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my dog cant use either of his right legs!!!

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What would cause my 4 year old pomeranian to suddenly not be able to use his right front and back legs?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
sorry, but that answer does not help me. at this time I do not wish to pay $20.00 for answer. but thank you anyway.
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

If you would like another response...I would like some additional information.


How bad is the paralysis? Can the limbs move but not bear weight? Do you see any cranial nerve problems...right side of the face drooping, tongue hanging, etc.


Is there any reluctance to move his neck?


Dr.V

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: I'm not sure I would call it paralysis because his front right foot just bends under and he cannot walk on it at all because it gives out on him and the back one he can move but he really can't hold himself up on it and so therefore falls over. I don't see any signs of cranial nerve problems and he moves his neck just fine.
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

 If what your are seeing is knuckling of the front and back right side legs...much like the dog doesn't quite know where his feet are...then he most likely has Upper Motor Neuron issues. What the signs are deemed as is Hemiparesis...meaning your are seeing it on one side.


You will need to seek out a vet. The two locations for a lesion (injury,mass, inflammation) is in the cervical vertebra (C1-C5) or the brain stem.


If it is in the neck region, the lesion is only affecting the neural pathways on the right side.


The vet may give your dog an anti-inflammatory medication and see if there is a response...and you may end up getting referred to a veterinary neurologist.


Good Luck,


Dr.V

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