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My dog is 12 yrs old 84 in dog years just started limping

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now he can't use his...
My dog is 12 yrs old 84 in dog years just started limping now he can't use his hind legs at all try's to hold his head up I have been feeding him water and food thru syringe is he about to die?or Cancer/ arthiritis
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Let me see on the front paw looks a little red and back legs nothing as if he has no feeling in them he can't sit up he was getting fustrated banging his head to sit up so I cushioned his area
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Pupalup we call him Pup a lab mised
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pupalup?
Customer: He is just an older dog now he has some big boil looking cysts on his tail well one large one
Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
He eats well and drinking water They syringes can walk or standup at all 3 days now
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Pup. You've described a dog suffering from a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"), fibrocartilaginous embolism (an interruption in the blood supply to his spinal cord), or perhaps a tumor in or around his spinal cord. Pup's vet will want to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam which will involve testing Pup's hind legs for conscious proprioception - knowing where one's limbs are in space - and for nociception (deep pain perception).

The most important prognostic indicator is the presence or absence of nociception. This assessment is always subjective but apparent loss of sensation suggests the possibility for permanent paralysis regardless of treatment. Approximately 50% of dogs in this condition recover with decompressive surgery.

Approximately 90-97% of dogs with intact nociception, even if they're paraplegic or tetraplegic recover fully or nearly fully with surgical decompression. However, the time frame for recovery is extremely variable - a few days to many weeks or months.

With nonsurgical treatment about 85% of ambulatory dogs and 50% of non-ambulatory (but retaining pain perception) dogs ultimately recover but recovery can be quite protracted - weeks to months. Nonsurgical treatment consists of a combination of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID), skeletal muscle relaxant, and a narcotic analgesic.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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