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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We have a 4 year old dachshund that we found to be paralyzed

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We have a 4 year old dachshund that we found to be paralyzed last week. She has no movement in her hind legs. Vet did X-rays and said 3 disc are gone..have done 7 laser treatments since. we have seen no improvements with movement. we have kept her confined to a kennel. How long should these laser treatments continue? What is the likelihood it will help? she is out of pain as that was my biggest concern.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Lucy. This is what you need to know:

The most important prognostic indicator is the presence or absence of nociception‭ (‬deep pain perception‭) ‬in‭ Lucy's legs‬.‭ ‬This assessment is always subjective but apparent loss of sensation suggests the possibility for permanent paralysis regardless of treatment.‭ ‬Approximately‭ ‬50%‭ ‬of dogs in this condition recover with decompressive surgery.

Approximately‭ ‬90-97%‭ ‬of dogs with intact nociception,‭ ‬even if they're paraplegic or tetraplegic recover fully or nearly fully with surgical decompression.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬the time frame for recovery is extremely variable‭ ‬-‭ ‬a few days to many weeks or months.

With nonsurgical treatment (laser, steroids, e.g.) about‭ ‬85%‭ ‬of ambulatory dogs and‭ ‬50%‭ ‬of non-ambulatory‭ (‬but retaining pain perception‭) ‬dogs ultimately recover but recovery can be quite protracted‭ ‬-‭ ‬weeks to months.

Do you know if nociception remains?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lucy. How is everything going?
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