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What is Unable to Stand?

Witnessing your dog become suddenly weak in the legs and unable to stand on their own can be very concerning and scary. It can happen naturally with age, or can be caused by an event or illness. Some common causes are:

  • Paralysis
  • Geriatric vestibular syndrome
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Botulism

In most cases, inability to stand is a serious issue that can affect your dog in their everyday life. It can be the sign of the beginning of something serious, and vet intervention is usually necessary. Some of the causes can be dangerous and, in some cases, life threatening, so learning the symptoms of some of the serious illnesses is important. If your dog is showing difficulty standing, do not overlook it.

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Why Unable to Stand Occurs in Dogs

Inability or reluctance to stand or perform everyday actions can be serious as it can be caused by a severe disease. Any dog can suddenly become unbalanced or paralysed, although some can be affected more easily than others due to their age or breed. It can be caused by a number of reasons that are all serious and should be dealt with immediately.

Paralysis

Canine paralysis is similar to human paralysis, as it can appear quickly and keep them from doing what comes natural day to day. It can be caused by ticks that spread Lyme disease, which can extend throughout the bloodstream and to your dog’s organs, and can be fatal. Another cause is the development of a tumor in their spine. Tumors can spread life threatening toxins and viruses throughout your pet’s body, as well as travel through the nerves and allow the advancement of damage to vital organs. Tumors will often increase the effect of paralysis slower, compared to Lyme disease. Therefore, the hind end of your dog will be affected first, followed later on by the front if not treated. Sometimes infections can also cause paralysis if not treated properly, especially infections that appear near the face or ears. If not treated quickly and correctly, infections can cause damage to the muscles, nerves and vital parts of the body, and can in turn cause paralysis. Rabies and distemper can also have the same effect as they can spread viruses into your dog’s brain. If these viruses win against your dog’s immune system, it can be fatal.

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral disc disease happens when the discs in your dog’s back protrude and press against the spinal cord. This will cause internal swelling which can lead to decreased nerve function and pain, which can keep your dog from performing everyday functions with ease, for example walking and standing. It can even cause paralysis in any part of the body, depending on the location of the damaged disc. Corgis, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and any other breed that is subject to genetic dwarfism are more susceptible to slipped discs, but no breed is immune. Dogs that are of predisposed breeds that are obese and out of shape can also acquire this injury more easily. 

Some possible signs of IVDD include reluctance to move the neck or carrying the head low. A dog with this condition will not want to move their head or neck as it is painful, and will instead resort to shifting their eyes in order to look at you. Other symptoms are stiffness, back pain, crying out suddenly when moving or being touched, tenderness or tenseness in the abdominal area, incomplete or unusual urination, hunched posture or an arched back, dragging their legs, toeing or knuckling over when walking or standing, an unwillingness to jump and a reluctance to stand or sit, as well as dragging legs. It can sometimes cause anxiety, since the dog knows that moving will inflict pain. A drop in appetite and activity level, loss of bladder control, shaking or trembling, collapsing or a loss in general coordination can also occur.

Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome

It is suspected that geriatric vestibular syndrome is caused a brain lesion or a hemorrhage, but so far no evidence has come forth to prove it. This disease affects the body’s balance and will result in dizziness, a loss of balance and vertigo. It can be more common in older dogs. In nearly every case there is a full recovery, with only minor head tilts left over. It can be caused by recurring infections in the ears, perforated eardrums caused by excessive cleaning of the ears or trauma that can be left from head injury. Stroke, tumors, polyps, hypothyroidism, meningoencephalitis as well as certain drugs and antibiotics can also be causes. This disease can also be a congenital effect that is present from birth. Ear infections are the most common cause in younger dogs. When developed in older dogs the cause is unknown, but brain tumor is a possibility. Central vestibular disease, which is a less common and more serious type, can be caused by inflammatory disease, infection, brain bleeding or trauma, cancer and a loss of blood flow. Symptoms include excessive drooling, nausea and vomiting, head tilting, loss of coordination, circling and stumbling, falling, rolling and involuntary or nystagmus which is a rhythmic jerking of the eyes going up and down or side to side. If a single ear is infected, the head tilting, circling and nystagmus will only occur to that side. This disease is usually seen between birth and three months old. Some predisposed breeds are the German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Beagle, English Cocker Spaniel, Smooth Fox Terrier and Tibetan Terrier. When taken to the vet, your dog will go through a physical examination in order to determine whether the disease is peripheral or central. Sometimes x-rays will be done, and blood tests, sensitivity and culture as well as cytology will be taken to help eliminate other potential causes for the symptoms.

Degenerative Myelopathy

This is when the nerves in the spinal cord begin to degenerate, which interferes with the communication between the brain and limbs. It usually occurs between the age of 8 to 14. It will begin with a loss of coordination in the hind legs, which will cause the dog to wobble when walking and drag their feet. It will sometimes occur in one leg and move to the other. As it gets worse, the limbs will get weaker and the dog will have trouble standing. It will continue to get worse until the dog is no longer able to walk or stand, which can take between 6 months to a year to happen. If signs continue, the dog will eventually lose the use of its front limbs as well. Degenerative myelopathy is known as a non-painful disease.

