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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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For a couple of months now China has been having trouble

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For a couple of months now China has been having trouble with her hind legs.then yesterday she kept falling over then late yesterday evening she started off by massive drooling. Even has had several seizures accompanied by loud pain like moaning. It is hard for me to get her to a vet with it being sunday
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's unclear to me whether or not China's trouble with hind legs are related to her current falling or, instead, her seizures. At her advanced age it's reasonable to assume that she's quite osteoarthritic in her spine and hips and we also have to consider myelopathies (spinal cord disorders) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"), fibrocartilaginous embolism (an interruption in the blood supply to her spinal cord), degenerative myelopathy (a Lou Gehrig-type of neuropathy), and tumor in or around her spinal cord.

Drooling is consistent with complex partial seizures. Pragmatically speaking, a vet visit isn't essential unless a seizure didn't stop. This is called status epilepticus and requires my heavily sedating or anesthetizing my patient. May I have an update on China, please?