04-26-2017, 12:35 PM
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Is this Degenerative Myelopathy or remnants of possible FCE?
About a year and a half ago my almost 16 year old dalmatian/lab mix had an episode that the vet felt was a likely Fibrocartilaginous Embolism but could possibly be a degenerative thing like DM. She had difficulty getting up from laying down and was very wobbly in the rear end rather suddenly but no pain. She didn't right her back feet normally when they were turned under at the vets. She did recover from that episode and has been her usual self with occasional rear end weakness but not nearly as bad as her first episode. Never sure she really regained the being able to right her back feet completely. Over the last year I've heard her back nails scrape when we are out for walks or shes walking in the house.
I know DM is usually more progressive than this but obviously I'm still concerned its a possibility. I know she still has feeling in her toes as she pulls away when I dremmel her nails if I get too close to the quick and still pulls her back feet away when I tickle the hair on her back feet. She isn't righting both back feet when I turn them under but sometimes its better than other times throughout the day. Her demeanor and energy levels are normal, wags her tail and walks normal other than the nail scraping. Still dealing with very occasional oddness with the back end. Is this all leftover nerve damage from the possible FCE or does this sound like DM? Shouldn't she be losing feeling in her nails as well and not be pulling away from me when I tickle the hair on her feet if it was progressing DM? Shouldn't she have had much more progression than this of the disease if that what it was originally? Not sure what to think.