I wrote a little about this when it happened, but I didn’t tell the whole story. I have an older dog, Bandit, he is eleven. One day last fall he came inside after playing outside in the fenced backyard and he could not use his back legs at all. We lifted him into the van and brought him to the vet. The vet took x-rays but nothing was showing up, so she suspected nerve damage. The outlook was not good, my vet didn’t know if the damage would heal or not, plus my old dog was showing signs of arthritis.
Finally after a week he could get around with help, we put a rolled up towel under his belly and he could at least go potty. The drug he was taking (Prednisone) made him very thirsty, so by a week later when we brought him home from the vet he was drinking a lot and had to go outside to pee every four hours. We modified our back entrance and built a ramp so we could wheel Bandit in his specially built kennel-on-wheels outside. One of us (either me or my BF) had to be up all the time to bring him out. After a month of this (and I think the Glucosamine supplements kicked in) Bandit could use his hind legs and walk without the towel. He couln’t move very fast, but he could finally go out with supervision. Over the winter he has slowly improved and today I let him out and he ran! It was just over to the fence, but I was almost crying to see him free of pain and able to be a dog again. I just had to share.