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Old 01-21-2014, 02:26 AM
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I would start to suspect that something else might be the cause of your dog's leg problems if he doesn't show signs of improvement as his BG numbers improve. You do say he is not regulated yet so I am not sure how far off regulation he is now.

Has your vet offered any views? Have you tried dosing him up (with the vet) with painkillers to see if it is pain related ie if you eliminate pain does he walk normally? Painkillers made no difference to our dog at all.

I don't know enough to answer your point about regeneration. With our dog it was as if the legs and tail end all went numb (eg he would lie on his tail in a really awkward and unusual way because he just couldn't feel it I think, as well as not being able to support himself on his legs or stand up) then gradually over at least two months the feeling returned and he regained control.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:13 AM
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My dog Murphy was diagnosed in May of last year and his diabetes is still not regulated, started at 15 units and now is up to 23 units twice daily. His legs have gotten worse even though his numbers are getting better. Every one says it does get better but after 7 mos they haven't. Also once there is nerve damage from the neuropathy nerves do not regenerate so how do their legs get better? I am so afraid his legs will continue to get worse because there hasn't been any sign of improvement at all, in fact the opposite.


I apologize for responding to this thread again but I am unable to find a thread to reply to for this question....

I wonder if you can explain more about the leg problems Murphy has been having? Have you considered taking video and having a vet evaluate? I ask because my boy had problems with his rear legs following his overnight stay at his diagnosing vets. The weakness seemed to be on/off for some time. I forgot to mention that despite the weakness, it never did seem like he experienced numbness which some have reported with signs of neuropathy. Then we started seeing problems with what seemed to be weakness in his front legs as well. One example - he would go to get off our bed and stretch his back legs out with his front legs on the floor and his front legs would just give out - and he'd fall forward. We had no idea at the time what was going on - but again, it seemed to be more of a weakness than a numbness.

Shortly there after we started to hear his nails scrape as he walked and he looked a bit like a drunk dog - as his balance was off. Ultimately he was diagnosed with a neurological c1-c5 cervical (neck area) lesion which caused him spinal compression and impacted all four legs.

But in the beginning, and looking in hindsight, I suspect he suffered from muscle mass loss and joint pain - from undiagnosed hypothyroidism. About six months into his journey his lost his vision and it was around that same time we had him shaved down and his energy level and balance and everything else took a nose dive at the same time. We still had a month or so to go before his hypothyroidism was diagnosed.

Here is a video of him in mid-July. He'd been on thyroid meds for about three weeks. You can still see how weak he was - it took a good couple of months for him to re-gain his strength. Unfortunately, his balance and ability to walk never completely recovered and in Oct. we ended up taking him to a neurologist where his cervical lesion was diagnosed. I do think if he had not been blind, lethargic with muscle mass loss and joint pain that he may not have taken as many falls as he did before the hypothyroidism was diagnosed. And I do often wonder, because he fell forward when he fell, if one of those falls perhaps caused his cervical spinal lesion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPhflYiVY1I

This was mid-August. He had gained enough strength back to stay upright and his balance seemed better but his gait was still off.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrm5iUVlPM
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:46 PM
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The vet has evaluated Murphy and she is pretty sure the leg weakness is from the diabetes since he isn't regulated yet. It is only one back leg all the others are ok. It usually is worse in morning when he has slept on it all day and I usually massage when this is the case and it seems to help. He doesn't seem to be in pain but he is uncomfortable at times, he is on Deramaxx low dosage which seems to help also. We just upped his insulin from 21 to 23 units and will see how it goes from there.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:33 AM
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The only other thing you might look into is giving B12 methyl as a supplement.

Whso we gave him a big dose of B12 methyl to try to help his legs. When Eddie was bad,someone suggested that - and we felt we had little to lose (since the vet had quite wrongly told us that he had only 3 weeks to live due to a tumour which did not actually exist.... that was more than a year ago) .

