Coonhound Paralysis

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

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Goya takes steps all by himself!

Just a quick celebration!
Goya had been sitting in the yard on this beautiful Saturday and Gary and I decided it was time to put him back on the porch. He sat up to show he was ready to have us put on the front walkabout and we just used a belly sling for supporting his back legs. He walked quickly back to the porch with only a lttile assistance. Sally (the physical therapist) had encouraged us to let go and see if he could stand at all by himself, so we made sure his feet were flat on his pads (not knuckled under). Goya stood a few seconds (yeah!) and then actually took about 6 steps in a circle before laying down. He did knuckle under on his back feet a few times when he took these steps, but when this happened he stood there trying to get his foot in the right position long enough for me to flip his foot for him a couple of times. When he sat, he didn't just collapse either, he went down pretty slowly and under control.
Yeah Goya!! What progress!!!


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