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What are Leg Paralysis?

Peripheral spinal nerve damage is often the cause of leg paralysis. This can have a spiral effect, causing secondary damage, pain, and loss of nerve connection to the muscles, leading them to wither. Conditions that can affect the nerves and cause paralysis include injuries, infections, muscle or spinal conditions, or severe toxic exposures to certain chemicals. Paralysis can be partial or full, affecting one or all four legs. While some conditions can be remedied through surgery, others may not be able to be treated and will require supportive, lifelong care as the limb will not be functional.

Leg paralysis in dogs occurs when one or more legs lose the ability to function. Often seen as limping or dragging of the limb in dogs, it can point to nerve or muscular damage. This can lead to destruction of the nerve sheaths, tissue decay, joint and muscle damage, or atrophy as the affected dog loses the ability to flex or move that limb.

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Symptoms of Leg Paralysis in Dogs

Symptoms of leg paralysis in dogs include:

  • Inability to flex joint in affected leg
  • Inability to bear weight on affected leg 
  • Pain
  • Lameness
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal gait
  • Shift in weight
  • Limb dragging
  • Horner’s syndrome, or issues with the eye on the same side as affected limb

Types

  • Front leg paralysis is often caused by damage to the neck and shoulder nerve roots, or in the radial, median or ulnar nerves in the affected leg
  • Hind leg paralysis is associated with nerve root damage in the tailbone or lower back, or in the tibial, femoral, peroneal, or sciatic nerve in the affected leg

Causes of Leg Paralysis in Dogs

Conditions that can cause leg paralysis can include:

  • Neurological condition
  • Musculoskeletal condition
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Tumor
  • Viral diseases, including distemper and rabies
  • Fungal diseases
  • Protozoal diseases, such as neosporosis
  • Tick toxicity
  • Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis
  • Injuries and trauma
  • Severe exposure to pesticides and insecticides containing organophosphates

Diagnosis of Leg Paralysis in Dogs

Cases of leg paralysis can offer a myriad of causes, and your veterinarian will take into consideration many factors when coming to a positive diagnosis of this condition. Observations including your dog’s gait and posture, any pain present, conditions of muscles in the affected limb, and spinal reflexes can help to locate the source of injury. Recovery is better the closer the associated nerve damage is to the muscle. Your veterinarian will also look at how well your dog can flex an associated joint, reflexes in other places in the leg, and how well he can bear weight on that limb. Electrical stimulation can be used to see if the nerve is still intact.

Information that can help guide your veterinarian to a correct diagnosis of the cause of the paralysis can include any symptoms noticed, exposure to pesticides or insecticides, exposure to other animals, exposure to tick ridden areas, and medical history. Other tests that can provide valuable information include CT scans, MRIs, X-rays, myelography, surgical biopsies, blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid tests, tissue samples, physical examination, and the visible presence of a tick or skin crater.

Treatment of Leg Paralysis in Dogs

Treatment of leg paralysis is often targeted at the underlying cause. Many joint and muscle issues can be remedied through surgery and supportive care. When the cause is nerve related, recovery will depend on the nerve sheath condition and the distance between the injury and where the nerve ends. While some nerve damage can resolve over many weeks or months, more severe cases can require surgical reattachment. A light bandage is often applied to the affected limb during recovery, and a sling can be added to prevent the leg from dragging. Supplementary care includes giving your dog massages, applying heat and stretching the tendons to keep them healthy while the nerve regenerates. Acupuncture may be prescribed. The recovery is good if movement, spinal reflexes and pain sensations improve in the next 1 to 2 months.

In the case of tumors, surgery can be used for removal. Nerve sheath tumors can affect many nerves at once, and can be more difficult to remove. Recovery for this type of tumor is poor.

Viral diseases have no treatment, and recovery is poor in affected animals. Fungal infections can be difficult to treat, and while some success is seen with the drug fluconazole, recovery is uncertain. Very severe cases of tick toxicity can call for artificial ventilation. Treatment involves tick removal and antibiotics, and recovery is often good. 

With granulomatous meningoencephalo-myelitis, dogs can temporarily improve with drug therapies, but long term recovery is guarded. There are no treatments for degenerative myelopathy, and often supportive care is all that can be done. This is through physical rehabilitation, pressure sore prevention, monitoring for conditions like urinary infections, and creating an increased mobility with harnesses and carts.

In some cases, amputation of the paralyzed leg may be recommended. Many three-legged dogs can live happy and functional lives.

Recovery of Leg Paralysis in Dogs

The recovery of leg paralysis in your dog will depend entirely on the underlying condition and the state of any damaged nerves involved. While there is a good chance of recovery in many cases with supportive care, surgery and other treatments, there are conditions without treatments available. In cases of a viral infection, prevention through vaccination is the best course to ensure your dog is not affected.

Your veterinarian will create a treatment and recovery plan based on your dog’s specific condition, which may include home supportive care and monitoring. In the case of degenerative myelopathy, efforts will be focused towards creating a better quality of life for your dog during the progression of the disease.

Leg Paralysis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Gunther
long-haired dachshund
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lazy gait due to Paresis

A year ago (as of 2017) my 5 year-old long-haired male dachshund experienced a lower back IVDD episode, which sadly my local vet did not take seriously. His episode began with displays of severe pain that was noted by his horrible cries and hunched back. Two trips to the local vet, and I was told there is nothing wrong with him. Upon my return from the 2nd visit, he lost control of his hind legs. I immediately transported him to an emergency vet clinic 30 minutes away. Two hours later he was undergoing emergency back surgery.
Through his recovery, which included meds, several months of hydrotherapy and laser therapy, he has only partial use of his hind legs. He has recovered about 80% use of his right leg and 10% use of his left leg. He is able to go to the bathroom on his own and can wag his tail. After explaining my situation, my question is in relation to concerns about future injury to his back due to his lack of stability of his left leg. When he walks his back twists a great deal, as the left leg barely hold him up between gaits. Is this something to be concerned about, or are there devices (braces) I should be using on him? Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Toby
Staffordshire x Mastiff
1 and 3 months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not walking on front legs
Back legs working
Doesn't seem to be any neck pain or body pain
Drinking and eating normally

My dog has recently been treated for Meningistis about 3 weeks ago. He just went for check up yesterday and he cleared as good to go but to continue treatment for possibly the next 3 week depending how is then. He has been well now for the last 3 weeks on meds and jumping around and playing like his old self. Just lastnight he just finished eating and then jumped on my bed, at the end of my bed I have a gap. Since the meds make him so humgry he went to jump off the bed in a hurry to go to the kitchen, he took of so quickly that his back legs got stuck and his front legs landing on the ground and slid forward with his chest touching the ground. He did not yelp or cry not even after the ordeal of this fall. He did walk just a little after that but his body was very stiff and he was walking like he was constipated. He went to sleep and morning came, I sang out to him to see if he wanted to go outside for toilet but he barged, this is unlike him. So I grabbed a piece of this favourite snack and then he tried to jump off the bed but his front legs just gave way and he slid yet again. What gets me is he tried to get off the bed not knowing that he wouldn't be able to walk. Took him to Vet did movements with his neck for relaspe of Meningitis his neck was fine no yelps, got him up on his back legs, no yelps, but front legs just wasn't working he wanted to crawl away from the Vet. She felt his body all over no yelping pr crying from pain???? I am confused and very worried. He is currently on Steriod med for meningistis that all. I am afraid to lose him and afraid what the outcome maybe.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Toby is having a bad time of it; what I am concerned with is Toby fell and both his front limbs were splayed that there is a risk of brachial plexus avulsion in both limbs, this is where there is nerve damage from the web of nerves coming from the spine to service the front limbs (on both sides). Rest is best at the moment and without examining Toby, I cannot give you any more insight. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/brachial-plexus-avulsion

I took my 5 yr old chihuahua/terrior looking dog to an ER because my dog Neeyo has not eaten for 3 days. I was worried about a blockage.ER did xrays and said Neeyo has pancreatitis and enlarged prostate. Neeyo was treated with fluids(sq) and a pain shot and Tramadol for home.
Once the paperwork and intake for the reason my dog was there was taken, a male in scrubs took my dog away and said the doctor will check Neeyo for blockage. I never saw my dog until I paid for the treatment. Once they carried my dog and handed Neeyo to me, I walked about 30 feet to grass area to let Neeyo do his business. Immediately I noticed his hind legs were buckling. I immediately went right back in with my dog and told them my dogs hind legs are buckling. The reception area females and the doctor all said it is from the pain shot. Well a day and a half later my dogs hind legs are paralyzed. I took my dog to my vet on 3rd day after the ER visit and an x ray was done. My vet said it looks like Neeyo has a bulging disc and it is due to trauma. I know the ER caused this. I went back to ER to tell them what they did and different ER doctor said they must have missed his back problem because they were focused on Neeyo's stomach issues. What can I do to make this ER accountable for my dogs injury? My dog did not have any problem with his spine or gait prior to ER visit (I saw the ER x rays) Will my dog recover with just Prednisone Q 12 hours?
I would appreciate any advise. I am mentally and physically worn out from all this stress that has happened to my Neeyo.

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liza
Pomeranian
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

unable to stand and walk
don't eat and drink water
shaking all 4 legs and head

Medication Used

Nandrolone(50 mg) DECA-DURABOLIN 50
Cefotaxime(250 mg),Sulbactam(125 mg)
TAXIMAX 375
NUROKIND-GOLD INJECTION
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)(100 Mg)
Niacinamide(100 Mg)
Methylcobalamin(1500 Mcg)
Ceftriaxone & Tazobactam 500mg

hello doctor, my dog is unable to move her legs even she's unable to move her lower body. my doctor is saying she has paralysis in her legs but my doctor suggesting me to give her 10ml calcium drip iv and told me it maybe cause of heart attack, i don't wanna loose my dog can u suggest me best medicine or injections and treatment to recover my dog. my dog didn't take any food from last 13march so doctor gave her DNS,NS drips and metrogyl drip.Near about 10days before doctor gave her deca durabolin 50mg, after that she refuse to stand and walk. please doctor try to help me to save my dog

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem is that treatment is dependent on the underlying cause of the paralysis; paralysis may be caused by trauma, spinal cord damage, infection, inflammation, muscle disease, cancer, skeletal disorders and stroke. The treatment is different dependent on the underlying cause. It seems that your Veterinarian is treating with antibiotics, vitamins, supplements and steroids; further investigation is required including reflex tests, x-ray (with myelography) and blood tests to help determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello doctor I am from nepal. Just yesterday while I was bathing my 2 and half years old cocker spanial. His rear leg got injured and is unable to walk properly with his rear legs. He is dragging himself from his front legs. Today morning I took him to vet clinic and doctor gave him few medicine and injection. He said its the symptoms of paralysis. So what should I do so I can prevent him from paralysis.

