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Were you present when this started?
no he had gone upstairs with my son he didnt see anything
OK. Is he able to bear weight on both of those legs?
yes a little but he falls over it seemed to be just his front first but now back aswell
And he is dragging them or stepping on his paw with toes curled over?
or curled under I should say?
stepping on his paw
The signs you describe are consistent with neurologic dysfunction.
Because the signs are affecting both is front and hind leg on one side,
it is likely that the lesion is lateralized (shifted to one side) to the right and located in the cervical spinal cord (neck).
This can happen with a slipped disk or with a FCE, fibrocartilageous embolism.
IVDD, or slipped disks are usually quite painful.
Because he does not appear painful, I am more suspicious of an FCE.
The only way to confirm that would be advanced imaging using MRI or CT.
This would need to be done with a neurologist at a referral center.
is there anything that can help him he doesn`t show any signs of pain
If it truly is FCE, there isn't much we can do aside from wait.
The signs come on quickly, but do not worsen after the first 24 hours.
After that, dogs usually show gradual improvement over the next 2-3 weeks.
About 75% of them will recover on their own.
You can approach a physical therapist to help with his recovery.
If you do so, I recommend finding one that has the credentials: CCRP or CCRT.
(certified canine rehabilitation physician/therapist).
At this point, it would be a good idea to have him evaluated by your local vet to see if our suspicion holds true.
Then, beyond that, our choices are referral to neurology or watch and wait as I have mentioned.
should i just keep him warm and quiet till i can get him to vet in the morning will he be in any pain i have some dog pain med
You can check for neck pain by doing the following motions:
a dog standing up should be able to point his nose to the ceiling,
then straight down to the floor,
then swing to the left almost touching the chest wall,
then swing to the right almost touching the chest again.
If he is painful, I would expect it to be going to the right side.
If he doesn't react, I don't think you need pain medication.
Just make sure he can't hurt himself (block off the stairs and furniture).
hes fine other than his legs
Great. Then I think you can safely wait until morning to have him seen.
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