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I got up this morning chihuahua can't move his front legs.

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I got up this morning chihuahua can't move his front legs. He can't turn his head. He was fine last night. He jumped off my bed and never came back.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Einstien. 5 years old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Einstien?
Customer: No he did eat some fried catfish last night. He's always very active. My brother said he came in his room last night and started shaking and fell over he got back up and left his room.
Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Einstein. You've described a miniature breed who appears to suffer from degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") and the problematic disk should be found in his cervical (neck) spine. Because his front legs are paretic (weak)/paralyzed, Einstein is a surgical candidate for spinal cord decompression. He needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience to have a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) administered in an attempt to reduce the inflammation in his spinal cord which has caused the paresis/paralysis.

There may or may not have been recent supportive evidence of a disk which 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 Einstein's back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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