How to treat a dog that has been revived from organophosphate chemicals but became paralized after that, for about three weeks ago..

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Tiger
German Shepherd
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rear leg paralize
paralize

Medication Used

fusigen spray
flotar lotion
kalsis sryp
glossy coat sryp
clavam 625
Neuro c injection

Hello doctor i have german shepherd his age is 5 year he cant able to move his rear leg. My doctor told that he has a paralized by rear leg from last one month i have tried many medicine prescribed by the doctor and he had a bedhole in his body and hydrocil is also increased what to do which blood test should i do. kindly give some injection and medice to cure it .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hindlimb paralysis is a common problem in German Shepherds due to spinal issues; I would recommend an x-ray to rule out any vertebral instability or other structural problems in the spine. Paralysis may also be caused by different infectious diseases but these would be dependent on your location and your Veterinarian should be aware of the local epidemiological situation and would test accordingly. But, since Tiger is a German Shepherd, I would recommend an x-ray first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 14 Yr old mixed breed dog is suffering from hind leg paralysis .what to do to recover him as soon as possible?

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jojo
LABRADORE
1.5 years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pararalysis
Paralysis

Medication Used

Doxycycline
methylprednisolone ,trivibet, doxycycline,optiject
doxycycline

hello doctor i am from india my dog jojo not able to move his back legs he is not able to stand and walk . but when we scratch his legs he feels and and pull his legs back... one june 22, he was having fever 104.7 so, we take him to our vet he gave him some injections but doesnt work we again go to vet on 23 june, he again give him some injections but doesnt work , so 24, 25 june he was continues suffering from fever and what i noticed that every day his legs are shaking and day by day it increases and suddnely on 26 june he was not able to stand .( but he eats good i.e he take its diet good as he was taking earlier he never stopped eating his food till now).
after that we go to animal science University
they told me hat they have to do some test i.e

hemoglobin - low 10.2
PCV - low 31
MCV -low 60.78
MCH - low 20
Total Leucocyte count - high 27400

neutrophil - high 82

lymphocyte -low 18

PLATELET COUNT - low 68,000
sgpt- high 47


and x- ray reports are good .
heart, liver and kidney reports are also good.


they said he was having tick paralysis they given him
1. Doxycycline (100mg) tablet - 3.5 tab a day for 7 days.

2.tribivet 2ml I/m for 7 days

3. mecobalamin,vitamin and minerals(syrup)

and they said give him massage and exercise

this treatment was given to my to dog for 7 days but nothing goes well no progress...

we again go to them after 7 days -

they tell us to give him
methylprednisolone.
i.e

1gram i/v and continues
after 4 hours give him 500mg , after 6 hours again 500gm, after 6 hours again 500 mg, and 6 hours later again 500mg, at last 6 hours later again 500mg.

we give him continues injections as they said....

but nothing good happened my dogs condition is same....

them change hospital they said hes having infection and give him some injection for 5 days i.e

prednisolone acetate 2ml for 5 days
trineurosol - H 1ml for 5 days

methylcobalamin,d-panthenol with b-complex injection for 5 days

and ,
tonophosphan 2ml (in skin). for 5 days


today is 3 day of these injection but it also failed no progress.. and sir, he is having fever from 22june till now 10july his fever is not stable ....is fever reading are 103.8, 104.5, 103.5 , 103.9 , ferver is always above 103.5


please help me sir,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally in cases of tick paralysis, the removal of the ticks will result in an improvement of the symptoms within a day or not; some species of tick requires additional therapy. There is a strong possibility of an infectious disease, I am not familiar with the epizootiological situation in India for infectious diseases in dogs; however tick borne diseases (as opposed to tick paralysis) are possible and cause high fevers as well as paralysis and hyperesthesia. Medications like doxycycline and supportive care are the treatment of choice; it may be worth taking samples from lymph nodes for examination to see if an infectious organism is found to help assist with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi sir i am from India, i use to help a stray puppy around 12-15 weeks old by giving him food & after few days in the morning when i saw it was having issues in walking & wasn't eating & going here n there in search of place to hide, before searching for any place he pooped fine and died eventually after 4-5 hours from morning.

I would like to know the reason as he had food as normal a day [email protected] so what happened that he died & without any injury he was having problem in walking in his rear legs.
It was Indian Paraiah Puppy.

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Dixie
Maltipoo
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drag

will my dog ever gain the use of her back legs? she had surgery 2 yrs ago nothing changed..it was a herniated disc..she still drags her legs,i have to express her bladder and poop...I am so depressed, I don't know if I did the right thing. Please.Help Me : [

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Dixie I cannot say; but the timeline isn’t favourable. Normally, use of the limbs would return within weeks of surgery, the prognosis isn’t favourable at this point. I haven’t examined Dixie, but after two years we are looking at nursing care as being the way forward. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cloe
Bichon Frise
13
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Medication Used

Gabapentin

My 13 year old Bichon Frise has severe front leg muscle atropphy and nerve pain. The Veterinary Specialist has performed a biopsy and also performed fine needle aspiration along with xrays and blood work but nothing was found. We are trying acupuncture with 3 visits already, she occasionally yelps in pain. Is this due to tingling sensation when nerves are healing? What else can I do to help my poor lame dog?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for muscle atrophy and pain, commonly due to trauma of the brachial plexus; treatment can be unrewarding but acupuncture and laser therapy may be beneficial. Apart from that, I cannot offer any further guidance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 3 year old Boston Terrier. I got her really about 3 months ago. The day after she came to me I wanted her fixed and shots since she had to be kept separate from my animals for the two weeks of her healing. Slowly every day she is having accidents both pee and poop and dragging both hind legs. My vet thinks she has IVDD but no xrays or anything as of yet. She is dragging her hind legs bad. She was put on prednesone. I was told not to exercise her hind legs and bring her back tomorrow to see if there is any improvement. I think I want to take her to University of Florida and see what can be done for her. Thank you for any help you can give me

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Shelfie
Sheltie
14 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Pain
body shaking
Heavy shallow breathing
Hind end weekness

My 14 year old sheltie can't move his hind legs but is eating and drinking but can't move his lower body. Every time I pick him up to help him go outside so he can pee it hurts him. What can I do to help him get better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for sudden hind limb paralysis including trauma, disk herniation, fibrocartilaginous embolism, infection etc… This would require an examination by your Veterinarian and at a minimum x-rays. Treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause and may be prohibitive due to age (i.e: surgery). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milky
Samoyed
2 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn't eat as much
Weak back legs
can't walk
cant stand

My two month old Samoyed puppy can't stand and walk. She eats and drink. It is sudden just 3 days ago. I assist her when she eat and drink. She was like unable to produce sound well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The level of weakness you are describing would need to be seen by your Veterinarian as there are numerous possible causes which may include hypocalcemia, genetic disease, anaemia, absorption disorders, infections, parasites among other causes. Your Veterinarian may want to keep Milky in for supportive care consisting of fluids, dextrose etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Labrador puppy 4month do not walk proper on back legs last 1 weak

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Simba
German Shepherd
2years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
limb dragging,
Weakness

helo doctor my two year dog is unable to walk due to weakness in his hind limbs .....it had an injury on its right hind limb but after sometime it recovered ..could the injury bring about the muscle weakness in both hind limbs?what could it be? my dog is now staying at the same position struggling to drag itself using the front legs....please advice me

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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German Shepherds are prone to spinal problems and to hip problems; it would be worth getting an x-ray to determine the health of Simba’s spine and hips. Minor injuries can cause severe lameness or paralysis in German Shepherds predisposed to these problems. After an x-ray has been taken your Veterinarian can guide treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is a pit and just start to drag his back legs he got some lumps on both back legs and now it looks like he has those lumps on his parts too

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Roc-c
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

can not walk

My Jack Russell terrier which is nine years old turned off a bed and was not able to stand. Check it took her to the emergency vet and she said that she was paralyzed on her left side. Due to a slipped disc or bulging disc. The next day I took her to her regular vet and he said to keep her off her legs for two weeks and that I should go see a neurologist possible surgery. She is diabetic and is nine years old. I was talking to somebody and they suggested a chiropractor what is your thought on that. She is trying to stand up and one time when I took her out and I later on the lawn to go the bathroom I turned around for one minute and she stood up and started walking but it looks like she is drunk. She’s eating and drinking normal and her GB is normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture and laser therapy are all treatments which may be considered when dealing with a slipped disc; however I cannot give you an assurance of the efficacy of any treatment as this is case dependent, but you should consult with a local practitioner to determine whether Roc-c is suitable for manipulation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://optionsforanimals.com/find-a-doctor/

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Stretch
Dachshund
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Hello.
My 9 year old Dachshund started showing weakness in his hindlegs yesterday. We thought he might be constpated and gave him some milk. He went poop this morning and since then has taken a sharp turn down. He wont move at all. We didnt see or hear him get hurt...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dachshunds are prone to spinal issues which may lead to hind leg weakness; given the quick onset of symptoms, it would be advisable to have x-rays done of Stretch’s spine to see if there are any characteristic anomalies and to determine a course of treatment which in severe cases may involve surgery. The link below will give you more information about the possible cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.ufaw.org.uk/dogs/dachshund-intervertebral-disc-disease

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Duchess
German Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Depressed
Whining

4/20/17 my female shepherd who was then 7 months was one a swivel cable and she was playing with our male and got tangled in cable with both back paw so severe it cut into her skin. When we got to her, her foot was 4 times normal size. We cut cable off took her to emergency vet. X-rays came back good no broken bones. They believed she would not have nerve damage. She got antibiotics and nuerotin to calm her down for a few days. She got better each day then over the summer she all of a sudden couldn't use her right back leg which was the badly hurt one. I went to pet store got this really expensive joint pain medicine and long be hold my puppy was running, playing, excited all the time and that lasted for a month. Within the last week she's miserable again back to putting leg up not using it and seems depressed all over again. Help what do I do? How does she go from great to bad again? She turned a year old yesterday 9/14/17. I feel horrible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining her and carrying out a few reflex tests etc… I cannot really think what is happening, it seems strange that the limping is so sporadic. Since Duchess is having an ‘episode’ it would be best to have her checked over; my mind keeps jumping to hip and spine issues which are common in German Shepherds but I cannot think of a cause related to the injury which would give this problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Someone mentioned something like Pano. Do you think that could be a possibility?

