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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a 3 year old lab who started walking with back arched

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I have a 3 year old lab who started walking with back arched and limping this morning. She is now not walking with back legs. I am trying to have her rest. She is still been eating and drinking. She went pee this morning before her back legs went completely
out. She hasn't yet defecated today. I fed her some pumpkin earlier and she has had some rice along with kibble.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Addie. A myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") or fibrocartilagenous enfarct (an interruption of the vascular supply to the spinal cord) should be suspected. It's important that Addie be attended to by a vet at your earliest convenience. The sooner swelling in her spinal cord is addressed, the better her prognosis for recovery - if, indeed, she can recover. Her vet will need to examine her thoroughly and assess her degree of conscious proprioception (knowing where one's legs are in space) and nociception (deep pain perception) in her hind legs to give you a prognosis for Addie's recovery. Conservative care might involve the use of a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID), a skeletal muscle relaxant, and an analgesic opiate. Some of these dogs are surgical candidates - surgical decompression of the spinal cord.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sarah,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Addie. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin