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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our peekapoo has been loosing her ability to walk with her back leggs. she has no pain Ifo

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our peekapoo has been loosing her ability to walk with her back leggs. she has no pain Ifound online that dogs get ALS/ DM. SHE HAS ALL THE SYNPTOMS
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Poodles have been recognized as suffering from degenerative myelopathy and more breeds are being recognized every day. You can have Daisy DNA tested for this disease. Please see here: www.offfa.org/dnatesting/dm.html.
When a non-painful paresis (weakness) or paralysis in the hind legs is noted, fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) needs to be considered as well. This describes an interruption to the blood supply to the spinal cord. It's diagnosed with MRI. The prognosis is generally good, however, with affected dogs improving rapidly over days to weeks. If Daisy is progressively worsening instead, FCE may have caused too much damage in her spinal cord, intervertebral disk disease, or a tumor in or around her spinal cord needs to be considered in addition to DM.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.