Lupa, a 10-year-old spayed female Chihuahua presented to Southeast Veterinary Neurology for evaluation of inability to walk in all four legs. She was able to move all four legs, but was too weak to stand and support her weight. Her signs were severe in that there was minimal to no movement in any leg. She was painful and would hold her head down. Examination showed that the problem was in her neck (cervical spinal cord). The possible causes were a tumor, a slipped disk, meningitis, a malformation or other less likely cause.
A CT/myelogram was performed at another hospital and showed a tumor pressing on the spinal cord of her neck. Dr. Wong removed the spinal tumor with surgery. The type of tumor was found to be a meningioma.
Here is a video of Lupa two weeks after surgery.Southeast Veterinary Neurology’s board-certified neurologists are experts in neurological conditions including spinal cord tumors. More information about neurological conditions in dogs can be found at www.SEVNeurology.com or by calling (305) 274-2777.