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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My puppies is an American pitbull and she can move her upper

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My puppies is an American pitbull and she can move her upper body but not her back legs and she is shaking she's about 2 and a half mobths but she wont eat either and was just fine like 2days ago whats wrong with her?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Encephalopathy (brain disorder) and myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) need to be considered in such a pup. My differential diagnoses would include a central nervous sytem infection such as neosporosis which typically causes an acute ascending paralysis (from hind legs moving up to the front legs) in dogs under 6 months of age or a congenital (present at birth) spinal defect that has resulted in spinal cord compression and paralysis. Baby needs the attention of her vet who is likely to recommend X-rays of Baby's spine and if nothing unusual is seen, test for Neospora caninum which is a coccidial parasite.

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