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Cora
Jacko-huahua
5 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

No Deep Pain Response 72 hours after surgery

Medication Used

Others
Surgery
Metacam

Hello Dr.
We took our dog to the Vet when symptoms appeared. Dog was barley walking couldn’t control his toilet needs. Possibly happened over night on stairs. I it was very fast progressing discopathy, early stage 3. Its took few hours to get to that point from healthy dog. We didn't know anything about the disease so we TRUST the Vet, Very BAD mistake, „pain killers, Cage, strictly rest in the house, comeback tomorrow afternoon for re-check." Next day she got lot worse, stage 4-5 (NO or very weak deep pain sensation present) last stage before spine core function disappeared permanently., Vet said to go to Kendal clinic for examination. , only surgery could save her legs, which cost thousands as shy wasn't insured. CT scan and decompressive sx - slipped disc present at T13-L1 and disc material spread along spinal canal over 2cm length. Hemilaminectomy on R at T13-L1 and L1-L2 to remove slipped disc material - disc were also fenestrated to minimize risk of further problems.
Dog its now 2 weeks after surgery, she still didn’t recover deep pain sensation, muscles reacting on pain but there is no connection with the brain yet. Dog resting most of the time eating and drinking, few times a day she have Massage, stretching, muscles stimulator, heating and we express her bladder. I known that the core nerves may recover over the next few months but when we should see some sings and how they will look like?
Please do you known any way that we could help her develop sensation?
Thank you
Tomas

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs which loose deep pain sensation may remain paralysed (may be less depending on the literature you read), I cannot give you any assurances that the sensation will return; prognosis varies on many factors and cannot be guaranteed but we would normally expect some sensation to return before now. Spinal injury, the time before surgery is performed and damage to the spinal cord all vary the overall outcome; for now treatments and physiotherapy actions that you are doing are best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your quick respond, I do know that the best days to recover are behind know, but I believe that she still could return some sensation over the next few weeks as it was many similar cases and dogs recover over time against all previews neurogical diagnoses, I been study the subject and it looks like the regeneration of spinal cord it’s still not fully understandable by sciences in neurogical point of view. There it’s also experimental treatment develop by Cambridge university that nose cells the only nerve cells in the body that regenerate, grown in the lab environment getting injected to the damage spinal cord area. All the dogs that had been injected with the OEC cells showed improved movement and walk again. I know that this is still in development stage but it’s something to look forward to. I decided that I will never give up, and that my dog will walk again one day.

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Angel
Samoyed
10
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Can't stand onhind limbs

Samoyed with hind limb paralysis in last 24 hrs. Emergency vet recommend euthanasia because of his size. Is this a valid prognosis? He is getting an MRI today. Previous ACL surgery, and inflamed disc at L4 and 5 last year. Numerous prescriptions for pain and recurrent skin infections. Cipro has been recently prescribed. Some loss of appetite but no significant weight loss.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Before jumping into euthanasia, I would first try to isolate the cause of the sudden paralysis by taking x-rays (myelography may be useful) and other imaging studies before making a recommendation like that. I cannot guarantee that the cause for the paralysis will be treatable, but at least you will know before making the decision. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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talli
mix begel
9years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

How can I protect the pups back legs, she gets around dragging her back legs hey scrape and bleed, take her walking to help strengthen legs, want to take her for walks but don't want wound infected, help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Putting boots on Talli’s back paws may help with them getting scraped and injured from dragging, also bandaging may help too but take care not to bandage too tightly. The cause of the leg weakness should be investigated to ensure that walking isn’t going to cause the problem to get worse, some cases require strict rest to help recover. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Axel
German Shepherd
7 Weeks
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Weakness

Hi
My puppy has suffered parvo and he has been discharged and still recovering. since last 2 days he can't stand on his rear legs or walk, he tries to get up but can't and he can only crawl with his front legs. my vet has prescribed Bi-Folate ( Biotin, L-Methylfolate calcium, Methylcobalamin & Pyridoxal-5-phosphate tablets ) for him. if it is nervous damage, will he get better? or is it related to parvo?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I haven't heard of hind limb dysfunction as a consequence of parvo virus, no. It may be weakness from not eating, but he should have a recheck if things aren't improving, to try and figure out what might be happening with him. I hope that everything goes well for him.

This is the exact same thing with my pup, got parvo, had complications, 12 day vet stay, got very anemic. She is slowly gaining strength back in her legs, but will “army crawl” around a lot. It’s much better now. She couldn’t even lift her head up when we first got her home. How is your dog doing now as I see this is 6 months old

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Roxy
Shi-Beagle
1 Year and 6 months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lazy
won’t drink or eat out of bowl.
Won’t move front or back legs.

Rozy has been like this for a few weeks. She doesn’t want to eat unless you feed food to her by hand, if she drinks water you have to use medicine thing. We don’t know how this could of happened. She won’t get up and use the restroom, she’ll go on herself.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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These are very severe symptoms and I do not see any indication that you have visited your Veterinarian from what you have written; there are many causes why Roxy may be lethargic which may include infection, poisoning, autoimmune disease, trauma, congenital disorders, spinal disorder among other causes. Without examining Roxy I cannot recommend anything for you to do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Boxer
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Post bending forward to drink
Increasing in frequency/duartion
Front right leg paralysis

My 3 year old Boxer started having occasional (every couple weeks maybe) front right leg paralysis a few months ago after he would drink from his water bowl that would last just a few seconds. They started becoming more frequent, so I asked our vet about it at his last check up. She did all of the mobility/flexibility checks and he showed no signs of pain or limitations. Said further testing would need to be done if it continued or got worse.
He did great for about 3 weeks after that, so I thought maybe all the stretching of his joints and massaging may have released a pinched nerve or something...then it started up again. In the last couple weeks they have increased in both how often (a couple or more times a day) and in length (now lasting 30-45 seconds).
I keep trying to see if there is a trend so I can try to implement some kind of change to help prevent it from happening...like raising his water bowl so he doesn't have to lean down so far to drink...I'm testing this out now. Any advice is welcome!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I was going to suggest raising his water and food bowls to see if there is any improvement in this condition over time; it is hard to think what the cause may be, nerve irritation is a strong possibility but can be difficult to catch in the act (as he needs to be drinking for it to occur). I would recommend consulting with a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist to see if there is anything they are able to offer from their side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bandida
Boxer
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs paralysis
trouble urinating

Medication Used

Traumeel
Meloxicam
Zeel
Ol trans

My 10 year old boxer was dragging one leg for a while but she was playful and sweet, now she is paralyzed her two back legs don’t work. She eats, but I think she is in pain and uncomfortable, yesterday they did a few X-rays and her disks are growing and stock together which causes her to not be able to move her legs. Doctor says at her age it would be unfair to put her through a surgery that can be painful for her and may not work. He suggested euthanasia since is degenerative for her. I don’t know what to do, he says that if it was just one disk it would be fine but is 6 of them. Please I’d love another answer if she’s not going to get better I’d like to know what to do that’s fair for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Indeed six disks are a problem, in cases of a single disk the two vertebrae may be fused together to prevent further pain and issues; but having six disks affected is a different story. A decision should be made based on Bandida’s general health (besides the spinal problems) and the results of a neurological examination and deep pain perception. I cannot examine her, so it may be worth consulting with an Orthopaedic Specialist; ask your Veterinarian for a digital copy of the x-rays and send them to PetRays for example for another opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/

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Scar
Boxer
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Weight Loss

Medication Used

prednisone

Good morning,

My 6 year old Pitbull boxer mix woke up with a slight limp about a week and a half ago and as the day progressed his entire left leg had went lame. He was diagnosed with a stroke but I am not convinced this is the real issue. Over the past week he has lost a significant amount of weight but has no changes in behavior. MY vet now wants to run a blood panel... thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine a specific cause without examining Scar myself; whilst a stroke is a possibility, nerve damage and other trauma are other possibilities. A blood test may have some value, but an examination of the leg along with x-rays and reflex tests would also be valuable as well. Brachial plexus injuries in the forelimbs and hip/spinal injuries in the hindlimbs may cause some limping and other lameness so it is worth considering. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mitchell
Boston Terriers
13
Moderate condition
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My 13 yr old Boston suddenly cannot stand on his back legs he has been diognosed with Cushing but until today he was just weaker on back legs. Panting heavily but keeps trying to stand

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As you will know, weakness of the hind legs is typical in cases of Cushing’s but if there was just partial weakness with sudden paralysis, I would check in with your Veterinarian to make sure that the cause is due to the Cushing’s and some other cause. Effective management is important in these cases and Mitchell should be reevaluated by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mutya
None
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

body shaking
Unable to walk
Pain
Paralysis
Weak
front legs paralysis
Limping

Our 7 months dog have been paralyzed for almost a week, she having a hard time standing and walking on her own. Also, having a hard time of moving or stepping her 2 front legs and 1 right leg. Every time we touch her, she will shake. Due to several drop that leads to her of having wound in the part that touches the ground. She also have some wounds on her feet. If she's lying and need to poo, she'll just poo while lying on the ground since having a hard time to stand on her own. What can I do to help her feel better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Mutya has paralysis this severe you should visit your Veterinarian since a thorough examination, x-rays and cleaning of the wounds would be required at a minimum. There are various causes for paralysis and an x-ray will show if there is any spinal damage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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BB
Pit bulldog
10 Months
Serious condition
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My female 10 month old bulldog suddenly lost the use of her hind legs over a couple of days. Not sure whats going on with her. She still is eating and drinking. She has to be helped to use the bathroom but she hasn't pooped since the day before her legs slowly stopped working. Can you give me any advice on what to do to make her feel better. Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from giving BB rest, there is little else I can advise without examining her; there are many problems which may be affecting her hind legs and you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination and x-rays to determine the underlying cause. Bulldog breeds can be prone to certain genetic conditions like hemivertebrae (among others) which would need to be diagnosed with an x-ray and treated with surgery in severe cases; there is no logical reason for a healthy ten month old dog to lose the use of their hind legs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fred
Boxer Shepherd
9 years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Hind legs weak now front legs too

My 9 year old boxer is having issues walking first it started with hind legs now the front ones are weak he is dragging his self places started 3 days ago and has gotten worse he still eats still drinks and has been unable to hold pre but hasn't pooped til tonight please help gave him steroids first day while steroids was first given he could walk but after 4 he's he went back to can't walk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there has been improvement with steroids, then the cause may be inflammatory in nature and would require further investigation by your Veterinarian; didn’t your Veterinarian perform an x-ray when you visited before giving steroids? Without examining Fred, I cannot say what the specific cause is and treatment with steroids may only mask the symptoms but may not treat it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Dachshund
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Leg paralysis

I have a dachshund who is 4 years old, last weekend she started yelping when picked up. Took her to the Vet and they gave her Gabapentin and she needs to remain immobile, three days later she started wobbling her back legs when walking, the next morning she is dragging her back legs. Is there more that can be done? I was told to take her to a Neurologist but I can't get in for 2-3 weeks. Can't the vet provide a throughout exam and prescribe steroids and anti-inflammatory? I am hearing that this is a possibility. Help, I am getting the run around from my local vet. I do have another appt tomorrow but want to demand what should be done to treat her. She is in excellent health otherwise and eats and drinks daily.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Lucy is showing progressively deteriorating signs, she needs to be seen by a neurologist as an emergency. She may need surgery to correct her spinal problem, and timing is of the essence in these situations - intervention needs to happen quickly. While you do have your appointment in 2-3 weeks, typically these cases are seen on emergency, so you should be able to get her in. I hope that she is okay.

