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my dog cant walk on her back legs but she if you touch her

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my dog cant walk on her back legs but she if you touch her she can move her tail lightly and her legs twitch
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Andy :

Hello,

Dr. Andy :

Can't walk at all?

Dr. Andy :

Or, if you lift her up she can voluntarily move the legs a little?

Customer:

Hello

Customer:

She cant walk on her hind legs

Dr. Andy :

Okay. If you squeezed the skin between her paws on a back leg (don't get bitten) does she pull her leg away?

Customer:

okay im trying that right now

Customer:

she just twitched

Dr. Andy :

Okay.

Dr. Andy :

My concern for a dog that is unable to walk with the hind legs includes:

Dr. Andy :

A disc herniation somewhere in the thoracic (over the chest) to lumbar (lower back) part of the spine.

Dr. Andy :

This is very serious. It is a small positive if she is able to feel deep pain, but she needs to be evaluated immediately.

Dr. Andy :

The vet can perform a few extra tests, which I can't detail here including conscious proprioception.

Dr. Andy :

That is an assessment to watch if the paws can self correct their position when put in a knuckled position.

Dr. Andy :

It helps to isolate if a spinal injury (disc herination) may have occurred.

Customer:

does this happen suddenly because she was fine this morning

Dr. Andy :

Yes, it can, and often, that is how the cases present to me.

Dr. Andy :

At the vet, immediately, the vet will do an examination and it is very likely some spinal x-rays will be performed.

Dr. Andy :

Unfortunately, definitely, not a wait and see type of situation.

Dr. Andy :

I would also NOT give any over-the-counter medication like aspirin as it will interfere with possible drugs the vet may want to start including either stronger steroids or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Dr. Andy :

I cannot rule-out some type of thrombus (blood clot) like a stroke being a contributing factor, but spinal problems are very common.

Dr. Andy :

Hope that info helps
Dr. Andy

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Her muscles still contract when I blow on her skin what does that mean?
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Nothing necessarily.
It depends on the location where you blow as well. For example, dogs have what is called a panniculus reflex over their back. A gentle stimulation of the skin over the spine can cause the skin to contract as one example.

So, not sure what it means....a bit too difficult without being there to observe and do my own exam.

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