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 urinates like a mobile dog

Earlier today, Goya showed progress in another area. Gary walked him from the porch to the yard this afternoon about 5PM with just a belly sling. Goya stopped near the top of the driveway, a few feet onto the grass, and started to squat, just like a mobile dog.

He urinated a river -- staying with his knees bent a little for several minutes. Gary says he did have to support Goya's weight a bit, but Goya's legs weren't shaking or giving way.

This is the first time we have seen him pee since we took the catheter out on Monday morning. We assume that he has been peeing while laying in the grass this week, because he isn't going into "distress", there have been no accidents, and the vet at physical therapy says that his bladder is not full, but that's hard for us to know because the grass is often wet and he crawls several feet while he's in the grass.

Anyway, we are very pleased that we saw him pee and that he attempted to "assume the positon" all by himself. It's amazing how he just keeps trying to be a normal dog and eventually he can do it. A person might loose heart after 6 months of being down, but not Goya!


  • At Tue Sep 19, 10:16:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am the one who lost the golden recently (on your other page). I am happy that Goya is making progress. He seems to be a very strong willed dog and that's good on his behalf. I know it's been hard on all of you. Michelle


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