Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

His back legs suddenly aren't working. He's a chiweenie,

Customer Question
His back legs suddenly...

His back legs suddenly aren't working. He's a chiweenie, 9yrs old. Took him to ER. Xrays of the spine

Veterinarian's Assistant: What sort of animal are we talking about?

Revealed no significant injury or spine deterioration. Dr. was "stumped" and after 3.5 hours, our diagnosis is "n/a" He's a Chihuahua Dachshund mix

Veterinarian's Assistant: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?

Yes!

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the Chihuahua?

Can You please read above?

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the Chihuahua seem to hurt?

His back legs suddenly aren't working. He's a chiweenie, 9yrs old. Took him to ER. Xrays of the spine Revealed no significant injury or spine deterioration. Dr. was "stumped" and after 3.5 hours, our diagnosis is "n/a"

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?

He did have pain on Friday evening, by Saturday morning, he wasn't crying in pain, just complete seemingly paralyzed back legs

Veterinarian's Assistant: The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the Chihuahua's name and age?

The noise? Franco. 8.5 yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the Chihuahua's name?

Franco

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Franco?

Something very similar happened last year but seemed to quickly resolve. Within 24 hrs. May/may not be related.

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My dog is a Chihuahua Dachshund mixed breed. He recently had his teeth cleaned on December 18th. This past Thursday I gave him a bath, he ran around like a maniac like he always does. By Friday night he was in severe pain noted by yelping, seemingly on his left side. By Saturday night both back legs were completely immobile and he was unable to stand or walk. I took him to the ER where they did x-rays of his spine and determined that no significant deterioration or damage to his spine could have caused this paralysis in his back legs. The ER veterinarian said he was "stumped" and didn't have an answer or explanation for me. The diagnosis on his paperwork indicates "n/a." No additional tests were questions were conducted by the veterinarian at the ER facility. I'm wondering if he has some type of torn ligament or pinched nerve. He had a similar situation last year where he was unable to get up-and-down the stairs and couldn't walk. It resolved very quickly within about 24 hours. This may or may not be an related episode. The dog doesn't seem to be in any apparent pain since the initial pain he demonstrated on Friday night. Hes currently on steroids muscle relaxers and pain relievers. But hes urinating and defecating all over himself and everywhere else because his unable to move at all. Presumably my next move is to take him to my regular vet and see if they all run an X-ray on his back legs? Is that the best course of action? Finances are an issue so I will have to determine the cost of the X-ray before I am able to proceed with it. Any advice or medical opinion is greatly appreciated. I also have identical twin baby boys who consume a lot of my time and as a single stay-at-home mother taking care of a partially paralyzed dog has become very taxing physically and emotionally.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
About a week earlier I took him to visit a family member who has 2 dogs. These 2 dogs as I recently learned apparently have a flea infestation that is critical. I wasn't aware of how severe the flea infestation was when I brought my dog to visit. He was only there one hour. I don't see any tick attached to him so I think it's safe to rule out tick paralysis although it's possible there's one lodged somewhere that I'm not seeing.
Answered in 1 hour by:
1/3/2018
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 32,278
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Verified

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Franco. Any miniature dog - especially a doxi or doxi mix - with Franco's history by the princile of Occam's Razor must be suspected of suffering from degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). It's important to recognize that X-rays may not show where a disk has ruptured or is bulging against the spinal cord. An MRI may be necessary but is usually reserved for surgical candidated...which, regretfully, Franco is. This is what you need to know:

The most important prognostic indicator for paralyzed dogs is the presence or absence of nociception (deep pain). This assessment is always subjective but apparent loss of sensation caudal (toward the tail) to the level of spinal cord injury suggests the possibility for permanent paralysis regardless of treatment. Approximately 50% of dogs in this condition recover if treated 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 (few days to many months).

With nonsurgical treatment about 85% of ambulatory and 50% of nonambulatory (but retaining pain perception) dogs ultimately recover.

The recurrence rate (i.e., a new disk extrusion at a different level) is low in nonchondrodystrophic breeds (non "pushed-in faces" breeds), although some of these dogs (especially German shepherds) may have initial signs attributable to disk disease at multiple levels simultaneously. For chondrodysplastic breeds treated with surgical decompression, recurrence rates vary from 5-20%. The recurrence rate for medically managed patients is about 40%.

