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Can you give me some advice on my dog with a spinal cord stoke of sorts?

I have a 7 year old Dogue de Bordeaux who was diagnosed with "FCE" a spinal cord stoke of sorts. I found him laying on the ground outside last Monday unable to move. An animal neurologist performed a spinal tap and MRI, which both came back normal. I was told that they was damage caused to the nerves (a freak accident, possibly from falling on the ice) and that these nerves to heal by themselves over time (2 to 12 weeks). The dog has been crawling around and has been able to stand and take a step or two. Has anyone got through this with a pet or know when I can hope to see him back on his feet again?

I'm sorry your pup has this problem, I hope he gets better soon. Unfortunately, there's no way to know how much function he'll recover until some time has gone by. The situation is similar to a person with a spinal cord injury...the neurologist will always say they have no idea how much function will return and when it'll happen. The same goes for stroke victims and coma patients. The neuro system is a complicated, interwoven system and there's a great deal we don't know about it.

As an example, I saw a cat about 2-3 months ago with an FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolus) in her cervical spinal cord (neck). She was very weak in the front and rear legs, then as she improved, her rear legs became normal, but her front legs are still affected and are becoming contracted and less functional. I'm sorry to say there's no way to know what was in store for this kitty or for your pup. She's not perfect, but she gets around and seems happy.

The best you can do is give him the best supportive care you can and hope for the best.

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