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Old 07-08-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Default Papillon with back injury

I have a 12.5 year old papillon who, until last week, was in pretty good shape. He somehow injured his back while out in the yard with the other dogs (all papillons) and we have been bringing him back from tremendous pain and wobby gait. He is still on high doses of prednisone as well as muscle relaxers and pain meds. He finally started eating again a couple days ago, and I no longer have to syring water into his mouth- he is drinking. He is on strict crate rest exept to be taken outside to potty. He will woof if he needs to pee. However, he is not letting us know when he needs to poop. I'm wondering if he might not be able to sense that he needs to go? Is this possible if he has control over his rear legs and bladder- to not have control over his bowels?

He's doing better in all other regards, but I'll be honest.... cleaning poop a few times a day is getting old quickly. I'll call the vet again in the morning, but I was hoping someone here might have been through this and be able to share some positive news?
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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Default try to ride it out

It may be just a matter of time before your dog will be recuperated and no longer needy.
Try to be patient a little longer.
In time it will either get better or worse, but you will have a clear conscience knowing
you went the extra mile.
Our dogs are our life, our family.. give it your best and you'll not regret it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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It may be just a matter of time before your dog will be recuperated and no longer needy.
Try to be patient a little longer.
In time it will either get better or worse, but you will have a clear conscience knowing
you went the extra mile.
Our dogs are our life, our family.. give it your best and you'll not regret it.

Yes, of course I will give him longer He is doing SO much better these past couple days. Pooping in the crate is new though.

I'm not trying to come across as impatient, but I am trying to be realistic. I am a student/stay at home mom with two young kids and other animals. There will be a limit to what I can do...... eventually. What I want is someone here to tell me "of course, this happened to me and my dog came through fine. Give it another week and you will see for yourself"
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:34 PM
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I that him to a chriopractor. No he cant tell when he has to go! Try Doggie diapers! But he needs a back adjustment asap
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:40 PM
 
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I that him to a chriopractor. No he cant tell when he has to go! Try Doggie diapers! But he needs a back adjustment asap
This dog has seen a chiropractor reguarly for many years. It was ultimately the only thing that helped him long ago at the peak of his agility career. I can't afford regular visits now, and I am sure that this lack of chiro care has contributed to his current acute injury. The chiro I am taking my dogs to now will not adjust him while he is in acute pain- maybe in a week or so.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:51 PM
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Poor Boy! I use diapers til he can get adjusted & gets feeling back. I also do heat treatments & rub downs. Keep us posted!
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:58 PM
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Tell me about your Paps! I had LadyBug my 1st pap for 13+ months now ...got her at 4 months... So shes 1 yr 5 months!
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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Default A few days later....

How's little Papi feeling today?
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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It's possible he can't feel the need to poop, although he probably will when more healed.
My 11-year-old cattledog mix has never ever had an accident of any kind. Then he fell down some icy steps and his hind legs went limp. He was in the hospital for four days (no broken back) and the vet said he'd likely have some nerve damage that might or might not ease up.

He does occasionally drop a poop without noticing, because he clearly can't feel what's going on. He never pees inside and that never changed. He has gotten better with time.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:46 PM
 
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He's doing somewhat better. He seems to be able to hold it to poop outside much of the time, but not all the time. So progress.....
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