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Old 11-15-2012, 10:15 AM   #71 (permalink)
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So glad to hear that the recovery is going so beautifully. About the grooming, you may have to start from scratch with encouraging lots reward treats, grooming for a few minutes and then going back to it at a later time. I'd even consider just keeping coat nice and short so you don't have to bug him much with it. Recovery is so much more important. It will take a while to rebuild his trust in grooming, but with time and patience yall will get there. Best wishes!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:28 AM   #72 (permalink)
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Update on my baby. All summer we had seen no improvement and I have taken him to 4 more vets, got acupuncture for him, and the diagnosis all the same. either we take him for an MRI but that might not help. They told me he had no feeling in his back legs and would never walk again, that his quality of life is bad, (he was just laying around)
and i should put him down. Well for me that was not an option my little boy was eating normal and although some days he could not lift his head, I would see his tail wagging and I just knew he would be fine. 4 days ago I saw him trying to push himself to stand, back legs were so weak(he has not walked since June and he could not stand by himself to do his business...I would hold him) he just feel over, but he kept trying. I am writing this now tears falling down my face and my little boy is slowly walking around! YES he is walking, slowly, wobbly but walking!!!!! I can not believe it!! I can not believe all 6 (yes 6) vets all told me to he will NEVER walk again and to put him down. All my baby needed was some time to heal. he may never run again, but I don't care ..MY BABY CAN WALK!! Please thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!! And please...watch the vets, the gave the wrong diagnosis .....you know your baby better than anyone, trust your gut feeling.
Just re-read that and crying with joy! Always trust a Mother (or Fathers) instincts...they are powerful tools from God!
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #73 (permalink)
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I'm just now reading this thread, and want to celebrate with everyone about how wonderfully Bouli is doing! Along with the suggestion for using a T-shirt bottom, when Cozette had her hip surgery and couldn't bear weight on her hind leg, I used a scarf-- I used the kind that was just a rectangular fleece material. It worked perfectly. Another option is to use a halter or vest that has the D ring on the lower portion, so when you lift it up, the hind quarters elevate. You may want to do this when he gets tired or has to do his business, and just generally assist him so he doesn't fall the rest of the time. Cozette had physical therapy with a water treadmill, and that might be a good option if you have an animal PT in the area where you are. Here are pics and videos of her therapy: First Physical Therapy Visit for Cozette- Pics and Vids
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You know, I can only speak for what I've seen with my own eyes, and up the street from us lives a little Yorkie who is in a wheelchair. He's the sweetest little thing, goes by Baby, and I've spoken to his owner. The long and short of it is that somewhere around the age of 2-ish, Baby apparently had an accident and broke something in his back that left him paralyzed in his hind legs. The owner couldn't bear the thought of putting him down and after much deliberation went to a specialist who was of the opinion that that would be a drastic choice given Baby was healthy on all other fronts. Baby is now in a wheelie and I'm of the opinion that one can tell when a dog is unhappy and I'll tell you that little guy is worlds away from unhappy or in pain. He gets around just fine and whenever he sees us walking he goes bezerk and tries to run over to us, sometimes getting so excited he tips himself over.

I would say that as long as Bouli is healthy and not in pain, there is no need to take drastic measures here and that he would probably do swimmingly in a wheelie.

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