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I have a 7 yo Corgi. She woke up Sunday morning and could barely walk. She is not using her front leg at all. I took her to the vet yesterday and he put her on steroids for 10 days and said that it’s a nerve problem in her neck/back causing pain in her shoulder. Are there any other treatment options other that steroids and rest? I’m concerned it could be a herniated disc and possibly permanent nerve damage? Should I get a second opinion? She’s so pitiful and I want to make sure I’m doing everything possible to help her recover. Thank you.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wounded foot. And the vet took X-rays.

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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for asking your question and trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 18 years of experience. Great to ask about this.

Certainly a ruptured disk is a primary concern but there are other issues that could cause this. If truly neurological then we cannot rule out infection (meningitis or discospondylitis) or tumor without imaging. Unfortunately an MRI or CT scan are best. If you are worried she is not improving, then I would ask for a referral to your closest neurologist where this type of imaging is possible.

If this is a ruptured disk then there is often tremendous pain and this may only be reparable surgically, but other successful options include acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and therapeutic laser. If your vet doesn't offer these then you may have to ask for a referral to another practice or do some research on your own to find it in your area.

From a medication perspective, pain control is important, and steroids do not provide much pain relief. In addition to steroid we often add in gabapentin and/or tramadol, plus some dogs need a muscle relaxer to help he cramped muscles in the neck.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
My concern is that the vet wants me to keep her on steroids for 10 days- how long should I wait to see improvement? I know that steroids are for inflammation, but if it’s a disc problem steroids won’t help right? I’m just concerned about permanent damage and/or paralysis of her front leg.

Generally it takes a few days (3 to 4 days) and if we are going to see improvement we do start to see some. The idea behind use of a corticosteroid is to reduce inflammation in the spine. As that inflammation goes away the function starts to return. In cases that worsen or do not improve within a few days then this is when a dog needs to go see a neurologist for consultation on possible surgery and to assess if this is truly neurological.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok thank you. When I asked my vet he basically told me after 10 days of no improvement then it would not improve. I had no idea there were animal neurologists.

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