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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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She seems that she has paralysis to her left side. She

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She seems that she has paralysis to her left side. She doesn't seem to feel anything on her left front paw or leg which she is keeping straight. She is not standing up. This seems to have happened today. she seems to striggle moving her had. Her tail is down. She is a 13 year old ***** ***** terrier. A long time ago she had a seizure after taking heart worm medication. This was several years back and she has nothing else since.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the veterinarian. What is the terrier's name?
Customer: Cali. I do not think this is a sz. I think it seems like a stroke. She cannot stand up.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Cali?
Customer: No
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. You're correct to consider stroke in such a patient. We also need to consider a cervical (neck) myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as a slipped disk or tumor in or around Cali's spinal cord that has bled and caused significant inflammation in her cervical spinal cord. Pragmatically speaking, a vet is likely to recommend X-rays of Cali's neck and treat symptomatically with a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam. A thorough physical and neurologic exam needs to be performed if only to give you anaccurate prognosis for Cali's return to reasonable function.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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