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my 2yr old dog has suddenly dragging both his feet on his right

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my 2yr old dog has suddenly dragging both his feet on his right side what could this be
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Were you present when this started?

Customer:

no he had gone upstairs with my son he didnt see anything

Dr. Susan :

OK. Is he able to bear weight on both of those legs?

Customer:

yes a little but he falls over it seemed to be just his front first but now back aswell

Dr. Susan :

And he is dragging them or stepping on his paw with toes curled over?

Dr. Susan :

or curled under I should say?

Customer:

stepping on his paw

Dr. Susan :

OK.

Dr. Susan :

The signs you describe are consistent with neurologic dysfunction.

Dr. Susan :

Because the signs are affecting both is front and hind leg on one side,

Dr. Susan :

it is likely that the lesion is lateralized (shifted to one side) to the right and located in the cervical spinal cord (neck).

Dr. Susan :

This can happen with a slipped disk or with a FCE, fibrocartilageous embolism.

Dr. Susan :

IVDD, or slipped disks are usually quite painful.

Dr. Susan :

Because he does not appear painful, I am more suspicious of an FCE.

Dr. Susan :

The only way to confirm that would be advanced imaging using MRI or CT.

Dr. Susan :

This would need to be done with a neurologist at a referral center.

Customer:

is there anything that can help him he doesn`t show any signs of pain

Dr. Susan :

If it truly is FCE, there isn't much we can do aside from wait.

Dr. Susan :

The signs come on quickly, but do not worsen after the first 24 hours.

Dr. Susan :

After that, dogs usually show gradual improvement over the next 2-3 weeks.

Dr. Susan :

About 75% of them will recover on their own.

Dr. Susan :

You can approach a physical therapist to help with his recovery.

Dr. Susan :

If you do so, I recommend finding one that has the credentials: CCRP or CCRT.

Dr. Susan :

(certified canine rehabilitation physician/therapist).

Dr. Susan :

At this point, it would be a good idea to have him evaluated by your local vet to see if our suspicion holds true.

Dr. Susan :

Then, beyond that, our choices are referral to neurology or watch and wait as I have mentioned.

Customer:

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

Dr. Susan :

You can check for neck pain by doing the following motions:

Dr. Susan :

a dog standing up should be able to point his nose to the ceiling,

Dr. Susan :

then straight down to the floor,

Dr. Susan :

then swing to the left almost touching the chest wall,

Dr. Susan :

then swing to the right almost touching the chest again.

Dr. Susan :

If he is painful, I would expect it to be going to the right side.

Dr. Susan :

If he doesn't react, I don't think you need pain medication.

Dr. Susan :

Just make sure he can't hurt himself (block off the stairs and furniture).

Customer:

hes fine other than his legs

Dr. Susan :

Great. Then I think you can safely wait until morning to have him seen.

Customer:

thank you

Dr. Susan :

You're welcome! Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

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