We gave him a big dose of that and something helped him to get better. We will never know if it was getting his BG under control or the B12 methyl but it seemed unlikely to do any harm as they pee out any excess B12. (Needs to be B12 methyl and not B12 cobalamin). The vet had not come across it so we made up the dose ourselves.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:52 PM
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How much approx do these injections cost? I'm already stretching my budget to cover his expenses and I am unemployed so I'm really having difficulty. Anything extra is very hard on me.
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Old 01-22-2014, 03:22 PM
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I just got some human tablets (not injections) from Amazon - we're in England but I think they are also available in the US. They were relatively inexpensive - I can't remember exactly but maybe about $10 for a pot of 30 tablets. They came in a synthetic strawberry flavour which is probably not ideal for a diabetic but we were getting pretty desperate so I didn't fret about things like that.
Our vet knew we were doing it and said that the human one per day dose would probably be ok. Because of our situation (with the vet having said we were about to lose him anyway) we gave him four a day as well as ordinary B12 supplements which he gets for his digestive problem - he had a LOT of B12 for a couple of months!
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:23 PM
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Default How much B12 do I give my dog?

I want to start giving my dog B12 for his back leg weakness, I understand you can buy over the counter at drug stores but I have no idea what kind to buy or how much to give my 60 lb 10 yr old dog Murphy. The vet has never mentioned taking it so I don't want to ask her but I've read so many good things about it I want to try. Also do the injectables work better than the tablets? I understand there is sugar in this vitamin so will that hurt his glucose levels? Thx!
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Here is a link to what we gave my boy. It's not where we purchased it as we found it locally - but shows you a visual.
http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/natur...s#.UuG3HhAo7IU

We simply put one tablet in each meal. Didn't see a rise in blood glucose from the tablet. Don't know if it ever helped. Know it never hurt.

I believe Eddie's mom may have used quite a bit more for Eddie. I'm sure she can provide you with more specifics as to what she tried.
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What you describe - weakness primarily in one leg - suggests something other than neuropathy being involved. Neuropathy nearly always affects the hind legs equally on both sides because it reflects lack of communication over the spinal cord before that point.

So if the problem is on one side, something else is likely involved.

Neuropathy could be layered over the top of whatever that is, making it worse / more pronounced. I have seen that occur in many dogs who have some other kind of neurological or orthopedic problem.

General practice vets' knowledge of these kinds of issues is typically extremely limited and often nonexistent. Do you have access for a consult with a neurologist or internal medicine specialist?

A neurologist can do many noninvasive, quick simple tests to isolate the potential cause of the leg weakness. I have worked with one with both our diabetic dog and the dog we have now and the difference between the diagnostic ability of the GP vet and the neurologist is huge.

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The vet has evaluated Murphy and she is pretty sure the leg weakness is from the diabetes since he isn't regulated yet. It is only one back leg all the others are ok. It usually is worse in morning when he has slept on it all day and I usually massage when this is the case and it seems to help. He doesn't seem to be in pain but he is uncomfortable at times, he is on Deramaxx low dosage which seems to help also. We just upped his insulin from 21 to 23 units and will see how it goes from there.
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Old 01-24-2014, 02:47 AM
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We gave our dog a big dose on the basis that the vet had told us he had only three weeks to live and so we felt we had nothing to lose. We just made it up ourselves as I couldn't find any guidance and our vet had not used it as a supplement. Given that big caveat here is what we gave Eddie (63lbs or a bit less at that stage) -

Twice per day with meals - 2 x 5mg pills (We used human ones - Swanson Ultra methyl B12 from Amazon) so a total of 20mg per day. The suggested human dose is 5mg per day.

He also got occasional B12 injections from the vet and a daily B12 cyanocobalamin 500mcg pill as well. He was already having these due to a separate digestive problem.

We kept this up for about two months then gradually tailed it off as his legs got better. I don't think it made a huge difference to his BG but it was in the early days when we were still adjusting his insulin dose anyway so it was quite hard to tell.
We don't know if it made any difference to anything (though he's alive and well 14 months after the vet's dire prognosis).
Hope that helps - but do bear in mind that we were doing this without any real knowledge at all - and every dog can react to things differently!
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