|Barked: Fri Jun 21, '13 3:35pm PST |
|Just this morning I discovered Lola, my 3 year old Frenchie, dragging her rear legs and not walking at all. Having had Frenchies for years and years, sadly I have seen disk issues before, but in the neck, not the rear. We have ALWAYS done steroids, muscle relaxants and STRICT cage rest for a minimum of three weeks and it's always worked.
Well, I had a new vet this morning, she did agree with the steroids and muscle relaxants, and also gave her a shot of dex, which we had done with the others. But, when I mentioned crate rest, she said, "oh, she can get around by dragging her legs so don't worry about it." I was flabbergasted!!! Having had disk issues myself and having the previous experience with other Frenchies, I KNOW that the only way they will recover and heal is by removing ALL weight bearing on their spine and allowing the steroids to work to reduce the swelling that is causing the paralysis and the muscle relaxants to reduce the muscle spasms. Walking, especially dragging her rear legs, is certainly NOT going to help either of these drugs do their job nor is it going to help the body heal.
Lola will be spending the next two to three weeks in her crate 24/7. I will carry her outside to relieve herself, and support her while she does, and carry her back inside to her crate. I can't imagine risking permanent paralysis by letting her walk AT ALL.
I have to wonder if this vet is paid a commission for drumming up new dogs for spinal surgery!!! I will be discussing this with my "regular" vet who is HER new boss!!
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