Botulism

This is caused by an infection with a bacteria called clostridium botulinum that releases a toxin. This group of bacteria can stay dormant for a very long time and thrives in low-oxygen conditions. The sources of the toxin are decaying hays, grass and grains, decomposing carcasses or spoiled vegetables. It is a fairly rare but serious disease, and symptoms should begin to occur 12 to 36 hours after contact with the botulism toxin. Some symptoms include excessive drooling, dilated pupils, a general weakness, paralysis that begins at the hind limbs and moves towards the front, increased effort to breathe, difficulty swallowing and facial nerve paralysis. If unchecked, the disease can lead to fatal respiratory failure. The most common way for a dog to obtain the botulism disease is by eating a dead carcass that has the disease. It is difficult to determine that a dog has obtained the virus, as it mimics the symptoms of many other illnesses.

What to do if your Dog is Unable to Stand

If you suspect paralysis caused by a slipped disc, bring your pet to your vet immediately, as it can be an emergency. If your vet is not open, consider bringing them to an emergency vet or taking them as early as possible in the morning. The longer you wait, the more damage will be done to your dog’s spine. The vet will most likely administer painkillers, anti-inflammatories and/or steroids, which will decrease the swelling, improve the nerve function and help to reduce some of the pain. If these treatments are unsuccessful, decompression surgery to remove the disc may be necessary. Although geriatric vestibular syndrome cannot be cured, it can be treated to help ease the pain and speed up the recovery. Your dog should recover on their own within a few days or weeks. 

Degenerative myelopathy cannot be cured, but vitamin and physical therapy can help maintain a good quality of life. Dogs with botulism are treated with supportive therapy and an anti-toxin. Supportive therapy, such as nursing care and confinement, can also help with vestibular disease, along with motion sickness medications to help with nausea and vomiting. Antibiotics may be needed to eliminate ear infections. If the vet suspects degenerative myelopathy, they will use MRIs and myelography to rule out other diseases. To confirm the diagnosis, an autopsy will be necessary. It is important to observe your dog’s behavior well, as botulism will often be diagnosed by the owner’s observation of the dog, it’s exposure to dead animals and detection of spores in the fecal samples. Once diagnosed, the only treatment is supportive care in the form of respiratory therapy and nursing care. In some cases, an equine-derived antitoxin has been used with success, but only when given during the early stages of infection.

Prevention of Unable to Stand

The best way to prevent botulism is to keep your dog away from dead animals and carcasses in order to prevent them from coming into contact with the toxin. Monitor your dog while they are outdoors and survey the yard in order to remove any potential threats. Many of the other illnesses cannot be prevented, and catching the diseases early are the best ways to keep your dog healthy. Be sure to keep track of any changes in behavior and have regular checkups at the vet.

Get your dog vaccinated in order to protect them against rabies that can cause paralysis. If your dog is paralysed or has IVDD, they may have trouble performing some necessary tasks, like grooming and walking. You should be prepared to bathe them often, help them eat and drink and carry them outside when they need to do their business. A bedding area that is well-padded is also necessary during the healing process. It should be small but comfortable in order to keep them from moving around too much. If they are unable to reposition themselves, you may need to reposition them in order to prevent bedsores. Many forms of therapy can aid in the recovery. Vestibular disease can make eating and drinking and going to the washroom difficult or nearly impossible, and supportive therapy in the form of IV fluids and supplemental nutrition may be necessary. Natural calming agents can be helpful for older dogs that can get stressed out by episodes of vestibular disease.

Cost of Unable to Stand

Depending on the cause, treatments can have different costs. Paralysis can cost between $4500 and $8500. Intervertebral disc disease treatments will cost around $9000. Curing degenerative myelopathy will cost $1800, and treating botulism will cost $2000.

Unable to Stand Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Breezer
Labrador Retriever
11 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
restricted movement
Swelling in rear legs
Unable to Stand

Medication Used

zifi 200mg
Liv 52 Tab
Sorbiline syrup

My dog Labrador retriever is 11 years old. Before a week he would get tired with a walk of just 5 minutes, when checked I saw his testicles were swollen and red, after couple of days testicles started discharging mucus and he would avoid standing and going out for walk. I will lift him to help him getting up while sitting and then he will come for walk, but again after couple of days, he will not stand up at all, his back legs developed swelling more in right leg then left one. He does have sense in legs but won't move or allow us to move his rear legs or neither he is able to stand on his own now even if I lift him up. Is it arthritis or something related to testicle swelling which is still there? He is still responsive and will eat his food as he is having a lever tonic prescribed. Any help is greatly appreciated.His weight is decreased in last 2 years.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dogs can develop infections and cancer in their testicles, and it is very unlikely that the problem is related to his arthritis. That condition can be very painful and cause general illness. He needs to be seen by a veterinarian to have the area looked at and get recommendations for treatment.

Help! I have a 6 years old blue heller who was unable to stand up from night to morning, she’s been in the hospital for 3 days doing all kinds of exams but she is perfectly fine in all the exams, no infections, bacterias or diseases, what else could it be, she did eat bad chicken the day before and went to rub on a dead animal as well.

Ethan S. I have exactly the same type of dog with exactly the same symptoms. She has had severe arthritis of hip and knees and the vet said if she were human, she would get a hip and knee replacement. Recently, she developed nystagmus, walked like a drunk person and would run into things and fall down. Vet diagnosed geriatric vestibular disease (dizziness and nausea associated with old age) and gave me some meds, including dramamine. It did help, but my dog is still woozy on her feet and I have to support her until she gets going again. I'm afraid she won't get better, but I will continue to support her to the very end. I won't let her be in pain. It will break my heart to let her go, but I will do it to spare her pain.

