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dillydally7



Joined: 13 Nov 2014
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:30 pm    Post subject: Wobbly Back Legs Reply with quote

Hi,
Dylan is our lovely Dally. We got him through Dalmatian Welfare 7 and a half years ago. He's definitely over 10 years old, but we don't know for sure.
I'm writing to see if anyone in the forum has any advice or knowledge of what is happening to him. Recently his back legs has appeared far weaker. He is pulling himself along, rather than pushing from his rear. This is particularly obvious when he runs. He is finding it increasingly difficult to sit down, curl up or scratch his ears. We have been to the vet who put him on Cimalges pain relief, but it hasn't made a huge difference. I have put him on glucosamine and chondroitin. This seemed to help for a while, but is no longer making much difference. Unfortunately he is now losing control of his bowels when he is excited (food time), scared (bonfire night), relaxed (asleep) or while he is just walking. He seems to find squatting down uncomfortable. He is fine in himself, but is not happy about the pooing. We are not telling him off at all, but he is very upset when it happens.
The vet has been a bit grim and I am hoping that someone will have a more positive experience of a similar situation.
Fingers crossed.
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fiona2



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry no advice but just wanted to give you a big hug.
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dillydally7



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.
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Maggi



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the vet say why he is losing control? Is it pain or something else? Have thye suggested anything positive at all? If he is otherwise happy then it may be worth seeing if you can get a referral to a specialist for his back
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dillydally7



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your comments. it is being caused by degeneration of his nerves. There doesn't appear to be a cure, but I was hoping that somebody here may have had a similar experience and have some advice on how to alleviate Dylan's symptoms. At the moment as well as the medicine we have altered the timing of his meals, we go out with him into the garden to encourage him to stay out until he has done all he needs. We also now put him outside while we prepare his meals, so that any accidents happen in the garden.
Thanks again.
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Maggi



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speak to your vet and ask if Vivatonin would help him. It stimulates blood flow to the brain and can help with geriatric issues.

Poor old chap- hope you can manage to keep him comfortable
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Gavin_and_Elaine



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of our previous dogs Jasmin had similar, for the arthritis, pain side of things I believe she was on PLT.
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dillydally7



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure that Vivatonin would make a difference. There isn't anything wrong with his brain (apart from being a Dalmatian!), it is the nerves at the end of the spine that are degenerating, the signals are just not getting through.

What is PLT please?

The wobblier back legs and discomfort when curling up do appear to respond a little to pain killers. It is the lack of control of his bowels that is the issue. Putting to one side the hygiene/smell, it's the distress it causes in him when he spots one on the floor or sees me cleaning up with the bleach or carpet cleaner. I have tried insisting that he stays in the garden and "be clever" and he dutifully squats and a few pieces come out. The main event is still there waiting to drop and that can be at any point.

Thanks for listening.
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Nicki



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our wonkie spot Banjo is on Gabapentin which works on the nerve pathways & is a good osteoarthritis drug that may help. I take it for sciatica to so we can share Laughing

Accupunture & physio are good to & there are other drugs available that you can try Tramadol, Carprieve etc as well as injections, but we have'nt used them, yet.
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spottydogs3



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree acupuncture can help and Oliver had this for some time and homeopathic remedies helped as well. Lara had a similar problem and eventually had Tramadol which she had for several months until even that didn't work for her. We lost her at 15 years and 2 months.
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