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Old 04-11-2006, 08:27 AM
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Any info needed asap on thereapy, what kind, how often, etc needed asap on a dog with Palsy. Any links/sucess/failure stories. best/worst case scenerios. Everything I need to know BEFORE making any drastic or possibly worng decisions.

Was determined the Paulsy was brought on by a lcack of oxygen at some point. She was second one born and Dixie had a hard time with her bag, as we did as well. Maybe this was the incident. POSSIBLY genetic, but the highest percentage of these cases are brought on by lack of oxygen.

I have clients w/ Palsy, several actually. They receive physical therapy to get by and keep limbs mobile. However, they are trained in their minds to do ok. Dont know if a dog can or is capable of this.

They want/suggest to put her down now. At this rate, will not be able to walk by 1 year old. I however am always looking for another way out. I am responsible therefore I have to either fix or end it all.

Maybe swimming, and walking, massage can have an impact. However, all the vets I am consulting seem to think the easy way out will save us both, us and Daizy alot of suffering. She doesnt seem to be suffering, she is sooo happy go lucky. But I guess she is. When she cannot keep up, and falls smacking her chin and bending her arms different unnatural ways. Falling in her food bowl, water, I dont know.

The Skyway is looking inviting. (The largest bridge in Fla!) I may very well pay it a visit....
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:54 AM
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Do what's right for her.....I doubt if anything can be done. I don't understand the bag bit. If she didn't clear the pup right away, she may have known the pup wasn't right. How did you have trouble with the sac ??
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Old 04-11-2006, 10:26 AM
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She was second born. Dixie was still bust rolling around pup #1 and cleaning. I saw her coming, she was just a wiggling like crazy out the canal, then Dix turned and bit the cord. She totally stopped moving. So we gave Dix a chance to get the bag, and she just licked. So hubby grabbed at it to open it and it was real thick and slippery, so I tried, there was prolly quite a few seconds gone by until it was opened. Then Daizy started squirming and found a nipple.
She has been loud and outgoing from that moment. I used to refer to her as sassy, very demanding, very "Diva" like.
I know whats best. I dont know how, thats the prob. Do I wait a few weeks and try therapy>? Or is that postponing the inevidable?
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Old 04-11-2006, 10:36 AM
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Has it defiantley been diagnoised as palsy? if so I think its only fair to her to let her go gently, what quality of life will she have if she cant stand, walk properly, falling constantly, etc. this is no life for a dog IMO

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Old 04-11-2006, 10:50 AM
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It has been process of elimination. It could have either been distemper, Enciphalitus or Palsy. Enciphalitus and distemper would have shown a viral infection in her blood, which was negative, distemper also would have 100% been passed to the other pups by now, they are healthy. She has no fever and is eating fine, very active. It is a definate nuerological problem, as she shows no reaction to a threat to the face(smacking motion) and her pupils fail to dialate with a pen light. They say there is a nuerologist that can definatly diagnose what type, but still after thousands of diagnosing the problem, there is no way to re wire the central nervous system.
SOOOOO_As i am willing to spend everything to fix her, I am not sure if it is worth diagnosing if they tell me there is no cure before she gets diagnosed. Like going into something with no hope.

Like I said, I think I will work with her, until I see such a downfall, then I will do whats necessary.

Do you think the dog suffers from the euthanasia shot?? Or does she just go to sleep?*cry*cry*cry*
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Old 04-11-2006, 11:32 AM
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Just goes to sleep. anyone that has been under GA will tell you that there is no pain going under, thats how it is.

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Old 04-11-2006, 11:36 AM
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Perhaps you can try a dog wheel chair if she cant use her back legs very good.

In my opinion I would never put anything down if there is a chance it could servive and live a reletivly good life.
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Oh poor thing!! I hope everything turns out ok!! Did you read the post Dizzy put in your thread Numb? Maybe if you do take her to a neurologist they might find out exactly what's wrong and it may be something she will grow out of. I know I would at least take her to them and see what they think first.
I don't know anything about the puppy, but her life is worth giving a chance.
Good luck, and I hope things get better.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:07 PM
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This is the happiest dog in the world you said. I'm sure you can make it work so she stays the happiest dog in the world even if she's special needs. It doesn't sound like she's in pain.
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Old 04-11-2006, 12:48 PM
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If she's so happy, I honestly would keep fighting for her. She might have to live a different lifestyle than her littermates but I know of quite a few "special" dogs that get on just fine.
It depends a lot on quality of life. If she's a happy dog that loves life, why euthanize her rather than try to help her?
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