My 7 week old puppy was good until a couple of days ago then he has not be able to use his back legs he Cry's in pain I dont know whats going on it really hurts to see him like this please pray for him and help me find answers please

My dog suddenly has weak legs and can't stand or walk. He's a German Shepherd mix and is about 15 years old

Hello, my dog is 13 and a lab. She has been struggling to get up lately for weeks now and just today she can’t even walk good. I got her up from her falling numerous times but everytime she gets up she loses balance and falls back down. Her hip is bad i think and her back legs look like they are in a lot of pain. My parents say she is just old, but I worry a lot about her. I see a huge bump on her side and I think it’s a tumor, yet at the same time I’m not 100% sure.

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Benzo
Saint Bernard
13 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Not Moving

Hi, I have a 13 year old St.Bernard.From past 4 days he is not able to stand up. He is not eating anything. What can be the reasons ? He was active before that. I have not seen him so inactive till date.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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A 13 year old St. Bernard is quite a senior dog, and he may have a joint or bone problem, arthritis, or a systemic disease that is affecting his energy level and appetite. He should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible to be evaluated. They'll be able to recommend any needed tests or treatments for him. I hope that he is okay.

Some one I know has a pup 6 months old who has a swollen leg he was took into the Vet to see about broken bone or fracture X-rays were all good blood test were all good the vet is clueless to what is going on now day 3 he won't move not even lift his head he's been on antibiotics since day 1 of seeing the vet

I have a Labrador who is 4 years old. When he came down from a walk this morning he was perfectly fine. After 15 min when he was playing with his leash suddenly his legs freezed he fell down, he was holding his Jaw very tight. He was shivering as if he was having an attack and not able to open his eyes. He was in this condition for almost 15 min. I called my Vet he asked to hold an wooden object in between his jaws and rub his chest. After 15 mins he was fine and was able to walk. Please suggest what exactly happened to him and what should I do to avoid such situation in future.

I have a puppy and it cant stand and walk what will i do?

I’m experiencing the same with my dog. Has yours gotten any better since?

He is being injected with Neuromin from the past 4 days but we cannot see any changes in him. He is getting inactive day by day.

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Jim
Dachshund
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to walk

My dog was diagnosed with IVDD. About 20 days ago, she suddenly screamed then couldn't stand anymore.
We brought her to vet. The PE founds she have no any sense with her legs. Even no any deep pain sense. The x-ray shows her Intervertebral disc calcification with L1-L2, L2-L3. Then she got the treatment with steroid and muscle relaxant, but no use of it with two-day-course of treatment.

After that, we brought her to the other vet. We try to treat it with Acupuncture by using "Biodyl". With the continued treatment about two times a week. After six times about two weeks, she can feel more pain on her back. But still no feeling on her legs, and the reflex of leg is getting strong.

Now, something stranger bother me.
First, before paralysis, it can't find any sign or symptom such as Pain, Lameness, Weakness, Abnormal gait. Even she could take a walk for 30 minutes just one day before paraplegia.

Second, my dog tremble with her four legs not only sleeping but also awake. I am very sure it doesn't happen when dreaming.

Third, my dog's sibling sudden got paraplegia two days ago. They are not living together, but neighbors. They never play together, but two of them are touched by me. And her sibling is very thin and never walk stairs. I suspect this is related to infection. But I can't find any sign/ symptom such as fever, anorexia, somnolence...

Forth, before my dog paraplegia, she under the risk factor of tick, flea. But I can't find any sign/symptom of biting.

Over all, I suspect she isn't IVDD but just x-ray shows Intervertebral disc calcification at the same time.

If she could be other diagnosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dachshunds and intervertebral disc disease go hand in hand and isn’t a surprise diagnosis; it is possible that two siblings are affected at or around the same time as they are as genetically similar as two animals can get without coming from the same fertilised egg. If you are having doubts about the diagnosis, you should request a copy of the x-rays and visit another Veterinarian in your area for a second opinion to see if they reach the same diagnosis after performing a physical examination their self. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oscar
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My dog is unable to walk on four legs.. he walks only on three. He was fine till yesterday night. And today I saw her was walking on three legs and couldn't keep his fourth leg on gorund. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many reasons for a dog to be limping or keeping a limb off the ground which may include sprain, nerve damage, dislocation among other causes; it would be best to give plenty of rest but ideally an examination by your Veterinarian would give an indication of the cause (muscle, bone, joint, ligament etc…). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 10 year old Beagle/Shish-Tzu mix. He has had back problems in the past that had some rear paralysis and he rebounds. He has not had a back problem for a yer and a half. He went for his routine rabies vaccine on a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning he has been dragging his back legs. My vet. tells me it is his back issues but I am not thinking that is it. He has no pain at all (he did with his back) This is totally different. Have you ever heard of the this happening and can they bounce back from it? Any information is greatly appreciated.

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Dot
Blue Heeler
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Inability to walk and stand

My 1 year old blue healer woke up this morning with the inability to walk. She was fine yesterday running around playing fetch etc. Now she crawls or either lays their. I know I need to have her seen but is there anything I can do for comfort or a way to be prepared for what I will hear?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that has happened to Dot! Unfortunately, without being able to examine her, I'm not sure if she has suffered a back problem, another source of pain, or a systemic disease - your veterinarian will be able to determine where the source of the problem lies, and recommend treatment for her. I hope that she has an uneventful recovery!

Me too! My Dinga is 6 years old blue heller who was unable to stand up from night to morning, she’s been in the hospital for 3 days doing all kinds of exams but she is perfectly fine in all the exams, no infections, bacterias or diseases, even the vet said is scarily healthy, what else could it be? she did eat bad chicken the day before and farted all day and then went to rub on a dead animal the next day and next morning she was unable to stand up. I’m really scared 😣 she is sad. Please advise!

