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Why did my 8 yr old dogs legs go numb overnight? Yesterday

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Why did my 8 yr old dog's legs go numb overnight? Yesterday he was ok..this morning his hind legs are almost useless.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- What breed is Sozo?
2- Is he dragging his back legs?
3- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Is he on any medications?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.


Sozo is a "long-haired Chihuahua mix", weighs 27 lbs. He appears to be dragging his legs when he tries to walk. No other symptoms or conditions. He received his bordatello(sp?) vaccine on Wednesday.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.
1- Is he alert and responsive?
2- Can he stand on his own?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.


He is alert and responsive but has difficulty standing on his own.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.
Friend, I am concern of the symptoms that you are describing in Sozo, this is consistent with a pinch nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc. This is an emergency. You see, if there is a disc compressing the spinal cord he may be permanently paralyzed if not treated quickly. Unfortunately not much you will be able to do for him at home. I realize that this answer may not be entirely to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand. To find the nearest ER vet in your area follow the link below:

http://www.veccs.org/index.php?option=com_hospitals&Itemid=193&nationid=1&searchword=&rpp=12&stateid=27&action=do_search

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.
Hi,

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

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