Could your dog have a spinal tumor? They are more common than you think, especially in large breed dogs. It was one of the diagnoses my veterinarian considered for Sophie when she became ill. Tumors in the spine can cause hind end weakness and changes in the way a dog walks. So, when Sophie showed these symptoms, our vet decided to test for it.
The veterinarian started Sophie on a “prednisone trial” to see if her symptoms got better while she was on the medication. Prednisone is a steroid that is commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation. And because tumors increase inflammation, we hoped to see an improvement in Sophie’s wobbly hind legs.
Our plan was to send her for a MRI, if there was even the slightest change in her symptoms. [Read more…]