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Pinky
Pekingnese
4 Years
Serious condition
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Pinky has discharge off and on for 4months.last week she has got antibiotics injection treatment for 4days and 2days later she became improved.no more discharge and eat well.but today,just recover from her discharge condition for 1 day, she has vomiting for 5times in the morning.total amount is about 120cc, frothy, watery vomitus.so, we went to a vet and got injection, after that my dog got like foot drop in left hind leg.I am afraid if the paralized limb is due to injection or other causes?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing hind limb problems after a visit/injection from your Veterinarian you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. The vomiting sounds like it is from an empty stomach being irritated by acid, but the hind limb paralysis is concerning; without examining Pinky, I cannot give you an indication of severity.Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harry
Cocker Spaniel
15 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our 15 year old working cocker had a stroke 4 weeks ago. He had been making a fairly good recovery, although he had chronic diarrhoea for a few weeks. This was thought to be the anti inflammatory medication. Since the stroke, his hind legs have been getting progressively worse and yesterday they seemed particularly stiff. This morning he tried to jump down 2 steps and fell very awkwardly. Throughout the day, he has been able to put less and less weight on his leg and can now longer walk without support. We have just return from the emergency vet who has said Harry seems to have marked pain in the thoracic area of his spine and has a flaccid right hind leg and poor muscle tone. He then went on to say that this could be life limiting for Harry and for us to start thinking about his future. My question is really, do you think this is something Harry can come back from? He's still eating and drinking and although he doesn't particularly enjoy a long walk anymore (we call it a sniff now), until today he had a good quality of life. Every vet we have seen in the last 4 weeks have said that there is probably something else going on that have caused him to be so poorly. I'm not sure if our vets would put him through an X-ray. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An x-ray would be useful to look at the pain that Harry is having in his thoracic spine, but after having a stroke there are various difficult health conditions which may occur. No two strokes are the same and management is key to a favourable prognosis; however given Harry’s age and the possibility of having another underlying cause for this progressive paralysis makes decisions difficult about Harry’s future. You should start thinking about making arrangements and prepare yourself for it emotionally; I cannot really add anything to help Harry at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Many thanks for the quick reply. Sadly, we thought this was probably the case.

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Kona
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - basset
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg paraylsis

My 5 year old Staffordshire terrier - basset mix stopped eating for 8 days. I took her to the vet several times and they took tests but could not determine any cause. She finally started eating on the 8-9th day and then got in a wrestling match with a neighbor dog who got into my yard. The next morning she was very resistant to moving and then when i got home that afternoon i realized she had gone completely paralyzed in one hind leg and about 90% paralyzed in her other hind leg (tail could still wag). I took her to ER and they said guessed it was IVDD. They said they would need to do $2,500 MRI to confirm and then about $7,000 surgery to fix. This is a huge expense and i want to get as many opinions as possible. I'm wondering if the fact that she wasn't eating for over a week before this happened leads you to believe it is something other than IVDD? The vet i spoke with didn't think the eating problem and paralysis were linked but it's odd how they both hit at the same time, thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The paralysis most likely was brought on by Kona being weak from not eating for eight or nine days and the wrestling in your garden was just bad timing. MRI’s can be expensive, but it may be worth doing myelography which is an x-ray with contrast media which is a lower cost option which may able to be give more detail than a general x-ray. In the meantime, plenty of rest and antiinflammatories may help in the short term; but some type of imaging study should be carried out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tito
Chihuahua
8 years or older
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Curled leg

I just adopted a old dog that got abandoned at the vet clinic I work at. He's a Chihuahua around 10 years old maybe and his front right leg is curled up like when a dog gets hurt and keeps the leg up but he can't straighten it and he has a scrape on the top of his foot from how much he drags it I was wondering if I can do anything to help him straighten it? By the way it looks like if he lost all his muscle on that leg.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Do not try to splint it please, too many people do so and they mainly cause more problems; you should have the Veterinarian(s) you work with take a look at the leg since a loss of muscle in the leg would indicate some nerve damage which most likely is irreversible. Injury to the radial nerve or part of the brachial plexus can cause this curling of the leg. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Female 12 year old 16 lb diabetic dog (Maltese / Bichon mix) suddenly lost all function in hind legs, non responsive to any stimulus in hind legs, but tail would still wag to a small degree. No tick bites (not tick season, as this happened in Dec. 31, this winter) up to date on shots. No vomiting. No injury / trauma. Taken to vet who could not ascertain cause, recommended specialist, but dog died before I could get her to the specialist. Vet did blood work, no indication of bacterial infection. No sign of stroke as she didn't have any blown pupil, and eyes were responsive, also dog had complete use of her upper body. Front legs, mouth, blink reflex, tongue, etc. Refused food, but took water from dropper, unable to defaecate, and urinate. Although perhaps she held it in since she couldn't stand up, or didn't understand what was happening to her. Upon death large amount of urine was released. Expired within 12 hours of losing use of her hind legs.

What could of caused this?

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Nacha
English Bulldog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Hind leg Paralysis

My dog went outside to potty and came back inside and then couldn’t move hind legs. At first it didn’t seem she felt pain but when vet checked her out she had some feeling. They took xrays and referrime to a Specialist. The xray shows a white area above the back vertebrae. I was told this is causing the problem do you think she will be able to walk again once this is treated. She seems fine other then that, she’s eating, drinking and she lets us know when she needs to potty. This started about a week ago. I am going to take her to a specialist but I was hoping to get more information while I waiofor appointment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nacha and seeing the x-rays I couldn’t comment on a prognosis for this condition; the underlying cause, severity and other factors will have a bearing on prognosis. If this was a simple case, your Veterinarian wouldn’t be referring you to a Specialist; if you are looking for a Specialist opinion before you have your appointment you can contact PetRays and send them the x-rays for examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://petrays.com/

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Jack
Lab retrieve
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Hello, my puppy survived parvovirus infection. He has stopped walking two days after he was discharged. His hind legs are stiff. He’s been given steroids and antibiotics. Can this problem be related to him having had parvo virus?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Parvo is a horrible disease and may leave a dog feeling weak afterwards, some lethargy or stiffness may be expected due to the long period of inactivity during treatment and recovery but should resolve quickly. If Jack is struggling to move, it may be that the cause is due to something else and you should have your Veterinarian examine him to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, my German shepherd is suffering the same situation, he is about 50 days old, and he suffered parvo virus but he has recovered from parvo and it's been 3 days that he can't walk on his rear legs or get up. I want to know how is your puppy now? and what was he suffering from? and what helped?
thanks

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Sargent
German Shepherd Dog
7 Months
Serious condition
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My 7 months old German Shepard started off with a tendon injury in top right paw, to now having no type of movement in both back legs and tails. It started off with him just limping . He is completely paralyzed now. We have no clue what to do he’s been at the vet for a whole week and they’re talking about putting him down but I’m not ready to give up please help me and my dog ..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Has Sargent had an x-ray? Spinal disorders (as well as hip dysplasia etc…) are common in German Shepherds and an x-ray would be valuable if not already performed. Once an x-ray has been done, any anomaly to the spinal canal can be identified and it can be determined whether treatment should be carried out or not. Without examining Sargent I cannot give you any other advice; you may wish to consult with an Acupuncturist which may be beneficial for some causes of paralysis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noah
Border Collie
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nerve damage

Our 4 year old border collie went in for ACL (tplo) surgery on right hind leg and came out with nerve damage on left hind leg (possibly reaction to epidural). Had severe muscle wastage as he was in hospital for 8 days. It has been 7 weeks post op and we were seeing weekly improvments in the nerve damage, his sensation was improving and he wasnt dragging his paw and walking on knuckles as much. He has had weekly physio and acpuncture. Now he has a partial tear of his achilles in that same leg and is back to knuckling heaps and has much reduced sensory perception in those toes. It feels like we are back to week 2 again. Is this related to the achilles issue? How could he have started pulling away when touching his toe webbing and a week later he doesnt feel a thing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases of nerve damage are never straightforward and any subsequent injury can cause a setback in recovery; you should continue with the physiotherapy and acupuncture since you were seeing improvement (significant improvement) over a short period of time. I cannot say specifically why there is now a loss of sensation where there was before but any further injury may also cause loss of perception. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boy Boy
corgicocker
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

rolled tongue and hind leg (hock)

I have a cocker/corgi mix, about 6 years old, mostly indoors, all shots, healthy appetite. About four months ago she started drooling and drooling and drinking and drinking. Then her right hind leg (the hock} sometimes functions...very flimsy. Took her to the doctor $467.00 blood work, high white count, x-rayed the leg not broken. Muscle loss in face. Dr. thinks nerve damage from what unknown..no trama! His tongue is rolled back and stays back..thus the drooling and messy eating and drinking. I'm giving him CBD drops for dogs (good reviews) in hopes the nerve will repair itself. So far 2 months of dog CBD drops...His tongue sometimes unrolls...good! The hind leg is the same. I'm thinking of a splint for the back leg for hock stability and use, as he sometimes uses this leg, but walks kinda crazy, then sits down. Massages as well to keep the blood flow. Any other suggestions let me know. He is not in any pain...weird! Very Happy!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that is happenign to Boyboy. Without examining him, I can't give any recommendations, but it does sound like some sort of nerve dysfunction. He may benefit from physical therapy, if you have that available to you in your area. it would be worth talking to your veteriarian, or seeking a second opinion as to what

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Pixley
Yorkshire Terrier
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic Paralysis of front legs

Is she treatable with medications or exercise she wants to move but cannot x-rays showed nothing wrong so I'm lost to the cause or a solution either truthfully

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Pixley I cannot say what the specific cause is or any prognosis, additional tests like myelography may be useful to look for masses affecting the spinal cord; if there is no improvement after a few days of rest you should consider visiting a Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
West Highland White Terrier (Westie)
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Our 26 lb west highland terrier was attacked by one of the broad-shouldered hawk that lives in the area, may have been harrassing the hawk by barking at it and chasing it when it showed up. The incident left several deep talon wounds, either side of spine with one grouping just behind the shoulder blades and the other closer to the tail. Since the attack, the dog has not seemed in pain but has occasionally has trouble walking normally. front legs fine, no issues. All issues with rear legs. Petting or rubbing the areas around the scabs causes a near collapse. Other times, the dog runs and chases and does all the normal things he did prior to the injury. The wounds have been healing fine, no swelling or redness or weeping, etc. To me, there does not appear to be much that can be done, as the injuries are internal and the skin wounds are healing as they should. What if anything to do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Oliver examined by your veterinarian. He may have sustained injuries that need pain medication or antibiotics, or long term pyhsical therapy. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if he has any long term injuries that need therapy. I hope that everything goes well with him.

