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What are Back Leg Weakness?

There are many different reasons why back leg weakness can affect your dog. These reasons may vary, ranging from an acute injury to something more serious that needs to be addressed by a veterinarian. This is why it is essential to monitor your dog to best determine what course of action you should take as a caring dog parent! One possible reason your dog might be showing signs of back leg weakness is due to an inherited condition. In this case, back leg weakness is a term that is often used to refer to Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a disease of the spinal cord. In DM, the myelin sheaths that surround and protect the nerves in the spine degenerate to eventually expose the nerve fibers. This degradation of the myelin sheath disrupts the body’s communication between the spinal cord and brain, leading to a progressive weakness that can result in total paralysis.

There are a few theories as to why DM occurs, such as an immune-mediated response, vitamin deficiencies, or a spinal injury, but many agree that it is an inherited condition that affects many large breeds, and specifically German Shepherds.

While DM may be one cause of back leg weakness, it is not the only reason your dog might be showing signs of back leg weakness. If he is having a hard time walking, or he is staggering and wobbling on his feet, this back leg weakness may be a result of muscle atrophy, pain, or nerve damage. Other signs that can alert you to this condition are a reluctance or inability to stand, lameness, or paralysis in the legs.

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Symptoms of Back Leg Weakness in Dogs

Symptoms of a weakness in your dog’s back legs may come on suddenly or develop slowly over a long period of time, depending on the reason for the weakness. Often, there are other signs that can help lead to a diagnosis, so take note of any physical or behavioral changes that occur. Symptoms of back leg weakness can include: 

  • Lameness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Loss of balance
  • Instability
  • Wobbly or staggering when walking
  • Difficulty walking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Slow gait
  • Difficulty standing up
  • Reluctance to move, jump, or be active
  • Pain
  • Partial or complete paralysis
  • Incontinence
  • Loss of ability to urinate 
  • Swelling 
  • Licking joints
  • Weight gain 
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Lethargy 
  • Collapse

Causes of Back Leg Weakness in Dogs

The reasons behind a weakness in your dog’s back legs can vary. While obvious trauma can weaken muscles and tissues, and age can contribute to the degeneration of muscles and joints, other conditions can wreak havoc on the spinal cord, nerves, and hormones. Causes of a back leg weakness can include:  

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Injury
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy 
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Vertebral instability, or wobbler syndrome
  • Lumbosacral stenosis 
  • Cushing's disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Botulism infection
  • Toxic poisoning

Diagnosis of Back Leg Weakness in Dogs

If you have noticed signs of weakness in your dog’s back legs, take him into the clinic to be checked as many of the causes can be progressive. Relay all symptoms you have noticed in your dog, including changes in appetite and behavior and the history of the weakness. Your vet may also ask if your dog has been exposed to any toxins or infectious diseases, such as those found in an animal carcass. 

Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam to see if there are any discerning neurological or physical abnormalities. This can also reveal the possible presence of an enlarged liver, a sign of diabetes, or a tumor. A urinalysis and bloodwork will be performed next to determine your dog’s overall health. This will detect toxins and infections, high levels of glucose or liver enzymes, and electrolyte abnormalities. Results of these tests can point to poisonings, botulism, diabetes, or even Cushing’s disease. 

Imaging techniques such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds can be used to find tumors, reveal any structural weakness in bones, joints, and tissues, determine the size and state of the adrenal glands, kidneys, and liver, and visualize the state of the spinal cord. Additional testing can include a spinal tap, aspiration of joint fluids, or hormone testing.

Treatment of Back Leg Weakness in Dogs

Treatments can vary considerably, and will be prescribed appropriately after the diagnosis. Any injuries will be treated according to the severity of the trauma. Surgery can be recommended for many conditions, such as degenerative myelopathy, intervertebral disc disease, wobbler syndrome, cancer, or Cushing’s disease. Wobbler syndrome can also be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs. Many conditions will need rest, either before or after surgery, which may require cage confinement. Pain medications are often prescribed for many spinal diseases and arthritis. Cancer often uses a variety of treatments to remove or reduce the tumor along with surgery, such as radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. 

Cushing's disease can also be managed through the use of hormone drugs to balance levels in the body, and steroids are discontinued if they have been implicated in the condition. Diabetes will need lifelong management through special diets and exercise plans, blood glucose monitoring, and daily insulin injections. Arthritic animals can also benefit from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and glycosaminoglycan supplementation, as well as changes in your dog’s environment to aid in rest and ease of movement. Various alternative therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy can help as well. 

Botulism is treated mainly through supportive care, including fluid and electrolyte therapy. Any infected wounds are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and medication can be prescribed if symptoms worsen, such as in the case of seizures. Therapies for other types of poisonings, such as from chemicals or plants, can include administering activated charcoal or mineral oil to reduce toxin absorption in the stomach, various medications to treat specific symptoms, and supportive treatments.

Recovery of Back Leg Weakness in Dogs

Recovery is dependent on the cause of the weakness, the severity of the condition, and how soon treatment is begun. For poisonings, the quickness of treatment can be essential, as some toxins can be fatal. 

Many conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and degenerative myelopathy, can be managed through an appropriate diet and exercise plan that can keep your dog’s weight under control and aid muscle movement. Intervertebral disc disease can be treated to return your dog to normal function, or it can progress into complete paralysis. Cushing’s disease and cancer can be treated successfully, but they can also carry a guarded to poor prognosis, depending on the extent of the disease and other factors. With lifelong treatments, diabetes and arthritis can be successfully managed.

Back Leg Weakness Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Simba
n/a
7 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling
Loss of Balance

My dog is having trouble walking he's two back legs especially the right one does not help him stay balanced. He doesn't cry when he walks I've massage he's 2 back legs strech them does not cry of pain but he's joints feel kinda weak No loss of apetite or him wanting to play or walk is just that he's 2 back legs are not helping it's alresdy been 2 days

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Sunshine
Shiba Inu
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hind legs giving out, decreased app
Hind legs giving out

Medication Used

Amoxicillin
Amoxicillin , Gabapentin

My pup, Sunshine, has been taking long pauses when we walk, and when she does walk it is very slowly. Also, her back legs have been giving out. I have returned home twice to find her on the floor, legs splayed, and in a pool of urine. She has been urinating much more often than normal and is currently on medicine for a UTI. She is walking around listlessly, resisting the urge to sit, and drooling—something she has never done before. She is not eating her food, not taking treats. I do not know what to do.

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Tyler
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Medication Used

Meloxicam
Clavaseptin
Tramadol

Dog was fine for his evening walk. Then went for a last quick night walk before bed, and was not able to walk properly and was slow. Came inside and was laying on the floor by the bed, shaking. We thought he might be cold. He eventually got into bed, and we cuddled him and pet him and we fell asleep. Next morning, when trying to get down from bed, he started shaking more. Had a really hard time getting down, and had a hard time walking. I called the vet right away and got him an appointment that same afternoon. They did general health blood tests, which came back normal. He got a bump on his hind a couple weeks ago, which didn't bother him at all but I got them to check it. They said it was an abscess, and did a cytology test on the liquid they got out of it. That came back normal. Two days later he went back in, fasted overnight, to have an x-ray under sedation. They gave him a painkiller that would last at least 8 hours to help him with the discomfort. They did more blood tests to check for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. That came back negative. It's 8 days today, and we've had the pain shakes at least once or twice a day, difficulty getting in and out of bed and up and down stairs and inclines. Not eating his kibble, but I've been cooking plain rice and beef and chicken for him, and giving him some senior can food with the rice as well. He is on 2 pain meds and one antibiotic. They said he has a little bit of arthritis on his knees but nothing that would cause him so much trouble. Just in case, I put him on a Glucosamine supplement for joints and cartilage health. Today so far has been the worst day. He took an hour an a half to get out of bed. I coaxed and then he did,shaking, and he had a really hard time. We only got out to pee and came back in. That was at 10:30am. I fed him, gave him the antibiotic, the Glucosamine, and the Tramadol. He stopped shaking at 11:45 and was resting and sleeping. Woke up at 2pm. Took till 2:15 for him to be able to get up to go outside for our first walk today. He pooped, which is good. But he was really wobbly today. He is also not drinking water. I am putting water in his food to get some liquids into him. Vet said to keep him on meds and supplement, and if he doesn't improve by Friday (in two days), then her and I will talk about referring the dog to a specialist to check more in-depth issues that might be causing the pain and leg weakness. We've spent so much so far. I am not sure if and how we are going to be able to afford more than a consultation with this specialist now, but we'll do what we can and hope they have payment plans or something. I am ABSOLUTELY DESPERATE, and suffering with him. On top of that, I am staying home during the week and working only weekends so I can watch him, feed him, medicate him, and take him outside when he needs to go. Hubby works all week and helps me in the evenings and will be doing the weekend care while I'm at work. If anyone has any idea, please talk to me. Give me some thoughts or ideas or whatever. Thank you for reading <3 The form won't let me include all the info. He is on Tramadol 50mg twice a day. Meloxicam once a day, and Clavaseptin for another 2 days. He is a Black Labrador Retriever, and is 9.5 years old, having leg weakness, wobble when he walks, can't hold himself up well, having trouble lifting legs to pee and holding himself up when squatting. Stands with back feet really close together, stops on the walk and lays down on the grass to rest, and takes a long time to be able to get up, sometimes needs help.

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We are experiencing the same issues with our dog. Our vet said to give the anti inflammatory drugs and pain meds time because it might take up to 7 weeks for healing to occur. It has been 10 days now, and we brought her back to the vet for the second time yesterday. The X-Rays show no sign of bone injury, and like your situation, we were told that the next step is to see a specialist. She is now on complete bed rest, not allowed to be anywhere except her crate, my lap, or on a leash outside for potty time. We are also beside ourselves not knowing how to help her. Please let me know if you find any solutions, and I will do the same if we discover something that helps. All the best to you and your sweet dog. ~Dee Dee

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Scooter
Boston Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelled at injury
Dragging hind leg
Hind leg weakness

Medication Used

Carprofen

Deciding if I should make appointment or give this a couple days.

My Boston terrier hurt himself while playing with his two much bigger siblings yesterday. Defacated and dragging his back left leg and his back right leg looking almost as if it were drunk. Within an hr he was putting weight and using it but very sloppily and with no real control. X Rays showed nothing which were done within 3 hrs of injury. Given caprofen and crate rest as recommended recovery plan. This morning he still seems to have no pain perception in that leg and it’s kind of just there. He tried using it to itch himself unsuccessfully which frustrated him but didn’t seem painful. He could itch but not with high enough or strong enough. He doesn’t seem to be in pain and is using that leg but again I don’t think it’s really connecting to the brain vs just being used from habit. He was able to pee lifting his right hind leg putting all his weight on the back left leg that initially he was dragging. He now walks very sloppily and as if he’s drunk in the hind legs.

Recommendations? Am I over reacting or should he be taken for an cr/mri. I have another dog recovering from TPLO so my concern is of course my dogs well being but I also need to be cost conscientious given the expenses from my other dog I am still paying. I certainly don’t want to make it worse either by waiting. It’s been less than 24 hrs since injury.

Note: when I tickle the padding of his hind legs he responds by pulling his legs in so he is feeling his paws just doesn’t seem in pain

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Jily
German Shepherd
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tires Easily
Wobbly rear gait
back leg weakness

Jily went through 26 weeks of Chemo Therapy for Lymphoma. She is in remission but has lost muscle mass and strength in her hips and back legs. What can I do to help her regain strength and muscle mass?

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Joy
Labradoodle
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

While walking, suddenly yelped, continued on as though nothing. Next morning difficulty rising as if rear area weak and could even detect some spasmsoming. As some apparent discomfort trying to acquire laying position. Her attitude is same,urinateing,feedingand drinking normal. Will walk seemingly normal, however slower then abnormally will simply stop and sit. Prior, very fit, good weight, very active and healthy. Checked paws,etc. Otherwise seems normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Joy is otherwise healthy from what you can determine, it would be best to give her some rest for a few days as her spine or a joint may be causing her some discomfort when moving; if you don’t see any improvement over a few days you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as there are a few different possible causes for this weakness or difficulty rising and lying down. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog Jada is having a hard time walking. We think her back legs are paralyzed. How do your cure back leg paralysis of a dog!

