Canine paralysis is distressing for both dogs and their owners. Is your dog having trouble moving around? Sometimes this can be caused by arthritis, but if you have a young dog this is unlikely.
Did the symptoms suddenly appear? Then this is quite likely to be canine paralysis and while this is a symptom rather than a disease in itself, it can be upsetting if your dog is affected. However a lot of cases can be quickly cured.
Now if you live in Australia, chances are your dog’s condition could be caused by a tick bite. Simply remove the ticks and the paralysis will go away.
Canine paralysis can also be the result of constipation. Changes in your dog’s diet will help here, as will providing plenty of fresh water. There are natural medications available for dog constipation if you need them. Do act quickly as constipation can lead to toxins entering the body.
If your dog’s paralysis is caused by a disease affecting the central nervous system, you may have to accept this as a long term situation. If your dog cannot move at all this may also mean he is suffering with incontinence and he will require a lot of care and nursing.
If your dog is showing any symptoms of being paralysed that can’t be easily explained, take him to a vet without delay. Your vet will be able to advise you what is wrong, how long it may last and how to look after your dog until he is better.
If your dog is only partially incapacitated and is making an attempt to get up and walk, he may be helped by means of a dog sling or other device to support his body. If he cannot move at all he should be kept warm and turned every so often so long as this doesn’t cause any pain, until he reaches the vet.
Although canine paralysis is a challenging condition to nurse, and may take a long time to heal, your dog has a good chance of complete recovery so long as the nervous system is not irreparably damaged. So don’t be in a hurry to have him put to sleep unless the vet advises that his condition will never improve. I wish both you and your dog all the very best.