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My five year old female mixed breed brindle can't use her

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My five year old female mixed breed brindle can't use her back legs this started tuesday
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jen replied 1 year ago.

Hi I'm Dr. Jen I'm sorry to hear this. Is she able to move her back legs at all? Does she seem to have feeling in her feet? How much does she weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She could move them last night but not today. She doesn't seem to have feeling in legs. 70lbs
Expert:  Dr. Jen replied 1 year ago.

If she has no feeling in her back legs it sounds like she could have spinal cord damage. This is usually from a slipped disc in the spine but could also be caused by an injury to the spine or a blood clot that settled in that area. Paralysis is a medical emergency because it usually does not get better without treatment and the sooner treatment is given the better the outcome. I would recommend that you get her to a vet so they can determine what is going on and giver her the appropriate treatment. A steroid injection can sometimes help with spinal cord compression. I hope this helps and that she feels better soon.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She didn't have any trauma that could have caused a spinal injury.
Expert:  Dr. Jen replied 1 year ago.

Slipped discs and blood clots to the spine can happen without any trauma. Blood clots (or fibrocartilaginous emboli) happen without any warning or known reason. Slipped discs can happen with very subtle movements or build up slowly over time. If your dog is paralyzed she needs help.

Expert:  Dr. Jen replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Bones. How is everything going?
Dr. Jen