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Help! Doberman hind legs paralyzed

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I'm looking for some insight from other Dobie owners on this issue. I adopted a smallish female about 3 years ago. Everything had been going great with her up until about 5 months ago, when I had to have her front left leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. She had been getting along great until about a week and a half ago. She lost complete control over her hind legs and can't control her bladder. I took her to my vet right when it started. He said it could be a few different things, including the cancer that may have metastasized elsewhere in her body. I had him do xrays of her chest and hind quarters and it showed no signs of cancer.

Has anyone here run into a similar situation? She doesn't seem to be in any pain, and she's still very alert and seems happy, though annoyed that she has only one good leg now. Any information on this would be very appreciated!
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Honestly, and I am not a vet. Yet, I have dealt with this in the past. Just today, in fact with a good friends dog (RIP).

You should probably look at a spinal (neurological) issue, Common in Dobes.

Best to you and your girl

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Thanks John, I'm really hoping it's a temporary thing like FCE.
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Thanks John, I'm really hoping it's a temporary thing like FCE.
Our thought and prayers are with you and your kid.

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I'm not a vet and won't pretend that I know what it could be, but I'd ask my vet to check for lymes as I know it is possible for tick born disease to cause pretty sudden paralysis. Wobblers can also cause rear end paralysis - but generally not as suddenly.

I know this has to be really hard to deal with - hugs to you.

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I know the pain you are going through and my heart hurts for you.

I had a dog that had sudden hing leg paralysis, took her to a neuro and he told everyone that it was most likely a blown disc or a nerve sheath tumor that had reached the spine. We did an MRI to confirm and everything was normal, the next possibilities were degenerative myelopathy or meningitis. We did a spinal tap and confirmed she had meningitis, sent the sample to the lab for testing to see if it was infectious or auto immune, it was autoimmune and they could not tell me why. She started an aggressive treatment of steroids but passed away a few weeks later from a GI bleed caused from the steroids. Iíve also read some studies on rear end paralysis following a rabies vaccine.

If I were you I would get her to a neurologist ASAP.
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I'm sorry I don't have any insight, but I wanted to offer prayers to you and your girl!
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Thanks everyone for your support and insight. I will take her back to the vet later this week and have some testing done to see if it is lyme's or meningitis. She's still in good spirits and not showing any signs of pain.
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Thanks everyone for your support and insight. I will take her back to the vet later this week and have some testing done to see if it is lyme's or meningitis. She's still in good spirits and not showing any signs of pain.
Any updates on your girl?
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Yes, well sort of. I took her in for full bloodwork and my vet called me back late last night when he got the results back from the lab. He was shocked, her bloodwork came back perfect. He is pretty confident that it has something to do with the osteosarcoma, but the xrays and bloodwork show no sign of that whatsoever. He gave me some steroids for her to try for the next couple weeks. I did manage to find some food that she will eat, and she's still not showing any signs of pain. He also said it could be caused by a ruptured disc in her lower back, hoping that's all it is and that a little more bed rest is all she needs.
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Our boy was limping one day and completely paralyzed 4 days later from IVDD, herniated disc. You need an MRI to determine this, we rushed him to a neurologist, as soon as she saw the MRI she rushed him into surgery, 6 weeks later he was walking again.
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"just a ruptured disc', is extremely painful for a dog. She would evidence signs of pain.

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Hi everyone, my girl is still hanging in there. Showing no signs of pain. At this point I'm thinking this could be coonhound paralysis. I have a covered porch around my house and have seen a raccoon coming and going from time to time. I've had a trap out since I saw him. Unfortunately nothing can be done to treat it. Just time. My vet seems to be thinking that could be the culprit. At first he thought it had to be related to the cancer, but after the bloodwork and x rays all came back good, he is coming around to the idea. I've done some reading up on it and it's a very strange thing. All the symptoms seem to line up with the coonhound paralysis. It's been a lot of work the past 6 weeks and very frustrating for her, but she's been able to control her bladder better and she's starting to wag her tail again! So hopefully we are getting close to getting her back on her feet. Rehabilitation will take some time, as she's lost a lot of muscle mass in her hind legs. Keep an eye out for your dogs and keep them away from those coons!
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I'd never heard of Coonhound Paralysis--sounds very scary.

But I'm glad to hear you've seen at least a little progress. Hope your girl keeps improving and quickly...you guys have been through enough already.

Hang in there....and keep us updated.
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Never heard of this either....

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Pet MD has some interesting articles on this condition.

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