Coonhound Paralysis

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

Monday, June 26, 2006

Pictures of Physical Therapy

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get some pictures up, but here are a few of Goya in physical therapy.

He is put into a tank that has a tredmill at the bottom, and it fills with water to help support his weight and to give resistance.
First, they put him in the tank.

Then they fill it with water and help him stand.

Then they turn on the tredmill and he has to walk.
His front feet do fine, but he needs some help with his back feet.

Goya has to walk for about 15 minutes, with some breaks (this is hard work!). When he's done, he gets to the part he likes the best -- with all the attention he gets, it's like being at a spa.


  • At Sun Apr 08, 02:05:00 PM EDT, Anonymous sro said…

    Our dog Murphy is a Jack Russell who now has coonhound paralysis. They gave us no hope for him. His started about 4 days ago and he is still trying to be himeself, but has trouble with his hind legs and it is spreading to his front legs. The vet sounded as if he is doomed to die no matter what we do.. If you have any suggestions and help, we would like to hear.

  • At Sun Apr 08, 02:07:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How did you get to physical therapy? Where do I learn about it. We are in Michigan, so we could use some help

  • At Mon Apr 09, 09:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bonnie said…

    Your vet is wrong, wrong, wrong -- the vast majority of dogs with coonhound paralysis RECOVER if nursed. Some in as little as a few weeks (like Goya's first bout with it three years ago), some longer. PLEASE find a new vet; someone who can help you with nursing questions.
    Please read about Goya's recovery -- it wasn't 100% but he was mobile and happy to walk to Starbucks every morning. And please follow the links Gary put in the first post or two in this blog -- they point to veterinary pages talking about the disease and prognosis.
    Good luck to you and Murphy,

  • At Mon Apr 09, 09:12:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bonnie said…

    I found the physical therapy accidentally through the web. (see my post on April 4th, 2006 for some websites about physical therapy). I would also ask your vet because the physical therapist in this area sends a flyer to every vet every year to remind them that this treatment is available.

  • At Tue Sep 28, 11:31:00 AM EDT, Anonymous kamagra said…

    It is nice that you are doing that for that dog. I hope that it can recover faster. Because it is a pity that a dog can run like before.

  • At Thu Oct 04, 11:29:00 AM EDT, Blogger Jones Morris said…

    Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post.It 's really very nice and Useful post.Thanks


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