My baby Lugers story!

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Hello everyone i,m new on here and i,m Lugers Mom, I,m kinda ashamed to have bought Luger from a backyard breeder, he is A.K.C. Registered, hes black and tan, but ohhhhhhhhhhh the problems from day one, i picked him up from the man at a service station, brought him home, he had a limp, i took him straight to the vet, on my way to the vet i called the man and he said that his foot had got caught in the cage when he was gettin him out to give him to me, so the vet and I decided to watch it for awhile to see if it got better, well needless to say its only gotten worse, he has had a hip x-ray and also his spine x-rayed and thier thinkin its in his spine, thier is a small place on his back where he has no feeling, thier are two disks in his back that look like maybe they are too close together, he has a hop when he runs and his leg will sometimes just go limp and curl in on him, they are hopin he may outgrow this, he has good days and bad days, could you please give any kind of advice on this, has anyone ever went through this with a doberman? He has a hump in his back like a cat when it stretches, dont really know how to describe that! sorry! I love him to death he is really smart, and really playful, i just do not know where to turn from here, all advice will be helpful!!! thank you, Mickey

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It sounds like a possibiliy could be Wobbler's disease.This occurs when the discs in the back do not align properly and push against a nerve causing a loss of feeling in one or more limbs.This causes a loss of control in the dog and he wobbles when he walks.Look up Wobbler's disease,it is one of the health concerns in the breed.I went through it with my Jake, although he didn't get it until he was 9 years old.One morning he woke up and went to get out of bed and cried out.I watched him for a few days and he wasn't getting better,he would cry when he turned a certain way.I took him to the vet and we put him on muscle relaxers and an anti-inflammatory.This just masked the condition and it got worse.He started to lose feeling in his  front leg and began dragging it when walking.Long story short,I live in Massachusetts and my local vet advised an MRI at Tufts Animal Hospital.The MRI showed a disc out of line pinching a nerve causing the loss of feeling in his leg.(Wobbler's Disease)We scheduled a surgery and the Dr. went in through his neck and actually removed the disc.He made a full recovery and was completely back to his old self with no limitations.I have a picture of him in my gallery after the surgery.

 I'm no expert,I just happened to go through this with my dog and what you describe sounds similar.The sooner you can rule this out the better though.It took about 2-3 months before I ended up with the surgery and the vet said his disc was beginning to fuse out of line with the next disc, so he actually had to saw it out a little.I hope this helps and keep posting.

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Thank you so much for your help, i will be doin some checkin on WOBBLERS DISEASE, thanks again, MICKEY

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I'm so sorry to hear that you little guy is having these issues.. and it makes me sad that there is a guy out there who is so irresponsible with breeding.  

Keep us updated on how he is doing.  I'd just say be patient with him when he's in pain and don't push him to be too physical.

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Dogs are very resilient creatures,  They don't know they shouldn't be able to do something and no matter what their problem is they will often find a way to do just fine missing limbs, bent back, whatever.  Hopefully your little guy can be all fixed up but if he's not in pain don't stress over a slight disfigurement.  They don't know they don't look perfect....nor do they care. 

 

Talk to different vets,  don't be afraid to get 2nd or 3rd opinions....and read up, google really is a wonderful tool.