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Bill is 8 yrs old. Black lab. History is pancreas inflamed,

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Bill is 8 yrs old. Black lab . History is pancreas inflamed, age 2. We almost lost him. Bill suddenly seemed to have trouble with hind arts when walking. No known injury. No history of hip dysplasia. Bill has also experienced seizures sporadically since age 2. He has had two seizures this year. Bill just laying around. When he gets up his back legs really wobble. Just lays around. A few days ago he he showed his first symptoms but seemed OK on Thursday and Friday. Today symptoms returned. He has normal appetite until this morning. He ate 3/4 of his breakfast and is now laying in his bed. Thank you for your help.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if Bill will be able to digest that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bill?
Customer: This all started suddenly. No previous hip problems.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bill. Peracute (sudden) myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) should be an important consideration in such a patient. These myelopathies include degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"), fibrocartilaginous embolism (an interruption in the blood supply to his spinal cord), or an enlarging tumor in or around his spinal cord. Bill's vet will want to thoroughly examine Bill including testing Bill's conscious proprioception (knowing where one's limbs are in space) and nociception (deep pain perception) in his hind legs) - the most important factor when determining the prognosis for return of normal function. X-rays of his spine may be recommended. Treatment would be predicated upon the findings in his exam but usually involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam, and a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thank you for your quick response. Can hip problems present so suddenly with no prior history? Mother and father are in the family and show no symptoms. Thank you Dr. Salkin.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

That would be unlikely. "Wobbly legs" is more indicative of paresis (weakness) or paralysis than pain although it can be difficult at timea to differential one from the other. It's done by the testing I mentioned. You're quite welcome. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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