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, October 03, 2006

Update on Goya's limping

Just a short post.
The vet said that Goya seems to have severe arthritis in his left front shoulder. The turn in the weather last week (from being in the high 70s to being in the low 50s) brought a lot of pain with it. His back legs aren't strong enough to support the "loss" of one of the front legs, which is why he was falling down by the end of the week.
Goya is now on doggie ibuprofen and I will be off seaching for information about canine arthritis (as soon as I get out from under the work I am so behind on). He can support his weight better, so I assume he is in less pain. But he is still limping. He makes it to Starbucks, but can't do as many "deep knee bends" (get up, sit down, repeat) for his cheese brioche as he could before. We are supposed to callthe vet back to report on his progress at the end of this week.


  • At Sat Oct 07, 10:47:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you so very much Gary and Bonnie for your Blog on Goya and "coonhound paralysis". I have been searching the internet for 5 hours (3 last night & 2 today) trying to find an answer for what is wrong with my mother's beautiful 6 yr. old collie. When I found your blog, I had this incredible eureka moment! Two weeks ago 'Tara' stop walking -or as I have now learned in vet jargon -became non ambulatory -and since then she has been seen by 4 vets, one in my mother's home town, two at the University veterinary clinic (a 4 hour drive from 'Tara's' & my mother's home) and one vet last night in my home town. All had different ideas but could not really explain why 'Tara' is not able to walk. Xrays were taken, tests were done and yes the neurologist first diagnosed "myathemia gravis" as they did with your Goya. When the tests came back negative, the bone specialist said it was a cartilage rupture and that her forelimbs should be fused. Actually the consensus among all 4 vets has been to put her down. She is in my care right now as my mother has stairs and I don't. My sister said try and google her symptoms and see if I could find anything on the internet -I agreed but said it is hard to describe her problems in a few words for the search engine. Finally in one article I saw a very minor mention of coonhound paralysis but it did say in brackets (caused by racoon bite, scratch or saliva). I remembered my mother telling me two weeks ago how she had seen a large racoon in the afternoon near her property and later 6 others nearby! She thought it odd that this noctural animal was out in the daytime. The memory of that conversation prompted me to stop and delve further into this medical condition and that is when I found your site and it is uncanny how your description of Goya matches our Tara. I am 90% sure this is what Tara is suffering from. I will drop you a line to report how she makes out. Thanks so much!!!

  • At Wed Oct 11, 08:18:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bonnie said…

    We really hope Tara is doing much better, and we are glad that our blog might help her.

    Goya was never really diagnosed the first time he had this disease -- he got better before the vets could decide what he had. It was only when he came down with it 3 years later that a new neurologist looked at his whole history and decided it was coonhound paralysis. Perhaps putting this disease "on their radar" might help.

    Good luck,


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