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I have a sheltie who is 10 years old and suddenly she can't

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stand on hind legs doesn't...
I have a sheltie who is 10 years old and suddenly she can't stand on hind legs doesn't seem to be in any pain
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes they are both fine she try's to stand but can't I picked her hind part up to see if she'd walk fell right diwn
JA: The veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Her name is cCoCo
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about cCoCo?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Coco. You appear to be describing the paresis (weakness)/paralysis of a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder). The most common of the myelopathies is degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). We also see fibrocartilainous embolism - an interruption of the blood supply to the spinal cord. Tumors in or around the spinal cord are a consideration but not expected to cause peracute (sudden) symptoms.

Supportive evidence of a disk may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), trembling/shaking (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Coco's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about Coco's spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a disk. Conservative care involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam. These drugs are usually administered for at least ten days. Most simple disks will remiss within a few weeks. It's important to keep these dogs as quiet as possible lest they hurt themselves further.

Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s) - and it has - she'll need the attention of her vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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