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My 7 year old Bassett hound suddenly...

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23 Aug 2019

My 7 year old Bassett hound suddenly experienced weakness in his back legs. He is unable to walk and groans when he moves his back legs.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes there isn’t.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bogie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bogie?
Customer: No he has always been in good health. He did have an episode of back leg weakness several months ago but it wasn’t near as bad as this.
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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

23 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Working together through the internet can be difficult as I cannot see what you have witnessed with your companion. It would help me greatly to be able to see what you are seeing. Will you please attach video in strong lighting with excellent clarity showing your concern? There is an attachment function on the page that should allow you to post video at no charge. If your files won’t load, they may be too large for the site. You can also use FREE websites like http://www.imgur.com and youtube.com to upload video. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then copy the link, paste into the chat box, send it and I can access them directly. I do also offer both domestic and international texting from my cell phone to your own. This can make sending pictures/video easier but it is entirely optional. If that would be preferable, please let me know. The website does charge a small additional fee for this service though it can take the guesswork out of trying to get information back to me and facilitate a faster response.

23 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
I am unable to upload a video. I tried looking at the other sites but I am not good with technology. He will barely move his back legs. When I tried to move them and try to get him up he kept groaning and showing his teeth. I put a heating pad on him to see if that might help. Can I give him aspirin and if so how much? He weighs 58 lbs. I just need to get him through the night and get him to the vet tomorrow. I just want to ease his pain.
23 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy

It sounds like your companion is in a great deal of pain.As you may well know, "long and low" breed dogs are prone to a condition known as IVDD or intervertebral disc disease. This is one of the most common causes of acute rear limb dysfunction and discomfort. We can see symptoms as minor as tenderness and as major as full paralysis of the back legs. You can learn more here: http://sevneurology.com/articles/intervertebral-disk-disease-ivdd-in-dogs/

I would urge you to schedule a veterinary visit at this time with diagnostics. If this is IVDD, the best chance that your companion has of walking normally again will correspond to how rapidly care is obtained. Your vet will likely recommend diagnostics such as x-ray, myelogram, CT or MRI. They will likely also place your companion on a canine-safe NSAID and muscle relaxers, as well as pain meds like tramadol. Strict kennel rest will continue for a few days to a few weeks based on their condition and if it worsens they may recommend more diagnostics or referral to a specialist.

If you have to wait, the best approach is going to be strict kennel rest with no risk of jumping or falling. Avoid playtime even if your companion seems improved. You’ll also need to make an immediate switch from a collar to a harness, this change should be permanent.

If your companion is not on any pain medication and you absolutely must treat from home, you can give aspirin in a pinch. Please see the following link for info about dosing and risks: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/ I would also recommend starting a joint supplement like http://www.glycoflex.com. If you have not already done so, I would urge you to look into pet stairs for your pet as jumping onto and off of elevated surfaces can certainly exacerbate this condition. One wrong landing and you may wind up going through this all over again, potentially to a more advanced degree. I do not want to scare you, but I want to be entirely up front and honest about the risk involved.

If finances are tight, I would strongly recommend looking into both financial aid and financing options. Organizations like these make it possible for owners to fund an expensive procedure even if they cannot personally afford it at that time. Here are some links to get you started:

Red Rover: https://redrover.org/relief/

Best friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets

AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx

HSUS: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/

AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html

Friends of pets: http://friendsofpets.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FinAsstGuide201708.pdf

Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

Rainbows Bridge: https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/New_Beginnings/Pets_in_Need/Financial_Help.htm

3 options for financing include www.carecredit.com, www.scratchpay.com and www.vetbilling.com. The first two companies have low interest APR rates (starting at 5%) and allow you to pay for a vet bill over 6-24 months. The last company offer a billing option for veterinary clients through automatic bank account drafting on a predetermined date at the time of service. Care Credit checks your credit but Scratch Pay does not, making it a good choice for owners who may have been declined for Care Credit in the past.

If you are a veteran or active-duty, consider VETERAN PET FINANCIAL HELP available here:

https://www.spcai.org/get-involved/military-support/operation-military-pets/
https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/are-you-having-trouble-affording-your-pet
https://veteransfamiliesunited.org/financial-assistance/

https://petsforpatriots.org/help-with-pet-veterinary-costs/

http://www.operationwearehere.com/Pets.html

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Thank you so much for all your help. I really appreciate everything.
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