Hind limb paralysis can be due to disc rupture, tick or snake bite, a vascular clot, tumour, trauma or an autoimmune process. Acute onset of paralysis requires urgent veterinary attention to give your pet the best chance at recovery.
Acute rupture of the spinal disc is a common cause of paralysis in dogs. Small stature breeds such as the Daschund, Shih Tzu, Jack Russell terrier and Pomeranian are predisposed to this condition. Advanced Vetcare is very well set-up to treat spinal cases with on-site CT and an excellent rehabilitation centre with underwater treadmill.
If your pet has back pain without paralysis then often strict rest and good pain relief will allow recovery. If signs of weakness or an inability to use the hind limbs is apparent, then the situation is a surgical emergency and you should seek veterinary attention immediately. Advanced Vetcare treats 5-7 cases of paralysis due to spinal rupture per week.
A meningioma is a spinal cord tumour arising from the lining of the spinal cord. In some cases, these tumours can be removed with the expectation of good clinical improvement. Please see attached a CT of a recent case of spinal meningioma.
Our practice is open 24 hours 7 days a week and is always ready to treat acute spinal emergencies in dogs and cats.