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    Thank you for the kind words Keith, Karen, and Chuck.

    Karen, Simon was first diagnosed last May when I brought him in for his yearly check up. He was moving slower and I just thought it was his age. By chance I mentioned that his bark, at times, sounded hoarse. That is when my vet felt he had LP. I brought Simon to the UW Madison vet clinic in June and they confirmed it. I gave them his pedigree in which they found some similarities in other Labs they have seen with LP.

    I don’t have any steps in my house other than the two to get on my back deck and into the house. One night, Simon lost his balance and fell on his back and couldn’t get upright. Just about broke my heart watching him thrash around. He was continually tripping and falling in the house. He just did not seem happy. I felt it was time to let him go and run free with the hopes that we will meet again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Klotthor View Post
    Becky, so sorry to here about Simon. How long did it take for the LP to really kick in so he could not walk. My girl was just diagnosed so hope I have a lot more time. BUT as you said the hind legs is slow and gradual but so hard to watch. Thankfully she can still get around for now and no steps to go up. That has be the hardest for her.
    I thought the LP and the not walking were unrelated? Sorry for your loss.
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    LP causes paralysis in the hind end as well as the throat issues.

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    The weakness in Simon's hind legs was gradual. It never reached complete paralysis. When he would stand, his back legs would quiver. He would be okay on carpeting but not on tile and wood flooring so he would often slip and fall. He very seldom sat; but when he did, he would often collapse backwards. It was so sad to watch. His throat issues were not a real problem for him other than hoarseness when he would bark and hard, loud panting when he was excited. Even in the end, all he wanted to do was retrieve a ball or frisbee. He will be truly missed.
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    Greetings everyone. After reading through this thread I decided to register after coming across this forum recently.

    I had a Chocolate female that was diagnosed with this approximately 5-6 years ago if I remember correctly. She started sounding hoarse and panting excessively and once she started losing mobility slightly in her hind end I had taken her in. I thought old age at first but she was diagnosed with LP. I had never heard of this before.
    I had the corrective procedure done and it seemed to help for approximately 6 months with panting and possibly slightly with her rear end strength until the winter hit. She had a hard time in the snow and with stairs over her last year or two.
    About a year after her procedure, possibly a year and a half. After being happy every day and struggling with some obstacles one morning she was restless and couldn’t get up from her bed. We immediately called the vet and had to put her down. She was 15 years old.

    I applaud everyone who is taking part in this study and feel for everyone dealing with this.

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    My dear sweet Raven was diagnosed with this horrible disease last spring. I wanted to have the surgery, but the vet talked me out of it. She has been happy, and mentally she is still a puppy in her mind. But strength in her once powerful hind legs is dwindling. This morning she had a really horrible episode with breathing, I think she came really close to death. Then she started breathing well again. The vet told me that when they struggle breathing, they can begin to panic, which makes it worse. He believes that she began to pass out, and because of that relaxed enough that her breathing improved. She is comfortable and has eaten, drank, and been outside since the incident. But the vet told me that she were his dog, she is at the point where he would let her go. So I have scheduled a vet to come into our home tomorrow and send her over the rainbow bridge. Such a hard decision, but I know it's the right one. I don't want her going through what happened this morning again. Meanwhile, the vet gave us a sedative to give her to keep her from having another severe episode from panic. Very sad day at our house. My heart goes out to those going through the same. It is so hard to see these once amazing athletes go this way. Hug your dog and your family, and enjoy every day.
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    My condolences. Went through this a couple years ago and will say what others have, better a week to soon than a moment too late. JD
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    So sorry, Buzz. Lost one this spring in a very similar manner. Mr. Dogger is correct. You can never second guess those decisions.
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    So sorry for your loss, My girls hind legs have gotten weaker this past few months. I started her on pure organic protein. Figured it couldn't hurt her. Seems she has a little more bounce in her step. Her biggest problem is getting up. Once she is up she walks ok. Sometime she walks a little crooked. I hate seeing her like this. See is not in any pain that we can tell. You throw a bumper and she is all over it. I know the day is coming that I am going to have to make the same decision you have. I am with you on not letting them suffer. Keeping you in my prayers

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    Has anyone heard of using Doxepin for LP? Someone I know has his dog on it and says it has worked wonders. I understand it is a human anti-depressant? Perhaps it keeps them relaxed enough to not go into the "panic" when things go bad?

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