Is this Degenerative Myelopathy or remnants of possible FCE?

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Is this Degenerative Myelopathy or remnants of possible FCE?

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Old 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.
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Old 04-27-2017, 06:54 PM
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She does not likely have degenerative myelopathy. DM is typically an insidious disease that starts out with minimal symptoms progressing to the point that the dog can no longer get up. It is most commonly seen in German Shepherds, but can be seen in other dogs such as Corgis. The fact that your dog had an acute episode followed by improvement and then had a recurrence, has no resemblance to DM. I agree with your vet that it most likely is FCE although there are other possible reasons such as an unstable IV disc in the lumbar region. Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:37 PM
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DM gets worse. FCE usually gets better with time or stays the same. Another possibility would be Cauda Equina Syndrome. If you lift her tail and she is painful, that would be my bet. If you will do a mild tail pinch on the tip of her tail for 2 minutes twice a day, that will help. This is an acupuncture point that help move energy down the entire length of the spinal cord. You will know it is working when your dog starts wagging its tail again. Good luck.
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