When people get paralysis, it is a heart breaking moment, and the same is true for our canine friends. Dogs experience canine paralysis due to various circumstances and different illnesses, much of which depends on his or her overall health.
Most dogs can survive canine paralysis with proper care, medication and attention. A paralysis case for a dog is usually sudden and there is almost no way to predict it, but you can be able to determine the causes with the help of your vet, and keen observation of your pet. In this article, we will show you some reminders and tips on how to take good care of your dog if ever he gets canine paralysis.
There are many possible causes of canine paralysis, and one of them is ticks. Some ticks can carry Lyme disease and become a probable cause of paralysis on your dog. It transfers through the bite of the tick onto your dog, and the virus or toxin is spread through the bloodstream, entering the organs of your dog. Lyme disease can be fatal, and the paralysis usually happens all of a sudden and quickly.
Another probable cause of dog paralysis is the development of a tumor in the spine of your dog. And as we all know, tumors are usually malignant, and they can cause life-threatening effects to your dog as it does on humans. They can spread out harmful viruses and toxins throughout the body as long as it remains there, and staying on the spinal column of your dog is quite dangerous because it connects to the brain. It can also go through nerves of the body and cause damage to other vital organs becoming the main trigger point of dog paralysis. But unlike paralysis that is caused by Lyme disease, tumors can cause paralysis slower, which means at first, the hind part of the dog will be affected, and then later on the front part.
One more cause of dog paralysis, to most dog owners’ surprise, is the impact of infections which are not treated carefully, especially infections on the ears and face parts. If these infections are not treated in the right way or as early as possible, it can inflict damage to the nerves, muscles and vital parts (especially the brain) of the body, which can also lead to dog paralysis. Simply put, do not take simple infections for granted, because they might trigger paralysis in your dog.
Another cause of paralysis is spinal disk problems in long-backed dogs like Dachshunds. This can cause paralysis of the hind legs, particularly in older dogs. We had one named Tiny who developed apparently some slipped disk problems at about age 17. Injections by the vet allowed her to continue to live comfortably and normally until age 21. After a short series of injections over a few weeks, Tiny was able to overcome the paralysis and get around, although a lot slower than previously.
Distemper as well as rabies can also affect your dog’s health and give him paralysis because of its viruses. It breaks through the brain and starts destroying its important components, which can also lead to dog paralysis. Therefore, vaccination is definitely a must, because if these viruses ultimately win against your dog’s immune system the dog will die.
To take care of a dog with canine paralysis, one must be very careful and spend a lot of time with their dog. Since they are unable to lick themselves, they have to be bathed often. Also, prepare antiseptics in case they get sores on some parts of their body. Incontinence could also be a problem, so always keep an eye out for your dog. Be prepared to carry the dog outside to “do it’s thing”. Tiny would start whining a little when she needed to go. I guess after 17 years of going out, she wasn’t about to foul her bed and home!
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