Thanks, appreciate your help. Its, been over 3 days, is showing slight improvements.

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babe
pyrenean mountain dog
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

collapsing back legs

i have a 13 half year old dog which i think is a pyreneean mountain dog she is 49kg and her back legs are collapseing is it time to have her put to sleep she is on pain killers

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on what medications Babe is on, there may be more that can be done for her. Acupuncture and laser therapy are sometimes effective, in addition to pain medications. If you feel that she is suffering, or her quality of life is not good, then it may be time to make that decision for her, as it is our responsibility to make sure that our pets are comfortable and happy. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they can assess her pain level, see if there are any other therapies that might help, and let you know if she is suffering.

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Enzo
Border Terrier
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Enzo is an older dog who has definitely slowed down with age. But yesterday, within an hour, all of a sudden he started to drag his back leg. He didn't yelp or anything. It seems as if it's weakness in his hind leg or something. This morning, he is still doing the same thing. He's not putting any weight on his back leg, and its sort of dragging. I'm not sure if he just strained it and is something that will go away with rest, or if it's something that I should have looked at. He is showing that he's uncomfortable, but no signs of major pain. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Enzo isn’t in pain, allow him strict rest for a day to see if there is any change; if there is zero improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since there are a few different issues which may be affecting his leg some of which could be time sensitive. Without examining Enzo, I cannot tell you the specific cause of the leg dragging but your Veterinarian would probably want to take x-rays of the spine and hips to assist with the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dogs front both limbs are broken because he jumped from roof and he has to sit for almost 2 months will his back legs weak

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Sophie
Husky
14 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

my dog is 14 and has had 3 seizures. the last one happened 3 days ago which was a year from the last. she is now super wobbly and weak in her hind end. the vet did bloodwork and has higher liver enzyme levels. Going for an xray. what could cause this???

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Elevated liver enzymes can have a number of causes, including bacterial infections, liver shunts, inflammation of the liver, or cancer. An x-ray may show the cause, or an ultrasound may be needed to determine more what is going on with her liver, and if it is related to her seizures or not. I hope that she does well!

I t is time for your dear dog to go home. Her quality of life is poor and she is too fine a dog to be in her own urine.

I have a maltese that is 17 years old her back legs seem to be giving out and she is urinating while lying down

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Zoe
French Bulldog
3-1/2
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, slow, hind leg weakness,

Changed food 2 weeks ago from blue buffalo to go (both fish formulas). Husband broke of a piece of his hamburger that had fried onions on it, fed it to her 2 nights ago.

Shook all night while sleeping last night (intermittently), I was sleeping with the window open so drug her under the blankets with me. I thought she may be cold.

Upon starting our day she was not walking a whole lot. Slow and unsteady, not sure footed. Kinda of lethargic and stiff. Her tummy felt rock hard. I was stressing heavily. Started googling and thought maybe I shouldn't, too many things it could be and I'm not a vet.

Hubby and I took her and our other dog down to the river for a run. We wanted to see if the word WALK would entice her into being herself. She had a bowel movement and peed a few times. Her belly was in better shape and still is. Her gait was strange and slow. Hind legs mostly. She came along but was slow, NO burst of energy although she did walk the whole time and did not want to be carried.

She has done mostly slept the day away upon returning home. She has not ate or drank. She will try to move if we all leave the room and follow. But it's almost like she's drunk walking slowly and her legs, once she gets to where we are. They are stiff kinda of lagging behind and when she stops they slide under her limp.

No physical injuries recently at all. Any idea what could be causing this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst onions are toxic to dogs, a few fried onions from a burger shouldn’t cause this level of lethargy and weakness; try to look at her gums to see if they are pale, onion poisoning causes anaemia which reduces the level of red blood cells carrying oxygen in the body which can lead to weakness. Whether or not her gums are pale, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We have a one year old mini Aussie who woke up this morning and didn’t want to move from a sitting position. He acts like his hind legs won’t move. We took him to the vet who did some test and sent us home with steroids and muscle relaxers. He is walking but slow to get up. This is all so sudden and unexplained. They want us to confine him and see him again in a week. He doesn’t seem in pain. I did notice diarrhea today when I took him out. Has anyone experienced anything like this?

Did you ever find out what it was? Our dog has something very similar, however, she is 14 years old and we think it has to do with her age.

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Tilly
Cross German Shepherd
9 approx
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

loxicom

My approx 9 year old cross German shepherd dog had a lively day a couple of months ado, the next day her walking was all over the place, not coordinated, we rested her and that improved but since then she has slowed down, The vet suggested Arthritis and she has since been on Anti inflammatory drugs. She is increasingly having difficulty standing, had urine and blood tests came back ok. She just lost her zest and bounce very quickly, should she have scans or x ray in case we missing something. She has lost appitite and has lost a but of weight.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In any German Shepherd (or cross) which is showing signs of struggling to stand, I would definitely recommend x-rays to be taken to look at spinal and hip health. German Shepherds are prone to back problems, some present with symptoms early in life and others later in life. X-rays would be the next step and are reasonably inexpensive compared with other imaging methods (CT or MRI). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
King Charles Spaniel
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Is there anything I can do to help my dog with her back leg weakness pls. I don't thing she injured it cose she don't go out anywhere just in a garden for toilet and bck.Any vitamins maybe will help?Rosie most of the time drags her bck legs behind her which is heart breaking.we carry her everywhere.my vet suggested to put her down as she got low quality of life now.She still eat and drinks a lot and is very alert. Think she might have Cushing disease. She looks like pregnant and her belly gets bigger(we got fluid tablets for it)she constantly gets eye infections, and got skin infection (Got special shampoo for it).also she drinks a lot of water.Rosie also had advanced Heart problems which is medicated. We love her so much!booked vet appointment to put her down on mon.but maybe is not her time yet.Pls is there anything I can try and do for her back leg pls let me know.its going be life saving!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Rosie I cannot give any specific information; however there are a few therapies which you may try which may include laser therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation but there are no guarantees of any success. X-rays of Rosie’s back and hips would be useful for any Professional considering therapy; but I do not want to get your hopes up, if there is a loss of pain perception in the hind legs then prognosis is poor regardless. It may be a case of taking that last car journey together to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hugo
Medium mongrel
9years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs collapsing

Hugo's back legs went suddenly took to vet n he examined him n after leaving he was fine for three weeks antinflamitory drug's made him sick so stopped them. No problems for three weeks n it's started again I have noticed it seems to be when it rains. I haven't re visited the vet yet I have bought joint treatment from pet shop. Hubby rekons it's through Hugo lying down n he's cutting off circulation. Puzzled n worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would think more it is to do with intervertebral disk disease which is causing pressure on the spine leading to hind limb weakness. This can be hypothesised by giving antiinflammatories which should lead to improvement with relapse occurring after treatment has stopped, ideally an x-ray should be taken to confirm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Riley
German Shepherd/ Pitbull mix
2 1/2
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weak back legs

I have a 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd mix. I have noticed that her back legs are becoming weaker especially on days I take her to the park or even worse when I take her to the beach. I've read up on German Shepherds and heard they have issues with their back legs, but I feel like she's too young to already be getting issues like that. Should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should take Riley to your Veterinarian since German Shepherds are never too young for their hip and back problems; it would be recommend to get some x-rays of Riley’s hips and back which can show if there are any issues and can be used in the future as a reference point for any future x-ray investigating any other hip or back issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
German Shepherd
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swaying
Collapse
Loss of Appetite

My 4 yr old German shepherd/boxer mix recently started having collapsing episodes only a few times a month. It would happen when he got excited and would all of a sudden just fall over. The vet did urine analysis, blood work, x-rays but didn't find anything wrong and said it could be stress induced seizures. I've had a dog with seizures before and this seems completely different. He will just stop and sway a bit then fall down. Yesterday, we took him outside to walk and he only made it to the end of the driveway before stopping and his back legs gave out. He rested a few minutes then walked back towards the house and he stopped again and started swaying side to side almost as if he was dizzy. He sat for awhile before coming inside. He also has lost his appetite and he is already a thin dog. We are constantly trying to get him to put on weight and the vet doesn't seem to think this is a big deal. What do you think it could be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Anytime I see a German Shepherd (or mix) with backend issues I always think about breed predispositions; I assume that your Veterinarian checked the hip joints and the spine for any anomalies but I would still look further into it as I believe the cause is musculoskeletal in origin. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nanook
Golden Retriever
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

We have noticed that Nanook's hind legs were losing muscle mass over the last few years. Recently, one of his legs has been noticably weaker than the other and when he walked, it seemed as if they were just coming along for the ride, but not with a lot of muscle control. Last week, as he was walking on a level surface, he yelped and now one of his legs seems as though it no longer functions at all. He is in pain, and his walking is with a severe limp (his back and hips swing down every time that leg is lifted, and he drags it forward). Standing up is difficult, and staircases are a feat of pure will. It is very slowly improving. Would a splint be helpful to give him more control over his leg? Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to give Nanook plenty of rest and try to do some basic leg movements with him; a visit to your Veterinarian is advised to see if there are any hip disorders or spinal disorders which may explain this apart from old age. Some treatments like laser therapy and acupuncture may be of value but you would need to speak with your Veterinarian first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cleopatra
English Bulldog
9.5 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

metronidazole

Cleopatra has started developing a weakness in her hind legs... she'd go outside and when coming in slip in the foyer a little bit. She started having difficulty getting up out of her bed, or getting off the couch.
She's been having tummy trouble and the vet stated that she had an overgrowth of bacteria in her colon (bloodwork was all fine), and started her on antibiotics. When we got her home was when it seemed to get worse; I now have to lift up her hind end to get her moving, or help her down the stairs, one stair at a time. She's very reluctant to move at all. However, once she is going she seems to be fine after a few minutes.
We had xrays done during the summer and they did show the beginnings of arthritis and it is getting a little cooler here now. Could this sudden increase in the symptoms be related to the bacteria overgrowth? Her symptoms weren't that bad so were not mentioned to the vet when she was in, they've just dramatically increased since then.
She's not taking anything other than the antibiotic, and she's on a chicken/rice dinner while her tummy is healing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely the arthritis is being aggravated by the cold weather (I know that the colder weather is affecting my leg even though I spend 99% of my time indoors); don’t underestimate temperature as being a cause especially if you live in a cool humid environment. Joint supplements may help but can take a while to be effective, you should speak again with your Veterinarian about pain relief as they examined Cleopatra recently. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kiara
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Moderate condition
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I have a 10 year old Lab and over the past few months I have noticed her lose all strength in her back legs, but within a few seconds, she almost re-calibrates and then can run around again. This can happen when she's been lying in her bed all day, then gets up or when she is going up and down stairs. This can also happen at any time. But she just loses all strength and the ability to stand but then she's okay. I've been trying to keep her active but wonder if the long walks everyday are just becoming too much (circa 2-3km). Any more than that and she is limping for a few days.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would start to give Kiara rest as the activity may be affecting her spine; try to take her for short walks on a lead to see if she has less episodes of weakness. Also, a visit to your Veterinarian for an examination and a set of x-rays can tell a lot; as dogs age (just like with humans) they can become weaker which may lead to episodes of back pain or other issues; it is important to identify these things early so that management can be used to lessen the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nena
Poodle mixed
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not able to stand for long

I’ve noticed weakness in the back leg for a bit on. My 15 year old poodle. She’s small. Now she can only stand on that leg goat a bit and falls. She also hasn’t eaten in 2 Days but is still drinking water.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Weakness in the hind legs is not uncommon in dogs as they age, also waning appetite isn’t unusual either; but given her age you should have her checked by your Veterinarian to determine whether she needs some anti inflammatories which may help with walking. Ideally an x-ray of the back and hips would be useful along with blood tests to check her functions as she is an elderly dog. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hello , I have a Caucasian female dog about 5months old . I need advice pls cos I notice that anytime she is running her balance is usually distorted but when she is walking you won’t notice anything. Initially I thot maybe because she’s still a puppy but now am getting little uncomfortable any time I see her chasing the Rottweiler. Her back legs are usually together as if she’s humping. Sometimes I try to make her stand on her back legs and she usually refused but does that on her own. Pls is this normal or do you think there’s a problem with her back legs?