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Sadie
Boston Terrier
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weak hind leg & now front too
Wobbly rear gait

Medication Used

Antibiotics and Prednisone

Our boston terrier started about a month ago with a wobbly rear gait and loss of appetite, she was also shaking her head a lot. I took her to our vet and they treated her for an inner ear infection. They put her on 2 antibiotics and Prednisone. At first she seemed to improve a little but then started slowly getting worse. She now has a very hard time walking and is weak on all 4 legs. If she is on a smooth surface she falls constantly. She started making a strange kinda congested breathing sounds occasionally. She does not seem to be in a lot of pain but she has started to get more aggressive. I don't know if this is from the prednisone or a symptom. I took her too a neurologist and he said it seems like a spinal cord issue at the base of her neck, dog form of MS or a tumor on her brain. He said it seems like the most likely issue is the spinal cord is narrowing and putting pressure on the nerve. He does not seem to be willing to start testing unless I agree on surgery and I honestly can afford a $10,000-11,000. Do you think that I have any other options?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry that Sadie is having this problem. I think you may have misunderstood the neurologist - we typically do testing to find out what the problem is, and then decide on treatment from that point. It would be a good idea to talk to them again and make sure that they explain it to you thoroughly, as sometimes people get busy and don't explain things... if you let them know that you have a budget, but want to get relief for her, they will do what they can to work within that budget. You can ask what each test it, what information it will give, and what you would do with the results. I hope that she is okay.

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ham
Shihpoo
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

hi. my dog was limping after jumping off of the couch and so we took him into the emergency vet and they gave him a steroid shot. After this, the bottom half of his body is paralyzed and he cannot move his hind legs. Could you please explain to me what is going on? and how we can fix it?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining him, I cannot comment on what is happening, but he needs to be seen again immediately. He may have injured his back, and needs to be assessed for function. It is unlikely that the steroid injection caused the paralysis, but his signs may have progressed beyond what they were initially. I'm not sure when this happened, but the longer he can't use his back end, they less chance of recovery for him if he has injured his back, so timing is of the essence to have him seen. They will be able to assess him and determine what is happening. I hope that he is okay.

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rascal
Pariah
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

paralysis,

I FOUND A PUP THAT LOOKS LIKE ITS TWO MONTHS OLD but it shivers a lot and has a lot of ticks and its two front legs are paralysed .So what i want to know is is it safe to have that dog for my family .and whether it can be treated and how

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Without examining Rascal I cannot say what the specific cause of the paralysis is or a good treatment for him; you should start by removing the ticks (see first link below) and then visit a Veterinarian for an examination and to determine whether he is in a suitable condition for vaccination, flea & tick treatment and worming medication (see examples of products in second and third link). The paralysis may be due to ticks, other infections, trauma, deformity, nutritional deficiency among other causes; again, without an examination I cannot say what the specific cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.akc.org/content/health/articles/how-to-remove-tick-from-dog/ www.bayerdvm.com/products/drontal-plus-tablets/ www.bayerdvm.com/products/k9-advantix-ii/

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Gatsby
Labradoodle
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

idiopathic thrombocytopenia
low platelets
Incontinence

Medication Used

Doxycycline

What can cause a dog to have sudden paralysis in hind legs, no control of bowels now as well as zero platelets? He was a perfectly healthy dog. He went outside to use the bathroom and came right back in a few minutes later and started having issues with his legs. The progressively got worse until he was not able to use them at all within 24 hours and now they show little to no reflex but he does respond to pain. He is in a ICU vet clinic. He was administered a chemo drug to help get his platelets up. He also tested positive for Ehrlichia in a rapid test. This started on Friday evening and he was admitted to ICU on Monday after progressively getting worse within a 24 hour period. The doctors still don't have any real answers and we are still unsure if he can recover.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Ehrlichia can cause a decrease in platelets, and possibly weakness if he is also anemic. Without more information, I can't really comment on his prognosis, but the veterinarians at the ICU clinic should be able to tell you more. I hope that he does well.

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Sonny
Shih Tzu
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

hind limb weakness

I want to adopt a 8 week old shih tzu. On the health record it states that the puppy has, "confrontational issue high corner knee or limbs". Can someone please explain to me what does this mean? When the puppy tries to run you can notice weakness in his hind limbs, since he often slips and falls.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what that condition means, the way that it is worded - perhaps they meant conformational issue? If so, the puppy may have a defect in the bones of his legs that is causing his problems. Since you haven't adopted the puppy yet, it would be reasonable to ask the people that you are adopting the puppy from to have the puppy assessed by a veterinarian, as he may need x-rays to determine what is going on, and you can get a better explanation of what the issue might be with Sonny.

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Charlie
Chiweenie
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
hind legs

Our Chiweenie suffered a slipped disc roughly 8 weeks ago. We have been taking her for physio including water and laser treatments. She has feeling in her hind legs, will kick when we pinch her, and she can stand for small amounts of time. The vet is confused as to why she isn't walking again. She simply wants to drag herself with her front legs. Is there still a chance we can get her to walk again or is the timeframe getting too far along?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is difficult for me to comment on her prognosis without examining her, but if she has feeling in her legs, and is able to stand on them, there is a possibility that she will walk again, yes. Some dogs need extended periods of physiotherapy to regain the use of their back legs after that kind of incident. Your veterinarian will be able to help you assess her function, but as long as she has feeling and is able to stand, those are positive signs. I hope that she continues to recover well.

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Griff
Brussels griffon
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Instability
Neurological damage
Back legs

My dog is 11 now, but when he was 5 he was hit by a car. He seemed like everything was fine then, but my vet said the neurological damage is coming through.his brain isn't telling his back legs where to stand or how to walk.. And it's getting worse. Cbd oil helped a ton in the last 2 years, but even that isn't helping now.
Anything I can do? Any I options I have out there? Please!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Trauma to the brain may display symptoms immediately or may be delayed, it is difficult to give any advice without examining Griff but even then options are limited. At this point, I would recommend you try other treatment options like acupuncture which may be beneficial, there are many certified Veterinary Acupuncturists in the USA and they are all licensed Veterinarians (see link below). I cannot think of anything else to suggest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.tcvm.com/Resources/FindaTCVMPractitioner.aspx

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Buddy
Labrador Retriever
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

Nerve damage

Medication Used

none

Hi there my pup buddy was involved being hit by a car 3months who on the 2nd of February. He is fit and healthy but he has nerve damage to his front leg. In the first month his leg was very inflamed and sore as he had to have a small area stitched. So was not allowed to do any sort of therapy till fully healed. He was dragging his leg underneath him and was not allowed to go out for walks etc. After a 3/4 weeks he started lifting his leg (to give paw) and placing his paw when he walks. He has lost all his muscle on his shoulder. No more improvement since this. He is doing hydrotherapy and doing his 5th session tomorrow. He also puts all his weight on the other leg. He goes out for walks everyday and when he runs the leg just goes everywhere showing he has no control when running. Also has to wear a boot to protect the paw getting damage. Could you please tell me if there is still hope of more improvement? Really would like some sort of past experience off other people who have gone though this too..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Nerve injury is difficult to give a prognosis on, no two cases are the same; the level of injury and the nerves affected will determine the severity and overall prognosis. Concerns are with the brachial plexus and whether any nerves have been avulsed or not; I do not want to give false hope or to rain on any progress made, but any recovery will take a long time and would require an ongoing commitment from yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/brachial-plexus-avulsion

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Hunter
Husky mix
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weak and shaking legs.

Medication Used

Tramadol

My dog is a 14 year-old Husky mix. Has been moving slower these last two years, struggling with stairs mostly. Otherwise he has been very healthy until the other day when he wouldn't get up out of bed. Right front leg bears very little weight and now all legs are very shaky. Emergency care did not find anything noticeable on X-rays and prescribed meds for pain and inflammation. No change this morning and very shaky in all limbs. Can hardly walk and every step is a struggle. He is 14 so I'm not surprised he is finally showing his age. But I do not want him suffering! Is it time to have him put down before he is completely paralyzed?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Hunter, I can't comment on whether it may be kindest to have him euthanized at this point, but he does sound like he may be suffering, and his quality of life may not be there. Since you recently had him seen by a veterinarian, it would be a good idea to have him rechecked and get their opinion on what is right to do for Hunter. I hope that you are able to keep him pain free.

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Max
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

shaking front legs when still

Hi. I have a 12 years old Yorkshire terrier Max who has been epileptic since age 3. He is on regular medication and quite stable - fits approx. every 6 months. Over the past 20 months, Max has been diagnosed with lymphoma and had chemo treatment, and appears in remission. More recently, he appeared to be 'more clumsy' when jumping on sofa occasionally falling off if not caught in time. The past few weeks, I have noticed his front legs shake when he is tired. He is OK walking but symptoms appear when he is standing still. He is eating/drinking OK and doesn't appear to be in any pain. What should I be doing or what do I need to discuss with the vet at his next review.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Max, I can't tell if the shaking might be related to weakness, neurologic problems, or pain - it would be best to discuss those things with your veterinarian when you see them next, and see if they can determine what might be causing the shaking, and what treatment might be available if treatment is needed. I hope that Max does well.

