|Barked: Wed Mar 20, '13 6:31pm PST |
|First off, I am so sorry you are having to go through this with your Jasper It breaks my heart and I can only imagine how hard it must be. Hugs to you! I’ve never had to deal with this personally; but I know a couple of people who have.
My brother’s dog had the same thing happen with his Pomeranian/maltese mix in terms of the initial episode- she jumped down from the bed, let out a yelp, and just like that she was dragging her legs without being able to move them. They rushed her to the vet, and she is currently recovering- but if it happens again, they have 24 hours to get her to the vet for surgery if she will ever even have a chance of using her back legs again. Even then, the likelihood that surgery will work is not better than 50/50 odds.
Another friend of mine has a sweet cocker spaniel who had the initial episode- and the vet told him the same thing that my brother was told. He got her into the vet, but even still the surgery did not work and she is permanently paralyzed in her back legs- the vet recommended putting her down; he was appalled and found another vet. Now she is perfectly happy and gets around with little back-leg doggie wheels.
Honestly, I would get a second opinion. Just because a dog is paralyzed doesn’t mean it can not live a happy, fulfilling life! There are plenty of pups with assistance wheels who are JUST as happy as their non-paralyzed canine counterparts.
The only reason I would consider putting any dog down would be if they would for certain be in too much chronic pain to be able to enjoy the rest of their life. From what I understand (but am not sure), they are paralyzed on the back end but do not feel any pain after the episode occurs. I could be wrong, so someone with more knowledge on that would be better to ask.
And you are not being selfish; you clearly love your little dude! It is unlikely (though not impossible) that he will be able to ever use his back legs again, but he may be a good candidate for getting a doggie wheel-chair type thing where he could use his front legs to pull and navigate himself. And in the mean time, I think looking into alternative therapies like water therapy or a doggie chiropractor, like others mentioned, could be helpful.
Good luck and please keep us updated!
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