Based on the history you provided, below are possible causes for your dog’s paralysis. Not listed but a necessary consideration for possible cause of paralysis at this advanced age is systemic cancer. Cancer present virtually anywhere in the body can lead to neurological dysfunction and even paralysis through a process known as paraneoplastic syndrome. If you still seek further information, please visit our Ask The Vet page to submit a one on one consultation with a licensed veterinarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cervical stenosis (Wobblers Syndrome)
Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)
Intervertebral disc injury
11 yr old male Lab, fine at 3am potty/water, at 7am couldn’t walk on back legs, specifically pulling rear right leg tight to body & growl/bark if I touch it. Carried outside & he had explosive diarrhea on himself & loud gas 3 times over 3 hr period. Gave him tramadol to try & stop pain hoping this was bowel issue (has happened before w/him), but at 7pm, still not walking. He eats & drinks. I’ve done chicken broth & water & rice to keep bland diet. He cries frantically to urinate and when we help him stand up he will remain standing for a few minutes to urinate. Long, slow, and pulsating stream of urine twice. Still passing good gas. His nose is wet and cold, head feels normal temp, wagging tail when talked to, pulls feet back when I pinch toes & doesn’t like me touching one leg in particular. Checked nails- no cracked toenails. Totally stumped.