My big dog Benny, kelpie x something large has been diagnosed with a sudden neurological event. He has been put on anti inflammatory medication. He just seems to be getting worse. He is starting to wimper a bit now, and I have to help him get up steps. My vet said that in Australia the treatment is in the 1000's of dollars, and may or may not be successful. She told me to watch him closely, which I do, and think realistically about his situation, I am devastated as he went from happy and healthy one minute to what he is now. I don't want to loose him. Is there ANYTHING I can do to possibly help him out?

I have a small Dotson she was happy and healthy running around all the sudden she can not run around anymore she is dragging her back legs around please tell me what is going on with her

My Staffordshire bu terrier is 9 years old, never had any issues with health at all, about 2 weeks ago I notice him walking odd, dragging his back legs slightly. Now hes not jumping up like he used to and I notice him loose his bacj legs slightly when he jumped of the settee. Any idea what this could be. Hes not in pain that I can see nor is he off his food. Still running through the house albeit not as Sprightly as he was

My 5 year old boxer is having trouble walking on her back legs after laying for a period of time. This started a couple months ago and I thought it would go away. I thought maybe she over did it with the running and pulled something that would heal. She is very active still but just has issues after laying now. What should I do?

Hi my dog is struggling walking with her back legs he mated 2 weeks ago so could be pregnant but she can't evend step up with her back legs she's a blue staff 2 years old

I have a 4 month puppy. She got sick last october when she was 2 month old, and after several days of treatment, she hardly can't walk and one of her back leg and arm is shaking. She's getting worse everyday even with medication. She's crying everytime she lay down. She can't sleep much. But she seem normal and eat a lot when she's not lying down. Vet said she has phlegm and cannot breath much. She's already taking antibiotics for 30 days already but still not well. We need help, she's crying but we can't help her.

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Buddy
Beagle Harrier
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My dog has, for the past few days, been feeling very lethargic and he is walking very awkwardly with his back legs.
He's always had a tick issue. On inspecting his paws just now, I found quite a lot of ticks between his toes. Could this be because of the ticks causing pain in the paws or is it something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ticks may cause pain and discomfort but they may also be vectors for disease and their saliva may cause issues too; remove the ticks and bathe the paws but I would recommend speaking with your Veterinarian about tick borne diseases in your area since some diseases can be debilitating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My pitbull is only 1yr and a half old and he was fine that morning but later on in the day he started acting like he couldn't use his back legs. He can walk but he struggles holding himself up. I'm not sure what happened. Be if anybody has any idea what could be happening with him, please help.

Thank you so much for the response!
Could tick bites cause degenerative myelopathy? Or could it be due to some tick borne disease? Or could it be just plain discomfort because of the ticks in his paws? This is considering that he is very very lethargic.

Ugh!

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Phoebe
Newfoundland
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Rimadyl

Our dog, Phoebe just had emergency surgery for bloat
She came yesterday, but ever since has noted to have severe hind limb weakness
To the point we’re after brief walk she collapses.
She does not appear in pain.
Possible thought is nerve damage from positioning?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most likely Phoebe is in a lot of pain and she may be arching her back or positioning herself to relieve pressure on her abdomen which may be affecting her legs; bloat is a serious condition and she should be well rested and discouraged from walking whilst she is recovering. If Phoebe continues to have difficulty walking you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination; it may be that she is still weak from all that has happened. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kenai
Husky
4 Months
Moderate condition
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We just adopted a 4 month old mix pup. She had a difficult start to life. Respiratory infection and was in a basement until about a month ago. After antibiotics and time she was cleared by the vet to be fixed and we were able to take her home for the first time three days ago. My understanding is that she is a lab/husky/mastiff/st Bernard.
Her back legs seem really weak. She can only play for about 2 minutes before they begin to wobble and she lays down to rest. Even when I know she is on a mission for water or food she’ll have to stop on the way. There is no bathroom issues. All that seems fine.
I’ve never seen this before and I don’t know if she should be taken to the vet or give her time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to take her to your Veterinarian for an examination since a four month old puppy should be full of beans making you tired; if she is getting wobbly in her back end it may be attributable to spinal issues, hip disorders or another cause. Without an examination and possibly an x-ray we cannot know for sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Wiley
Border Collie/Sheltie
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over

MY 13-14 year old border collie/sheltie started today to get up, take a few steps and fall down. He had a vestibular issue about a year ago, but his eyes are not darting all around like they were with that. He does not seem to be in any pain, but he just seems to want to lay in one spot and not get up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for Wiley’s symptoms which may include spinal disorders, vestibular disease, liver disease, kidney disease, poisoning among other causes; it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination since there are a few different possible causes and each has a different treatment. Wiley is also getting on in age so a physical examination and a blood test would be a good idea regardless of symptoms to get an idea of what is happening. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Soldier
German Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Pain
Falling Over
Loss of Balance
Loss Of Mass
Lethargy
Difficulty Walking

Soldier suddenly started limping about 8 months ago. He was diagnosed with arthritis and being overweight. We changed his diet, tried to get him exercise, and helped him lose weight. His condition continued to worsen. We tried anti inflammatory medication but nothing helped. He's progressed to the point that he will barely stand and can only stand with help. Once he is up, he loses balance at times and falls again. Here's slow to walk, will only go short distances, and lays down immediately after he's done his business. No incontinence issues but he cries when standing. He's losing his appetite and his front legs are now beginning to give him trouble. We cannot afford thousands of dollars worth of treatment and are faced having to have him put to sleep. We can't stand the idea of him being in pain and having such a poor quality of life. What else can we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Soldier and doing x-rays etc… I cannot start to make a diagnosis or offer a suggested treatment/management plan; spinal issues (common in German Shepherds), hip disorders (common in German Shepherds) among other conditions may be causing this level of weakness. I would recommend at a minimum to get x-rays done of the spine and hips to check the health of the joints and to look for any anomalies of the spine. Apart from that, I cannot recommend anything else at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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May
Golden Retreiver
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

Glucosamine

Weakness in hindlegs started about a month ago and she is unwilling to move except to eat/drink and relieve herself. She is unable to get up from the floor without assistance and would sort of drag her hind legs while walking. We have been feeding her glucosamine pills which had helped temporarily as she could get up at one point but later lost effectiveness in the long run. Are there any other kind of medication available that is more effective?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on what the underlying cause of the muscle weakness is, you should have your Veterinarian examine May and possibly taken an x-ray to see what is going on so that a more specific direct treatment can be tried. Anti inflammatories, acupuncture, laser therapy, chiropractic treatment among other treatments are all possible treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chase
German Shepherd Dog
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Phenobarbital, Keppra, Rimadyl, Gab
Phenobarbital

My dog has had 4 epileptic seizures this week. He seems to now have weakness in his back legs as he can't hold a stand position for long before his back legs splay and he falls to the floor. This happens on all surfaces in our home. He does have mild hip dysplasia as well diagnosed 6 months ago, but this issue with standing developed after the seizures. I took him to the vet and they added gabapentin and Keppra to his Rimadyl and Phenobarbital. He doesn't seem in pain, but the drugs could just be masking this. My concern is that the issue with him standing is not related to the hip dysplasia but rather the seizures. Any thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the breed and the hip dysplasia, we would be leaning more towards that than anything else; without examining Chase I cannot give you much insight but if the weakness occurred after the seizures it is suggestive. For the time being, you should keep an eye on Chase but I would recommend having another examination of his hips done and look into physiotherapy or other management to build strength in the legs. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stymie
Rottbull
8 Years 5 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Panting
scratch ears more often
Weakness in back legs
Wobbly rear gait
Labored breathing

Stymie is an almost 9yo Rott/Pit mix. Looks all Rott but a bit on the tall and thinner side than most Rotts. He eats and drinks when he wants (and never seems to overeat so at last visit, vet said he is a healthy weight at 105). He gets exercise but not a lot and not a lot or consistent although most days still acts like a puppy playing catch. He's had 2 ACL surgeries and a meniscus on both back legs 2-3 yrs ago. His spine seems bonier than usual and breathing seems a bit more labored. Last month he had an episode and didn't seem himself, hard time walking/getting up, occasionally whimpered, and panting a lot. I took him to vet and he seemed normal by then and they found no issues but didn't take xrays. This morning he jumped off the bed on to carpet, didn't really notice anything odd till he hit the hardwood and was acting "drunk", legs seemed weak, could barely walk, kept wanting to sit down. I let him out and before i thought to stop him from using the deck stairs, he kinda rambled down with obviously front legs having all the control. He staggered around in the yard, managed to urinate but didn't sit down. I brought him into the basement and blocked him from the stairs for the day. Our vet is off today so thought i would see what advice or insight you could possibly offer in the interim.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing, but without an examination I cannot say what the cause is with any certainty; vertebral issues (luxation, intervertebral disk disease etc…), trauma, poisoning, liver disease, kidney disease, cancer among other causes may be leading to these symptoms. You should keep him rested for today in the basement and don’t let him near any stairs, when your Veterinarian opens in the morning visit for a physical examination and any follow up tests as determined by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blaze
Lab mix
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

My dog is a 14 year old lab mix with collie. Ive had a rough time this year at the thought of losing him and his back legs seem like they want to give out. He still eats and poops, but sometimes he falls.. Is there any kind of medication or steroid I can give him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm glad that you are thinking of giving him pain medication - there are some very effective pain medications for arthritis and hind end lameness in older dogs that can greatly improve their quality of life. It would be a good idea to have him evaluated by your veterinarian and talk to them about which options are best for him at this point.

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Molly
Irish Setter
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cough
Reflex loss
Back legs giving out,
Difficulty Walking

Our Irish setter has progressively been having more and more issues with walking concerning her hind legs over the past week and a half. She goes to the bathroom just fine and is still eating everyday but she has lost about 7-8 pounds. She couldn’t get up from outside yesterday and we took her to the emergency vet. The doctor found her reflexes in her legs to be poor but when she flipped her back feet underneath her, she knew to pull them out in a standing position. They started treatment for ticks but she hasn’t been responsive and developed a cough. She has spondylosis and DJD but the doctor insisted it was not related to spondylosis. Are there any other suggestions? They said possibly a tumor or something with her thyroid so they are doing blood work and a chest XR to check the cough.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this point I would recommend having a full spine x-ray done to look for any anomalies since without an x-ray we cannot know for sure whether the spondylosis is involved or not; an x-ray will also show if there are any other issues in the abdomen, hips etc… Hormonal issues like thyroid disease, Cushing’s or other cause many also cause some weakness in the back legs. The x-rays and blood tests would be valuable to determine or rule out some causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Collie Pyrenees
15
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 15 year old collie, molly, has started to get weakness in her back legs. She trips up over nothing but still plays and wants walks etc. She is always hungry, not really drinking more than usual, she went to vets couple of month ago as she was getting a few bouts of cystitis and pee wasn't very concentrated. Any advice would be great, I tried pushing for blood test so I think I need to get one done? She is on salmon oil and a chew with cranberry extract.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Back leg weakness and proprioception issues are not uncommon occurrences as a dog ages and may be considered normal; if Molly is eating wet food, she may get enough water from there without emptying her water bowl. As for a blood test, it would be useful to have one done considering her age just to check her over to ensure liver and kidneys are function as they should. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nala
Boxer
5 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Back leg weakness after laying

My 5 year old boxer is having trouble walking on her back legs after laying for a period of time. She can barely walk or do steps or jump on bed like normal. This started a couple months ago and I thought it would go away. I thought maybe she over did it with the running and pulled something that would heal. She is very active still but just has issues after laying now. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this type of case you should have her examined by your Veterinarian and an x-ray may need to be taken to look at spinal and hip health; there are various different conditions which may be affecting Nala, so it is important to try and find the specific one which is affecting her. Anti inflammatory medications may help as well as joint supplements, but if we know what the specific cause is treatment can be more direct. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Casey
Shih-Tzu
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Weakness in hind legs

Our 10 year old Shih tzu has started not to go up the stairs. She is able to go down them but can't seem to gather the strength to pull herself up. She walks perfectly but for shorter periods now. She refuses to stand on her hind legs also. Her appetite has not changed. She is happy and is not showing any signs of pain. It has only been 2 days now but we are getting concerned. Thank you in advance for any insight you may be willing to offer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As dogs age, weakness in the hind legs is not uncommon and usually starts with not being able to go up stairs due to their legs not being able to push their weight up against gravity. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if any medical management may be of any value for Casey. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noah
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

In the last week My 9 year old black lab has trouble with his hind legs, he can walk a short distance and then sits or lays down. I took him to the vet on Saturday and at first he said arthritis in hind legs. Then when I was leaving he was walking on the top of his one foot. I immediately went back to vet who took X-rays stating that he has arthritis in the spine. He is on remidyl pain. He goes to the bathroom ok but then sits or lays down and I have to try and get him inside. He looks at me with such sadness and seems to be in pain constantly. He’s walking on the top of his foot more. Any ideas or suggestions to help him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Noah and seeing his x-rays, I cannot say what specifically the cause is; causes include arthritis, trauma, intervertebral disc disease, tumours, hip disorders among other causes. Alternative methods of treatment including laser therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care may all be beneficial for Noah and should be explored as treatment alternatives to improve quality of life. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Noah’s condition has not improved. I have spoken with vet and tomorrow will pick up Gabapentin. I hope it works better on him than it did for me.