Dogs with signs attributable to ascending-descending myelomalacia due to bleeding in the spinal cord have a poor prognosis.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 32,278
32,278 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,113 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,059 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,021 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,303 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,991 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
I think he sprained a muscle in his leg and has been
I think he sprained a muscle in his leg and has been whimpering all night. I really want to take him to the emergency vet but i don't have the money for it, so I must wait until the morning. I saw the… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,739 satisfied customers
We think he pulled a muscle or something. Front leg or paw.
We think he pulled a muscle or something . Front leg or paw . He has drank very little water and hasn't gone to pee since early this am. Should we be concerned yet? … read more
Dr. Rachel
Dr. Rachel
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
156 satisfied customers
My dog is a German Shepherd 7.5 years old. He is suffering
Good morning. my dog is a German Shepherd 7.5 years old. He is suffering from pyoderma for more than a year … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,390 satisfied customers
She is lightly bleeding from her nose. German shepherd age
She did hit her snout into furniture while she was turning around… read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
1 satisfied customers
My beagle dashound had a temporary paralysis of rear legs
my beagle dashound had a temporary paralysis of rear legs then went to back door dragging legs and then laid on her side unable to move and diffuccutly breathing with water saliva coming out her mouth… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
32,278 satisfied customers
My small dachshund is paralyzed in her back legs. This
My small dachshund is paralyzed in her back legs. This happened suddenly. Took her to the vet. He took xrays and said that L3,L4 space was narrowed. At first she had pain on movement but now does not.… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,991 satisfied customers
My German shepherd, 8 years old, just started limping on
my German shepherd, 8 years old, just started limping on front leg. Did not seem to injure it but it has been wet and cold and she has been laying in the car. I suspect arthritis, can Benadryl help un… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
An accidental double dosage of antibiotics. German shepherd
An accidental double dosage of antibiotics JA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about? Customer: German shepherd 1 1/2 years old JA: OK. What is the German shepherd's name… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,991 satisfied customers
I have 13 yr old German shepherd that has severe hip
I have 13 yr old German shepherd that has severe hip dysplasia he can't hold urine or bowl movements for past few months is it time to let him go … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,991 satisfied customers
How to dose prednisone in 70pound german shepherd. Allergic
allergic reaction dont know to what just licks herself till raw mostly inner thighs croach and up to abdomen … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
681 satisfied customers
My German Shepherd is having significant hind leg weakness.
My German Shepherd is having significant hind leg weakness. He tested negative for dysplasia as a puppyl He is now 10 years ols and is not everweight. I am treating him with sanus biotex-aholistic dru… read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
I have a "down dog" (partial paralysis in kind legs) and
I have a "down dog" (partial paralysis in kind legs) and today he has been vomiting a little and has bloody diarrhea. He is eating and drinking normally and is behaving mostly fine. … read more
Dr. Alleyne
Dr. Alleyne
Veterinary associate
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
1,165 satisfied customers
I have a 13.6 pound German Shepherd puppy that hurt her leg.
I have a 13.6 pound German Shepherd puppy that hurt her leg. I can't remember how much rimadyl to give her. Can you please let me know … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
681 satisfied customers
My chihuahua is having painful muscle spasms in both of his
My chihuahua is having painful muscle spasms in both of his back legs. What can I do for him at home? I have tried calling up a few vets & as to what I can do for him but none of them were very helpfu… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,491 satisfied customers
My german shepherd tore off a piece of her rear leg large
My german shepherd tore off a piece of her rear leg large paw pad, what can I do. It is not bleeding. … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,303 satisfied customers
My german shepherd is favoring his right hind leg. he won't
my german shepherd is favoring his right hind leg. he won't put any weight on it. I looked at his leg, moved it, checked his paws, didn't see anything and he didn't wine when I moved his leg. Is there… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
We have a ten week old German Shepherd. Male but urinating
We have a ten week old German Shepherd. Male but urinating from his rectum … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
32,278 satisfied customers
My miniature dachshund and German Shepherd both got into at
My miniature dachshund and German Shepherd both got into at least 4 bags of treats while I was at work today. Two were the "greenies" dental treats, one was a duck jerky, and another was like a rawhid… read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x