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This is strange indeed!
Is it just the hind limbs, or are his front limbs affected as well?
just the hind legs
From what you have described, it seems we can at least localize the lesion to the spinal segments from T3-L3 (the third thoracic to the third lumbar vertebrae).
This can be related to trauma and an intervertebral disk extrusion, but usually that is painful.
You noted no pain while feeling along his back, so that seems less likely.
noticed nothing when i was feeling his spine, i was quite rough because i wanted a reaction, he is quite happy to be rubbed stroked etc
I think there are two most likely culprits here: FCE (fibrocartilagenous embolism), or possibly a tumor.
With FCE, the signs begin acutely as they did with Buddy.
so what should i do, is there any help i can get as. on a low income. i am frightend to go to the vet and face a huge bill, or worse,
The condition is non-painful, and non-progressive.
so leave him be, as long as he is happy.
Yes. You should monitor him for change at this time.
Most dogs with FCE do improve over the next 2 weeks.
If it is FCE, he should NOT get any worse after the first 24 hours.
ok thankyou, he is wondering around sniffing out crumbs. so thanks for you help
If he does continue to show more weakness, if it includes his front legs, or even paralysis, I would be worried we have a more serious problem.
he seems better, than he did this morning
You're welcome! Here is a handout to read more about FCE.
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