- Bronchitis in Dogs
- Calif Vet on Results Using NZYMES for Dog Bites & Spider Bites
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Dog-Food Poisoning
- Honey; Cairn Terrier & Failing Allergies Treatments
- Dachshund Paralysis Recoveries – Short Stories
- Dog Mobility Problems & Recovery – Short Stories
- Aries; this Doberman Pinscher was Troubled with Wobblers
- Heartworm Disease, Overview & Help
- Ricky, Another Humane Society Mange Recovery Story
- Bailey, Aussie Enjoys Life Free from Wheelchair and Paralysis
Coonhound Syndrome in Dogs
Coonhound Paralysis is Another Name for Coonhound Syndrome
Because it can quickly render a dog paralyzed, with little or no movement capability.
Coonhound syndrome (acute polyradiculoneuritis) can be a quickly acting and devastating immobilizer when dogs fall prey to this weird condition. The name, “coonhound syndrome” was derived because it was once thought to be contracted through contact with raccoons which carried the disease. Opinions have varied whether such connection may have related to some contact with racoon saliva, or possibly areas or water tainted by racoon urine. However, there have been cases where no contact with raccoons has been associated. When considering possible sources, the saliva possibility seems logical since many animals have oral bacteria that can be harmful to other beings. A cat-bite, for example, can create a horrible infection for a person quickly, and therefore should be attended to by a doctor right away. Whatever its origin, coonhound syndrome acts like an auto-immune disorder, resulting in an immune attack on the nerves near the base of the spinal cord. As a result of the immune attack, puzzling and frightening symptoms arise suddenly.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of coonhound syndrome generally come on quickly over a period of one to seven days. The first symptom that may be noticed is that the dog’s bark seems to sound strange or different. This syndrome causes an increasing paralysis, and in some cases the paralysis begins with the dog’s vocal muscles, having an effect on the quality and tone of the dog’s bark. The primary symptoms associated with this disorder include weakness in the rear legs, which later spreads to the front legs. The dog’s gait can become stiff, the muscles begin to atrophy, and sometimes the dog becomes very tender to the touch.
Initially, at the onset of these symptoms, owners may not be overly concerned. Most dogs with coonhound syndrome will continue to have a healthy appetite, are alert, and otherwise seem fine. Before long however, the symptoms progress and it is apparent that something is terribly wrong. There is no specific veterinary treatment for the condition except to give comfort and support. The symptoms of Coonhound Syndrome can range from mild to severe. Some dogs will only develop milder symptoms, having a shorter recovery time of a few weeks. In worse cases, the paralysis can spread to the respiratory muscles. In these cases, the dog may require respiratory support to allow the dog time to recover from the syndrome.
Support Products Recommended for Dog Affected by Coonhound Syndrome
Shedding or Hair Loss in Dogs or Cats
Those Pesky Shedding or Hair Loss Concerns When seeking help...
- Posted April 20, 2016
Getting Control of Seizures in Dogs
Seizures in Dogs: Get Control, Naturally Is your dog already...
- Posted April 15, 2016
Bronchitis in Dogs
What can be done for Bronchitis in Dogs, Acute or...
- Posted April 13, 2016
Calif Vet on Results Using NZYMES for Dog Bites & Spider Bites
Dr. Kathleen Kenyon, DVM, on using NZYMES Products VET OBSERVATIONS...
- Posted March 31, 2016
Lola – A Bichon Frise beats Hot Spots
August 20, 2012 – Hello, my dog Lola has had...
- Posted March 30, 2016
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Dog-Food Poisoning
My story about dog food poisoning: I had begun using...
- Posted March 24, 2016
Big Boy: DSH Cat Broken Tail Recovery Story
Well, this all started when it was feeding time. My...
- Posted March 22, 2016
TOLL-FREE CONTACT#: 877-816-6500
- Those Pesky Shedding or Hair Loss Concerns When seeking help for shedding or hair loss, NZYMES® Antioxidant products can usually be your saving grace, and not just because of the …Read More »
- Seizures in Dogs: Get Control, Naturally Is your dog already having “full-on seizures or epileptic fits”? If you’re witnessing this on a regular basis, even with prescription medications in use, …Read More »
- What can be done for Bronchitis in Dogs, Acute or Chronic? Dog Bronchitis, acute or chronic, usually effects middle-aged to older dogs. The cause of canine bronchitis isn’t completely clear, …Read More »
- Dr. Kathleen Kenyon, DVM, on using NZYMES Products VET OBSERVATIONS USING NZYMES > A seasoned Vet from the Fresno area in California has been an NZYMES believer and user of …Read More »
- August 20, 2012 – Hello, my dog Lola has had hot spots since she was about 3 months old. The reoccurrence of the spots were about every month. When she …Read More »
- My story about dog food poisoning: I had begun using your NZYMES® Granules, Ox-E-Drops and Bac-Pak Plus in early February 2007. My dog is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and …Read More »