Long Term Symptoms

Long Term Symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy

Does Degenerative Myelopathy Hurt?

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Bladder Infections, Blog, Early Symptoms, Long Term Symptoms

Does Degenerative Myelopathy Hurt? Even though it should be common knowledge by now that degenerative myelopathy is not a painful disease there may be times when your dog can’t get comfortable and starts to whine and may even seem like its in pain. I want to re-assure you that degenerative myelopathy is NOT a painful disease however, it can be very frustrating for your dog. Certain breeds of dogs have a lot of energy and when they can’t do exactly what they want they get frustrated. Thats why you should always give your dog lots of physical exercise to keep them entertained and...

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More Bladder Infections

Posted on May 30, 2011 in Bladder Infections, Blog, Long Term Symptoms

I haven’t been posting much lately as I’m struggling to find positive things to write about. It seems like there’s something new going wrong every day and it’s really getting tiring. Unfortunately this cycle continues as Wrangler is still battling with a bladder infection. He was on 2 weeks of antibiotics and was doing pretty well. The vet then switched him to a different anti-biotic for the next 2 weeks. During this time he started not feeling well again. He pants a lot, has very low energy, seems uncomfortable, and the smell of his pee is so bad it makes you want to...

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Leaky Pipes

Posted on May 10, 2011 in Blog, Long Term Symptoms

Wrangler has started to develop leaky pipes.  Usually when he tries to have a bowel movement I help him by putting my arm under his belly and applying a little pressure.  It helps him arch his back and also basically helps him empty his bowel.  I’m finding now that when I apply pressure to his belly it causes him to pee, I have to be careful where I put my arm so I don’t get peed on.  I’m also noticing that after returning from our walks when I take him out of his cart he leaks a little bit then too.  The cart applies enough pressure that he can’t pee while he’s...

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Good Days and Bad Days

Posted on May 6, 2011 in Blog, Long Term Symptoms

Here is a video to end your week with.  The average life expectancy of a boxer is 8 – 10 years, even less for a boxer with degenerative myelopathy.  Wrangler celebrated his 10th bday back in Dec and is still fighting.  He has good days and bad days, lately I feel like the bad days are out numbering the good, but this was a particularly good one.   If you’re having an off day, watch this video, maybe it’s not as bad as you think. This was taken over a month ago on a sunny day in the middle of a very rainy week.  I think Wrangler was excited for the nice...

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Peeing On The Sidewalk

Posted on May 4, 2011 in Blog, Long Term Symptoms

Each morning when I get up I cross my fingers Wrangler will make it out the front doors of my building and not pee in the hallway.  He can hold his pee and doesn’t generally have accidents in the apartment, but the pressure from his cart makes him have to go more urgently.  I’ve always lived in a house with a yard so even though my current apartment is probably one of the nicest places I’ve lived in, it’s not ideal for Wrangler.  When Wrangler makes it out the front doors it isn’t long before he pees and in most cases on the sidewalk as the closest grass is a...

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Another Bladder Infection

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 in Bladder Infections, Blog, Long Term Symptoms, Stress

Last weekends move did not go well for Wrangler.  He was extremely stressed.  He is not comfortable in his new surroundings at all.  I thought he would enjoy sitting on the couch watching people on the street, but he doesn’t like the traffic noise or the people.  He doesn’t like the hardwood floors even though I have throw down rugs everywhere and he doesn’t like the elevator or the lobby.  I moved everything over to the new place in one move and brought Wrangler with me.  I live in a 1 bedroom so I don’t have a lot of furniture.  I was completely unpacked and mostly...

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