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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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We have a large mixed breed dog that we just came home and

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We have a large mixed breed dog that we just came home and found paralyzed on her rear legs. She seems alert and not in pain. Won't eat or drink. She is 1 of 13 dogs we spoil.
Not sure what has happened
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Doug, there are two main consideration for peracute (sudden) hind limb paralysis - degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") and fibrocartilaginous embolism/FCE (an interruption in the blood supply to Olivia's spinal cord). FCE may be painful at the onset but then appears to become nonpainful. A slipped disk is expected to be painful if only because of the associated muscle spasms. Tick paralysis is a consideration but you'll usually find the tick on your pet and you need to have the "paralysis tick" where you live. Olivia's vet will want to check Olivia's nociception (deep pain perception) in her hind legs; the most important prognosticator for her return to function is the presence or absence of deep pain perception. If a disk is suspected, a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug such as carprofen or meloxicam +/- a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol +/- a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam will be prescribed.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Olivia. How is everything going?

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