View Full Version : What is tetraparetic and ataxic?

24th December 2010, 04:43 AM
Trying to read medical language is foreign to me. I am reading dr. Rusbridges book and I am especially interested in weakness.

Ella is having trouble climbing and walking. She does the leg slip if she tries to sit. Leg twitches etc. Of course I'm concerned with it getting worse.

She said that most dogs remained able to walk but some had (my topic heading)

I imagine this might be what ella is experiencing? I worry about what this means. Ella does not cry, yelp, but any input?

Moving came just in time because she can't handle 3rd floor and carrying her is getting really hard.


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24th December 2010, 06:35 AM
You can always google terms, wikipedia is an excellent source. Another place to check is YouTube, typing a medical term + dog will get some really great veterinary videos.

Tetraparetic- tetra=four paretic~=paralysis, so basically weakness affecting all four limbs

Ataxic- means uncoordinated

24th December 2010, 01:31 PM
Thanks, I did that now I have questions which I means I have more questions :) is Ella symptoms of having her leg fall when sitting signs of this starting and should I assume it could get worse and end in paralysis?

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