Paralysis is the partial or full loss of body movement.
Symptoms of canine hind end paralysis can vary in severity. Mild neurological deficit leads to weakness and knuckling. Full paralysis results in a dog dragging their rear legs.
Associated problems include pain, potty accidents, inability to urinate or constipation.
R.G. was a happy, active girl, until one day she suddenly became lame on her rear end. She could barely walk. When examined, she was showing neurological deficits. The preliminary diagnosis was a disc injury.
The veterinarian recommended an MRI.
R.G.’s parents agreed to the testing. When the results came back, R.G. was diagnosed with a herniated disc. The veterinarian recommended surgery.
Before making such a major decision, R.G.’s parents decided to seek a second opinion. The orthopedic surgeon they consulted with agreed with the diagnoses and the proposed solution–spinal surgery.
This kind of surgery is invasive and carries a high risk.
R.G.’s parents decided to try conservative management first. R.G. was treated with acupuncture, chiropractic, and physical therapy. But she continued to get worse until she ended up in a wheelchair.
Should they have gone through with the surgery after all?
R.G.’s parents sought yet one more opinion with a veterinary neurologist. That’s when they found out what the real diagnosis was not a herniated disc at all.
What would you make of R.G.’s symptoms? What do you think was wrong with R.G.? Would you have pursued the spinal surgery? What would you do if it was your dog?
Read R.G.’s story and find out what the diagnosis was.
Paralysis in Dogs