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Bobby
Lhasa Apso
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Whimpers when he moves
Barely moves

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Tramadol
prednisone

So today we took my dog into the pet hospital and found out that his two back legs are very weak because the discs in his spine aren’t good. Therefore, he cannot be walking and must stay inside a crate for 6 weeks only to lay down, eat, and drink. Earlier today at the pet hospital he was able to walk somewhat okay and without crying at all. However, a couple hours later he got worse. Now he can barely even move without getting any pain and crying and screaming. Not sure what to do. Should I just take him in to get surgery right away or just wait the 6 weeks and see how he does?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It depends on the overall severity of the case, sometimes rest can help but in other cases surgery is indicated; apart from surgery and depending on the overall severity you could try acupuncture to see if there is any improvement before putting Bobby through surgery whilst you’re waiting for the six weeks. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Yankee
Mutt
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Weakness
Tires Easily
Lack Of Coordination

I found a puppy here in Dominican Republic and took him with me. He can’t balance well and has a very hard time attempting to walk without my assistance he just falls over. He has movement in both legs and can wag his tale. What can I do to help him( vets here are not very good)?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Yankee - that was nice of you to take him in! Without examining him, I can't comment on how to help him, as I do not know what is causing him to have those signs. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with him, and how best to treat him. I hope that he does well!

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Fletch
Saint Bernard
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up

Saint Bernard can’t stand and it was a sudden onset. Has high fever, no appetite, blood work basically normal. Negative Lyme’s. Happened once before at 8 months. Previously diagnosed with Pano and hip dysplagia by 2 different vets. All 4 limbs are sensitive

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms Fletch has been presenting with which including infections, autoimmune disease, inflammatory disease among others; there are many infectious diseases (like Lyme Disease) which may result in fever and weakness but need to be tested for individually. For now, it is important to get the fever under control and to offer supportive and symptomatic care; I cannot think of a specific cause for these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bobby
yorkie/cross
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

back legs collasing

Medication Used

none yet

i have a Yorkshire terrier mix with not sure his back legs appear to just collapsed when he was out walking this morning,not eating much snappy with people which is unusual for him
started of he had a bit of difficulty after laying down to get up but when he started walking he appeared ok

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be that Bobby is having some age related back issues which may cause weakness in the hind legs especially after lying down; I would allow Bobby to rest for a few days and see how he is after the holidays, if he is still weak in his hind legs then I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine if any medical management is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Flipper
unknown mix
3 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

won't/can't use rear legs

Greetings,
Early May our dog birthed puppies and all are now walking around except for one. That one keeps its hind legs stretched out to the sides and when "walks" looks more like a butterfly stroke used in swimming. She shows no signs of pain and does not welp when hind legs are touched or moved. Everything appears to be in socket. A few times she will pull her hinds in and push herself up but not that much. "Flipper" ask your advice.

Thank You,
Michael

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like swimming puppy syndrome or splayed legs which is typically managed by hobbling the legs together for a period of time; however since this is normally done after whelping I’m not sure about the long term effects without management. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and hobble the legs together (not tightly) with some material and tape. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kirby
Labradoodle
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

none

Our dog has seemed to be experiencing weakening back legs for the last few months. It seems harder for him to get up and walks slower at first, sometimes only walks up the stairs instead of running. But then he will have normal bursts of energy with the kids too. A week ago he was sick, loss of appetite for a day, I think a fever and shaking like crazy through the night. He seemed to get better all week and today 8 days later, back to slow moving and loss of appetite.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Kirby, I can't say what might be going on with him, but there are joint diseases and tick-borne problems that can cause problems like that, among other things. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they can look at him, recommend any testing or treatment that might be needed, and make sure that he is okay.

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Katie
Poodle/Pom
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Cant climb stairs

Hello. I have a 3 year old Poodle. Yesterday she mated with another dog and now she's having difficulty walking on bet hind legs. She can't even climb out stares. Do you think a nerve what hit or something. We are very concerned.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the mating was particularly aggressive, the sire was significantly heavier than Katie or Katie had already some spinal or hip trouble then she may have some backend weakness. Without examining Katie or taking an x-ray, I cannot say for sure what the cause or severity is; you should give her plenty of rest over the weekend and obviously no further mating until a cause is determined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rika
German Shepherd
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have a 2 year old female German Shepherd.We play ball,fetch,frisbe and go on walks.She does not limp while we are playing.She starts limping on her right leg after rest.It seems to be better in the morning but will return after exercise.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Rika may have a strain, sprain, joint disorder, or problem with a tendon or ligament. It would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they'll be able to do a good musculoskeletal exam on her and determine what might be going on and whether she needs any therapy. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank-you for your time and expert advice!

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Sesame
Pug
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs

My puppy pug (4months old) suddenly started to loose balance in his last legs..well, he was never super stable, but everything seemed normal. However, just a few days ago it started to be very disturbing as his last legs started to grow fast. In last few days it seems that he doesn't have any strength in his back legs, no stability, and he also drags them while walking, sometimes his nails facing the floor before he straightens them. Standing also looks something like bambi on ice, they go left or right like they are not stable. Overall impression is that they are very weak. Interesting is that when he runs everything looks normal. I am extremely worried and helpless, and hope that with the right treatment, it can get back to normal, like it was. I would appreciate an advice.
Thanks in advance, and sorry for my English.

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With Sesame being so young and the problem with his rear legs being so severe, you should have your Veterinarian take a look at him especially since there seems to be a proprioceptive issue and more wide spread spinal issue occurring. Without examining Sesame and looking at some x-rays I cannot give you any further advice on the this unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/proprioceptive-deficits

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Love Bug
Yorkie mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

inability to stand on hind legs

Love bug developed a hoarse bark, weakness, lethargy, and inability to stand on hind legs on Dec. 19th, 2017. Love bug sleeps in my parents bed beside my father. At the time of her illness, my father had flu A and strep throat, but the vet said that love bug couldn’t contract flu A or strep throat from my father. We took her to the vet and had x-rays taken, but no definitive info was given. The vet showed an area near the base of the pelvis that looked fractured/separated, but she said that she couldn’t truly diagnose it due to the abundance of gas and stool. In addition to the inability to stand, love bug also has hernias and we have found it nearly impossible to get her to have a bowel movement during her time of weakness/illness. She is currently still eating and drinking and I am giving her vet recommended pain meds, laxatone, and nutri-cal. I am very worried that her condition will not improve. Recommendations please?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am sorry that Love Bug isn't feeling well. I can't diagnose anything over email, but I do think that she should either have recheck fasted x-rays, or perhaps seek a second opinion to get a definitive plan to make her better. I hope that she does well.

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Chewbacca
Chow Chow
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in hind end

Medication Used

Nothing at this time.

My Chewbacca is 13.5 years old and has had subtle balance problems and recently he has started to display a reluctance to walk or get up. He is often standing with one hind leg not touching the floor and I had thought that is was a leg issue but this morning he was doing the same with the other leg and his night last night consisted of panting and shifting as if he was trying to find a position where he wasn't hurting. He was diagnosed in October with kidney disease and I actually lost him after a vet did a surgical procedure to get urine without letting me know they were going to do it or my permission to do it. After that episode he was unable to move or walk and lost his bowels and then lay on my floor for 4 hours. I literally thought he was going to die. I had to put Chewbacca's sister down March 2016 because of her hip problems and know the day may be near at hand for Chewy. Chewy also started walking sideways this morning but he has never displayed and head shaking or other vestibular symptoms. Not ready to send him on his final journey but am thinking it will be soon. :( I just won't let him be in any sort of pain and don't want him relying on pain pills. His sister was on them for a year prior to her journey and it was too much.... (Breed is Chow Chow/Cocker Spaniel)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At Chewbacca’s age, hind leg weakness and pain isn’t unusual and is usually managed initially with supplements which then move on to medications to control pain and inflammation; whether or not you decide to give pain relief to Chewbacca is down to you but other options include laser therapy and acupuncture which have shown positive results in some dogs. You should speak with your Veterinarian about Chewbacca’s specific case and if they believe any other treatments apart from medications would make a difference to his well being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you.

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Duke
Boxer
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Duke recently started having trouble with what appears to be his back legs. They seem weak while jumping onto the couch, bed etc. When walking on unstable surfaces like the couch, he is very wobbly and loses his balance easily. Has almost fallen over/off the bed & couch, but he walks normal on stable surface. I've checked his legs, they don't seem to bother him. I have plans to get him into a vet but curious what it could be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Common causes for that loss of balance could be an abnormality with the nerves that supply function to his back end, a problem with his muscles or joints, or a systemic disease causing him to be weak. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, possibly run some lab work, and figure out how best to treat his signs. I hope that he is okay!

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Patch
Collie x Labrador
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of power
Injury

Medication Used

loxicom

Dog was hit by a slow reversing car ans hasn’t moved since. He is eating and drinking. He is able to move his neck ans head but is unable to stand. He has been resting up for 1.5 weeks now and does not seem to be in any pain. We took him to then vets and he was put into loxicom and also got a booster injection , although to little effect. The vets also said he has lost the power in his back legs , he also has arthritis. We are debating whether or not to put him to sleep as we do not want him to suffer but we are not sure what to do. Do you have any recommendations.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Traumatic cases like this are always difficult to predict what will happen, you can wait to see if there is any improvement but ultimately you may need to think about what is in Patches’ best interest. Without examining Patch or seeing x-rays, performing a neurological exam etc… I cannot give you much guidance on what to do. You should discuss with your Veterinarian and have an x-ray done if not done already. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gideon
schnauzer
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble getting up

Medication Used

Carprofen and Levothroxine sodium
Carprofen

About a month ago my 5 yr old male schnauzer started having problems getting up from a laying down or seated position. He no longer jumps up on the couch or bed and needs help getting in and out of the car. Once up he goes for walks and the dog park. If he's at home he just stays laying down and inactive. My vet took x-ray's and he said everything looked fine, he even went over the x-ray's with me and pointed out all his joints, discs, knees etc he couldn't find anything wrong. His appetite and bowels all good. My dog is on thyroid meds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to determine what may be causing Gideon to have a reduction of mobility and without a diagnosis it makes treatment options limited; nerve inflammation, neuromuscular disease among other conditions may cause a reduction in mobility. It is possible that further imaging may be required (CT or MRI) to get a better idea of what may be going on. I would however, explore the possibility of using laser therapy or acupuncture to see if these treatments improve movement (a few sessions would be cheaper than a CT or MRI). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Goldendoodle
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Have a 3 1/2 year old female Goldendoodle and got her a Goldendoodle sister playmate 8 months ago. She has never had any problems, the puppy tortures her and wants to play 24/7. About a week or so ago we noticed her having a problem getting up sometimes with her hind legs. It’s not all the time and once she’s up, she walks fine and runs too. She seems to sleep more and lack her normal energy. Our vet checked her and said she seemed ok and her blood tests were fine. She gave us glucosamine tablets and said to use them for 6 weeks and then we could decide together if an X-ray would be useful. She thought maybe hip displacia, but was fine?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you are able to have the x-rays done earlier than 6 weeks from now, it might be helpful so that you know what might be wrong with Zoey, and get her started on the right therapy. Hip dysplasia may or may not improve with glucosamine, and she may need further therapy. If she is comfortable and seems to be improving, you and your veterinarian can decide if you want to wait that long. I hope that Zoey does well!