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chico
Dachshund/ Mini Pincher
4 Years
Serious condition
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my dog suddenly cant walk, he cannot stand with his hind legs. Took him to the vet and run some blood tests, turns out he has very low platelet count. platelet count is only 1 out of 165. Vet said he has anemia and maybe came from ticks. Vet said he should be admitted and gave IV but he is chewing on the IV. My mom came back to the vet next day, she said my dog is ok to go home because he's responsive but still cannot move his hind legs and the vet said his internal organs in inflamed. We are just giving him meds, he is just lying there in the cage, i hand feed him food and water. Question: can my dog survive this? i think my vet did not really diagnosed my dog that thoroughly. or checked other underlying cause. And I have another dog who is always with him all their lives and had a severe tick problem (now he is ok but still has a few ticks) can he have the same condition? thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without a diagnosis I cannot give an indication of prognosis, tick borne diseases are a concern and you should look into removing the ticks from your other dog and using an effective spot on product to control fleas and ticks. Other issues may also be attributable like Evans Syndrome where the immune system attacks both red blood cells and platelets. All I can recommend is to follow the instructions from your Veterinarian and monitor blood counts regularly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

Not Able To Walk/Stand

My fur baby, Luna, was spayed two days ago. She had some complications and had some internal bleeding. They went in and had an emergency surgery and a blood transfusion. I went to visit her yesterday and she wouldn't eat anything so I got her favorite snacks from the pet store, and she ate a good bit of those. However, she woke up this morning and was not able to walk.. She cant stand either.. The Vet thinks she has a blood clot somewhere, but they don't have the equipment to do a CT scan and I don't want to ever have to put her down... My dad and I are both pretty mind-blown that all of this happened from spaying her.. I need some kind of help.. They are treating her as if it is a blood clot and she is now on blood thinners and steroids and B12 .. She's a year and a half old..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm so sorry that Luna is having those problems, that is very sad. Without seeing her, I'm not sure that I can offer any words of advice, other than it seems that your veterinarian is doing everything that they can with what is happening with her. It would be best to continue to follow up with them, and try to do some gentle physical therapy with her to keep her muscles from atrophying while you are waiting for the medications to work. I hope that things go well for her.

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Tyson
session
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

shaking head,hind legs not moving

my 6year old dog is shaking head condinously for 2 weeks and now his hind legs are not working properly. he looks weak and his vet gave him few medicine and injections. he said its the symptom of distemper virus by which he'll get paralysed.before this infection he was so active but now he just sit down at 1 corner. please advice me how can i help my pet to get cure cure from this disease..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause of the symptoms is due to canine distemper, then there is no cure; treatment is centered around supportive and symptomatic care to control any secondary infection, hydration and neurological symptoms. If Tyson survives this disease, it may take months for him to recovery fully. Canine distemper is a preventable disease through vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Canine-Distemper.aspx

MY boyfriends little chihuahua mix is losing hair on her back at the base of her tail and her back legs are almost useless. Is the hair loss also a sign of nerve damage?

Hello,,
I have a 2 month old puppy suddenly he became so weak an unable to walk, we took him to the vet it turns out that he had fever like 40ish degree now he can stand but he can't walk it have been 6 hours since we got him from the vet...

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sarge
Rottweiler
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

I have a 9 week old Rottweiler puppy 24 hours ago he was running walking no problem this morning he can’t move his two rear legs. I took him to the animal hospital they gave me two different antibiotics and a tick prescription for a tick and flea treatment. They then told me to monitor him for a week. My question is this normal? And should he recover?

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. That does not sound normal, no. I'm sorry that is happening to Sarge. Since I can't examine him, I'm not sure why he isn't using his back legs, or what your veterinarian is treating for with the antibiotics and parasite control. What you can do is call them and ask what they think is going on, what they're treating for, and what they expect to have happen so that you have a better idea as to what to expect. I hope that he is okay.

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Diesel
German Shepherd
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Knuckling limping
Knuckling

Medication Used

joint medication
Pain medication

We took Diesel to a trainer who kept him for a week and a half before returning him. We were told he used a shock collar to train him and used some techniques that did not sound right to us. Ex..wetting concrete floor down and making him run to trainer while being shocked. The day after he came home he was not the same. He started limping immediately. Took him to a vet that said he has a small cut in between his pad and gave antibiotics. He did not get better. 3 weeks later took him back to vet to have xrays and they said they believe he has nerve damage and we can either go to a specialist and probably be told the same or amputate the leg. We are devastated. Please..is there any way we can save his leg..he is only 8 months old and vet said he still has nerve feeling in the leg.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry for both the training techniques that were used with Diesel, and for what is happening now. Positive reinforcement has been proven over negative punishment many times over. As far as his leg, since I cannot see the injury, i'm not sure what can be done for him, but it would be a good idea to have the specialist look at him and evaluate the problem. They may have many more ideas besides amputation, especially if he does have nerve function. I hope that he is okay.

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castro
Husky/rottweiler mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Fatigue
doesn't eat
Loss of Appetite

Castro has learned to jump over the fence and usually plays in the neighborhood so we never minded since he's always in sight. today he came home not able to move his hind legs and fatigued, with sudden loss of weight. doesn't eat but drinks small amounts of water. the vet won't be available for another 12 hours, is there something I can do to ensure he makes it that long?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Witout knowing what might have happened to Castro while he was out, it is impossible for me to comment on what might be going on with him. He should probably be seen on an emergency basis, whether there is a 24 hour clinic near you, or if your veterinarian has an after hours contact.

I understand, unfortunately in the country I live in we don't have many veterinarians, in my my county there is just one. I'll try to keep him awake during the night and pray he survives till morning and get him checked out. Thank you for time anyway, Dr. King

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Mocha
German Shepherd
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg Paralysis
Erhlichiosis

Medication Used

Doxycycline
prednisone

My dog is actually a mixed breed but does have some German Shepherd in her. The description didn’t allow me to put that in. My dog was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis (tick borne disease they said), platelets were low and she lost movement in her hind legs. This happened about 6 weeks ago. She was put on doxycycline for 2 weeks and then another blood test was taken and the results were greatly improved and levels returned to normal. Doxycycline was continued for an additional week with the addition of Prednisone. She still cannot stand on her own. When I put her to stand and arrange her legs she can stay up, she wobbles from time to time but she can stay standing to eat her food. She can definitely feel her paws as when I massage them half way in she will try to move my hands away wth her snout. I’ve been doing the therapy exercises suggested by the vet but it is very frustrating that she cannot walk as yet. I have her stand, also help her to sit properly, bicycle exercises, stretches, standing and shifting weight on each leg. Is there anything else I can be doing? She’s still knuckling. She’s in very good spirits, the basically drags her hind legs to get around and I’m also still expressing her urine and stool. I am hoping that she gets back to at least standing soon because I have to leave the country for a week or so for work and don’t want to have to send her somewhere or put her down. Any help would be appreciated? Does it look favorable for her to walk again.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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German Shepherds and crossbreeds are more susceptible to the effects of Ehrlichiosis than other breeds including weakness due to the effects on the nervous system; in these severe cases recovery can be long, but I cannot give you a specific indication of overall prognosis since I haven’t examined Mocha. At the moment, you are doing all the right things by doing exercises and encouraging her to stand but don’t do it too much; for a more in depth view at Mocha’s current condition and progress you should discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

It’s been almost 6 months and Mocha is doing much better. She can stand on her own and walk (a bit wobbly) on her own. I still have to express pee but she is definitely doing much better and I’m grateful for the progress. She is still as playful and loving as before and I’m happy she is still alive!

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Amber
collie/lab
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

weakness on back legs

My dog had a cyst on the middle of her back, she scratched this off and we have noticed her back legs keep giving way. She is eating and drinking however she appears less active and is lying in her dog bed more.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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While the cyst and her recent behavior may be related, it also may be coincidental. it would be best to have her exained by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on, so that they can recommend appropriate therapy for Amber.

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Max
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

wont stretch his legs out
hit by a car
wont stand up on his own
cant put weight on back left leg
Pain
Trouble Walking
wont walk on a sling

Medication Used

Pain medicine
Anti Inflamatory

Our dog was hit by a car on Thursday night. He is 10 years old and in excellent physical health. He has feeling in his back legs, and tail but cannot get up on his own, or go to the bathroom on his own. We got X-rays and it shows fractures in his hips, and his L4 and L5 are pushing against his spinal cord. He is still eating and drinking, barks when people knock on the door, wags his tail, and tries his hardest to get up. The vet says that he has severe arthritis and should have been in pain prior to this incident. Should we consider an expensive surgery for our Max or should we consider putting him down? We love him so much and want to stay hopeful but we also want to make sure when he recovers he will be healthy and happy. We also don't want him to suffer any longer. We don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a difficult decision to make, without examining Max or seeing x-rays I cannot make an informed recommendation; your Veterinarian would be able to indicate whether you should go through with the surgery, visit an Orthopaedic Specialist or to put him down. I would visit another Veterinarian in your area for another opinion or a Specialist for another hands on opinion before making any decision so you have as much information as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobito
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg Paralysis

My dog kobito started losing function with his hind legs. They were wobbly and he would sway his rear body left and right since his legs didn’t support it. We brought him to the vet and x-rays saw nothing but a kidney stone. The vet decided against an mri since he said it was probably neurological. Fast forward two months down the line and he has lost all function in his hind legs and his body is getting thinner towards the rear since he just drags his legs on the carpet. I would clean him and wash him after every potty but now it seems like he can’t hold it to get to his potty area and has accidents. He still has feeling in his legs but he has also gotten irritable and snappy when u try to clean him after potty. I am thinking of euthanizing him since I don’t like seeing him like this and the vet said due to his age options are limited. I just want to know I did all I could do. Any suggestions? FYI he still eats and drinks but is not active anymore. Preferring to lie down most of the day.

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From what I understand you explored all options for a diagnosis apart from an MRI and as your Veterinarian mentioned, if there is a diagnosis from the MRI the options are limited due to age. It is never nice to think about euthanasia but you need to look at the quality of life that Kobito has as well as the amount of care needed now bowel and bladder continence is lost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hercules
Rottweiler
6 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Not able to walk
Swollen leg

Our dog Hercules went for a check up and vaccinations on Saturday (parvo and distemper) Sunday he was unable to walk on his front left leg the opposite leg that the vaccine was put into. We brought him to the Animal hospital, stayed overnight they realized the leg he isn't putting pressure on was 2 times the size as the other leg so they ran blood work and performed X-rays on him they didn't find anything and suggested we bring him to a bigger Animal hospital 30 minutes away, he was able to wobble in with some assistance. He stayed overnight with IV for fluid and pain meds and antibiotics. Today (Tuesday) they did a fine needle biopsy on the swollen leg and they were barely able to get any fluid out of it, but what they did get wasn't anything alarming. He won't get up at all now which is really alarming to us. We aren't sure if its because of the meds or something else, he does have a catheter in and a big harness to be able to lift his whole body up. He is going to go in for a CT scan tomorrow (Wednesday) so we can hopefully have answers to what is going on. Have you heard of anything like this? He was born with double hip dysplasia in both of his back legs but we never thought we would deal with anything like this with his front legs out of no where.

