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Remy goes to the vet… Degenerative myelopathy or Degenerative Disc Disease

Remy goes to the vet…

After weeks of worry and thoughts about what we are going to do, we finally took Remy to the vet. We wanted to discuss the prognosis and quality of life for our big boy. Is he suffering? Is he in pain? Does he really have Degenerative myelopathy? All the signs point to it, the last Vet we saw said it was. My poor boy!

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Remy’s Vet

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What is Degenerative myelopathy?

In a nut shell, Degenerative myelopathy is paralysis of the hind limbs. There is no cure and it is a very progressive disease The disease is genetic and usually onsets around 8-9 years old. The first sign is normally stumbling, and rapidly gets worse from there. Dragging feet, bleeding nails, trouble getting on furniture are just some of the other signs and symptoms. Eventually the hind limbs are completely paralyzed. After that the paralysis starts working its way up the back and into the front legs. Degenerative Myelopathy is a horrible disease. And my Remy, my Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix might have it. Rhodesian ridgebacks, and Boxers are both high on the list of breeds who are prone to this disease. German shepherds being at the top of the list.

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The Vet nurse gave Remy a blanket!

In the past 4-5 months Remy’s hind limbs have not been working properly. Between the stumbling, the feet dragging of his feet and the loss of traction, he slips and slides all over the place. And at the vet’s office it wasn’t any different. The nurse felt bad after seeing Remy having trouble so she brought a huge blanket for him to sit/lay on! What a wonderful idea that was cause Remy went and laid right down!

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What did the Doc say?

Well she doesn’t know for sure but preformed some tests on Remy and found 2 tender spots on his spine. One near the tail and one about a foot up from the tail. With that being said, the doc wanted to do x-rays to see if he has a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease.  Although most of the signs and symptoms Remy is showing point towards Degenerative Myelopathy, spine tenderness doesn’t.
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X-rays and Medicine

Unfortunately we really aren’t in a financial position to afford said x-rays so instead we opted to try some anti-inflammatory and some pain meds to see if we can calm down the tender spots that were found. The doc said that some of the symptoms Remy is having like the hind leg dragging and stumbling can be caused by degenerative disc disease. So with giving him the medicines if we see an improvement, it might be DDD or a Herniated Disc and not Degenerative myelopathy.

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So far?

Well it has only been 4 days, so far I do not seem to notice a difference. I am continuing to remain optimistic that this bump in the road does not end with us putting our baby to sleep.

Foreseeable future

We are going to continue the medications as prescribed until they are finished. Once finished we will re-analyze the condition and see if there is any improvement. We will also continue walking Remy with his boot’s on so the dragging doesn’t make his toes bleed anymore. As well as add the appropriate dosage of Chondroitin and Glucosamine supplements. 


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