupuncture visits, 3-4 times/year.
- once she could no longer jump into my 4x4 truck or hop onto the master bed easily
- last 4 months, climbing house steps to 2nd floor was avoided
Now we know, god bless you and Achilles.