My parents dog (who I grew up with) is a 9.5yr old golden retriever. Mum was out walking her last week and she sort of slipped/fell off the edge of the concrete path but seemed fine afterwards. The next day she developed a small limp in her front leg but mum didn't worry about the vet as she assumed that it was just a bit sore from the fall. Last night (Friday night) she suddenly got very sore and was unable to put any weight on her front legs and was wobbly on her back legs so they rushed her to the after hours vet. She spent the night there and was even worse this morning.. All 4 legs are now paralysed.
They have taken X-rays and have ruled out any tumor or mass on her spine and don't think that it's blood clots so they are leaning towards one or more slipped discs. She will go in for an MRI on Monday to see how bad it is. She will also get transferred to their regular vet, who is also a qualified chiropractor, after the weekend.
The only two options at the moment are surgery and PTS however the vet doesn't think that surgery is a good option because of her age and how 'intense' the surgery recovery is. (Plus the $8000+ price). She has already had 2 CL ruptures and surgeries.
At the moment I'm leaning towards trying acupuncture for her.. It may not work but surely it's worth a try? She is still such a happy, bright, mentally active dog and it just seems unfair to PTS right away without trying any alternatives to surgery.
What are everyone's thoughts? Are there any good acupuncturists around the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane area?
I'm going overseas next Sunday so the timing couldn't be worse as if it does come down to her being PTS, I'd like to make the trip to the Sunshine Coast to see her and say goodbye