French Bulldog fully paralyzed with her rear legs

By: Dr. Roy Kraemer |
DVM, Bulldog Specialist Veterinarian

Zoe is a French Bulldog who is fully paralyzed with her rear legs. I don’t know what happened to her before because she became a rescued dog. I adopted her from a rescue group in my country Taiwan since nobody wanted to give her a chance.

Dear Rescued French Bulldog,

Some of the most common neurological problems related to hind leg paraplegia or paralysis in French and English Bulldogs are vertebral malformations and disc herniation that lead to a compressed and damaged spinal cord. Common examples are

  • hemivertebrae 
  • spina bifida
  • IVDD

I have very little to go by since you don’t have any history, medical notes, exams, tests, or images.

Does she have any urination- or defecation-related issues?

Bulldog spina bifida diapers

She will need a neurological evaluation and possibly x-rays, myelogram, MRI and/or CT.

See here for more info  .

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Sincerely, Dr. Kraemer Vet4Bulldog

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Dr. R.J. Kraemer Dr. Kraemer is a Tufts Veterinary School 1991 Graduate (Boston, MA). He is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the SCVMA (Southern California Veterinary Medical Association) and has been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in Orange County, California for over 20 years. Dr. Kraemer has a special interest in Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and other Brachycephalic breeds, and their unique medical and surgical needs, such as breathing and airways conditions, joint pain, ligament and tendon injuries, ear canal disease, skin and allergy problems, eyes and eyelid abnormalities, as well as other medical conditions related to the breed. Dr. Kraemer is also a leading provider for in-house same-day stem cell therapy and cryobanking for dogs and cat. Dr. Kraemer has a long-lasting relationship with bulldog rescue, he provides shelter, medical and surgical services to their bulldogs.

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