|Barked: Sat Nov 10, '12 3:09pm PST |
|I'm gonna contradict Louie and Nina here. Having dealt with Frenchies since 1980, I need to point out that steroids are a critical component in ANY dog's recovery from a disk/spine issue. Without them, not only does the swelling in the disk not decrease, it actually INCREASES due to the reaction of the nerves and muscles to the pain. If not given immediately, this swelling can and WILL lead to permanent paralysis!!!
There are three critical steps in dealing with spinal injury in dogs (and people, too, I write from experience!!!) The first is steroids... usually injection followed by decreasing oral doses daily. Second is muscle relaxants to relieve the muscle spasms which continue to create swelling (and risk of paralysis), and the third is COMPLETE cage rest. The dog needs to be carried out to relieve itself and carried back inside to the crate. ANY walking carries the risk of permanent paralysis.
Waiting out a suspected spinal or disk injury is playing Russian roulette with your dogs future health...the sooner the steroids are started, the better the chances of complete recovery.
Lukie had about one spinal issue per year. His problem area was a disk in his neck, and his first sign of trouble was to hold one front leg straight out and scream. My vet was so convinced in the IMMEDIATE use of steroids that I always had an injection of dex to give at the first symptom, before I even took him to the vets. His "confinement" was normally three weeks, and fortunately, with this treatment proticol he ALWAYS recovered fully and we were able to avoid surgery.
In my own case, my physican tried several times to treat my back with just muscle relaxants and pain pills. They didn't do a thing, if there was any relief, it was temporary and the pain and numbness of my leg started right up again as soon as I stopped taking them.
With the addition of just TEN DAYS of steroids, I was completely cured until the next time I did something stupid, usually at least a year or more down the road.
Of course, in the case of the OP, NONE of us are vets and we can't even observe the dog so calling a spinal issue is certainly NOT up to us... this dog needs to see a vet immediately, IMO!
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