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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My nine year old golden retriever had a funny rolling over

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My nine year old golden retriever had a funny rolling over fit yesterday and hasn't been able to get up since. It seems to be his back legs. He is otherwise acting very normal and cheerful.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you describe just what you saw that you've described as a "funny rolling over fit"? Did your dog appear to lose consciousness? Was his mentation (mental status) altered? Did he appear disoriented, confused, or "spacey"? Did he become incontinent of urine or feces? Did he vocalize? Did he thrash about? I'm envisioning a dog who convulsed to the point that he suffered a prolapse of an intervertebral disk (a traumatic "slipped disk") which could injure his spinal cord to the point that his hind legs became paretic (weak) or, indeed, paralyzed.

Is he still unable to rise? If so, he needs to see his vet at your earliest convenience. His vet needs to assess your dog's nociception (deep pain perception) in his hind legs which is the best prognosticator for recovery of function in those legs. I'll await your reply.