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Paralyzed legs?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:53 pm


So I have a junior doe, about 18 weeks old, who just suddenly can't seem to move her back legs any more. I checked her spine for a spinal injury, but I don't get a reaction when I feel her spine. She seems to be able to drag herself around and reacts a little bit when I feel her legs and tail. She doesn't have diarrhea, runny nose, etc. She seems perfectly healthy other than her legs. Any thoughts?

I hate seeing her unable to move, and I want to know whether it would be best to euthanize or treat it? Thank you!

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Re: Paralyzed legs?

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Zass » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:13 pm


How long has she been paralyzed?

I've read a lot of posts over the years by people who have had buns recover from temporary paralysis with rest and restricted movement.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:22 pm


It's been since last night. I fed them yesterday morning, she was fine. Then last night she was laying strangely--I honestly thought she was just sleepy, but this morning told a different story. I am going to put her in a towel padded crate to restrict movement...Hopefully that does the trick.

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Re: Paralyzed legs?

Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:33 am


EC doesn't manafest suddenly, so probably not that..
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Post Number:#5  Unread postby hotzcatz » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:15 pm


It could be E. cuniculi which might be fixed with panacur? Weakness in the hind legs is a symptom of E. cuninuli. Although as Michael mentioned, that doesn't seem to show up quickly.

"Start the breathing, stop the bleeding & make 'em lay down" was the medical mantra when we were racing sailboats away from medical assistance, it might be of some use here? If it's a broken back then there's not much that can be done, but if it's a strain or fracture, then it may fix itself with some rest and restricted movement.
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Re: Paralyzed legs?

Post Number:#6  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:23 pm


I am keeping her pretty still, she definitely has control over back legs (poor girl, she tries to push herself forward with them but they aren't strong enough). I have had to manually help her relieve her bladder, which was a new experience XD It went well though.

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Post Number:#7  Unread postby hotzcatz » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:50 pm


If she doesn't improve, then try the Panacur?
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