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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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My male cat is 13 years old and can not walk on back leg. s

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Customer: my male cat is 13 years old and can not walk on back leg. His name is ***** ***** When extending his leg he has severe twitching. This has been going on for 5 hours at least. It is possible maybe my golden laid on him last night. He just want to lay in a ball. and meows when moved
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: My name is***** name is ***** *****. :) he is 13 long haired tabby. Only issue he ever had when crystals 8 yrs ago and almost died. Otherwise very healthy and active.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. An injury is very difficult for me to assess from afar. Cats suffer soft tissue injuries such as bruising, sprains and strains just as we do. Fractures and hip dislocations of a back leg need to be considered as well. Even spinal cord damage might cause a hind leg paresis (weakness) or paralysis. Finally, a saddle thrombus - a blood clot in his aorta - which is preventing blood from reaching that leg - might be present.

In general, simple trauma should cause symptoms that gradually improve over a week. Fractures and dislocations don't improve without prompt attention by his vet. Symptoms of a thrombus can wax and wane but often eventually cause bilateral paralysis because an underlying heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy) exists. If you didn't see a significant improvement within 72 hours, it would be prudent to have his vet take a look at him. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks, He he lightly walking on it today but he still bothersome. Poor guy 🙁
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

If he's placing the leg, I should be able to rule out a fracture or dislocation. Let's give him another couple of days. Aspirin (NOT ACETAMINOPHEN, IBUPROFEN, OR NAPROXEN) can be given at a dose of 5 mg/lb once. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks so much for the prompt advice 😊
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome.