Acute canine polyradiculoneuritis is more commonly known as Coonhound paralysis. There are a number of theories on the cause of this disease. In North America, dog may be affected by contact with something in raccoon saliva. There are obviously no raccons in Australia but Coonhound paralysis does occur here. The cause here is also unknown although there is a thought that it may be associated with feeding raw chicken. However, the only study done did not find a link between feeding raw chicken and Coonhound paralysis.
The disease is similar in symptoms to Guillain Barre syndrome in people and results in extreme weakness and paralysis all over. A few years back I was asked to treat a dog who was only able to lift his head a little after four weeks. He could not move anything else. He was my first Coonhound paralysis patient.
In the last few months I have been asked to treat four dogs with the disease. Three of them made fantastic recoveries. When I first saw two of them, they could wriggle their backs after four weeks of home care. Within two weeks of electroacupuncture, craniosacral therapy, chinese herbs and rehabilitation exercises, they were walking. The owners of the fourth dog could not manage the home care and stopped after the first treatment.
The results have been so promising that it is definitely worth considering this treatment option, especially when there is no specific conventional veterinary treatment available at the moment.