A promising new drug for #dogs with spinal cord disease. @FBRN

This is a blog post from the French Bulldog Rescue Network Blog – I got so excited about the possibility of it that I had to share with you! -Juli

Friday, February 24

Exciting Medical News for Spine-Injured Dogs

Take a look at this article describing a new drug currently in trials in Texas. French bulldogs are among the breeds that most commonly suffer disc disease or spinal cord injury.

The drug has been quite successful in mice, and offeres hope to dogs prone to spine-injured dogs, particularly those with disc injuries.

The key is immediate treatment.

If your dog suffers from an injury and/or exhibits symptoms of pain- slow to move, panting, whimpering, unwilling to lift his head, or he loses mobility- even if you can’t get this drug, the secret to a full recovery is immediate treatment.

Remy uses his cart to go to the dog park and play.

Do not wait to see if the dog gets better. Go to your vet or the ER vet immediately.

Spinal injuries can be very expensive to treat, and they often include MRIs and surgery.

We recommend that Frenchie owners carry dog pet insurance, so owners are never faced with the suggestion of enthanizing their dog if he is injured.

Thanks to the handsome Remy and the fair Tinkerbell for providing photos for our readers and the Frog Princess.

Tinkerbell in her custom, pink-wheeled cart visits a local store.

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This would be a blessing!

Some of you are familiar with a blog that I follow called Our Oslo. He’s the cutest little French Bulldog with Intervertebral Disc Disease. I’m amazed at his courage and strength but I’m also amazed at the courage and strength that his parents have! Check out the blog- you will fall in love with it and the photography is unbelievable! Here’s a picture of Oslo and his sibling, Jersey- an adorable pair!

 

 

In this next picture, Oslo lays on his hot water bottle for extra TLC.

This is a picture of Oslo after his spinal surgery (yeeouch!):

I also have a friend in Iowa City who’s Miniature Dachshund has Intervertebral Disc Disease. Hegel does not yet have a cart to tool around in but I believe it’s on the horizon for him! Below is a picture of Hegel getting some acupuncture done. This was sometime after his surgery in 2011. I guess he liked having this done and was a very good boy! Yeah, Hegel!

Thanks for reading! -Juli

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