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It is possible that this is an adverse reaction to vaccination but cannot say with certainty, the manufacturer of the vaccine should be contacted to see if other similar reactions have been reported (pharmacovigilance); otherwise I cannot think of a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/acute-canine-polyradiculoneuritis-

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Molly
Dalmatian
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My dog is having pain in back for 7-8 days one month back then after giving hot fomentation and oil massage it relieved but now intermittently he is not able to bear his own weight on his back leg and it seems it paralyze for few minutes. What to do now. Tick removal management done

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Mollly is having back pain, and leg paralysis, she may need an MRI to determine the extent of her disease. She may also beneifit from a veterinary visit, to have her assessed and her neurologic status evaluated. If she is having a spinal problem, surgery may be indicated.

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Blu
pit bull terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Paresis

Our 5 year old pitbull over two days has started to limp on back legs until he will hardly move or come out of his crate. He’s suffered no injury and i can’t find any ticks, I’ve combed everywhere. The only thing different in his routine is new dog food since Friday so two days and it’s a brand we have used before. I’m really concerned.

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Since I cannot see Blu or determine what might be going on with him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian. If this has not improved over the last two days, he may need treatment, and your veterinarian will be able to look at him, see what might be happening, and recommend any possible treatment that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Tink
Chihuahua
6 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

leg

My 6 month old Chihuahua, when she walks her front legs either cross each other or she falls. Like her legs give in the front. She doesn't act like it bothers her to much. Just when she is running. If she sets her legs cross over each other. She is a little over weight, Not sure if that would have anything to do with it..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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At her young age, it would be best to have Tink examined by a veterinarian to have her neurologic and musculoskeletal status and make sure that she doesn't have any defects at this time that need to be resolved. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Navi
Maltese
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg Paralysis

My 4 year old maltese suddenly got paralyzed in the hind legs, no obvious cause or injury leading up to it. She was running around just fine, went to sit down, and then couldn't use her back legs at all. We brought her to the emergency vet and they took an x-ray and couldn't find anything wrong. There is no visible pain, but she is under stress and can't control her bladder. This was just yesterday. There was a reaction when they pinched her toes, but not when they were pinching the area around her back thighs. Should we go see a neurologist and get an MRI scan? Will she be able to use her legs again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the underlying cause of the paralysis, I cannot say whether or not Navi will regain function of her hind legs or not. I think a visit to a Specialist would be a good idea for a second opinion and further diagnostics; herniated discs, blood clots, poisoning among other issues may lead to sudden paralysis. In the meantime, keep Navi rested and prevent her from moving. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lenny
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wont use right leg

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Gabapentin 300mg and Rimadyl 100mg

My dog is a Staffordshire bull terrier , he's 14 years old.
Yesterday while scratching himself he yellpped and then wouldn't move.
He will not put he's right front paw down .
He has been given 2 tablets form the vet, x Rays were taken and she found no bone cancer , no fractures or breaks .
He is eating and drinking , laying nicely and will fidget when he needs to toilet , I then am helping him by supporting he's chest so he doesn't need to use he's right leg , he then will walk on he's other legs to the garden to toilet .
I'm worried to see him like this as he's never been to the vet before , we've been so lucky with he's health .
If it's a sprain or a nerve problem is it just rest and healing ?

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Unfortunately, without seeing the x-rays or being able to examine Lenny, I'm not sure if it is a sprain or a nerve pain that needs time to resolve. It is positive that not fractures or cancerous lesions were found, so I suspect that time will help heal the injury. If the medications don't help over the next 24-48 hours, ir would be a good idea to have him rechecked to let the veterinarian know that things are not improving the way that they expected them to, and see if further treatment may be needed.

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Daisy
Boxer
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dragging hind legs with curling toe

My son has a 10 year old boxer. Her hind legs slide out from under her when she walks and she curls under her toes when standing. Her lower back is curved down. She doesn't seem to be in pain and very happy. She needs help at times with stairs and when she sits she sits side ways on her right side. Vet is doing laser therapy, herbal pills and swimming. Do you fell this is the best treatment and what do you feel is long term prognosis's? She wants to play and love on everyone.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Daisy is having those neurologic problems, she may or may not be in pain - dogs are very good at not telling us when things hurt. I don not know the rest of her history of physical condition, but many older dogs benefit from pain medication in addition to laser therapy and physical therapy. There comes a point in everyone's lives where they need pain control. What I often do is give a trial 3-5 day dosage of pain medication and monitor them for improvement. You can discuss that option with your veterinarian, as there are many factors that I do not know for her.

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Tyson
Labrador Retriever
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Walking tenderly
Difficulty standing
Toe tap
Sleepy

Medication Used

Rimydal
fish oil
Tramadol

TYSON has been seen by two vets. They can't find the source of his pain by manipulating the leg. They also did X-rays stating it may be early form of hip dysplasia. The limping has gotten severe in the last month. Tyson has had on and off limping on that leg since the age one. But it has healed the following week and everything was fine moving forward. He still has the motivation to eat, drink, play and chase rabbits. My question is, if a doctor cant find his source of pain what should I do? its 100.00 per month for pain medication. And could this be long term paralysis that is finally happening?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tyson myself it is difficult to comment on what the possible cause may be, I would recommend having the x-rays reviewed by a Radiologist or visiting an Orthopaedic Specialist (or Neurologist) for a second opinion to try to understand the condition better. Without examining Tyson I cannot give any advice which would be valuable in this situation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petrays.com

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Diamond
Great Pyrenees mix
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My 6 month old puppy has her front left leg pinned to her chest after surviving neurologic distemper. She walks with her chest and head on the ground and has about 15 percent use of her right front leg. When she tries to run she jumps/propels herself horizontally like a kangaroo. Is there anything that can be done to free the left front leg from its rigid position?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Distemper is a very variable disease, and affects each dog differently. I'm not sure whether you will be able to resolve this problem for her, but physical therapy might help. Your veterinarian can recommend a therapist in your area to work with her. I hope that she is able to get some use back in that leg.

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Woody
Cocker spaniel mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
hind end weakness

Hello! I adopted a pup about a month ago knowing he was a born paraplegic. Since getting him, he has tried SUPER hard to use his back legs (ex: when he is on carpet, he pushes his front legs to the back so he can get a grip and stands like that). Something that I have noticed though is that there are time where his back legs move (quite a bit too) as well as his tail. For example, right now he is laying in front of me on his side and his legs are kicking and his tail is moving (has been going on for about five minutes).. is that normal? Should I be trying to find a vet in my area that specializes in paralyzed dogs to see if physical therapy would be beneficial for him? I just want him to have the best life I can give him.. Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if Woody's condition is chronic or not, but there is a point where nerve function does not improve. Physical therapy may help him to keep any strength that he does have in his back legs, as might acupuncture or laser therapy. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian and evaluated, and they can recommend any further therapy that he might benefit from. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Kane
German Shepherd
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limp,leg collapsing, Knuckling

My 1 year old german shepherd had a cryptorchid nueter about month ago. He came out if the surgery limping on leg the testicle was near. Vet said he was just sore. Just went to neurologist and he said definitely nerve damage not sure if he can be cured. been doing acupuncture for a couple of weeks and now trying water therapy? The Vet swears he didn't go near any nerves doing operation. Maybe it was the way he was laying on table during operation? He can run and jump and is not in any pain. Any suggestions on what may have happened? and any other suggestions on what to do? He was healthy before surgery. We are beyond sad. Did you ever hear of something like this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be very unusual for any nerve damage to occur during a cryptorchid surgery, and I have not heard of that happening. I hope that the water therapy and acupuncture help, as this seems like a situation of very bad luck for Kane. If there was temporary damage to the nerves, they should continue to heal.

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Oliver
Chow Chow
Six Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Hello, a friend adopted a dog 3 years ago and, at the time he was on meds for Lyme disease. Three years later and he, so I was told, got it again from another tick. He's on all the meds (or completed them) Doxy, Tramadol, Gabapentin, Prednisone but he's getting worse. His back legs don't seem to want to work anymore. Could this be from Lyme disease???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible for dogs to test positive for Lyme Disease and to be asymptomatic, this means that it is possible for Oliver to test positive but the symptoms may be due to a different cause; without examining him myself I cannot say for certain but if the symptoms are getting worse you should think about having another examination to look for another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you! His x-ray shows a big Black shadow thing over ribs, which I think is odd, but they're telling me it's Lyme.

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Apollo
Rottweiler
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lame

Our 7 year old 123 lb Dottie was euthanized yesterday, the vet recommended it. I am confused though bc she was not able to make a clear diagnosis. He had 106.3 fever, his legs were curling and and stiffing, his value on liver and kidneys were high,his jaws were clenched, his right side front and back legs were very swollen,his eyes were glazing over. She Xrayed,and did blood work. I feel so sad that I might have made a bad choice since there was no diagnosis. We did have an option of taking him to hospital, but knew that would be very costly. Also, he had hip dysplasia without and complications. For the last 2 days, we had to carry him out the potty, as he could not right himself. His front legs were also curling in and he couldn't stand. He didn't appear to be in any pain. What do u think he might of had with these symptoms? Thank you for your time!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a distressing time and it is normal to be asking yourself if you made the correct decision or not especially if you felt that you may have been rushed into a decision; based on the information presented here I cannot say for certain what the cause of death was, but his symptoms were severe and we cannot be sure whether the hospital would have been able to treat the cause even if a diagnosis was made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fancy
Chiweenie
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Confusion
Lethargy
Incontinence

