Test your veterinary knowledge with our April Brain Teaser!A six-year-old male neutered Dachshund presents with hind limb paralysis and intact deep pain April 5, 2021 By Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free CertifiedPhoto courtesy Phil Zeltzman Presentation A six-year-old male neutered Dachshund presents with hind limb paralysis and intact deep pain. We will assume the patient has a disc hernia. Question 1: What is the correct approach?You send him home on a tapering dose of prednisone over 21 days.You recommend euthanasia because advanced imaging is expensive and spinal surgery has a poor prognosis.You perform a neurological exam and refer him to a specialist on an emergency basis.Question 2: What is a likely scenario?Radiographs of the awake patient show a narrow disc space between T10 and T11. The lesion is likely to be a disc hernia between T10 and T11.Hind leg reflexes are all depressed. The lesion is likely to be a disc hernia between T3 and L3.Hind leg reflexes are all normal. The lesion is likely to be a disc hernia between T3 and L3.Question 3: Which statement is correct?Referral is indicated as soon as the patient loses deep pain.With early decompressive surgery, this patient’s prognosis is good to excellent. Despite decompressive surgery, most paralyzed patients never walk again.Score Me!