Hi Dot. We also have a blue heeler and she has the same problem. It comes and goes and we have not been able to diagnose it. We've had this happen before and it goes away as quickly as it comes---she'll go from a day or two of not being able to walk to jumping and running so I'm perplexed. We get anti-inflamatories and pain pills.

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Fazi
Doberman Greyhound
10 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a doveeman boxer mix who is about 10 years old. Saturday morning at 7am I left for work after he went out and used the bathroom. When I returned at 1pm on my lunch break he tryed to walk and fell several times. He went to a local animal hospital where xrays and blood work was done all were normal according to the vet. He was given antibiotics and steroids. He is still unable to stand or walk he appears to have full control of his left rear leg but the other 3 are kind of limp. When I try to help him walk his front feet just buckle and fold. He seems to have willpower to want to move but is unable he trys to stand up and move and falls. He eats and drinks normal, he wets his bed because he can't move. Has anyone see this before or have any ideas that could help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend having another set of x-rays done with contrast media (myelography) to look in more detail for any spinal cord compression. Without examining Fazi, I cannot give much input but trauma, poisoning, spinal disorders or neurological tumours are all possible causes for these symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Has Fazi recovered? We have a 5 year old labradoodle, similar experience. It has been 6 weeks. He was hospitalized at UF veterinary hospital, with everything under the sun checked. We are desperate to find a diagnosis- as quality of life will become an issue. Eager to hear back from you.

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Woody
terrier
16 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Not eating not moving crying

I woke up this morning and my Woody was unable to stand. He has not used the bathroom all day but a little on the floor or ate. I gave him water through a syringe. When I go to lift him up he dosent even try. He laid on his bed all day with his eyes open occasionally crying. He has had ear problems since birth and is deaf and last couple days has been having troubles with his eyes with we give him medicated drops precribed. We took him to the vet last week and said everything was fine just old age and now he can not even muster up enough strength to stand. He is my life and my world and my best friend and please I pray God doesn't take him from me yet. We are going to the vet in the morning but i am so full of fear. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms which you are describing especially in an older dog; vestibular disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, infections among other conditions may be causing him to be weak. Without an examination I cannot shed any light on Woody’s condition for you unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am from india. I have 8 year old indian breed dog. From morning he can't stand up on his behind legs .But if someone support him to stand-up then he can walk slowly on his own like normal dogs .

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benny
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not Moving
Loss of Appetite

i have a male cane corso boxer mix he is 8 years old he is unable to get up he is not eating or drinking water very fatigue he doesnt go to the vet much because he is very anxious to strangers he is scared and a bit hostile to outsiders what can i do to assure him a fast recovery

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It really depends on the underlying cause of the weakness; there are many reasons why Benny may be having difficulty standing up including trauma, spinal disorders, neurological disorders, blood clots, hip disorders, poisoning among many other conditions. There is nothing I can recommend with any confidence (especially from over the counter) which would treat this without knowing the specific underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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River
Collie
13 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

difficulty rising from prone
Unable to walk or stand

Medication Used

Prednisone, famotidine

My 13-year-old collie had a pretty dramatic fall while home alone. Came home to find her sprawled out and having lost control of her bowel and bladder. Took her straight to the vet who gave her a steroid shot and did blood work, all of which was normal. She seemed to improve slowly over the following day and was prescribed oral prednisone and famotidine for a week. She was finally ambulatory again, albeit unsteadily, and then unfortunately had a second fall. The second fall has led to her being completely non-weight bearing on any of her legs and if we try to help her stand she just kinda falls to the side. Vet said not much else to do over the weekend and to see if she slowly improves with her oral steroids and check again on Monday (today is Thursday). I’m just super concerned and confused about any underlying causes - whether it’s just injury from the two falls or if there’s more going on. Is there anything else I can do for her? She’s still eating and drinking (though I have to help a bit since she cannot sit up of her own strength) and she’s alert and even seems like she’s frustrated she can’t sit up from a laying down position on her own.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what is going on with her; did something cause the fall or did the fall cause something? I would follow your Veterinarian’s instructions over the weekend and give supportive care as needed but you should visit your Veterinarian on Monday if there is no improvement and have an x-ray done of her spine to look for any anomalies which may be causing this level of paralysis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mojo
Weimaraner
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Has trouble standing
Trouble maintaining balance
Holds front leg up sometimes
Difficulty Walking

Hello my 7 year old Weimaraner named Mojo is having difficulty standing/walking on his own. First off let me say about a year ago he was shot in his back left leg and we had to amputate but he recovered from that extremely fast and has been very active running on three legs ever since. Actually he is probably just as fast on three legs as he was four extremely agile. But last night all the sudden when I called him to come inside and eat he couldn't hardly make it in the door. He was holding his front left leg up trying to walk, it was really all they could do to hold himself up right without falling down since he only has three legs. He don't seem to be in any pain and he is very determined to walk but every time he tries he just wobbles around and falls over. he still has an appetite and it's still a happy dog I just don't understand what causes this all the sudden... He also seems to be having issues with his ears sometimes. he's always rubbing his head up against my leg or wanting me to rub them really hard and when I do he grunts really hard almost like they may be ear mites or something but I've already treated him for that. I just want my boy to get better please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that Mojo should see a veterinarian, to have both his ears and his legs looked at. He can't afford to have problems with arthritis or pain with only three legs, and you need to make sure that he is comfortable. His ears may be affecting his balance, and dogs can get era infections that need to be treated. A veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on, and get him treatment for what is happening.

