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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a estimated 2 year old terrior mix. He has been fine

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I have a estimated 2 year old terrior mix. He has been fine all day...but suddenly his back legs went limp. He can't stand and his body is very limp. I massaged his legs and spine...he can barely stand, but I forced him to walk....he did, but in a very "drunken" like state. he fell/layed down as He entered the house. He doesnt appear to be in pain, and will let me touch and move him. What should I do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Your terrier is showing symptoms of myelopathy - spinal cord disorder. Our small dogs are most at risk of degenerative disk disease - a "slipped disk" - and if enough pressure is applied to the spinal cord by a disk that has ruptured or prolapsed, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), paresis (weakness), and paralysis can result. The sooner his spinal cord is decompressed , the better his prognosis for recovery. It would be best that an on-call vet attend to him at your earliest convenience. Potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication is given +/- a skeletal muscle relaxer +/- a narcotic analgesic. Some of these dogs are surgical candidates - especially when deep pain perception is lost in the hind legs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Out vet is closed. Should I take him to an emergency vet, or would it be OK to wait until early tomorrow morning. He does not appear to be in pain...just very lethargic
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Time is really of the essence in these dogs. I recommend the ER for him.