Coonhound Paralysis

This blog talks about our experience when Goya (our 150lb English Mastiff) came down with coonhound paralysis (also called acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis).

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Goya takes "steps" - 4 apr 06

Another "baby step" in Goya's recuperation.
He "righted" his front feet two days ago for the first time. Today I wheeled him a few feet forward, with his front feet just touching the ground, and as I rolled him he took "steps" along with the forward motion. That is, instead of dragging his feet, as he always used to do if we didn't raise him up enough, he picked his feet up one at a time and put them down ahead of the motion just as if he was walking (but he's not supporting any weight -- the livestock sling is supporting him). I did this for about 3 feet, maybe 6 "steps" before he got tired and started dragging his feet again.
Yeah Goya!

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