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Molly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog Molly has a hard time walking she takes a few steps and then she stops I have to carry her back to the house what would cause this condition she threw up yesterday and had loose bowel movement with a small amount of blood in her stools

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately without examining Molly, I can't comment on what might be going on with her, whether she is nauseous, has had a musculoskeletal injury, or a neurologic problem. It would be best to heave her examined by your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, diagnose what might be happening, and get her started on treatment.

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Gauge
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness

My almost 9 yr old Chocolate Lab has had ear infections a lot. Even had a hematoma 4-5 years ago. He’s been what I call yeasty all over really. Has hot spot on left hind leg, it heals n gets bad off and on. About 2 mos ago he was crying in pain and not wanting to get up and walk. Was put on antibiotic and prednisone. It helped a lot, had lots of energy. Then 2 weeks ago, I noticed trembling in his hind area while playing. Today he was normal when let him outside in am. Checked on him didn’t want to come in ever bc nice day. About lunch went out and noticed he could hardly stand up. Got him inside, hind area weak, hunched back, moaned in pain. He’d keep trying to get up and would sit and lay down n repeat few times n give up. He’s ate some, and drank some but not like usual. He’s secluded himself a lot today laying n sleeping. Called vet n thinks arthritis went n got anti inflammatory med for 2 weeks to see if helps. It’s odd it happened out of nowhere.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Gauge I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are which he is displaying or whether it is linked to the previous infections or a different condition; arthritis, musculoskeletal injury among other causes may be attributable. You should give Gauge some rest and keep an eye on him for the meantime to make sure that he is improving and look out for any additional symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Could also be the result of kidneys beginning to fail. This appears from my reading to be more common in larger dogs like retrievers who suffer allergies and are often in hot spot, antibiotic and steroid cycles. Regular blood tests should be a part of such dogs' visits to the vet for hot spot treatment.

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Fudge
Chihuahua
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Can not walk stomach ache

What should I do my dog is I’ll suddenly first notice she had stomach pain and doc said she got into something now after they gave her fluids went home and she could not even stand on her own feet without falling doc said all test are good but something may be wrong with the brain what should I do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Fudge, I cannot start to think what the possible cause may be; if your Veterinarian is suspecting an issue with the brain, it may be worth getting a consult from a Neurologist to narrow in on an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
Labrador
16 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Weakness
Lifting the left hind leg

Yesterday he was running and jumping this morning he has had diarrhoea couldn't eat and now he is not even able to stand four hours ago he was walking on three legs lifying the left hind lwg and now he cant even stand.I am taking him to the vet what should i expect and what can i do to ease his pain?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Chester, I have a hard time commenting on what miht be going on with him, but it is very good that he is being seen by your veterinarian. I hope that all goes well for him.

What can be wrong with a 2 mouth maltese puppy if she cant move as much and her head is lightheaded also she cant really eat?

Our dog is german spitz suddenly she experience paralysis but she is now fine and she eat and drink well but then we notice that she cant walk properly and have a weak bones can you give me any advice what is the cause? And what i have to do? Thanks

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Storm
Husky
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hard time standing up

Storm was fine during the day and at night he was having a hard time standing. Took Storm to the vet and they found he has a UTI with the bacteria levels being high. He also has a hot spot on the inside of his back rear leg. He's eating normally, drinking water, walks to use the bathroom. Would any of these 2 things cause him to have a hard time standing? or could it be something more serious?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Storm has a hot spot on the inside of his leg, it may sting or be uncomfortable which may change the way that he stands up to minimise the pain felt from the skin moving. It may be the difficulty standing may be due to another cause which may be unrelated to the urinary tract infection or hot spot; see how Storm goes over the weekend and look for any sign of improvement, keep the hot spot clean and free of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dinga
Blue Heeler
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to walk
unable to stand up

Please help! I have a 6 years old blue heller who was unable to stand up from night to morning, she’s been in the hospital for 3 days doing all kinds of exams but the results are perfectly fine, no infections, bacterias or diseases, even the vet said she’s scarily healthy, what else could it be? she did eat bad chicken the day before and farted all day, then next day she went to rub on a dead animal, we live in the jungle, my gut think is intoxication or infection, but doctor is totally clueless of what could it be, we haven’t done xrays because it’s obvious that she’s not broken cause she can move her 4 legs and has some strength on them.

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Jake
not
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness, lack of appettie,
Weakness
Weight Loss, lack of appetite,

Hello. My 15 year old dog Jake has bad teeth and has lost a couple and the vet said its periodontitis. The teeth are dark brown with significant tartar build-up and his appetite was down and lymph node around the throat was swollen. He was put on antibiotics (amoxicillin) for two weeks about a six weeks ago. The vet also prescribed an antibacterial gel to be applied on his gums and teeth for a period of 2 weeks. He had lost some weight (about 5 Kg). His appetite picked up again he was eating well. Then, he had a stroke or vestibular disease and became very weak. (we were told that it was vestibular disease) (He was treated with cefuroxime (IV), Mannitol and fluids for about 4 days). While this was going on, I was worried about liver enlargement and did some tests. The vet says there is only a very slight change and that apart from the high white blood cell count, the rest is fine. (The tests done are BUN, ALT, Creatinine, FBC, TP, Alb). Around this time, he was also prescribed a laxative as his bowel movements were not regular. Then he had a bout of diarrhea for a few days and the stools were dark brown/black. He was then given sucrasulfate to stop possible bleeding in the GI tract. His appetite improved and he is regaining his strength and walking again. We were giving him a multivitamin (Thorne Research Geriatric basics) and he was on it for about week and doing much better. But about 4 days ago, his appetite went down again and he was finding it difficult to get up on his own but was able to walk. about two days ago, he found it difficult to get up or walk and he's not eating at the moment. (apart from a small amount of chicken broth that we feed him through a syringe). He tries to get up but fails to do so. The vet says there's nothing that can be done and that he's old and weak etc. What can be wrong with him? How can I help him?
I’m aware that he is old but I really want to improve the quality of his life. I’m worried that its the gum/teeth problem that may have triggered all this.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is not likely that Jake's tooth issues started all of this, and things were probably starting to happen just based on his age. There comes a point for everyone where functions stop working, and Jake may be at that point. If he is painful, or weak, and isn't able to get up or move about normally, and isn't eating, he may not be having any quality of life, and you need to make sure that he isn't suffering. If he isn't on any pain medication, he may benefit from that, and it would be worth a phone call to your veterinarian to see if anything like that might help.

