Pets who can no longer move their hind legs may actually be experiencing partial paralysis. If your pet cannot use its hind legs to stand or walk, you should contact The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) in New Mexico right away. Your pet may need emergency care for the best recovery outcomes.
Hind Leg Dragging as Sign of Neurological Disorder
Hind leg dragging, which entails both hind legs being dragged limply on the ground, typically indicates a problem with the spinal cord, such as:
- Compression resulting from injury or inflammation
- Degenerative disc disease
However, other pet owners may describe other types of motor function deficits in similar ways. For instance, pets that have trouble standing may have shaking legs when they attempt to rise from a reclined position. They may be able to take one or two steps during which their hindquarters never fully get off the ground before collapsing again.
Although such disabilities are not likely paralysis, trouble standing and/or gait abnormalities may indicate other neurological conditions and require further diagnosis.
Care for Pets Experiencing Neurological Disorders
The best care for pets dragging their hind legs (or similar symptoms) is available at The ANIC.
At our clinic, located northeast of Rio Rancho, we have the advanced technology required to provide diagnostic imaging—MRI and CT scan—in-house. Our team includes board-certified veterinary neurologists who have the training and experience to provide expert:
- Neurological examination
- Consultations with referring veterinarians and pet owners
- Treatment, including neurosurgery
Our services are available 24/7 for emergency cases, so pets dragging their hind legs can get the specialized care they need as quickly as possible, improving their prognoses.
You do not need to wait for a referral from your primary care veterinarian to visit The ANIC. Contact us any time to speak to a trained medical professional to determine if your pet needs emergency service or may wait for a scheduled appointment, usually available the next day.