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Paralysis in Dogs & Cats

Paralysis is a medical emergency that occurs when your pet is unable to move one or more of their legs, and in extreme cases being unable to move their body at all. A paralyzed pet should be brought to an ER as soon as possible.

Depending on the cause and how fast treatment is started, some types of paralysis may be temporary or treatable, while others may be permanent.

What To Look For:

  • Complete or partial inability to use one or more legs
  • Unable to walk, dragging hind limbs
  • Limbs feel cold to the touch or have weak pulses
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

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