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He all of sudden looses the ability to use his hind legs,

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He all of sudden...

He all of sudden looses the ability to use his hind legs

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

His name is ***** ***** he is about 2-3 years old. He is a rescue dog

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mutly?

He is a farm dog. has a dog mate that is currently under a vet care for an open wound. He was bit by something a couple of weeks ago. I had bandaged his would when all of a sudden his legs gave out. I removed the wrap and a while later he walked fine. has been fine until yesterday and all of a sudden his legs gave out again. after some rest he was able to get up and was totally normal

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

Which breed (or mix) is Mutly, please. Such intermittent paresis (weakness)/paralysis is consistent with intermittent compression of his spinal cord as might be seen with cervical spondylomyelopathy ("wobblers"/unstable vertebra in the neck) or a bulging intervertebral disk.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
He is a black lab mix
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Thank you. The large breed dogs are overrepresented with wobblers while any breed can suffer from a "slipped disk". This is going to be a challenge for his vet because of the episodic nature. X-rays would be the most appropriate first step in diagnosing this and MRI might be necessary. Have you noticed any stiffness or postural change in between or after events?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
no - he really just snaps out of it and runs and plays as if nothing happened.
Could it be a calcium deficiency?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Thank you. No, such a deficiency wouldn't result in such episodic symptoms. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Tick or animal bite reaction?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

Once again, tick paralysis doesn't come and go and animal bites might cause subcutaneous abscesses but not his legs giving out.

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