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My dog was OK when I got home. I then gave the chicken

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Hi
My dog was OK when I got home. I then gave the chicken to eat and had a couple of peaces of biltong when I eat a snack. An hour of so later now she is unstable on her feet and just down. I have a older dog that is on a Hart tablet and I'm not sure if taffy maybe got hold of the other one's tablet. It there anything I can do
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.
Hello. Is she weak on all 4 limbs or just the rear legs?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It look like the rear
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
But not 100% suere
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 6 months ago.
I'm sorry for the long wait. I didn't see that you replied back until just now.
Given the signs, this is most likely IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). This is where a disc ruptures or herniates in the back pressing on the spinal cord which causes weakness and nerve roots which causes pain. Signs can be as mild as reluctance to walk/ climb stairs to as severe as full paralysis. Diagnosis is made on neuro exam and then can be confirmed with advanced imaging like MRI, CT or myelogram. Treatment is based on the stage of the disease: > Mild weakness/ pain can be treated with strict exercise restriction and anti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl, Deramaxx) + other pain meds (Gabapentin, Tramadol). Crate confinement for the majority of the day with only short leash walks outside is key, and I like to do this for 1-3 weeks. > Severe neurologic deficits and paralysis require back decompressive surgery to correct. It sounds like your dog will do fine with the more conservative management. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
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