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Dr. Michael Salkin
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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My dog seemed to had a slight limp on her front paw this

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Hi my dog seemed to had a slight limp on her front paw this morning so I didn't take her out, she now seems walk with difficulty, her back legs tremble and she walks very stiffly , any ideas on what this could be ?
Many thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Chrissy, while this necessarily must be conjecture without examining Poppy, I would be concerned about a cervical (neck) myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") when both front and hind limbs are affected as you described in a middle aged cockapoo. Less commonly, encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as granulomatous meningoencephalopathy/GME or a steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis will be responsible.

It would be prudent to have Poppy's vet take a look at Poppy at your earliest convenience. Keep her very quiet at this time - no jumping up or down or navigating steps - in order to avoid her hurting herself further. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She was absolutely fine last night?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand. I can make one wrong move and my back can put me out of commission for a week! An intervertebral disk can prolapse or rupture in a split second. Please continue our conversation if you wish.