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    Default HELP! 8 Year Old Lab might have a compressed disc

    My 8 year old lab had been slowing down due to osteoarthritis but recently he didn't want to stand up and it seemed to have gotten worse almost over night. I took him to a general VET as mine was away. The VET looked at him and thought his spine was beginning to fuse (spondylosis or something like that, don't quote me) as well as his arthritis getting worse due to winter so she gave me some anti-inflammatory meds and a 4 course shot of carthrothen. The carthrothen did nothing and the anti-inflams have been helping less and less.

    So I went to see my VET and funnily enough the night before I noticed the issue was more pronounced in one leg. The VET also noticed straight away and started to think it was more so a compressed disc or some type of nervous system/spinal cord damage that is effecting the communication between his brain and his leg as well as causing pain.

    He said we could either see a specialist or put him on some steroidal medication. We opted to see the specialist first so at least we know what is going on.

    This was on Monday and a friend also recommended a local "greyhound chiro" which I saw last night. The guy looked at him, massaged him a little and proceeded to twist and turn him. IMHO I thought he had no idea and I feel bad for ever seeing him as he seemed to be in more pain afterwards (stupid me).

    We are supposed to see the specialist tomorrow but now from reading online I am a little concerned and just wanting to know if anyone has had anything similar happen to their dog and what the outcome was.

    I'm also sceptical because this particular specialist is located out of this 24/hr emergency place where I know full well they are opportunists who rip people off as they have ripped me off before and others I know.

    I have been reading about laser therapy and also steroidal meds and how they can aid in these types of problems especially post-op but more than likely surgery will be required.

    If anyone can offer any guidance that would be great because im super stressed at the moment and hoping my dog will be OK and that I wont have to take out as loan for a procedure that may not even work.

    Thanks

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    My dog is getting laser therapy on a superficial wound that is over her hock, and not getting better by itself. Hasn't helped that any second I have the cone of shame off she tries to eat her leg off. But hasn't done that for a few days now... argh.

    But the laser did loosen it up and it's not as hot as it was before the treatment. Not sure how it works on deeper joint problems tho.

    I know several dogs with careful management ie not allowed to jump on and off beds or couches, and all walks (including the back yard) walking on lead... short walks... have come good after a month or so.

    Don't forget to ask the vet how much each treatment will cost and what the chance of improvement is with each one. Some patients will just throw money at the problem and some are more pragmatic about it - ie if you spend $5000 getting xrays then surgery and there's not much chance of anything different to doing nothing - what would you do? But if you don't ask - the vet doesn't always tell you.

    Some vets have also been injecting stem cells into dodgy joints - but I've got no idea if this is useful or not. It isn't as talked about now as it used to be.

    Steroids are not good long term (more than a few months) - but it might be worth a try as a starting point - along with the careful management of the jumping and running (ie none of that). Ask the vet - because - I am not a vet.

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    My little fellow is recovering now from spinal surgery. He is doing really well. He ruptured a disc between 5 and 6. He had noticeable neuro loss more left hind leg, but this quickly progressed to mostly total loss within space of 24 hours. MRI and surgery next day. He was home day 2 after surgery walking and confinement for 6 weeks. He is also doing physio sessions we will eventually get to hydro therapy next month
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    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    Thanks for the replies and thoughts.

    We had to put him down...

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    Very very sorry to hear that, it is always heart breaking.Eight years old is way too young not that the age makes the slightest bit of difference.

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    Thanks for updating us GoinDeep.

    So sad.

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    Our thoughts are with you.
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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