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Flippy
Golden Retreiver
10 Years
Serious condition
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My dog is a golden retriever. She is 10 years old.she has had 3 tumour operation in her stomach region.
Aftet the last operation she was able to walk which was fews days ago. But now suddenly she is not able to walk or even stand for more than few seconds.she infact falls off after urinating on the urine.doctors told its a serious case of arthiritis yet medixines arent helping. Could you suggest a different opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Flippy it is difficult to say what the specific cause is, if the cause is due to arthritis it is unrelated to the surgeries; rest and pain relief are the best course of action but a more detailed examination by your Veterinarian is required or from another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Georgie
Bichon Shi
2 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Paralysis

Hi
Our 2 year old Bichon x suffered a spinal cord injury when she jumped off a bed to chase a ball in the morning last June, she was able to move but very silent after the jump & we new something was wrong, we took her to the vet who examined her and said to us nothing to worry about go home, once home she still seems not right so we went to another vet who said the same, nothing wrong.
By the evening she had lost the use of her hind legs
We took her back to the vets who kept her in overnight and operated the following evening so some 34 hours after the accident.
The operation has not worked and she is paralysed from the mid back down, she is happy and we have her some doggie wheels and it's now 7 months since surgery, she sometimes stands and always moves / kicks her legs but has no deep pain reaction and drags he legs all the time behind her.
My question is would there be any point in another operation? or is all hope lost of her to ever walk again
Many thanks
Stephen

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that that happened to Georgie. Without seeing her, i can't comment on whether another operation would help - it depends on the lesion that was present at the time of surgery. From what you describe, it wouldn't seem that another surgery would be able to restore any more use to her hind end, but it is worth asking the surgeon that you saw what their opinion might be, as they know the details of her case. What might help, and you can talk more with your veterinarian about this, is physical therapy, since she seems to have some muscle mass present if she can stand? Some dogs are able to regain some use in their back end with extended physical therapy. Again, I am not sure that it will help her, but it might be worth a try.

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Tagpi
Dachshund
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to stand,body weakness

My 6mos old dachshund noticed to have diff in walking esp on his hind legs.The following day hes unable to stand with body weakness noted and something wrong on his right eye....just want to ask what is the cause why my dog having such this kind of trouble.Thank you.....

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dachshunds are prone to back problems, although it is unusual in a 6 month old dog. He may have had some trauma or need medication to help him. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine him, determine what might be going on with his back end, and his eye. They'll be able to let you know any recommended treatment that he needs.

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Sam
German Shepherd mixed with husky
10 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to move

Hi there, I have a German Sherpard dog who is about to turn 11 this year and for some reason he can’t stand up anymore he’s an outside dog and this is the first time this has happened to him and I’m not sure what do? What should i do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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German Shepherds are prone to issues with their spine and hips; without examining Sam it is not possible for me to narrow in specifically to a single underlying cause. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and I would recommend having x-rays done to check for common causes of hind leg weakness. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, I have a 13 year old St.Bernard.From past 4 days he is not able to stand up. He is not eating anything. What can be the reasons ?

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Gibby
Border Collie
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Sad

We took our dog on a walk, she hasn’t walked in a while but we took her to a park and took her on some stairs. A few days later she would not walk and when she stands she cannot stand for that long. We don’t know what is wrong with her. When we walked her she had no trouble at all.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Gibby may have some arthritis issues, or other metabolic problem. It would be a good idea, as she isn't a young dog, to have her seen by a veterinarian. They'll be able to examine her, determine what sort of problem she may be having, and get her appropriate therapy so that she feels better. I hope that all goes well for her.

I need some help like now

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herschel
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

weak joints
Pharynx ailment common in labs

My 12-13 year old Lab has recently had incidents of weakness, instability and imbalanc of the rear chassis ( legs-hips) etc. This has occured a couple of times over the last 3-4 months. During these times he senses his condition, will not walk down a flight of stairs, may lay down with a look of question and if walking on level terrain will be wobling side to side.
Today he was all good lying in shade and then could not stand, took him to Vet. Did physical tested his reactions, reflexes.. None responsive. After period of 40 minutes he was weak at first unable to then able to stand, and walk though tentative.
Now resting.
Want to be proactive and understand his condition, though realistic as will not put dog through anything too impactful at his age? , any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Herschel it is difficult to say what the specific cause for this weakness is; neurological issues, musculoskeletal issues among others may lead to weakness. You should ensure that Herschel is comfortable and is able to reach all this things (bed, water and food) easily; I cannot think of anything specific to recommend as we don’t have a specific underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Pomeranian
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lack of bladder
left leg is stiff
Unable to walk
Head Tilt

