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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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He is a cardigan welsh corgi, 12 years old. He was limping

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He is a cardigan welsh corgi, 12 years old. He was limping yesterday (front leg) and now today he can barely stand up (his hind legs just give out. His hind legs have shone a little weakness (wobbly) but nothing like this. He ate breakfast and did drink some water
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Veterinarian will know if the dog will be able to digest that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Obie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Obie?
Customer: He has loose stools from last night. He also threw up a couple of times two nights ago. He seems to just want to lay around. He did drink some water from the water dish when we held him in a standing position about 1/2 hour ago. We plan to take him to our vet tomorrow but am wondering if he should go to ER vet today
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this, Beth. When both front and hind legs become paretic (weak)/paralyzed I need to consider a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) involving the cervical (neck) spine as well as an encephalopathy (brain disorder) if Obie is demonstrating a change in mentation (mental status). His gastrointestinal distress isn't consistent with central nervous system disorders as I mentioned and so there may be more than one thing going on at this time. In fact, myelopathies such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") in an older Corgi usually constipates rather than cause diarrhea.

It would be prudent to have him attended to sooner than later. Antiinflammatory medications are usually prescribed in an attempt to decompress a spinal cord being impinged upon by a disk or tumor. The sooner we can decompress the spinal cord, the better the prognosis for recovery. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.