Paralysis Of The Hind Legs
Although paralysis in dogs may
occur in the jaws, forelegs, or in
groups of muscles in other parts of the body, the most common
manifestations are in the hind legs. Paralysis of the hind legs is
known as posterior paralysis. The attack may be rather mild, in which
case it is often transitory in nature and is readily amenable to
Conversely, the attack may be rather severe, in
which case it may be entirely resistant to the entire gamut of medical
alternatives. Posterior paralysis is ordinarily caused by pressure,
degeneration of the nerves or the part of the spinal cord that are
associated with the proper functioning of the hind limbs.
condition may come about as a result of a back injury, a spinal growth,
or an intestinal obstruction. Also it may result from obscure nervous
diseases, senility, a heavy tick infestation, or from certain
infectious diseases such as distemper.
A Typical Case of Hind Leg Paralysis
condition may develop gradually with signs of a progressive
lameness that finally culminates in paralysis, but more often it
appears suddenly. When paralysis sets in, the affected limbs may hang
limply or they may acquire a characteristic stiffness. This
inconvenience may cause the pet some concern, but often the animal
appears quite normal in every other respect.
Where the paralysis is due to an intestinal obstruction, the
elimination of the obstruction usually results in the disappearance of
the paralysis. This may be done by an enema or by internal manipulation
with instruments. Good nutrition, proper hygiene, massage, hot packs,
and nerve tonics may be indicated,
but most often, these treatments are to no avail. In the average case,
it may be suggested that if treatment does not yield any positive
results in about seven days, then the only humane measure is to put the
animal to sleep.