Hi I'm Dr. Jessica.
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Can you explain to me how Mazlo is walking? Is he holding up the one limb that he is not walking on? Dragging the limb behind him?
Is he holding the limb up? or dragging the limb? Does he toe touch?
This is not related to the cyst removal.
Dragging of the limb is very concerning. Is the paw in that leg warm to the touch? cool? Does it feel like the normal paw?
So there are a few things that could be going on currently- this could be secondary to a pinched nerve from IVDD, he could have thrown a blood clot to that side of the spinal cord, and there is also neoplasia as a concern.
I understand that surgery is not an option for Mazlo. For now, keep Mazlo on strict cage rest. He will need additional medications from your veterinarian, such as a muscle relaxer.
No neck leads.
If you are able to do so, carry outside to go potty and then return to the kennel to rest.
If at any time, the limb becomes cooler to the touch, than he needs to be seen immediately or if he cannot use both of the hindlimbs.
IVDD can affect 1, 2, 3, or even 4 limbs. It depends on where the lesion is that is being pinched off. Typically a unilateral dragging of the limb is where signs first start, but it could progress to both hindlimbs. He will need to be re-evaluated by your veterinarian first thing Monday morning.
That's great! Keep using support and monitor that paw. Wrapping the paw or placing a sock on it when you go outside will help prevent trauma to the paw.
Make sure you change the bandage or remove the sock when you come into the home. A wet bandage can lead to an infection in the skin.
There are a few other options - physical therapy, laser therapy, steroids instead of Metacam, muscle relaxant.
If the symptoms worsen, humane euthanasia is not out of the question but hopefully if we can add the muscle relaxant then he will be more comfortable and maybe decrease pressure on the disc that is causing the paralysis in the limb.
No problem! Have a good night. Keep Mazlo comfortable and rested. Call your vet first thing Monday.
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