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My 12 1/2 year old Beagle has recently lost the use of her rear legs. We took her to the vet where she stayed over night. She is now home on medications. Has this happened to anyone's Beagle? And have they recovered without surgery.? I only left her in the Vet's for one night because she is very uncomfortable around other dogs. At her age I don't want to put her thru the trauma of spinal surgery.
 

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I had a similar situation with a 14-y-o Lab.
She couldn't control her hind legs. She could stand, but it was like she didn't know where her hind legs were to move them.
Diagnosis was spinal arthritis. Apparently the arthritis caused small pieces of the spine to flake off and interfere with the nerves running to her back legs.
We eventually helped her walk everywhere with a belly sling.

Hopefully you Beagle has a different and more optimistic diagnosis.
 

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I had a similar situation with a 14-y-o Lab.
She couldn't control her hind legs. She could stand, but it was like she didn't know where her hind legs were to move them.
Diagnosis was spinal arthritis. Apparently the arthritis caused small pieces of the spine to flake off and interfere with the nerves running to her back legs.
We eventually helped her walk everywhere with a belly sling.

Hopefully you Beagle has a different and more optimistic diagnosis.
Thank you for your reply, my dog has no use of her legs, we are using a sling to take her on short walks. And we have her on pain medication. I haven't given up all hope but I don't feel very confident about a recovery.
 

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Our vet prescribed Rimadyl for pain for our old Lab. Within 2 days she was much worse, literally on her death bed. She suddenly couldn't stand, couldn't control her bladder, and could barely lift her head. We stopped the Rimadyl, and she returned to normal, and seemed to manage her arthritic pain on her own.
The vet said it is rare for a dog to have a bad reaction to Rimadyl... my research indicated its not rare at all.
Be sure that the pain med prescribed isn't making things worse.
Best of luck...
 

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I Just Recently Went Through The Same Thing With My 7 Year Old Beagle. The Vet Told Me He Had Ivdd And Ruputured A Disc. He Had No Bladder Control And Bowel. He Also Had Epliepsy To. Unfortuntly We Had To Put Him Down Cause We Couldn AfforD The Cost Of Surgery.I Really Hope That Is Not What You Dealing with. It Pains Me To Have Had To MakE THaT Choice.
 
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