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Coonhound Paralysis

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Condition Overview

The cause of this disease is unknown. It is believed to be a immune-mediated disease with antibodies directed at the dog's own peripheral nerves. This illness is not limited to Coonhounds.

Symptoms

Paralysis begins as weakness in the hind quarters and progresses forward until the dog is unable to stand. During this time, the dog remains anxious but alert. The paralysis can affect the muscles involved in respiration and swallowing. It reaches its peak at about 10 days. Muscle atrophy may be dramatic.

Causes

The agent triggering the immune reaction may be a virus or bacteria. It occurs most often in hunting dogs one to two weeks after having had contact with a raccoon.

Diagnosis

Information needed.

Treatment

Good nursing care is the main treatment. Full recovery may take weeks or months.

Prevention

Information needed.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian form more information regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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