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From: Hey Hey Hey
Date: 2001-04-20 11:48:00 UTC
Subject: unexplained hind end paralysis

Hey All,

Got a little male rescue in on April 6th. He had been dropped off in the
parking lot of Auto Zone. When he was picked up he was depressed, skinny
and had a bite mark on his neck/shoulder area and some kind of skid mark on
the top of his head.

Bully-Vard was taken to the next available vet appointment on April 12 where
he received a rabies shot. It was discovered at the vet appointment that
Bully-Vard walks with a higher than normal arch to his back and that he is
bow legged. Other than shelter depression Bully-Vard appeared to be fine
and checked out fine at the vets.

On April 17 Bully-Vard started to favor his right rear leg. By the morning
of the 18 he would hardly use it at all and kept it tucked up underneath his
body. He lost much of his appetite and showed some signs of panting. He
was taken to an emergency clinic that nite where they could find nothing
wrong on exam. They did not take exrays as Bully-Vard had an appointment
with his regular vet the next day.

On the 19th Bully-Vard was taken to the shelter vet and 4 xrays were taken.
They showed nothing abnormal except for a small space inbetween two of his
vertabrae which the vet did not consider signifigant. Blood work was not
done as the vet did not think it would show him anything. The vet beleives
it is neurological in origin and put Bully-Vard on bed rest (in a small cage
with no out time) and anti- inflamatories for the next 3 weeks.

At this point Bully-Vard is no longer using his hind end at all and is
dragging it when he moves. His appetite is back and his poops are normal.
He is understandably lethargic.

Anyone have a clue as to what may be going on or what else can be done for


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