I took my dog Toby to the groomers on Saturday for the first time (he has never been to one before). I left him there for about 40 minutes and then received a call to immediately come back. They told me Toby collapsed suddenly and is unable to walk. His legs are very stiff and he was leaning on his left side. I took him to see the vet straight away and they said judging by the symptoms (slight head tilt, sudden lost of balance) shows that he could possible have vestibular disease. The vet prescribed him some anti-nausea medication and also an injection. After a few hours, his legs softened up a bit but is still leaning on his left side. It is difficult for him to go to the toilet as he can't stand up properly. He is eating and drinking water as per normal. It's been 5 days now, he is showing improvement. His head tilt isn't as bad and has the ability to move his neck and right legs and occasionally, tries to get up but will end up falling on his left side again. I have taken him to the vet for a check up and they said it is unusual for him to not be able to walk at all. If it was vestibular disease, dogs should be able to walk slightly. She said Toby can still feel his legs but he can't stand up. She advised to wait another week, as long as he is showing signs of improvement daily then he should be able to recover quite quickly. If he doesn't in a week then it's best to take him in for a blood test. I am very concerned that he won't be able to use his left leg again.. i hope there's something I can do in the meantime to make him feel better.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that you are doing what you can to help Toby progress and heal, and it would be best to follow the advice of your veterinarian. Since they have seen him and examined him, you might want to call them and see if Toby would benefit from physical therapy of any kind.

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Lilith
Chow and lab
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

trouble standing

My dog was just playing and jumping now she won't drink or eat and she can't stand she kind of looks drunk. But she has been with me all day so I know she has not eaten anything that would have harmed her. Also having trouble standing on back legs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various reasons why a dog may have difficulty standing which may result from trauma, poisoning, liver disease, kidney disease, spinal disorder among other causes; without examining Lilith I cannot say what the specific cause is. Make sure that she is hydrated by checking capillary refill time - press on her gum until it turns white, let go and allow the blood to refill the capillaries; it should take two seconds or less, any longer and she will be dehydrated. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you, she is up and moving like nothing happened but I'm still going to take her to the vet.

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Dodger
schnauzer
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

13 yr old Schnauzer..From one day to the next I came home and he was not able to use his hind legs.. took him to the vet the next day and his x-rays and tests came back normal..he has not really ate..he still can not walk.. tomorrow makes a week and have not really seen no change..it hurts me to see him not be his normal self.. Dr called on Thursday to check on him and I told him still the same and he said to keep him posted.. I don't know what else to do...
I'M SO UPSET...I LOVE HIM SO MUCH...
PLEASE HELP...DODGERS MOM

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for a dog being unable to stand which may include intervertebral disc disease, vertebral fractures, other spinal trauma, hip disorders, brain injury, poisoning among other causes; without examining Dodger I cannot say what the specific cause of symptoms are. It would be useful to get another opinion from another Veterinarian in your area, you can ask your Veterinarian for a copy of the x-rays to show during the second opinion consult. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bonbon
German Shepherd
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up

my dog is 8 years old .Two days ago i found him in the middle of the compound not moving. I noticed that she has a internal swelling on left side of her and the swelling stretches to her stomach which causes pain for her .she cant move her hands and unable to stand at all . i tried my best and took her to the vets here but the have no clue whats is the problem this is my last hope for an answer . I hope someone here to help..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining BonBon I cannot determine the cause of the swelling of the abdomen or any other symptoms; x-rays and or ultrasound would be useful in helping to determine an underlying cause. I wish I could give you more information but I cannot without physically examining BonBon. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tailor
Norwegian Buhund
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog cannot walk straight it also cannot stand on its feet.If it tries to stand it falls again within 20 steps.It is getting worser by each day.It is also not eating the food I give.I am getting scared about what might happen to my dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the symptoms that you are describing which may include trauma, poisoning, liver disease, kidney disease, neurological conditions, infections among other causes. Without examining Tailor I cannot say what the specific cause is but with the severity of the symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian immediately for an examination to determine the underlying cause so that he can receive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jakki
Pomeranian
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Weakness cant get up

My dog got accident internally i took vet immediately and they give injection to stop blood its been 1 day it cant stand nor get up .doctor gv syrup to it . Im an concerned will my dog be alright?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Further to your question yesterday about Jakki being hit by a car, I cannot give you any indication of prognosis as I haven’t examined Jakki myself. Response to yesterday’s question: Without examining Jakki I cannot assess the extent the injuries sustained when hit by the car; internal bleeding, brain injury, spinal trauma among other factors need to be evaluated. I am unable to give you an indication of prognosis because traumatic injury isn’t the same in each case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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idica
daxador
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lame

my dog got hurt on easter. and ove the last 2 days she went from limping to not able to stand up, she wont eat and she cant do anything she is peeing where she is and i dont know that to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There isn’t anything I can tell you apart from to take Idica to your Veterinarian for an examination, without knowing more I cannot give any recommendation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reno
Saint Bernard
10 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up

I have a 10 year old Saint Bernard who weighs 183 pounds. She is on arthritis medication and has been for a while. Suddenly, last night she was barking and whining and couldn’t get up. She still hasn’t gotten up and it’s been 12 hours.