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Watson
Corgi
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Immobility

I have a Corgi, and overnight he seemed to lose mobility in his back legs. He wasn't slowly losing mobility; it happened very suddenly. He cannot hold his back legs up at all. He does not have a loss of appetite at all. He is 10 lbs. overweight, and we have a lot of stairs in our house. He shakes occasionally (and not for excitement or nervousness), but does not yelp from any pain. We went to the vet, and they prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine and pain relievers; however, they recommend that we see a neurologist and get an MRI, which we cannot afford. Does this sound like something that is only fixable with surgery? Or is there a possibility it could heal on its own with medication and rest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Medication, rest and weight loss (I stress weight loss) may help over time but myelography (x-ray with contrast media) may be useful to look for disk protrusion or other issues which would be my next step (since MRI’s are not cheap). You can try the medication and rest method but you should get a weight loss diet for Watson because you cannot believe how much of a difference weight loss will make; don’t try to lose 10lb but try to get him to the lower side of his weight range. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda
Pit bull
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

Hello I’m asking about my American pit bull koda that is 14 years old. For the past couple months she had a tumor like ball forming on her belly area that started out as a skin tag. Now it’s about the size of a golf ball and now a he’s having a hard time getting up and laying back down and her back legs seem to have lost all control. Now she’s getting really skinny from about her rib area to her back leg area.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Koda, I cannot say what the specific cause of the loss of weight and weakness in the back limbs is; however age may play a big role since Koda is getting on in years. As for the mass, you would need to get that examined by your Veterinarian to determine what it is; however, at her age I doubt there is any option apart from pain management but this needs to be discussed with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
Bichon Frise
12 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble standing or rear leg
Rear end weekness

Marley has been having trouble walking on hind legs, getting up from a sleeping or sitting position for 2 weeks now. She is 12 yr old bichon. We took her to the vet and there she was walking fine and the vet said she looked healthy. As soon as we got home she was having trouble again. We took her back for x rays and blood work and everything came back good. We called a doggie chiropractor who came to the house and Did and adjustment, but she is getting worse. We have to carry her everywhere, when she goes outside to use the bathroom she will not stand and just sit down in and grass to go. I don’t know what my next step should be. She is still very much coherent and doesn’t seem to be in pain when sitting or sleeping. Appetite is normal.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Marley is uncomfortable. If she isn't on any pain medications, it seems that she might benefit from them, and it would be worth talking to your veterinarian about, to see if systemically she is healthy and can see how she responds to pain management. I hope that she does well and is comfortable.

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jess
Mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

diarrhea,vomiting, loss of appitite

Medication Used

none

back leg weakness ,collapsing in medium sized 13 year old mix breed .What is my best course of action?She is normally happy eats well now she is not wanting to move less vocal not eating back legs give way difficulty in standing and when does unsteady looks depressed and lethargic poo is brown and runny

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The best course of action for you would be to call and make an appointment with your veterinarian. She may have a spinal injury, or painful arthritis, among other things, and your veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be going on, and prescribe her an appropriate therapy so that she is not in pain.

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Nala
Alaskan Malamute
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
hind legs weakness
Lethargy
Having trouble walking

I took Nala out on a hike 4 days ago and now she’s having trouble getting up. She is not eating but she is drinking water. I have also noticed that she is very unstable in her hind legs. She isn’t vomiting nor does she have diarrhea. She’s going to the bathroom normally. Her energy level has gone down quite a bit because she won’t even greet anyone who comes into the house, she just stares at us while still laying down. I thought it was just muscle soreness at first but she’s gotten plenty of rest for the past few days and I think it might be something else. This is the first time she’s had any problems with her hind legs.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Nala may need to see your veterinarian to have an exam and possibly x-rays to evaluate her hips and back end. She is becoming an older dog, and they do sometimes start to have problems with flexibility. If she is having signs of arthritis, that can be very painful, and your veterinarian will be able to diagnose her and prescribe medication to make her feel better. I hope that she is okay.

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Lola
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs give out

She was given to me when she was about 6 weeks and I have noticed that her back legs shake a lot while she is up or walking and after a while they give up and she falls and has a hard time getting up again. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the leg weakness which may be due to nutritional deficiency, spinal issues, hip disorders among other causes; you should make sure that Lola is fed a high quality, age and breed appropriate diet along with being hydrated and getting exercise. Lola is at an age when you should be thinking about vaccinations and you should visit a Veterinarian to discuss her condition and vaccination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Taffy
Chihuahua
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Right hand side, both hind and front legs, and right eye drooping. Started about six months ago. Still eats, drinks and enjoys two daily walks. Good spirits but needs steps to get on taller furniture. Regular vet took xray and nothing abnormal but a bit of arthritis. Our vet prescribed Rimadyl twice a day which seems to help and which agrees with her. When should we call in the (very expensive) big guns (MRI, other tests)? She is quite happy but of course we don't want her to be in any unnecessary discomfort.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Whether you decide to carry on and have an MRI depends on how manageable Taffy's problem is, whether it might be progressing, your finances, and the opinion of your veterinarian. Since her signs do seem to point towards a brain or spinal lesion, an MRI would be a good test to try and diagnose what is happening and what can be done about it. If she seems to do well on the Rimadyl prescribed and it helps, that may be enough for all of you, This would be a great conversation to have with your veterinarian, since they are able to see Taffy and know more specifics about her case. They'll be able to let you know more the reasoning behind further testing, what they would expect from the results, and what possible treatment options might be available if you do go ahead and have the MRI. I hope that she continues to do well.

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Zack
German Shepherd Dog
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Backleg weakness

My dog suddenly can't stand up on his rear legs. He is able to move all four of legs and if i give him the support to stand up he would stand and walk a little before he would trip. He has faced to no accidents. He was quite active before. He still eats food at his normal diet.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hind leg weakness in dogs is concerning and should be checked by a Veterinarian, anytime I see a German Shepherd with hind leg issues I think about hip dysplasia and spinal disorders. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and to have an x-ray to check the health of the hip joints and spine; until then ensure that Zack has plenty of rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Perdita
Beagle
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

decreased muscle mass
low muscle tone
Limping (after excersize)

Hello,

I am fostering a beagle/husky type mix and her back legs have very little muscle mass and her hips are much thinner than her front/shoulder area. She gets around pretty well, can run and jump to short heights. She puts almost no pressure at all on her back legs, and uses her front legs almost exclusively to put weight on. (if I pick up her back legs while she is in a standing position, she doesn't lose her balance at all, she isnt putting her weight on them) However, after a long day she will start to limp. Lately, I have been taking her on easy hikes and to the dog park, and she seems to be getting stronger. When we first got her, after about 30-40 minutes of play she would be too weak to walk up stairs, but today she is fine after we spent almost 2 hours playing with other dogs. She is on cosequin, as well. We don't really know her history as she is a rescue, but she is about 2-3 years old and has had at least one litter (she was brought to the rescue with one of her puppies). Do you have any idea what could have caused her legs to be the way they are? Could she have been kept in too small a cage to gain muscle? Could she have injured herself in pregnancy? Or could this be a birth defect? I don't think it is a disease such as the ones listed, since she actually seems to be getting stronger. Any recommendations?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Perdita, it is hard for me to comment on what might be going on, but one thing that would be a good idea to do would be to have your veterinarian take some x-rays of her pelvis and hind end. You'll be able to see if she had an injury, bony abnormality, or any anatomic reason for her condition. If everything looks normal, than you can freely work on building up the strength in her back legs, as it may have been from dis-use. If she does have any abnormalities, your veterinarian can advise you on what to expect. I hope that she does well.

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Turbo
American Cocker Spaniel
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

He tends to limp after he hurt his leg

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A limp may be caused by injury to a joint, bone, muscle or nerve; the type and severity of the injury would have a bearing in treatment and prognosis. Rest helps in many cases, but a visit to your Veterinarian for a physical examination would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 12 year old Australian Cattle dog. He started dragging his hind legs. I didn’t think too much about it, he was still his usual self. Now a month later he can’t put any support on his hind legs.

My 11 month Caucasian male has a wobbly back leg have taken him to many vets and they have given me many reasons some say it’s lack of calcium some say it’s over feeding I have cut his food given calcium and still same thing, so is in Nigeria tho

My 3 year Golden retrevier went to get up off her bed this afternoon and wass unable to put her two back legs under her. She was fine this morning but as she went to go outside later she was unable to put her legs under her, she has no power in them

My dog Sammy is having a hard time walking. His legs go out from under him, he can't jump up on anything and he looks like he's disabled. He's a pug and I've never seen this in any other of my pugs. Its like he has no muscle in his legs anymore. Help on a fixed income

Please my dog shes having a hard time walking and she’s walking super slow. She’s crying when she walks and she jumped on my bed and started crying. I don’t know what to do please help

Our new pup had a bout with Parvo, and has been cured. Now she has rear leg shaking, and loss of balance. She also seems to be in pain constantly.
Would this illness cause other damage not known?

My 6 year old pitbull, is having problems walking and standing. When he tries to walk he falls over or staggers. He also has lost his appetite.

my Ricki who is 2 years old in Feb....when he is excited or agressive with anxiety his back legs give out for about a minute or so. What is this?

Does anyone have an ideas about this problem? My daughter's dog, Joel has done this twice recently (we are babysitting). He is 6.
Rose M (what a coincidence)

I was referring to Rosie M's post about Ricki's legs giving out. That has happened twice to Joel recently
Rose M

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Mollie
miniature dachshund
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg weakness

Hi I have a 9 1/2 year old mini dachshund and she had surgery to remove 3 little cyst but they were all benign but after that she started having hind leg weakness and whining when she moved. Took her back to vet and he put her on anti inflammatory meds and that didn’t help took her back and he put her on gabapentin and tramadol and that really didn’t help and I took her back and he did X-ray and said her disc look good and he thinks it might be osteoporosis arthritis and put previcox and that really hasn’t helped so should I take her to a different vet and get 2nd opinion? What do you think it is? Please help . Worried Doxie mom !! I put her on joint vitamins and antioxidant treats..

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We know that Dachshunds are prone to back issues, but if the x-ray was clear I cannot think of another cause without examining Mollie; myelography may be useful to see if the vertebral canal in more detail in case there is an abnormality. I think you should visit another Veterinarian if there is no progress with the current course of therapy, you should ask your Veterinarian for a copy of the x-rays and inform them of your intention. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eddie
Pug
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drag Back Legs

Eddie is a 10mo pug. I think he has slight weakness in his hind legs - I notice small things like sometimes when he goes to ‘step up’ a level his back legs will slightly drag - this doesn’t happen all the time. I think he looks thin in his hind compared to his front. He can still jump up on the lounge no problems. I have asked the vet to check him over and the vet has given me the ok but I am not satisfied. Is there a ‘test’ I can run on him at home to make sure he is strong enough in his hind legs..?.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Back leg weakness may be due to a variety of different issues and there is no at home test to check leg weakness, just watching and observing if Eddie is able to carry his weight, walk up stairs or jump. You should visit another Veterinarian for another examination for a second opinion which may help ease your concerns or may flag something. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ernie
English Bulldog
14 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fatigue

My 14 month old British bulldog has just spent 4 days in the animal hospital following suspected rat poisoning. Since he came home, he seems to have Back leg weakness. He’s eaten well, he’s drinking well, he is affectionate and alert.

