Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

My sister's dog, a 6 month old chocolate lab has paralysis…

My sister's dog, a 6...
My sister's dog, a 6 month old chocolate lab has paralysis in his hind legs, bloated stomach (possibly full?), excessive drooling, loss of appetite, and loss of bladder. Blood tests are fine, so what could it be? The vet he's at now wants to open his stomach up, but I'm afraid it might be IVDD
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
3/15/2018
Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,043
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian. Please give me a moment to type my answer.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

I am sorry to hear you are concerned about your sister's dog's problems. How long has he had these problems?

Before opening him up, has any "imaging" been done to look for a blockage such as Xrays or ultrasound?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He had an x-ray, where they noticed the stomach bloating. This happened at 4pm yesterday and he's been at the animal hospital last night where they made him vomit, but it didnt help. He's at another emergency clinic now in surgery...

Loss of bladder function and hind leg paralysis sound like a neurologic problem. It would be unusual for a dog this young to have IVDD, but Xrays may be helpful.

Another concern in a dog this young with these problems is a genetic disorder called lysosomal storage disease. It is rare, but that last dog I saw with it, was a chocolate lab.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

So he is in surgery now? I hope they find the problem.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

Please let me know how he is doing and if this is helpful and if you have other questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
If it is a neurological problem, is that something that could be treated? Why did the vet latch on to just the bloated stomach and not consider any other option? Is that normal practice? Does lysosomal storage disease cause a "full" or "bloated" stomach?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
They also didn't test for deep or superficial pain in his hind legs, so I'm worried they're not considering anything other than he ingested something and they are letting the real issue linger

Lysosomal storage diseases cause a breakdown of the nervous system so any part of the body, including the stomach, can be affected. These are quite rare, but they are seen in young dogs, and can start with hind limb paralysis.

I can't tell you for sure what is going on without being able to examine him, but loss of bladder control and hind legs sounds like a problem in the spinal cord. Your idea about IVDD is certainly possible, just rare in dogs this young.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

This does sound like a complicated case. If he is in surgery, you should soon know if it an intestinal blockage.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Are there any tests a layman can perform to rule anything out? If the problem isn't a blockage, should we seek another hospital?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Do you have any suggestions for us to ask the vet if there isn't a blockage?

A layman can test for deep and superficial pain in the hind legs, but that will not give you a diagnosis.

If this is not a blockage, I might consider MRI of the spine, and/or a consult with a neurologist.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, thank you so much for your help. What are the chances of paralysis recovery from an intestinal blockage or a spinal problem? Do dogs typically recover after loosing that function?

It would be unusual for a dog to have paralysis from an intestinal blockage. Some, which could be genetic, toxic, infectious, etc. must be affecting either the spinal cord or the nerves to the hind legs if he is paralyzed.

Dogs can recover, depending on the cause of the paralysis. A diagnosis is needed.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

You are welcome; please let me know how he is doing.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I'm hoping that the surgery reveals the cause and Rocky makes a full recovery, but if not, our next step would be to request an MRI, correct?

That is what I would do; see a veterinary neurologist and probably have MRI and possibly a spinal tap.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, thank you. I'll update you when I hear more. Is there anything I can say to my sister to comfort her based on your experience? Like, are his chances okay if it is a blockage?

If it is a blockage, the prognosis after surgery is usually very good. I just don't know how to explain the paralysis from an intestinal blockage. Please do let me know what you find out.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

Kindly consider rating my answer to notify the website I am assisting you; you can always get back to me with questions and updates after rating.​

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Absolutely will do. Thanks again

You are welcome. Best of luck to your sister and her dog. You are kind to help them.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The surgery showed nothing...

I am sorry to hear that. What does your sister want to do next? How is the dog doing?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
He's still in the same condition. They're transporting him to a 24 hour clinic to consult a neurologist. He had a lot of food still in his stomach even though he hadn't eaten in almost 36 hours, had vomited twice, and had a large bowel movement.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Does his inability to digest food give any more clues as to what it could be?

He may have paralysis of his digestive tract, or "ilieus" as part of his neurologic problem. How is he now? Sorry I was not still online last night.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Same condition, unfortunately. My sister is back at the vet about to talk to a neurologist. No one knows what it could be, so we don't know what to do

I am so sorry. I hope they help her get answers. Did they mention lysosomal storage disease?

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I’m not sure, but I just the update that he didn’t make it. I don’t know how or why...

He didn't make it, meaning he passes away? I am so sorry. Is she going to have an autopsy?

My sincere condolences.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Yeah, he passed away. I’m not sure if they will perform an autopsy as they’ve already spent $7k over the past 3 days. I think the vet that operated on him wasted valuable time by opening him up instead of focusing on the cause of paralysis. Wouldn’t they have been able to see an intestinal blockage in the X-ray?

You can be suspicious but not certain sometimes about a blockage on Xrays. An ileum (paralysis of the intestines) can look like a blockage, since nothing is moving.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question

I am so sorry; what a terrible and expensive ordeal.

Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,043
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
Verified
Rebecca and 87 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Rebecca Your Own Question
Rebecca
Rebecca
Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 18,043
18,043 Satisfied Customers
Experience: More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Rebecca 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

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

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

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

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

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

18,043 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
My sister's dog, a 6 month old chocolate lab has paralysis
Second opinion] My sister's dog, a 6 month old chocolate lab has paralysis in his hind legs, bloated stomach (possibly full?), excessive drooling, loss of appetite, and loss of bladder. Blood tests ar… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Ood Morning, I noticed my black lab boys back leg shaking
ood Morning, I noticed my black lab boys back leg shaking some this morning. After he ate and came back in, I noticed his back legs not going in the usual motions...we had a dog with IVDD after an acu… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
I have a 3 year old dog. She's eating and drinking perfectly
I have a 3 year old dog. She's eating and drinking perfectly fine. She's bent over and not wanting to walk on her back legs, just slides around. She seems like she's in pain. I live in a small town an… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
1.5 year old Boston terrier has just stopped walking and not
1.5 year old Boston terrier has just stopped walking and not using his hind legs. He doesn't seem to have any pain, no broken bones or anything, he was fine all day… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
why has my 6 yr.old Havanese dog lost the use of his back legs--it started in his right ba
why has my 6 yr.old Havanese dog lost the use of his back legs--it started in his right back leg and I have been giving him Rymadil--seemed to get better but now it seems to be affecting his left leg… read more
Dr. Susan
Dr. Susan
3,828 satisfied customers
Took my dog to the vet this morning, due to my dog within 24
Took my dog to the vet this morning, due to my dog within 24 hours not being able to walk (not using his hind legs). She did not do any x-rays, but She checked him over prescribed crananidian,methocar… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
Hi - my dog Jefferson is a 6 and a half year old shih tzuh,
Hi - my dog Jefferson is a 6 and a half year old shih tzuh, and tonight he suddenly started to "flop" a bit with his hips and back legs. He's alert, he seems normal, but he's definitely unsteady. Any … read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
my dog was fine wednesday morning and come midday he has paralysed
my dog was fine wednesday morning and come midday he has paralysed from the waist down and recently has shown some rectal bleeding what could be causing this?… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
We adopted an older dog recently. Hes a 10 year old Labrador.
We adopted an older dog recently. He's a 10 year old Labrador. He is reasonably active - especially outside. He pants constantly when he's moving at a leisurely pace - even inside in our cool house. H… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
Jack Russell Terrier: she first goes outside she tears..tail between
I have a 7 y/o female XXXXX XXXXX Terrier. Two days ago I let her out in the morning and usually when she first goes outside she tears out running full blast. When she came in she had her tail between… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
Our Welsh Corgi age 13 has diabetes and vet says enzymes are out of wack. Corgi is eatin
Our Welsh Corgi age 13 has diabetes and vet says enzymes are out of wack. Corgi is eating and drinking and doesn't seem to be in pain but she is having trouble moving her hind legs.. she urinates wher… read more
Vet help
Vet help
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,072 satisfied customers
dog: my 7 year..who usually sleeps..night, and doesnt look..seizure
Last week my 7 year old dog, who usually sleeps very quietly, started snapping at the air during the night. The first few nights I thought he was snapping at mosquitoes, but on the 3rd night realized … read more
DrChristineM
DrChristineM
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,872 satisfied customers
lab: 65 lb around Victoria, tx that was fine one day..ears
have a chocolate lab, 65 lb around Victoria, Tx that was fine one day and sick the next. blood and fluid from his ears. one worse than the other. swollen lymph nodes/glands in his hind legs and swelli… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
My 4 year old sheltie all of sudden started haveing problems
My 4 year old sheltie all of sudden started haveing problems getting up and down stairs. He has a hard time getting up. His back right hind leg is slightly raised and shakes. I have taken him for x-ra… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,089 satisfied customers
newfie that weighs about 135 he ate a 12oz bag of peanut m&ms
Hi, I have a newfie that weighs about 135 he ate a 12oz bag of peanut m&ms about 45 minutes ago. So far he seems to be ok. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help. Lori… read more
andrea roberts
andrea roberts
veterinary surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
1,292 satisfied customers
I have a 6 y/o bichon frise with a weight of 30 lbs. We put
I have a 6 y/o bichon frise with a weight of 30 lbs. We put her in a kennel for boarding. She was doing fine and was walking well when we left. The following morning, I was informed by the caretaker t… read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 satisfied customers
My 10 year old Chocolate lab has had bouts of sudden onset
My 10 year old Chocolate lab has had bouts of sudden onset of excessive drooling, then is goes away. He is 80 lbs and take one aspirin twice a day for arthritis since August, otherwise runs, eats, poo… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
listless, excessively salivating, stretching her hind legs..drooling
Our 13 yr. old Daschund was fine earlier today, now she is listless, excessively salivating, stretching her hind legs, appears in pain and is just lying down on her stomach with her neck and hear exte… read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
95 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