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Dr. Loretta, Veterinarian
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My name is ***** *****...One of our cats, Gabby, was bitten

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Customer: My name is ***** *****...One of our cats, Gabby, was bitten by a dog or coyote 3 years ago and has a spinal injury that has calcified over time...A vet's x-ray indicates that she has arthritis and a calcified disc that has slipped and appears to be pressing her spinal chord...She now has difficulty standing on her rear legs and is wobbly...Her left leg appears worse with her toes curling under when she tries to stand...We have been giving her an oral treatment for pain and inflammation...What are realistic treatments and prognosis?...
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 1 year ago.

Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry about Gabbys condition. This may be due to the arthritis that is so severe that extra bone development is interfering with the nerve supply causing this lack of function. Medications such as Meloxicam and Glucosamine/Chondroitin as a daily supplement to add lubrication to Gabby's joints. There is a chance that this arthritis is permanent and the only thing you can do is to keep Gabby on pain medications. It is best to use the medications as an anti inflammatory and hope that inflammation is causing Gabbys issues. If this is not enough, have a consult with a veterinary surgeon that may be able to give Gabby back soe of her nerve supply to increase function.

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