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Old 02-26-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default HELP! My 7 y/o girl can't use her back legs


My Cali has had a healthy life. But about a week ago her back legs startedslipping. We have concrete floors that can be really slick so my husbandthought her paws needed trimming (we did that). The next day she had troublegetting up and she would occassionally fall...especially if she tried to puther front paws on the first step or raise in the upright position. The next dayshe was worse and we brought her to the vet. He says it is bilateral medialsubluxating patella and likely inflammed ligaments. Treatment is 5 days ofNSAID. However, the next day (Saturday) she seemed even worse. She looks likeBambi on ice (just can't get her back legs to work).

I have a horrible gut feeling that this is more than the patella issue b/cwhy would she have trouble on both legs at once? Then again, I could be just anoverprotective mommy.

Has anyone had any experience with this that can offer me reassurance? Ijust want to know that we are dealing with the right thing and that she willget better. Any advice? TIA

*NOTE: this is my 4th attempt at posting this so please excuse any others asI do not see them posted. Also, I finally found the search button and read up on MLP but had no clue it could cause this much disability...does this sound right?
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I had answered one of your other threads. I'd also be very concerned that it's both legs. It is "possible", but not absolutely certain that this isn't her legs at all, but a neurological issue.

Because the pup isn't in front of us, I don't think anybody here can say for sure. But I do think that an immediate (by immediate I mean right now) visit to a vet that will look farther into this is warranted. With neuro issues, depending on origin, waiting can mean the difference between full recovery and not recovering at all. While so many things could make back legs start to give out, my major immediate concern is a spinal problem.

So, I'd say go straight to a vet that will take this very seriously just in case.
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Is there an orthopedic specialist in your area or a vet school you could take her to?
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I think her luxating patella may just be really bad. Sounds like she would really benefit from surgery. Have you talked to your vet about that?

Sending good wishes to your little one.
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I had answered one of your other threads. I'd also be very concerned that it's both legs. It is "possible", but not absolutely certain that this isn't her legs at all, but a neurological issue.

Because the pup isn't in front of us, I don't think anybody here can say for sure. But I do think that an immediate (by immediate I mean right now) visit to a vet that will look farther into this is warranted. With neuro issues, depending on origin, waiting can mean the difference between full recovery and not recovering at all. While so many things could make back legs start to give out, my major immediate concern is a spinal problem.

So, I'd say go straight to a vet that will take this very seriously just in case.
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Sorry to hear about your doggie!!! The same thing happened to my Skittles who is 5. He was fine one day totally no use of his back legs the next. We took him immediately to hospital where he had spine surgery. He had a disc herniating on his spine and they told us the quicker we have the surgery the better his results would be. He is doing really well.

I hope that it is not the same with yours but I would immediately have him looked at by a specialist asap. Sometimes waiting can affect the rest of their life.It was very scary!!!

My other dog has had 2 luxating patella surgeries and what you are describing sounds nothing like it at all. When he started holding up his good leg I took him directly to the hospital because I believe there are certain things out of the vets expertise.

Good luck !!!

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Thanks to everyone....I brought baby girl back to the vet this am. He watched her walk & thought it is still the patella but wasn't ready to rule out neuro either. He got on the phone with ortho/neuro surgeon in my area and I have an appt tomorrow at 9am. They told me to keep her NPO cause they do surgeries in the afternoons & depending on the findings....they even do onsite preop labs.

I'm somewhat relieved but still concerned. Thanks again & I appreciate any prayers that are sent our way!
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This could be her knees, but also could be neurological. Either way, if she were mine, I would be at a specialist asap for a second opinion. Either a neurologist...or an ortho surgeon.
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I'm about to pull my hair out!!! Went to specialist today and he feels it is defintiely neuro and out of his comfort zone. He said he has never seen a case with her symptoms. He wants me to go to a university vet school that has a renowned neurosurgery dept but it's 4 hours away and the appt isn't until next Monday. I want to scream!!! We can't wait that long...she gets worse everyday. I have my primary vet working on trying to get her in tomorrow (which is what this specialist recommended) but if not, we are going to a local neuro doc and getting a spinal tap. I can't sit here and watch her decline while I do nothing.

I appreciate all the input. Please pray for us...my husband isn't taking this well either.
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I'm so sorry. I agree with not waiting a week. This is an emergency situation in my opinion.
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I'm about to pull my hair out!!! Went to specialist today and he feels it is defintiely neuro and out of his comfort zone. He said he has never seen a case with her symptoms. He wants me to go to a university vet school that has a renowned neurosurgery dept but it's 4 hours away and the appt isn't until next Monday. I want to scream!!! We can't wait that long...she gets worse everyday. I have my primary vet working on trying to get her in tomorrow (which is what this specialist recommended) but if not, we are going to a local neuro doc and getting a spinal tap. I can't sit here and watch her decline while I do nothing.

I appreciate all the input. Please pray for us...my husband isn't taking this well either.
If you are referring to LSU I believe they have emergency services? Maybe you can get her admitted that way? That is what we do here if we have a pup that needs to get into Texas A&M quickly and they don't have an opening.
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If you are referring to LSU I believe they have emergency services? Maybe you can get her admitted that way? That is what we do here if we have a pup that needs to get into Texas A&M quickly and they don't have an opening.
That is what I was thinking...it is that way at the Purdue University Animal Hospital too.
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That is what I was thinking...it is that way at the Purdue University Animal Hospital too.
Yep! I think most of the vet schools are like that.
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If you are referring to LSU I believe they have emergency services? Maybe you can get her admitted that way? That is what we do here if we have a pup that needs to get into Texas A&M quickly and they don't have an opening.

I'm not far from LSU but unfortunately the specialist did not recommend them because they don't have specialized neurosurgery (the kind that Cali would need)...I specifically asked about LSU. He recommended Miss. State. Also, I even suggested to "show up" at MSU as in an emergency situation to my vet but he advised against it b/c it would take longer to see specialist and they would put her in a cage. We have until today at 4pm CST to hear if we get the appt tomorrow. Pray that we do!!!
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