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

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He all of sudden looses the ability to use his hind legs
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: his name is ***** ***** he is about 2-3 years old. He is a rescue dog
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Mutly?
Customer: 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: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month 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.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
He is a black lab mix
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month 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?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
no - he really just snaps out of it and runs and plays as if nothing happened.
Could it be a calcium deficiency?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Tick or animal bite reaction?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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