Medication Used

prednisone

My dog Fancy was perfectly normal 32 hours ago. She went from the most energetic person in the house to the saddest person. She went to "her" room (my son's room...soft bed, carpet, nice and cool, nothing dangerous aka baby proofed) after a couple of hours my step son took her outside to potty and noticed her left hind leg was limp and she was dragging her knuckles and toenails on the ground. He came and told us and I took her out...she could still walk then and her right hind leg seemed fine. She started getting worse and couldn't move her left hind leg at all. We rushed her to the vet and he gave her a sedative and a prednisone shot and said it was most likely a degenerative spinal condition. During the night she lost use of her right leg somewhat...can stand but gets her legs tangled up. So we took her for an all-day at the vet and her condition did not improve though she tried to walk and it was heartbreaking. I'm worried that she won't be able to heal since she can't move and we will have to put her to sleep. My family is in tears because she was perfectly fine yesterday morning and early afternoon. Is there a way bed rest and cortical steroids will reduce her inflammation enough to improve her quality of life? She has had seizures before but we changed her diet and that solved the issue (Fancy has been seizure free for a little under a year). She also occasionally would get a "gimpy" left hind leg, but rubbing her hips and lower back always relieved the symptom in a couple of minutes. She's confused and scared in her new cage (she used to have free roam of the house) she wants to go play and run but cannot. Is waiting to see if she is going to be ok a bad thing? I feel like she's suffering silently while we all anticipate her dying. We are taking excellent care of her but it's just not the same. I am having a hard time not crying writing this and just want to know what I should do and if she has a chance of recovery. There are no spinal fractures or muscular problems...the doctor thinks it's a ruptured disc in her lower back. We cannot afford an $18k surgery or we would get it in a heartbeat. Thank you in advance and I really love this site. I think this was more venting than anything but I'm very sad, frustrated, and worried. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sudden issues like this can be distressing especially in a young dog Fancy’s age, there are a few possible conditions which may be affecting her but an x-ray (myelography) would give some detail about any disc protrusion as well as her general spinal health. In some cases corticosteroids and rest may give some improvement but it is really just a wait and see moment which can feel like a lifetime. Without examining Fancy and going the x-ray I cannot really give you any specific information unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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King Triton
Shar-Pei Lab
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Left back foot paralysis

I recently adopted a 4 month old shar- pei lab mix and yesterday we were playing at the dog park. He was running really fast and stumbled and rolled over on himself, I think another dog may have also step on him. When this happened he was holding up his left back leg and was crying so I went and carried him back to where I was sitting. When he settled down I checked to see where it hurt and he only whimpered when I touched his ankle. Once I got him home and didn’t wimper when I touched his leg at all. It is now been over 12 hours and he is still limping and dragging the paw. He also doesn’t flex that paw when he stretches. But he is playing, eating/drinking and being his happy little self. It is almost like he just doesn't have feeling in that paw.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I can't see King Triton and he seems to have injured himself, and it hasn't improved over 12 hours, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian. They can examine him, determine what might be happening, and find out what treatment he may need.

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Sophie
Pomeranian
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

We just adopted a 4 month old puppy from rescue. Have been told she was normal at birth and in early weeks but around 10 weeks old (after a rabies vaccine) she had sudden onset of rear leg paralysis. Both legs are rigid at the knee area (unable to manipulate at all). She has taught herself to use her hips to stand and is able to “walk” (similar to what a dog would do in a cast or splint). X-Rays have been no help although one vet suspected erosion of ligaments but felt an MRI was needed (estimate $3000). She has feeling in toes and use of her tail. First visit to acupuncturist elicited no response, second visit had tiny (although not appropriate) response. Not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Have video of her and copies of X-rays if needed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I’m guessing that Neosporosis has been ruled out. Without examining Sophie myself, it is difficult to start to narrow in on a possible cause; if you have x-rays and a video it may be worth consulting an Orthopaedic Specialist (see link below) for a specialist opinion. Neurological conditions, poisoning, parasites among other causes may lead to these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vet-ct.com/us/

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Cracker
crossbread
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to walk, lethagic, twitching

Medication Used

Carprofen

My 15 year old dog has possible nerve damage. this has been going on for over a year. He has been walking very slowly but his rear legs are very weak and sometimes cross over. The last few days the front legs have given way also. The vet said it is his age and there isn't much that can be done now. He prescribed Carprofem 50mg half tablet once a day and Gabapengtin caps mg 2 capsules twice a day. He is very lethagic now and I'm not sure if I should stop the tablets. The vet said it is unlikely he is in pain as the nerves have worn out. He is doubly incontinent and I am having to manage that with incontinence sheets. Please advise. I am unsure if it it humane to carry on like this? He is eating and drinking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important for you to take a serious look at Cracker’s quality of life, I know this isn’t an easy decision but you need to make a choice which is in Cracker’s best interest; this isn’t a decision I can make for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Pit bull
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

front leg paralysis
Shaking

every once and awhile my pitbull/lab will start crawling around on her front legs and starts shaking uncontrollably. it usually last a day or two .. what could be causing this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Coco, I don't know why she might be doing this, but it could be a muscle problem, nerve problem, or pain from something like arthritis. Since this seems to be a regular occurrence, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian to see what might be the cause and what the best course of treatment may be for her.

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Jaks
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Paresis
Hind leg weakness

Medication Used

Rimadyl
Tramadol

Hello so it's Saturday today and my dog injured himself Tuesday. We have already been to the vet three times but have yet to have any diagnostics performed.


His postural reactions are delayed in the right hind leg when paw placement was performed by vet.

It's thought he was hurt earlier in the day which was exacerbated by going up the stairs that night. When he reached the top he vocalised for 20-30 seconds and was evidently in great pain.

He has suffered no problems with incontinence.

He's on strict crate rest and 20mg rimadyl once daily. 40mg tramadol twice daily (to be stopped in 4.5 days?)

He's alert and happy as ever, his gait is altered, vet said muscles in affected leg were tense. He seems to take the weight off offending leg sometimes when eliminating but will cockpit either leg and use other for support when peeing. The past two days I have seen him stand and have a good stretch out of his back from neck to tail twice without indicating pain -but he is on meds-. This morning I saw him try to use right hind paw to scratch his face, it appeared that his foot wasn't coordinated with his attempts.

Vet suspects back injury/neurological damage. Says a pathway is damaged but there is still a connection.

I would be so grateful to hear advice from another veterinarian. He's of good weight with no previous history of illness or injury. 1)Does his medication seem like the right things he would need? 2)At this point is there still a chance of recovery without surgery? 3)All of his tablets are to be taken with food, I'm especially concerned about the rimadyl. Jaks doesn't like to eat much in the morning, it's out of routine, how much is enough to avoid stomach lining irritation? Roughly? 4) without visual diagnostics (at this point), could there be a possibility of mis-interpretation of his symptoms? By this I mean could a leg injury present like this?

One last question. Sorry for taking so much of your time. Whilst online when talking about nerve damage it repeatedly says 'recovery is better the closer the associated nerve damage is to the muscle'. What does that mean?

Any thoughts you have about prognosis, potential injury sites, therapy recommendations (could foot massage bring positive result?), in addition to the questions you are able to answer would be so much appreciated.

Thanks for your time.

Kaitlin

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Back injuries are somewhat common in dogs, and the fact that his proprioceptive reflexes are decreased in that back leg support that diagnosis. Many dogs recover well with cage rest and anti-inflammatory pain medication, which he is on. A small amount of food is enough to give the Rimadyl, and you may want to give him soft food if he likes that better to help him eat a little in the morning. Without x-rays or an MRI, it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of the problem exactly, but a good physical exam is often a great tool in diagnosing this disease, as well as response to therapy. Nerves that are traumatized closer to the muscle vs. farther down the limb tend to heal more quickly, but if his problem is in his back, this isn't an applicable statement, necessarily. At this point, rest and medications are the best thing for Jaks, and a recheck with your veterinarian would be a good idea to assess his response to therapy and if there are any further treatments that may help or testing that may be required. I hope that all goes well for him.

Yes, we are booked in for next Friday, so hopefully will know more after this longer period of observation and rest. I will ask for another thorough physical exam to be done next week as not much was deduced from the last two visits except 'back injury with neurological complications'.

Thank you for your response you made some really helpful points.

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Ajax
Mutt
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

right, back leg weakness

Hi,
My dog Ajax, approx 12 years old, has been having posterior, right leg weakness for the last several months that I believe is progressing. I first started noticing it when walking her as I would intermittently hear a dragging/scratching noise on the concrete and then noticed that the nails on that foot were short from being filed on the ground. I mentioned it to my vet who saw that when you flex her paw down she will stand on the anterior surface of her paw and not reflex to place the foot in the correct, foot pad, side down. It seems the weakness starts at the hip when you do passive range of motion on her back leg. Recently I have noticed the foot turning more inward when walking so it appears more prominent then before. I do not recall there being a time of trauma or injury. She does not seem to be in pain. She still climbs the stairs and jumps onto the couch without hesitation, though a bit slower. My vet wanted to refer me to a neurologist without having done much of a physical exam or any tests. This seemed a bit unnecessary. Trying to decide what to do next, especially since she doesn't seem bothered by it. Could this just be a sign of old age? I recognize that this could be a non-age related cause of nerve damage, to include oncologic issues, but with a seemingly slow progression, would intervention even be the best step at this time (I know I'm jumping the gun on that, but I'm not sure if I am interested in pursuing surgical/other major treatments if she is otherwise not bothered by it)?
Thank you,
Michelle

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases like this, I would recommend consulting a Neurologist even if it is just to narrow in on a specific cause; there are various causes for proprioceptive defects in dogs and many include spinal issues, nerve damage, neurological issues among other causes. If there is a progression with the paw turning out in addition to not correcting the paw when turned you should at least get a diagnosis, even if you’re not wanting to go forward with treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Todo
Jack Russell Terrier
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased pain
Decreased leg stability

My dog was a victim of hit and run, my mail carrier, 2 yrs ago. My Son found her in the ditch where she was placed by mail carrier. Fortunately, he located her within minutes after incident, in shock with inability to move front lower leg. I drove her immediately to Vet Ofc. After 3 night stay DX Scapula fracture which required half body cast, no weight on injured casted front leg, No walking, running for 2+Months of healing time. Yes, I’m completely attached! Finally, after removal of cast, she walked right away with little resistance. Dr. Wolf advised it’s possible she may not have full recovery in leg do to possible nerve damage. As of recently, Todo has managed successfully with limited range of movement to lower front limb. Todo, noticeably now has pain after minimal exercise. I also have recognized less leg stability. She is by far the most intelligent, loving, social butterfly pet I’ve ever owned. Due to my recent Dx of rare blood disorder, we both have endured lack of exercise and have gained a couple of pounds. She is the best companion ever. She is my world. I’m concerned if this weakness, pain continues so will her ability to walk. Is there anything out there I can possibly do to strengthen this nerve damaged leg? Stem cell transplant? Anything? I would give her one of mine if I could. Her diet and joint support supplements are up to par. Todo is 5 1/2 yrs old and currently weighs 22lbs.

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