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This is on behalf of Pip, as she has no internet for the time being.

Has anyone had any experience of dealing with a large dog that has a ruptured disc. Angus is only 5 1/2 & is on anti-inflams & painkillers, but is having real difficulty getting around. He's a big dog to carry in & out. Any helpful hints or tips please?

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Oh Jayjay, that sounds terrible, poor Pip and Angus! [:(] It sounds much more serious than say hip dysplasia, of which my large dog had. I am sorry I can't help but hopefully someone will post with information. I know that if a person has a ruptured disc it would involve surgery.
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Thanks WJT, Boris our dog had a similar thing, but being a shih-tzu, it was easier to cope with, but he's never been the same unfortunately. Angus' problem may have been nudged on by a torn ligament in his leg, which at present he's dragging. [:(] Hopefully, there might be someone who's poor large pooch has suffered the same or similar & has some advice.  

 

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Poor thing.  Try putting a large towel under his belly and using it as a large sling to help him along - easier than trying to carry him around when injured.  I used to have to deal with a pointer with a very bad leg problem, who had to come in and out of the house via an outside staircase.  This proved to be a very comfy way for both dog and handler, to help him get about. Make sure that the towel is spread across the whole of his belly to support the spine.
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[quote user="JayJay"]

This is on behalf of Pip, as she has no internet for the time being.

Has anyone had any experience of dealing with a large dog that has a ruptured disc. Angus is only 5 1/2 & is on anti-inflams & painkillers, but is having real difficulty getting around. He's a big dog to carry in & out. Any helpful hints or tips please?

Thanks

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Ouch!  I feel greatly for him.

I had a disc rupture 5 years ago, the most incredibly painful thing you can imagine.  Emergency surgery needed to clear the debris from the spinal column (damage already done though).  Has he had a scan to identify that the spinal cord isn't damaged? Is there any sign that he has loss of sensation/paralysis below where the affected disc is?  I would think that if the disc has actually ruptured then surgery would be needed.

I hope everything goes well for them.

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Thankyou Cooperlola & Suze.

The towel idea is being used as he can't really walk, his size & steps don't really help. [:(]

I know how you & Angus feel Suze, I've been through the same kind of thing & 3 ops did sod all!

The option of an op is there, the thing is there are no guarantees. He's been well checked out & its his back end, he is dragging a leg when he does get up, but that's really difficult & not really happening. He's in a sad way & as we all know with our pets, things like this are difficult to handle & it's really hard to make decisions.

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Just a little update on Angus. He is making very slow progress & seems to be getting a little feeling & movement in his leg, which is great! He still can't get around, but the vet is quite happy with how things are, it is going to be a long old job though.

BTW, Pip is hoping to get back online this week. [:D] 

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Happy to hear poor Angus is doing better but sounds like he is still in a lot of pain. [:(] Is there not anything the vet can do in the way of some sort of surgery, like what would be done in the same situation with a person? It just sounds terrible and not likely to correct itself on its own, but having said that I really no very little about this condition particularly with dogs. Just hope he is out of pain soon.
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Thanks WJT. I'm not sure if they're just trying to hold off on doing an op, a case of waiting to see how he gets on. I suppose in light of something positive happening with his leg, it's no bad thing. An op is pretty major & may not work.
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