IVDD and degenerative myelopathy.

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Looks like Paris has invertebral disc disease.  She's managing ok on meds, but she randomly yelps and goes down, which is terrifying. She has been knuckling her front feet, and dragging her back feet, as well as two episodes of incontinance. She is still eating and drinking fine, but I am shocked at how fast she has declined. We are just trying to keep her comfortable, which means I never leave her alone. I am afraid she will try to get on the furniture and get hurt and be stuck, alone and scared. She has had anxiety, occasionally panting and whining. I know 12 1/2 is very old, but only 4 months ago she was roughousing with Dobie, and now she only goes outside to go to the bathroom. If she lowers her head to sniff things, or sneezes, she goes down onto her belly. I was unaware that this disease was another one the Doberman is prone to. I just wanted to share, but if anyone has any tips on coping with this, I would love to hear them.

Also, upon more investigating, we think she also has degenerative myelopthy. All the signs are there.

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We had to have Paris euthanized today. She was exponentially worse every day, and today she made it very obvious that she was ready. She went peacefully, with her head on my lap. Greatest loss I've ever experienced, but I know it was the right thing to do for her.

Kim
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I'm so sorry you've lost your girl. She had a wonderful life with you, I'm sure.

Prayers for you and your family....

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So sorry for your loss.  She is happy and healthy again, and she will be waiting for you  at the rainbow bridge

So sorry for your loss - 12 1/2 is a wonderful life for a Doberman, but it does not make your loss less devastating. Hugs to you and your family.

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Thank you. She did have a wonderful life, I wouldn't change a thing about our time together. Even our neighbors are going to miss her, she was literally the best dog ever. She loved everyone and everything, she was such a special girl. We have been together since I was 25, so now at 37, I feel like I have learn what to do every day without her. But I am relieved that she didn't have to suffer and chose when she was ready, that she she was able to communicate to me. She was a genius, even amongst such a brilliant breed!

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So sorry to hear this. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

Good luck to you, and we'd love to hear about it if you adopt another doggie.

 

Julia