How do I support him in recovering from his back leg weakness? Does he need to go back to the vet for further treatment?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to have Ernie re-examined by your veterinarian, as that isn't necessarily normal after what he has been through. They'll be able to examine him and determine what might be going on with him. They will be able to guide you in any care that he may need.

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Taffy
Canaan Dog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

back leg failure under effort

my dog dosen't get much exercise since he is mostly tied at his dog house and no one takes him on walks, when he is on walks at times of effort(getting a leg up to pee, squating to take a dump, jumping from a higher to a lower surface or walking down stairs) his back legs fold in in a manner that makes him stagger but he dosen't seem to notice and just keeps walking, I have also noticed he walks slower and has less energy
what can these occur from?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Taffy, I don't have any way to determine what might be going on with him. He may have a neurologic disease, arthritis or a joint disease, or a systemic disease. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, recommend any testing or treatments that he needs, and make him more comfortable. I hope that all goes well for him, and he might benefit from more frequent walks, as dogs really getting out and seeing the world.

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Tank
Bulldog
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Weakness
Lack of leg use
Leg looks smaller than others
Hind leg weakness

I have an old English bulldogge who will be 2yo in a month. About 2 months or so ago we noticed when ever he got up from sleeping his rear leg would look like it was asleep and he wouldnt apply pressure for a bit, stretch and then be fine. Lately we have noticed when around the house he isn’t putting pressure on his rear leg when standing or walking around. His paw also looks visably smaller than the rest of his paws, not as much muscle or mass. When I touch and move his leg/paw around he acts as if everything is fine. His leg also looks as if nothing is wrong when he is on walks or in the backyard. Besides this weakness/lack of use in his hind leg, he is a very healthy active and happy bully! What could this be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Tank may have injured a ligament, a tendon, or have some joint or muscle disease that needs attention. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to assess his physical status, determine if anything is wrong, and recommend any necessary testing or treatments.

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Frodo
Mutt
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

My sweet Frodo is a 12 y/o Hound mix and in the last few months struggled to get up. He doesn't seem to have the strength in his back legs to stand sometimes. We started giving him a joint supplement and maybe saw a little improvement but in the last week he seems to have declined. He doesn't whimper and has not had accidents yet. He will get up buts struggles. If he slips his legs will get out from under him and he falls. Once we help him get back up he walks ok--but with a bit of a limp. I assumed it was age related. I am of course willing to take him to the vet but hesitant to run a lot of tests and treatments that may or may not work. I'd love to have some advice about what to expect when I take him and what things could cause this to happen.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Frodo is having these problems. There are a few common things that can happen as dogs age, and arthritis and nere degeneration are two of those things. A veterinary visit is a good idea, as they will be able to examine him, assess his musculoskeletal and neurologic function, and determine if pain medications might help him. If he has decent muscle mass left in his back end, he may also benefit from physical therapy or acupuncture as well. Your veterinarian will be able to guide you in these possible treatments. I hope that he does well.

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Squiggles
Staffordshire Terrier/Boxer Mix
6 Days
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unsteady Walking
Loss of Balance
Salt Burn
Burn
back leg weakness

My dog experienced a burn from outdoor salt this past week. It was red and irritated, but showed no signs of a serious burn. It did not appear that he ingested any salt. He did not want to stand on it and now had been showing some signs of back leg weakness/unwillingness to put pressure on his back legs. Then he didn’t want to get up to eat or drink and seemed weaker than normal. We have been feeding him by hand and he seems much less weakend but still isn’t walking well. Is this normal? Otherwise he does not show any signs of pain or discomfort. How long does it usually take for a paw burn to heal?

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It is important to ensure that you have thoroughly washed off all salt from the legs, paws and remainder of the body; irritation by salt can be uncomfortable as the salt dries the skin and it can take some time for the skin to return to normal. The back leg weakness is concerning me though since this shouldn’t be present with a simple case of salt irritation; bathe him if you haven’t already and continue to keep him fed and hydrated, if you don’t see any improvement over the next few days or you notice other symptoms visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
Rottweiler
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lost mobility in back legs.

I have a 7yr old rottweiler that has lost mobility in back legs.Is there anything that i can do to help him. Vet visit costs way to much.He walks a few steps and drops and pulls hisself where he wants to go. Is there some therapy that i can do with him?? Using the bathroom for him when pooping he cant stand he sits on his hip to help it along. Please help me. I refuse to put him down.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for back leg weakness or paralysis in dogs, it is important to determine the cause since treatment is different depending on the underlying cause; Diesel requires a visit to a Veterinarian, there are animal charities, charity clinics (Google clinics in your area - you may need to drive a little) and other organisations which can help (I cannot say what the cause if without examining him). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Patty
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dragging foot

Medication Used

Novox
Gabapentin

My dog has a confirmed torn ligament in her right rear leg. She tore the left and had LSS surgery 6 years ago. We took her to the vet, who manipulated her leg and also did x-rats to confirm the torn ligament. My dog has been slightly dragging her foot on the damaged leg since the visit. Is that normal? We have her scheduled for surgery in two weeks. If the manipulation could have caused this, it’s fine. I just want to make sure that this could be a symptom of the torn ligament and not something else. I suspect it is because it started happening right after the visit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If the behavior started after the visit, it may be related to manipulation and inflammation. Before she has her surgery, make sure that your veterinarian or the surgeon confirms her nerve function in that leg, as having the surgery if there are deficits in her nerve function will complicate her recovery. I hope that all goes well for her.

Dr. King,

Thank you again for your reply. Patty's condition worsened to the point she wasn't walking and I took her to my vet. They feel it is either FCE or other disc issue. She will be evaluated tomorrow for rehab and in the meantime we are doing range of motion exercises. Thank you for the advice.

Thank you so much, Dr. King. I will do that!

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Opie
Borador
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

trouble standing

My pup was bitten by an unknown snake a little over a week ago on both of his rear legs (One more severe than the other). He has been healing nicely and is becoming more interested in spending time with the family lately. However, after the incident he has days where he was getting up on his own but now he struggles to get his rear feet under him to get going. We can help him up but he whimpers when first standing and when he walks he seems timid. Should this be a concern or should we just keep helping him along until he gets his strength back and at 100%?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Opie I cannot say whether there is more damage to his hind legs other than some surface wounds; if there has been damage to joints or nerves it may be a long recovery and he may require veterinary care. If you haven’t visited a Veterinarian yet, you should just to see whether everything is healing like it should do and there are no injuries which have been missed; try to encourage Opie to rest and don’t try to get him to get up and walk in hope he will improve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mac
Dorkie
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

reserved
lack of engergy

Recently we have noticed our dog has become less energetic. He use to wake up in the mornings (as soon as my alarm would go off) and bolt downstairs to be let out/fed. Now he we will wait until I coax him downstairs. He is avoiding going up any stairs or jumping on the couch - previously he would follow us everywhere wanting attention. He is still eating twice a day, but has not shown as much interest in treats. He seems to be keeping to himself a lot and often has his tail between his legs.

I had originally thought it was an injury, but hasn't shown any discomfort when I've examined him. This morning he also bolted across the back yard to bark at the neighbors dog. We have not noticed any whimpering

I will note that we had our first child 3 weeks ago, but Mac had been fine until the last few days. My wife has been home with our Child and Mac the last 3 weeks but has not noticed any traumatic events with the dog.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are a number of things that may be going on with Mac, including behavioral changes due to the changes in your house, back or neck pain, or systemic disease. Since I cannot see him, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they will be able to determine if he is in discomfort, or if he is having problems with the changes in your house. Back pain can be very subtle, and your veterinarian will be able to see if that is what is wrong with him.

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Bob
Springer spaniel
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Has trouble getting up and walking,

Hi I have a 10 year old spaniel/collie cross. He had a bad tummy for 3 days, unable to hold it which is unheard of for him. His tummy is now better but seems to being having trouble with both his back legs, struggling to get up and walk. Is this related? Has he caught some sort of bacteria infection. Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Bob is a little weak from his bad tummy, without examining him I cannot say whether it is related or not; you should try to keep him rested and encourage him to eat. If there is no improvement over the next few days or symptoms get worse you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ru
Border Collie
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble walking up/down stairs
Unusual behaviour
Lying down regularly
Lathargic

Hi my 11 year old border collie is having trouble walking. It seems like she’s not putting much pressure on one of her back legs. She finds difficulty in walking down or up stairs. She hasn’t lost her appetite but seems like she has put on weight because of lack of moment. When I first noticed something unusual, she lied down everywhere rather then being her normal self and sniffing out lizards or watching people.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ru it is difficult to know what the specific cause is as there are numerous different causes for lameness or leg weakness especially as dogs age into double digits. You should give Ru plenty of rest and discourage trips up and down the stairs, but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and some x-rays to look for an underlying cause for the weakness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jess
Border Collie
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Medication Used

Anti inflamitries . pain killers
Anti inflamitries

Border Collie age possibly 15yrs + ( we had her 8 yrs ago as a rescue do ) she is an ex working sheep dog.
She suffered hip dispalacia for most of her life but since Sunday ( 4 days ago) has had complete paralysis of back legs. She has been on anti inflamitry and Umove tablets for the last 18 months. We took her to the vet who have prescribed 7 days for pain killers. She has just done a wee in the garden ( we take her out ever 2 hrs and hold her hind quarters) she has not passed a stool yet - she is eating little bits and she is drinking ( we do assist her with this as she cant get to her food or water whith the way she holds her self)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Jess may benefit from an MRI if she is unable to use her hind legs. She may be having complications from lifelong hip problems, or she may have a new issue. Without seeing her, I cannot comment on what might be going on with her, but your veteirnarian will be able to determine if she needs further diagnostics. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Max
Pit bull mix
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Weakness and trouble jumping
Weakness and troubl

My dog is walking extremely strange on his back 2 legs. Sometimes he walks more outward, and sometimes he stands his 2 feet on top of each other in a very odd way. What could be wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is causing Max’s issue, however spinal disorders are a concern and you should try to rest Max for a few days to see if there is any improvement in his gait. If there is no overall improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the cause; your Veterinarian may want to perform an x-ray to check the spine. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kay
German Shepherd Dog
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

back leg weakness

A couple years the vet said my dog has back leg weakness and she never said to do anything about it. I got worried when my dog comes home with her paws and nails get marks from walking on blacktops. Should I put something to protect the feet and paw?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be putting something on Kay’s paws to prevent injury from paw dragging; there are booties which may be purchased which are easy to put on and will offer protection. Wrapping the paws isn’t a good idea since many owners wrap too tight which may stop blood flow leading to the pooling of blood in the paws. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I was wondering if it's a good idea to walk Kay on the blacktops with Degenerative Myelopathy. I'm worried it ll worsen the condition. Any advice?

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Magnum
Alaskan Malamute
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No other symptons.

My 14 year old Alaskan Malamute has become incontinent and unable to control his feces and urine. Now, after about 2 weeks he can't stand up by himself and walk. Other than that, he eats, drinks and is happy. I will be giving him consequences tomorrow. I can'tell believe it started so quickly. I wanted to know, what you thought or would suggest what is happening and what can I do to help him. His brother is doing much better and is still up and walking around. Their birthday is tomorrow 4/28/2018. 14 years old.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is quite common as dogs age for them to start to have problems with their muscles and nerves, and to have joint disease. If Magnum is not on any medication for arthritis, he may benefit from that. There are many safe pain medications for dogs that can be prescribed by your veterinarian. They will also be able to examine him and determine if his condition is treatable. I hope that he is okay.

