January 16, 2011

Rear End Paralysis « Shaping Chaos

My dog turned 13 years old at Christmas. He has lots of medical problems, most attributed to allergies which is immune-mediated. Skin. Ears. Eyes. All of these are manageable with medicinal herbs and homeopathy. But when I see that he can barely get up or that he has difficulty jumping into his favorite chair, I fear we are reaching a point that is unmanageable. So it is with both regret and gratitude that I present this post about the possible link between rabies vaccine and rear end paralysis. On the one hand, it's good to know. On the other... well it sucks. If there's any way we can spare our companion animals the indignity of paralysis in their waning years, then it is our responsibility to do so. Who would't? Read this article linking rabies vaccine and rear end paralysis and tell me how you feel.

"A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a friend telling me she had to put one of her dogs to sleep. He had been going down hill for a while (he was around 12) and was showing lameness and rear-end paralysis that would come and go. There was no obvious reason for this and his symptoms were attributed to old age. When he finally went down and couldn’t get up for 2 days, they decided it was time to say good-bye."

1 comment:

Tina Lund said...

My 6 year old lab mix did the same thing. Had a rabies vaccine just 6 mo after having his last due to a dog biting him. Within a few days he couldn’t walk. Things looked grim. We made him a homemade stretcher to get him to the hospital. He was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis by the neurologist. They gave him meds that had him right back up. The cost to diagnose him was under $800. We had a free exam coupon with a different vet because I wanted an unbiased opinion and they referred us to a neurologist which we immediately went there. A month in a half later I could tell he was beyond 100% recovered so we weaned him from the meds. It could have been life long, so I am happy to say he is in remission.