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    How many dogs actually suffer spinal cord injuries? Seems like the number would be very low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    How many dogs actually suffer spinal cord injuries? Seems like the number would be very low.
    Jim, I don't know that there's a solid number or estimation on the numbers from all the research vet hospitals throughout the country.

    About 120 alone end up at Texas A&M...

    Naturally Occurring Spinal Cord Injuries in Dogs
    2.3% of dogs admitted to veterinary teaching hospitals have naturally injured spinal cords
    48% to 72% of all affected dogs are Dachshunds
    1 in 5 Dachshunds are affected over their lifetime
    Other common breeds: Beagles, Corgis, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 02-10-2014 at 01:20 PM.

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    Interesting, thanks.

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    I met a para pug once... he was so inspirational and I told his owner she was a Saint. Maybe he could get in on this trial? If there is room on account of all the injured weiner dogs (fix the weiners first ). I would try Viagra and straighten them little guys out then we'll get to them pesky pugs.

    I already know there's something wrong with me.

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    Anyone wanting to watch the new dog trial posts and photos via Facebook can see it at:

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    Dogs are at least 6 weeks after injury so that makes them a chronic model, good.
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    But I'm goin' strong-
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    more dogs than you think might suffer spinal cord injury. Especially long backed breeds. It's common for dachshunds to (go down in the back) and need artificial discs or decompression surgery. I got to see several surgeries between 1982 and 1990. I wondered why they could recover so much better than a human being could. when one went down, it could be sudden from a jump off a couch, or over time, and the herniation was often like a complete injury. I mean no feeling in the back end, no bowel and bladder control, and no use of the body behind the herniation. they might recover after surgery, hydro and physical therapy in as little as 3-4 months, and some with less complete loss would be recovering less time than that. I always wondered why dogs could recover such an assault to the spinal cord and human beings cant. my first experience was a family pet, she went to Ames Iowa, which is a teaching hospital. most dogs would be put down, but in 1982, we got to try a new experimental disc replacement surgery on our dog. it got me interested in becoming a large animal vet, so got to see some really amazing surgeries over period of four years. I never got to be a vet, but it gave me hope for a cure when I was injured many years later. the dogs didn't know they might never walk again. they almost always did if they were small and the surgery went well.

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    When did this trial start exactly? Is dr. Jeffery with Acorda?
    Last edited by Jim; 02-27-2014 at 01:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMcM View Post
    When did this trial start exactly? Is dr. Jeffery with Acorda?


    I don't know the exact start date, but it was some time during 2013 that enrollment started. Dr. Jeffery isn't with Acorda. He's a vet working research studies in Ames Iowa with the College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University . The large animal trial for Chondroitinase is sponsored by Spinal Research in the UK. That was presented by Mark Bacon at W2W 2013 titled, The Changing Role of Not for Gain Organizations. Is it a Case of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

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