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Cooper
Aussie Lab
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis
Paralysis, Diarreah

My 9 year old Aussie Lab mix started having symptoms about three weeks ago. First he didn't want to go upstairs to bed with us. Then he didn't want to raise up on the edge of the couch or chair for hugs and he didn't want to get in the car for a ride. We left him alone thinking he was old and maybe arthritis. About two weeks ago he began limping and by mid week he was dragging his hind right leg. That Friday morning he was dragging both hind so I took him to the vet. The vet did x rays (showed nothing) and gave him Tramadol, Prednisone, and Methocarbamol. By Monday there was little improvement so I started researching a chiropractor. He was seen by the chiropractor Tuesday night and given three adjustments and K Laser. The chiropractor said his back felt pinched at the bottom of his rib cage. He seemed a little more comfortable for about 24 hours and it has been down hill for the past six days. He has lost between 5 and 10 pounds. Today he began having diarreah and doesn't seem to realize he's doing it until he knows he has it on him. I bathed him and loved on him... he was very still and doesn't seem to have a lot of feeling in his hind paws or tail today. He was still wagging yesterday. He has more chiropractor appointments scheduled. I don't know what else to do. Any advice would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Cooper it is difficult to weigh in with what may be occurring, further imaging (like myelography) may be useful in these cases to see if it helps highlight any abnormalities in the vertebral column. However, I would continue to see the Chiropractor for adjustment especially if there has been improvement and also think about acupuncture (to attack from all angles). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruby
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs

Hello my yorkie hastrouble walking her back legs seem to go All wobbly she first had a problem with her left leg know her both legs been to vets had xray can't see anything wrong have you any advice please

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Ruby, I can't be sure what might be happening with her, but Yorkie's are prone to problems with their knees, and hips - if your veterinarian isn't able to see anything obvious on the x-rays, they may be able to send them to a specialist for a second opinion, or re-taking sequential x-rays may be helpful.

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Belle
Pointer
Seven Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to Stand

My daughters 7 year old English Pointer bitch one morning this week was unable to get up from lying down overnight with her back legs unable to take her weight. This went on for 10 minutes or so until she suddenly was able to stand and walk normally. She is a seemingly healthy animal with a good appetite but certainly not overweight. There has been no reoccurrence of this condition since and the dog appears quite normal. Can you help please.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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At seven years old, it is possible that Belle is starting to have joint problems, or arthritis. Sometimes this is harder on dogs when they first wake up, similar to humans. It would be a good idea to have her seen by a veterinarian at some point to have an examination to see if there is any treatment that she may need.

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Holly
American Cocker Spaniel
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

weakness in leg

My little lady is 13 1/2 and was diagnosed with cancer 6 months ago. She is now having problems with her hind legs. She still has an appetite and begs for food. She urinates ok but her stool is runny and if it is formed very soft. Today she fell down the stairs. Don't want her to suffer but I don't want to put her down if she still has life in her. She is very thin. Is it time to say goodbye to my best friend in life?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is a decision that you need to make to ensure that you are comfortable with Holly passing, this really isn’t a decision that I can make for you especially if I haven’t examined her first. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and a discussion about her current state of health and if there are any management options available or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
English Springer
Unknown, likely 10-12
Serious condition
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Serious condition

We have adopted a very senior English Springer Spaniel we fostered out of a sheltered for a rescue group we have worked with about 18 months ago. She was diagnosed with Cushings by a specialist and began treatment with Trilostane and melatonin. Her hind leg weakness, a mild symptom at the time of her original diagnosis, got worse after about 6 months and the specialist referred us back to our regular vet who prescribed Rimadyl, which helped. Now we are seeing days she wobbles frequently and often cannot stand while eating or drinking. What do we do now?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hind leg weakness isn’t uncommon in cases of Cushing’s and it is possible that Annie requires a more stronger antiinflammatory or the leg weakness may have just progressed to this point; it is important to have another evaluation by your Veterinarian to determine whether additional medical treatment is required, an adjustment in the current treatment is required or you are to just offer nursing care from this point on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Bailey is a 13 year old Jack Russell-Pug mix. She has about 5y history elevated liver enzymes, query Cushing's without many of the systems, except a recent episode acute pancreatitis which resolved after almost two weeks without antibiotics but a change in diet to vet grade bland low fat food. Two weeks ago Bailey started to refuse her food. She does not eat kibble, and was previously on raw food for two months to assist with liver enzymes which helped, they dropped a little. I started to prepare food, cooked meat and veggies, small amount rice. She loved it until a week ago, refused same food, noticed it was harder for her to jump and greetings when we came home she didn't jump up anymore. I'm feeding her what I can, she has an appetite but reluctant to eat, salivates at everything, she is drinking water. Shes had some weight loss but maintaining an appropriate weight. No change in skin or coat, nose is dryer than usual. Mobility is minimal and she's normally rambunctious. She's had sore back leg intermittently over the last few years mostly related to injury while playing. Mild green mucousy diarrhea twice, mixed with normal soft stool. Daily poops. Voiding well, but in the last three days squaring to urinate but nothing comes out. She's otherwise awake, alert, seems depressed but I can't blame her. Oh, and she snapped at my twice related to picking her up to assist with mobility. To see vet in a couple of days. Any thoughts? Also, what do you think about the use of CBD oil for boosting appetite, reducing pain and inflammation and helping with other symptoms of possible disease?

It is time to say good bye to your old friend. My shepherds did this and no longer had a good quality of life. It is time for him to go to Rainbow Heaven.

I have a mix german shepherd with husky hes about 13 yrs old he hasnt eaten for about 5days and he doesnt get up anymore not a wag or anything. I took him some water to drink he was barely drinking water also some food didnt even touch it. Hes also breathing a little heavy. Please help.

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Sasha
Cane Corso
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

weak hide leg, sleeps alot
wesk

My dog is a cane corso, weight about 140 lbs, is a female, She has started to drag her hide legs, eating poor, appears to sleep more. Can bear weight slightly, sudden change

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many reasons for a dog to have sudden back leg weakness which may include traumatic injury, hip disorders, spinal disorders among other causes; without examining Sasha, it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the weakness is. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help determine a cause, your Veterinarian may want to take an x-ray to check the hips and spine; in the meantime allow Sasha plenty of rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dublin
Yorkie poodle
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic.
weak hind legs
Licking Front Paws

8 year old female yorkie-poodle. Was fine last night, just licking her front paws. Today, lethargic & weakness in her hind legs - she can barely walk or manage going up 1 small step. She has not eaten today, but that’s not unusual for her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The hind limb weakness may not be related to the paw licking, paw licking is usually associated with food allergies however we cannot rule anything out. Without examining Dublin, I’m unable to determine the specific underlying cause for the symptoms and would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination to check reflexes etc… Try to give Dublin plenty of rest and keep her hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kori
miniature poodle
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

What could be a possible reason? After fast (but short in time) running, the dog's rear appears to collapse - hind legs fully extended and unable to bend, dragging hind legs, breathes extremely heavy while roaching her back, and sits down unable to move. After few minutes fully recovers. Both parents are tested with OFA certification- Patella normal, LCP normal, hips good, and both parents are exceptionally athletic. This is an older 11 mo puppy of a small breed (mini poodle) who didn't fill in yet (thin)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Kori may have a lesion in her spine, but without seeing her and being able to assess her neurologic function, I can't say for sure. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian. If you can video the episodes, it may help your veterinarian in determining a diagnosis.

He has trouble getting up from floor seems weak almost walks on 2 front legs after up he’s ok

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Axel
Lab mix
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

pain to touch above tail
quivering when balancing on one leg

I have a 6 year old lab mix. He is super high energy, and we recently started walk/running again after a long time off. He seems to have the energy to go-go-go. But this morning, even though he obviously wanted to go, his hind legs quivered when he lifted his leg to pee. Later, after the walk/run, which was a bit more slow jog, than walk, he whined for no obvious reason. We were putting him in his kennel and I gave him a little scrub on his behind, just above his tail and he let out a loud cry/whine.
He exhibits no loss of appetite, and will still jump up on furniture, but is moving a little gingerly and slower

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Axel it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the weakness is; injuries, spinal disorders, hip disorders among other causes may lead to some weakness. If he isn’t showing any signs of pain, you should keep a close eye on him during the weekend and monitor for improvement; if he shows signs of pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and pain relief. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weak back right leg

Hi we have a Cavalier King Charles who is 9 years old over the last 6 months his back right leg seems weak. He looses his balance when urinating as that is the leg he stands on. it doesn't bother him he still runs around etc and isn't in any pain. His appetite is still good. We took him to our local vet and she wanted to do a MRI and Cat scans at 300 UK Pounds which seems a lot. He is on cage rest with no walking or climbing stairs but it doesn't seem to be better or worse. Any thoughts on what this could be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Has Charlie had x-rays taken? He is at an age where he may be developing arthritis, and if he isn't on any pain medications, that may be something to try before having expensive testing done. Since I don't know any details of his history or condition, you may have already discussed these things with your veterinarian, but if not, it is worth talking about.

3000 Pounds sorry

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Blu
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Weakness
Difficulty standing up
Lethargy

My dog use to be very energetic and love to play, she still loves to play but holds back a lot. I have started realizing she doesn't sit like she normally did and now sits in a lazy pose. when she lays down she wines for a bit. I have another dog that she likes to run with but can never keep up. Her breed is a cane corso which are very energetic but I don't see it in her as she starting to become more lethargy. Shes only 1 years old and truing 2 in May so she is still very young and I don't know how to help her. she is Reluctance to move, jump, or be active at times she is very weak in her right back leg and supports herself with the two front and back left leg. I have also realized a small bump was forming on her left back side which was there for about a month and now has disappeared.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a dog as young as Blu, you should be having a thorough examination with your Veterinarian focusing on reflexes and x-rays of the spine and hips to look for any abnormalities; conditions like hip dysplasia can affect this breed so you should get her checked out especially as her breed should be an active one. Without examining Blu, I cannot tell you anything specific; your Veterinarian will be able to give you a better idea after an examination and x-ray. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxie
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

Female Cane Corso 7 years old. Good health until Addison's Crisis diagnosis two weeks ago. Being treated with steroids etc from vet. But, hind leg weakness is not improving. Cannot get up on her own. What can be done to help strengthen legs. Has to be helped up, then will walk short distance and then back down. Otherwise better since treatment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hind limb strength is one of those symptoms which may not improve with treatment; two weeks is still early in the treatment process so there may be space for improvement. Giving medication and offering supportive care is important to help Roxie with this condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Mix
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

Our 12-1/2 yr old golden retriever/yellow lab mix, Lucy, has a hind leg (upper part - "thigh") that has gotten larger and is now 18" in diameter. We go to a low cost vet who did an x-ray which showed a tumor in/on the muscle but not in the bone. Lucy was diagnosed with liver disease in April when her blood count was 833. She's been on Denamarim since then & Science Hill L/D food. Our vet said he could refer us to a surgeon who would probably recommend removing the leg because risks with her liver disease and being close to femural artery. Should I get a second opinion from a vet who will perform more extensive labs (MRI, CT and/or blood work) and who may even take a biopsy of the tumor? We do not want to remove her leg at her age. My email is [email protected]

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Based on the information in your question (and remember that I haven’t examined Lucy or seen an x-ray) I would probably recommend amputating the leg as well since it will be difficult to remove the tumour with adequate margins, there will be negative effects do to the loss of muscle from surgical excision and recovery would probably be shorter with amputation as well. I do understand that as an owner you would like Lucy to retain all her limbs but sometimes amputation is the better choice in the long term, the Specialist Surgeon would be able to tell you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiny
German Shepherd
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Back legs not normal

My female German Shep is 3 1/2 mos old. She was fine up until 2 weeks ago. Her hind legs wont work at times. She moves her body and her behind drags. Then at other times, she walks normal. We checked her back legs and she does not show any discomfort or pain. She eats well, plays well. She is very tiny compared to her brother. We gave her her first vaccines plus deworm meds and daily vitamins. Aside from taking her to Vet, what can I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Taking her to a veterinarian is really the only way to find out what might be going on with her, whether she has a problem or needs treatment. She is a young dog, and there may be things that you can do at this age if she has any problems. It would probably be helpful to video the episodes when she isn't walking for them to see. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Rascal
rat terrier mix
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

wobbly weak legs

Hi we have an 8 year old rat terrier like intact boy Rascal. About 2 weeks ago he started walking like he was stretching his legs behind him occasionally. Then he wouldn't put weight on his right leg but that was intermittent. Now his back feet criss cross each other as well as he drags the tops of his feet when he walks and is wobbly. He also used to be jumping bean, he can barely jump on the couch now. He seems fine, happy, no pain looks like slight muscle atrophy to his back half...today his back half seems to be disconnected- kind of like his back legs are one and he kind of hops. He was on 10mg predinose(skin allergies/thickening) for 5 days then 5mg for 5 days. This seems to have started a few days after the treatment finished.could this be related to that? weird is he is able to lift to urinate...any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Rascal may be bunny hopping which may be caused by either hip disorders or due to spinal issues; without examining Rascal and doing an x-ray or two I cannot say for certain but corticosteroids are used for the control of pain and inflammation in some of these conditions so it may be that it why the symptoms presented once weaned off. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to confirm and discuss management options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Storm
Great Dane
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Back leg weaknes

We have a 3 year old pure bred Great Dane, both parents have had hips checked and certified. Today at the lake she was frolicking in the water and afterwards hind legs were looking wobbly or “drunk”. When she stands still her back end slides to the left (The “drunk” sway I was referring to”) to the point of her back end making her fall over. She has always had an awkward gait, kind of a “S” motion while walking, we have assumed until now it was just her lazy type of walk, imagine Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. I have squeezed, pressed, flexed the leg while she less laying next to me to check for pain, but nothing noticeable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be a good idea to have Storm seen by a veterinarian, as there can be developmental or spinal problems that can develop and change. A veterinarian will be able to evaluate her neurologic and skeletal status and recommend any treatment that she might need.

