I had a 6yr old female pug that was healthy and as athletic as a pug can be. Last week she was just playing in the backyard when suddenly I heard her frantically trying to roll over. I immediately ran over to her and noticed that her entire back end was paralyzed. I took her to the vet, and x-rays showed her spine to be out of line. I was offered surgery as an only option at $7500+ and even then no guarentees. I took our girl home and hoped that she would stabilize through the night, unfortunately when the sedative wore off she started having problems breathing and was shaking and crying. Her front paws, which she was able to move earlier, felt cold and stiff as was the rest of her extremities. We ended up putting her down that night. It will bother me forever that I will never know what really happened to our pug Bella. I'd like to know if anybody has heard of this happining in pugs or any breeds, or if anybody might have some insight in what might have happened.
How tragic. My heart goes out to you.
Ozzy's Mom, Holly from Omaha, NE
Ozzy birthday 05/06/2012
I'm so sorry... I hope you get some answers here.
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Welcome to the village, I'm so sorry it's under these circumstances. I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope Lisa sees this and answers you, she has several seniors with back issues. Several others on here have had similar problems and can shed some light for you as well. Prayers of comfort to you.
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.
I am so sorry you lost your sweet baby and so suddenly too. Very tragic.
I, too, am sorry for your loss!!!!
Was she given anti inflammatory meds....steroids??? Pain meds????
I have never dealt with anything like that...nor know how many discs.
We had a rescue that was hit by a fed x truck ...and the vet wanted to do surgery due to a bulging disc. She was taken to a chiro and after several treatments with acupuncture...She was fine!
I don't know if she had several discs out or just the one.....or other problems!
AGain....am so very very sorry!
Chairperson of PDCA Rescue Committee
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm sorry also that I can't shed any light on what happened to your baby.
Chris, owned by Minni the diva, and "Sugar" Ray the ever hungry.
Ray has since crossed the bridge but stays forever in my heart. I love you, Boo Boo. Oscar Wilde Thang has joined the family.
DH to Ellen , DD to Lindsay and Carrie
I'm very sorry to hear this. A candle is lit for your sweet baby girl.
Normally disc problems don't cause difficulty breathing. However, if the dog was in a lot of pain, it could stress them to the point of breathing issues. Unless the problem was very high in the cervical vertebrae, I don't see it causing the breathing issues. As for the stiffness and coldness of the front limbs, it may have been that the pain was bad and the dog was stiff to keep from moving, but again, unless this injury was very high I don't see it causing coldness or stiffness in the front legs.
It is a few and far between owner who can afford spinal surgery, so most must deal with non-surgical options. The standard treatment for slipped or ruptured discs is high dose steroids (tapered down over time) and pain meds with strict cage rest for at least 4-6 weeks. If the injury is discovered quickly, this is usually pretty effective. It is much more likely to help if steroids are given within the first hour or two after the injury. If steroids are delayed for hours or days the chance of recovery of mobility is much less.
I am very surprised the vet would put a 6 year old down for a bulging disc, it is a very treatable condition in most cases, unless the problem was very severe or very high up in the cervical vertebrae.
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~~mary - loved by Colbie the Viszula Pug, plus many featherpugs! Remembering our heart dogs Bug and Sugar at the Rainbow Bridge with Sissy the Chihuahua Pug.