spine surgery and OCD paw licking

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spine surgery and OCD paw licking

 
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KateRose



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Location: Long Island, New York

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 8:11 pm    Post subject: spine surgery and OCD paw licking Reply with quote

Hello everyone! I haven't been on this site in a while and wanted to post an update in the hopes of someone having some advice or tips. My toy poodle Ladybug had spine surgery for a ruptured disc last July. It was needed to prevent further paralysis. She has since healed up very well. It was not guaranteed that she would walk again and has been in physical therapy up until very recently. She doesn't walk totally normal but still manages to get around. She can use her back legs but sometimes opts not to as they are weaker then her front two. Additionally we are still having to manually express her. She can go to the bathroom on her own sometimes but its proving hard to re potty train her at this point. I'm hoping warmer weather makes it easier.

Lastly she has developed a severe case of obsessively licking her paws which I have read can come after a traumatic experience or time period of being immobile. Her food was changed to mitigate allergies and shes been tested for any sort of surface parasites. I have so use the e collar (cone) often and I feel terrible.

Sorry for my rambling it was harder to explain in text. Feel free to ask any clarifying questions. I am really struggling to juggle all of these complications at once and would love any suggestions. Thank you so much.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the licking. my Noelle has been a compulsive licker since she was a baby, paws, my face, arms, whatever she can reach..Shes now 11 still can't stop her.
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