Alice can't use her back legs

Deb K

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:19 pm


Hi all,

Alice (who is about 7) cannot use her back legs. She drags them behind her (straight out). She does not appear to be in pain and is eating and drinking as normal. Any thoughts?

Thank you,

Deb

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mimilicious

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:29 pm


Is there any chance she could have fallen, even a little way? This happened to a piggie I had when I was a kid. Her back legs were paralysed after a small but bad fall onto her back from about 10 inches up. She dragged both legs, but was otherwise fine...eating, drinking etc. The vet gave her an injection and she was able to use one leg. The next week she had a second injection and fully regained use of both back legs again.

It's usually nerve damage to the spine I believe. Please get her to a vet asap as the sooner the treatment the better.

Good luck & we wish Alice piggie luck. x

Deb K

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:36 pm


Thank you, Mimi.

No, I am 99% sure that she didn't fall. Can you please let me know what the shot was? So, that I can bring that up as a possibility to my vet?

Thank you for your prompt response.

Deb

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mimilicious

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:42 pm


I think it was just vitamin B, but not sure. Also she may need some Metacam (pain relief). Piggies are extremely good at hiding pain. Generall the prognosis is very good for this type of situation.

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mimilicious

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:43 pm



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Lynx
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Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:51 pm


It may be coincidence that the vitamin B helped. I would see a vet asap too. An xray would show if there was something going on with her bones interfering with walking like arthritis, bone loss or injury.

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mimilicious

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 3:59 pm


It may well have not been vit B Lynx...it was 25 years ago when i was a kid and my mum took her to the vet!

If it happened suddenly it could be injury or infection. If more slowly, and the legs are rigid perhaps arthritis. Mimi has arthritis in one of her back legs, but doesn't drag it. It is fixed & doesn't bend. It isn't causing her any problems though, thankfully! She's still quick, especially where food's concerned!

Deb K

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 4:16 pm


Thank you! Long term though, if she is not in pain, there would be no need to put her down would there?

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mimilicious

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 4:24 pm


I wouldn't have thought so. If she is behaving normally otherwise and happy, she may just need a bit extra care and attention re: keeping clean etc.

I really would advise getting her to a vet though as Lynx said. I think you need to find out what's causing this.

smartorl

Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 6:26 pm


My guess would be a steroid injection rather than Vit B. Just a thought.

I would definitely see a vet as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would make sure that she has water and food in close proximity.

How long has she been this way?

The long term issue would be if she is dragging the limbs then she likely has no feeling, if she has no feeling, she will most likely damage them with the dragging, I have even seen some that will chew on their lifeless limbs. At that point infection would be probable and extreme diligence would need to be practiced to keep her from being toxic.

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Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 6:26 pm


I agree that there’s no reason to put her down due to her back legs as long as she is doing well otherwise and doesn’t seem to be in any pain. Also agree on taking her to a vet as it sounds like she at least needs an x-ray.

If you’re not doing so already I would recommend weighing her once a week to monitor for any weight loss since that COULD be a sign that she’s in pain or uncomfortable. Don’t necessarily panic if there is weight loss as it’s also not unusual for senior guinea pigs to lose some weight but it will help you monitor her overall condition.

Also, if you’re not doing it already, you might consider switching her bedding to fleece as it may be easier for her to get around on fleece. Just guessing on the fleece. The link mimilicious posted might give you some more ideas on modifications people made for their guinea pigs with hind leg paralysis.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 18, 2010 7:28 pm


Ditto on the steroid. Definitely ask.

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mimilicious

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 5:02 am


Asked my mum, it was a steroid injection! Let us know how she gets on at the vet.

Deb K

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 6:28 am


Thank you all for your input. I will definitely get her to the vet. Unfortunately, I have surgery on my right knee this morning and will certainly not be able to get her there today or tomorrow. I will have to find someone that can bring her. I do have her on fleece and gave her a bath yesterday to remove some of the yuck on her bottom. She just started showing these symptoms yesterday. She is such a smart little girl as she moved her dish right up to the entrance of her pigloo. Such a cutie pie!!!!

Thank you again..will check postings online later in my drug induced state....please don't hold me accountable for spelling errors then! :)

Deb

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mimilicious

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 6:43 am


Good luck with your surgery. x

I expect Alice is have difficulty in washing her behind now. At least you can give her a bath. She sounds very clever to move her bowl to her pigloo. Bed & breakfast!

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Brainerror

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 7:01 am


Deb K - I had the same happen to my 9 year old pig a few years back. She had a stroke & afterward couldn't walk.

I hope the vet can sort her out & good luck with your surgery!

Charybdis

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 7:45 am


Doofy is having the same issue now. On Sunday he suddenly started dragging his back legs. He is seven years old. X rays showed severe arthritis in his knees, hips, and lower back but no fractures. There is no place to fall in his cage, but he may have tried to chase and/or hump the baby sow I put in there last Thursday (since his roommate died). So this has led me to suspect that old arthritic pigs can injure themselves quite easily.

He got an injection of Dexamethasone (a steroid) and is taking Torb for the pain and Baytril. I put a hot water bottle wrapped in fleece for him to lie on. He is getting subcue fluids twice daily because he can't reach the water bottle. Also 50 mg of Vitamin C twice daily.

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BamBam

Post   » Wed May 19, 2010 12:21 pm


Definitely x-ray. When Blossom suddenly "lost the use" of her back legs it was the result of bladder stones. It wasn't that she couldn't use her legs but that the pain was so severe that it prevented her from doing so.

She passed a couple on the way to Vedra and this relieved the pain enough to allow her to stand. The remaining small stones and grit were removed and she was walking again normally.

That said, Bloss was quite clearly in great pain (although eating and drinking right up to the loss of mobility) and from what you say Alice does not have pain.

Deb K

Post   » Sun May 30, 2010 1:35 pm


Hi all,

I wanted to speak with you regarding Alice and her immobilized back legs (dragging and not being able to put weight on them and sitting in her cage with her hind legs out behind her). As some of you know, I don't have the world's best vets near me and have always had problems. So, I brought Alice to my homeopathic vet (who is phenomenal) and we took xrays and she didn't see anything broken but said that Alice had bad arthritis that was making her immobile. She presribed Hypericum. Two drops a day for two weeks. I am happy to tell you that after 6 days of the Hypericum Alice is walking like nothing ever happened!!!!!! I just wanted to share this with you in case anyone else is in the same predicament with the arthritis!!!

Deb

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun May 30, 2010 4:12 pm


I'm glad to hear your guinea pig started walking. It is likely it is a coincidence (in other words, your guinea pig was healing and might have walked in 6 days anyway) rather than an herbal remedy, but am glad she's doing well.

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