Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy
This problem occurs when small emboli of disc material break off and block spinal cord blood vessels. This problem is seen more often in large to giant breed dogs, but also Shetland Sheepdogs and miniature Schnauzers.
Dogs often show a short period of pain followed by weakness ranging from mild ataxia to paralysis. Signs may be on only one side.
Most dogs show at least partial recovery after treatment with corticosteroids.
Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.
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