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Ebony
Labrador Retriever
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

What is the best thing for our dog as she is unable to get herself up most of the time due to her hind legs and has incontinence and arthritis? I have to let her out every two hours so she doesn’t wee or poo in the house. She still eat and drinks but I feel that it isn’t much of a quality of life as she just goes on one bed to another every day.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ebony may have significnat and painful joint disease at her age, and she would probablyl beneift from pain medication at this point in her life. Since most OTC medications are not tolerated well by dogs, the best thing to do would be to have her seen by a veterinarina, as they can examine her, see what might be going on with her, and recommend any testing or treatment that she may need.

Ebony has also had an operation on her right hind leg when she was 10.

Ebony has had a good quality of life and we have been making a decision what is best for her as she has had incontinenece for over two years and it seems to be getting worse where she can’t get up without help also has a lot of lumps doesn’t listen to commands which has been happening for a while now and at her age I think it is cruel to keep her going if she is in pain. Because she is a family dog it will have to be an all round decision of what is best for our Labrador as she has had a good long life, it’s not knowing whether ebony is ready. The problem is that we can’t afford for her to be on medication and whether she will benefit from it at her age and knowing what the kindest thing is to do for her. I’ve been giving her paracetamol for a while to help.
All I want to know if I’m doing the right thing for her is booking an appointment for her to be put down although it’s a hard decision.
Ebony will just get worse and worse and I don’t want to think of her being that way.

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Bailey
English Mastiff
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

squatting while walking

We have a 10 year old English Mastiff. I was gone two weeks ago on vacation and while gone my neighbor who was watching her noticed her squatting on her hind legs a lot, almost as if she was trying to use the bathroom. She would then walk like this too and we've noticed her doing it more and more often. Now sometimes plopping to the ground on her rear and unable to lean to either side to lay down without some major effort on her part. We took her to the vet recently and he gave her antibiotics thinking it might be signs of a UTI, because there were a couple of times she was really in intent on chewing on herself back there. But I'm beginning to think this was not the issue.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should return to your Veterinarian for another examination and possibly an x-ray to look at spinal and hip health; without examining Bailey myself I cannot determine the specific cause for the symptoms, your Veterinarian would be able to tell you more after another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Mix
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
difficulty when first waking up fro

I have a 4 year lab/box/pit mix. She is incredibly active, walks, running and jumping all day. About 9 mos. ago we noticed she had some trouble after first waking up with her rear leg. At first she would use it gingerly, then in a couple of minutes she was fine and acting like her normal self. This pattern has repeated even after trips to vet. Physical examination gave no answers so our vet precribed TRp-Tri-Cox. After a 14 days, no improvement so we took her back and they gave her CarproChews. She did wonderfully, however after about 14 days..a slight limp is noticeable. My concern is out vet is treating the symptom not the problem. I also don't love the idea of her taking all these meds...would CBD be a more responsible choice until a definitive diagnosis can be made. Her rear leg does seem to lean in when she stands or runs. We have pet insurance and will do whatever she needs, I just need some answers. I was thinking hip dsplasia, the vet is leaning toward arthritis.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a lot of hype over CBD oil being able to treat everything from nausea and pain to curing cancer, until there is more solid information from multiple reputable sources I stay on the fence about it. It does sound like a specific condition hasn’t been diagnosed and it would be useful to determine what the cause of the pain is by having a thorough physical examination and possibly a set of x-rays to help understand why she is limping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Chloe's owner: this sounds almost exactly like our dog Mavis. She began the same way, with one leg being used gingerly after waking from a nap. It's escalated to her back legs collapsing from under her (today) and we're going to be taking her to the vet as soon as we can. She's only two years old and also a mix of some of the same breeds.

How is Chloe doing? Would you want to compare symptoms and what each of our vets recommends?

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Mavis
Mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

trouble standing
back leg stiffness
Limping
Collapse

Our dog Mavis just turned 2 years old. She is a mixed breed of beagle and pitbull, but that is just what her shelter card said, we never got a genetic test done. She is 45 pounds and not overweight, she is muscular. We adopted her about a year and a half ago.

We noticed about 2-3 weeks ago that she was having trouble standing up after a nap. Upon watching her more closely I can tell that it is her back legs that are giving her trouble. For the past week her back legs look stiff while she walks, and yesterday she struggled to climb the stairs to go to bed with us, which has never happened before. This morning, her back legs collapsed out from under her twice.

She is eating and drinking, defecating and urinating normally. She is in good spirits, even when she collapses, and she never seems to be in pain. While she was resting, I checked her range of motion on both back legs and they both seem to move fully. As I was checking her feet, she had a problem with me touching her toes and kept pulling away.

I am hoping that with her age and this description you can give me somewhat of a guess as to what she might have? We wanted to wait a little longer to save up $ for the vet visit and treatments, and hope that this was an injury we never saw happen, but it doesn't seem to be getting better.

When we do go the vet, do you have advice on exact questions to ask?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is really difficult to give a diagnosis or cause in cases like this; traumatic injuries, spinal conditions, congenital conditions (delayed onset), hip disorders among others may lead to similar symptoms. In these cases, without an x-ray to rule out certain conditions it isn’t possible to say what the cause, treatment/management or prognosis is. Try to visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible since these issues can be time sensitive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Duke
Dalmatian
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly for a few minutes
Struggling to get up off back legs.
Struggling to get up off back legs

Our 9 year old Dalmatian has recently been struggling with his back legs. He sleeps on the sofa and struggles to put any weight on them, has experienced loss of balance and has fallen from the sofa onto the floor a few times. We noticed something was up a few weeks ago when we noticed two lumps on him. One on his stomach, one on his right back leg. Took him to the vet, the vet said they look to be fatty lumps and he has gone from 40kg to 42.5kg since his last vet visit.

We put him on a strict diet to lose the weight but the lumps haven't gone a way and now he has developed this problem with his back legs. I am having to pick him up sometimes which is causing him to yelp sometimes. This has caused him to limp around for a few minutes before walking it off. He seems to be ok after that but noticed last night he no longer jumps when you try get him to grab a toy from the air or his blanket.

It seems worse on a Monday afternoon after he is given a long walk by our dog walker.

Any advice before we take him back to the vet? It's a condition that has only just come about in the last few days or so. Really concerned and worried for him. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fatty lumps (lipomas) generally remain even with weight loss. There are various different conditions which may affect a dog’s hind legs which may be related to the spine, hips, neurological issues among other causes; you should put Duke on strict rest (just a walk to the pavement and back to do his business) with no running, jumping or playing. You should also visit your Veterinarian as they will examine him and also take an x-ray to look at spine and hip health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rylee
Labrador Retriever
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

weak hind legs

I have an 11 yr old Dudley Yellow Lab. He woke up yelping in pain in the middle of the night for a few nights. After I made a vet appointment, he stopped, so I canceled it. I thought it must've been a pulled muscle or something. Now he is slow getting up and his left hind leg seems to give out every once in a while. I son't have much money and my dog is my life. Is there anything I can do, or should I make another appointment with the vet?

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Lucky
Mix
17 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog Lucky (female) is 17 years old. Wile she's standing her leg will slowly slip out to the side, like in an exaggerated way. It happens to both legs. Lately, I will sometimes see it happen to a front leg. Also, sometimes when she's standing, say she's drinking water from her elevated water bowl, she will slowly collapse her hind legs to the ground, like in a sitting position, but also sometimes she will do it in a contorted manner. I've thought of arthritis and Degenerative meylopathy, but I can't find any examples where a dog is said to do this thing were they slowly collapse one or both legs.

Any ideas? Does it sound like DM? Or is this common for arthritis?

(Other Symptoms: we thought she had kidney issues since she's been peeing a lot since December. We never did a urine test, b/c we couldn't collect it, but did one yesterday and she has a UTI, and may not have a kidney issue.) So she's possibly had a UTI for 9 months (when she first started peeing, our other dog had a UTI at the time). Also, she's been recently (past few months) showing cognitive decline (spacey-ness). All of these things started happening after she started peeing a lot.)

Thanks.

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Cece
Pit bull
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog is cece i pitbull lab and is about 14/15 years old and she started limping from one leg few months back and now drags both of her back legs. Shes been to the vet done xrays and blood test and find nothing no torn acl, broken bone, or cancer. She has been pooping and peeing inside the house. Cries all night. She was prescribed two medications that i dont remember the name for it.

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Gunner
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

back leg weakness

Our lab Gunner appears to have sudden and random collapsing of his back legs. Otherwise he's been perfectly fine. Eating, peeing, pooping all regular. Still enjoys going for walks and being in the back yard. However every now and again his back legs seem to give out for a few seconds and he scrambles to regain use. I've asked the vet several times and she says it's nothing to worry about and probably just cause we have wood floors n hes slipping. But we've had wood floors his whole life and never had an issue. It happens most often if he tries to move suddenly.

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Blue
Weimaraner
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

hind legs tremor
hind legs collapse
excessive panting

Blue will be 17yo in December. His hind legs collapse under him and he scrambles to try to get up, but usually I go and lift his hind end and stabilize his legs for him to walk. When he stoops to poop, he usually falls. He's been on Tramadol 50mg (2 tablets twice a day for a month). Vet changed it to 2 tabs 3 times a day this week. I can tell he's in pain. He has loss muscle mass in the rear and his legs tremor. Is it time to put him to sleep?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any decision on euthanasia should be made by yourself as you know Blue better than anyone else; however at this age and the level of leg weakness it is something you should consider if you weigh up the quality of life. You need to think about what is in Blue’s best interest and if need be discuss with your Veterinarian as they’ve examined him and know his condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi I came home from the shore and notice that my one dog who is 7 couldn’t move his back legs he can not even walk due to this he just drags his legs Can someone help me

My 11 year old Golden is experiencing the sane thing! What food do you give your dog?

Hello, I have 2 pit labs and they both woke up one day and could not get up due to their hind legs. The baby who is 9 years old vet said he had arthritis he gave him Cortisone shot and he did better, then got worst and now without another shot is able to hope a round and is doing ok. The mom who is 10 this just happened to one day. We tried the cortisone shot but it did not help she walks with back legs crossing each other and takes her forever to get up. A few times she will hop like a bunny across the lawn, on the cement patio she scrapes and her nails are so short. Any thoughts? Thanks

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