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Muscle Wastage

Postby Sue Lang on Mon 26 Mar, 2012 7:27 pm

Friends own a 9yr old labrador bitch, Rosie. She suffers from mild pancreatitis but apart from that has always seemed fit and well.
Rosie was thought to have hurt her spine - a slipped disc was suspected initially. She was put on metacam etc, lost her appetite, and went rapidly downhill from walking badly to not wanting to do anything except lie stretched out.
A scan showed nothing wrong in mid or lower spine. The scan did not go up to her neck. Blood tests showed nothing. The diagnosis was may be bruising and/or blood clot affecting femoral nerve. She had gone off her back legs due to loss of 30-40% of her muscle caused by not walking for 7 days or so.

Veterinary physiotherapy started including 3 massage sessions a day at home, and hydrotherapy on a treadmill twice a week. She is wearing a harness so she can be helped out to wee etc. She is still continent, and can roll on her back and wave her legs in the air. She is off all medication and eating again. He coat is good, and just looking at her lying down you would not know there was anything wrong.
However whilst when lying down she can still push quite well with her hind legs, her front legs are now even weaker, and there has been a loss of muscle in her shoulders. When being walked out with support she keeps her head up for a few paces, then carries her head really low.

Can anyone suggest anything to help Rosie?
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Sue Lang on Fri 30 Mar, 2012 6:53 pm

Thank you to those who read this item.
It is now thought there may be a tumour on the spine. Steroids are being tried just in case they can help, Rosie is not in any pain, and her owners are still doing the exercises at home, but the hydrotherapy has been stopped.
Sadly there seems very little hope of a recovery.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Julie Robinson on Sat 31 Mar, 2012 8:51 am

So sad - thanks for the update.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Jules Vickerman on Sat 31 Mar, 2012 1:12 pm

Oh that's such sad news, can you let us know what happens to Rosie please, poor girlie :(
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Sue Lang on Thu 17 May, 2012 3:02 pm

Rosie is slowly improving. Her owners don't know what the future holds - are the steroids just temporarily reducing a tumour, or is she recovering from an injury?
Rosie can now walk around the house and garden by herself, and when you knock on the front door she barks and comes to greet you like normal. She is fit enough to have short walks outside, in the woods, or around the nearest field. She is however still wearing a body harness so she can be helped or supported when necessary - such as the other day when she decided to go upstairs and then whined for help to get down.
She is still not as fat as you would expect with the steroids and a terrific appetite, and her muscles are still weak (but better than they were), but the main thing is she is continuing to enjoy herself.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Jules Vickerman on Thu 17 May, 2012 3:13 pm

Have there been no xrays done to confirm diagnosis?

I have a labbie girlie been on long term steroids for a few years now and she's doing well, has hydro weekly for her muscles but I've discovered a really good diet also helps so she gets everything from her food. She's not put too much weight on either although she says it's cos I don't feed her enough :)

I wouldn't have thought steroids alone would have an impact on a cancerous tumour growth (if it is) though....would need other adjuvenant therapy for that maybe?

Hope things continue to improve, sounds like she's doing well :flowers:
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Ruth Fox on Fri 18 May, 2012 2:45 pm

Poor girl...I hope she continues to do well xxxx :flowers:
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Rachel Collier on Sun 20 May, 2012 8:52 am

I had a rottie girl who had a spinal tumour and I always struggled to keep the weight on her, she ended up on a wheat and gluten free diet, topped up with high protein foods. She was also on steriods and some form of chemo (16 tablets a day to start of with), but she managed to walk and play again and she had another couple of happy years. Fingers crossed for Rosie.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Sue Lang on Sat 30 Jun, 2012 7:37 pm

Rosie is amazing everyone, she seems to be making a complete recovery.
She has just come back from a holiday in Pembrokeshire and managed walks on the coastal path and swims in the sea.
Fingers are still crossed but it looks good.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Lindsey Bailey on Sat 30 Jun, 2012 9:20 pm

Fingers crossed xx
Lyndsey Leela Cody Rudi Alfie & Foxy. Run Free Zeke, will always miss you xx
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Serena Hsu on Sun 01 Jul, 2012 6:37 pm

ohhh, I read this thread belatedly :no: but fingers crossed for indeed that ultimate full recovery!Thank the Lord, she is currently doing so well, and that vacation by the sea sounds soooo splendid!!!!

Please send the owners all of our warm wishes and hugs for that permanent healing and many more years of happy, carefree joy! :hug:
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Sue Lang on Wed 10 Oct, 2012 10:40 am

Rosie is now fully fit.
According to her owners it is now thought she had a fibrocartilaginous embolism, and was one of the lucky 20% to recover from it. Most common in long backed dogs, but also occurs in large dogs (Rosie is a black lab)). Apparently a bit of cartilage breaks off and somehow gets into blood stream. Most commonly affects back legs, but can also affect front - as with Rosie.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who cared about her, and she should now enjoy a normal and happy life.
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Jules Vickerman on Wed 10 Oct, 2012 2:32 pm

Aw well done Rosie, love a happy ending :love:
Ta for letting us know :flowers:
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Karen Cornwall on Wed 10 Oct, 2012 3:38 pm

Great news so pleased for Rosie :)
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Re: Muscle Wastage

Postby Jan Stubbs on Wed 10 Oct, 2012 4:06 pm

Wow...amazing. Lovely to see good news! :flowers:
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