Reasons Your Pet May Lose Hind Leg Mobility

Complications of the Spinal Column

Complications of the Spinal Column are the primary reason Butters Brand exists, as the owner himself has a furry friend who has been subject to hindquarter immobility for over 6 years! You guessed it: Butter is the dog we named the company after!

Continuing on : There are at least two different ways in which spinal injuries and conditions might result in partial or total paralysis. In smaller pets, degenerative disc disease leads to a breakdown of the protective layer that surrounds one or more of your pet’s spinal discs. After a certain degree of degeneration, the disc itself will slip out of place and can lead to extreme pain and, oftentimes, paralysis. In these cases, surgical treatment may be necessary. In those cases where paralysis is permanent, it is a good idea to prepare for this next stage in the care of your pet, and our drag bags can certainly be part of that process!

While a sudden case of dog paralysis is a frightening thing for any pet owner, there are a number of reasons why your pet may suddenly be experiencing a loss of coordination or mobility and most of these causes are treatable if identified early enough, and a dog that has suffered partial paralysis can oftentimes go on to lead a healthy and normal life following treatment. However, if you fail to address your dog’s paralysis quickly enough, the condition can escalate quickly and may result in death or permanent damage. Below are some additional reasons in case you’re here to read up and learn:

Complications from a Tick Bite

The leading cause of dog paralysis is tick bites. Some ticks inject a neurotoxin into your dog’s system as they bite, and dogs may react to this in different ways. In rare cases, or if your dog has a severe tick infestation with lots of bites, he may experience a sudden paralysis. It is crucial that you address this issue as quickly as possible, as the paralysis can spread throughout his body and may even be fatal if left untreated. Common symptoms of tick bite paralysis include loss of coordination and vomiting. You may also notice a change in the quality or sound of your pet’s bark. Fortunately, tick bite paralysis is treated easily with veterinary medicine.

Bacterial Infections

Meningitis, rabies and other infections that may spread to the brain can cause paralysis in certain animals. These bacterial infections are often brought about through contact with wild animals or when your pet ingests a harmful non-food item in the house or outdoors. Identification of the condition depends upon other concurrent symptoms like fever, vomiting and diarrhea. A veterinary diagnosis is necessary before you can begin to address the specific infection.

Larger dogs often fall victim to a disorder called fibrocartilaginous embolism. This condition results in a small portion of a spinal disc breaking off of your pet’s spinal column and blocking blood flow to a portion of his body. The result is a painless and often temporary paralysis that starts suddenly and resolves itself within a couple of weeks. This type of paralysis will not spread throughout your pet’s body.

The Original Butter's Drag Bag with Butter himself modeling the original Incapacitated disabled handicapped drag bag in green.
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