My dog is paralysed and I was told it’s Tetraplegia.

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My canine Miniature Schnauzer (male) at the age of 7 years 3 months , weighing at 7.1 kilograms, is currently suffering from tetra-paresis on all four limbs.

, also known as quadriplegia, is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all their limbs and torso; paraplegia is similar but does not affect the arms. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost


 X ray scan of his spinal cord



Everything is normal, there are no signs of fractured bones or uneven spine. Based on his history reports, his mucous membranes, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, abdomen, urogenital and lymph nodes has no abnormal findings at all.




He had used to be a really active and spontaneous dog; running around with no signs of discomfort until he started limping recently… I realized that his left hind-limb has stiffened up and he couldn’t put it on the ground.

After bringing him to a few veterinary clinic, the pain relief pills worked really well initially and he began moving freely again but unfortunately, that only lasted for a few days before he finally collapsed.




          • 10th august 2015


The last time I saw him running around in the house, there was no jumping from bed nor possibilities of him suffering any injuries at all. He was very energetic, barking and playing, eating and drinking well!

It all happened too fast.

The next morning when my family and I woke up, it was a terrifying and confusing moment for us. He wasn’t able to move at all; he was just laying down, staring blankly at us.  We rushed him to the vet, did all sorts of x ray scans for the limbs and joints, spinal cords and blood test. Even the senior doctors came down to check on him too.





They prescribed steroids, pain relief and anti-inflammatory to see if he would react to the drugs. Some of the pups facing similar issue, usually recovered after a few days of steroids. Sadly, this is not the case. Not only did he not recover, his condition worsened.

All his four limbs started stiffening up. Food intake and water intake has to be force fed, despite him being mentally sound, alert and still responsive.





  • 25th august 2015
  • Weighing at 6.5 kilograms

He stopped taking solid food, we’ve changed his diet to liquid food instead as we highly suspects that he’s too weak to even chew his food, that’s why he had refused to eat previously. My poor boy is on diapers now due to his immobility. My family and i decided to try on Chinese acupuncture at Nam Sang veterinary clinic to see if there could even be a possibility of him getting any better.


Thank you Jireh Veterinary Clinic for your attentive care and concern towards my fur kid, but it’s time for us to try an alternative.



I really hope that this post is a wake-up call for all the animal lovers out there, to spend more time with your fur kids. We are lucky to have many loved ones, friends and family but our pups? They only have us.

I would also really appreciate if any one of you who have experienced something similar or should you have any remedies to this illness, please do email me.


Please do pray for my furball, as we will continue to try our very best to help him with his condition. Let’s just hope that chinese acupuncture could really be the solution for him. It’s heartbreaking to see him like this today.


I’ll definitely be sharing more on his upcoming progress so that fellow furkids’ parents will be more aware of any unforeseen circumstances.


Signing off,

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  1. Mark

    August 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story Vivian and I really hope your little furkid feels better soon! Time to give mine a hug :(

  2. Nicolette

    August 28, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Try ARC, the one at farrer park. Very much well known vet and only there 7 days a month as he often a goes back to Aussie. May want to seek advice from him too.

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