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There are a few possible causes for why Reno is unable to get up, in an old large breed girl like herself with arthritis we need to consider that she is not strong enough to get up or there is a progression of the arthritis. However, without examining her I cannot give a specific cause for the inability to stand; I would recommend calling out your Veterinarian for an examination as I think getting her into a car and in to a practice may not be practical. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, my dog (Boston Terrier) was diagnosed with Cushions a year ago and about a month ago had to adjust is medication because it was becoming in effective. Two days ago he was also diagnosed with a Tyroid issue and started medication at this time. For the past few weeks he has been having issues walking and today is not able to stand at all? Could his new thyroid medication be causing this?

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cosmo
mixbreed
2 Months
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

cannot walk properly,

hey, my family and i have a mix breed of pups, their dad is a pit bull and their mom is a jackrusell assuming on the size of the dog .

one pup cannot walk properly although his trying, he cannot poo on his own we have to gently press his stomach in order for him to poo, and when he poo it is in a liquid form, and it seems that he struggles to urine aswell , his but, looks swollen please help his just 2months old

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For both mobility and the issues with defecation, there isn’t much I can advise you on without examining Cosmo first; the diarrhoea may be due to parasites (important to worm pups regularly and to do a faecal floatation test if there is no improvement) but also infection, diet, stress, foreign objects among other causes may lead to diarrhoea. A thorough examination is needed to check the spine and hips to determine if there are any issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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snoop
Bichon Frise
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cant Get Up
Cant Move Legs

Recently quite a few ticks and fleas started to spread around our back yard and quite a few made there way onto our dog. We put shampoo and spray to repel the dog. The next day as a precaution I put a little but more of the spray. Anyways during the night He was unable to keep his head up for more than a second,and couldn't move his body. After caring for him and washing him off thinking he was having an allergic reaction to the spray or shampoo he had somewhat better control of his head and was able to move his front legs just a bit. The next day(today), He seems better he can control his head for the most part still has trouble controlling his head somewhat but he can use his front two legs to stable himself. He still cant move his back legs but he seems better. I want to know whats happening to him, was it an allergic reaction, age, lyme disease?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some flea sprays are quite toxic to dogs, especially at higher dosages. Since Snoop's signs started after the spray, it seems likely that he was overdosed or is having a reaction. Since I cannot examine him, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay. There are many very safe flea and tick products that you can use for him, and your veterinarian can recommend some of those for him as well.

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Hollister
Pit Lab
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Wont stand

I have a pit lab mix. He is about 8 years old. About 3 weeks ago he would not move and his guns were white, I took him to the emergency animal clinic and they found he had a non cancerous tumor on his spine so they did surgery, the tumor was 3.5 pounds and he also had a liter of blood in his abdomen. Hollister came through surgery great, he was doing good until today. I got home from work and he was laying on his bed, I went outside for a bit and when I came back in he was laying on the bathroom floor and had urinated, i am assuming while lying down because he was laying in the urine. I tried to get him up to go outside and he wouldn't budge, I called the emergency animal clinic where he had the surgery and they said to see if he would eat, no luck, not even a treat (all natural duck). I tried to manually move him and he almost yelped in pain . I moved his bed to the bathroom door, he eventually got up and moved to the bed, seeming to walk fine. I pulled his bed, with him on it back to the normal location of the bed. He laid there for a while then got up and moved back in front of the bathroom door onto the floor.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From what you describe, Hollister needs to be rechecked by a veterinarian He may be having a complication from his surgery, or he may be having a related problem. They may need to do further testing to determine what is happening with him. I hope that he is okay.

We are from tropical country and there are no hospital for dog in here. I having a toy poodle 1.5 yrs old and suddenly he cant stand after a night. This is the third time he had those actions. At the first time, i took him to the local vet and they gave him a canxi, muscle relax injections. After 2hrs, he back to normal. They said that he lack of canxi and vitamin B1,2,12, E and C so i should giving him pills. The second time was 3-4 months after the first, i gave him a canxi and vitamin pill (for kids) and he back great again. But today, he has that symptom: cant stand up. He still eat but less than normal. He can pee by himself if i put him in the bathroom. But less active. Can you please tell me what kind of exam i should gave him? I cant bring him to the local vet any more because all they want is give him injections to make money.

Hello, I am Jessica. I got a puppy born near my home who was abandoned. It is hardly 2 months old. I noticed that it was unable to walk properly. The two legs in the front looks like they are fractured. He also have difficulty in standing and walking. He often takes help of him head to get up instead if the two front legs. I don't know what I should do. Please help!!

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Rubby
Saint Bernard Labrador
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My about to be 9 year old Saint Bernard mixed with Labrador dog, a few months ago she would drag her rear end legs I thought she was trying to be funny... but months later to this date she’s been having trouble to get up some days and sometimes will have pain and cry. Other days she’s fine and back and forth. Her vet stated it could just be of old age and arthritis and gave her antiflamatory meds. Last time I took her I didn’t think of mentioning about her dragging her rear legs until recently I’ve been reading about MD and how this is a sign of MD ..I can’t help to think she might have that disease. Should I go back and mention this leg dragging she would do a few months ago?? She does occasionally have pain but I’ve read MD is not painful, so I’m not so sure.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Degenerative myelopathy is one possible cause, but in large breed dogs (or any dog) there are many different issues which may affect a dog’s spine that without an examination and x-rays we cannot say for sure what the specific cause is. You should visit your Veterinarian, preferably when she is showing some hind leg weakness to have an x-ray at least to see if there are any protruding discs, subluxation or anything else which may be causing this problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mischief
Yorkshire Terrier
12 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Not Moving

My family has a 12 year old Yorkie Shih Tzu mix named Mischief. Around a week ago she started walking hunched and slowly. We took her to our local vet who prescribed her prednisone. Her condition seemed to get better after her second visit with him, but suddenly she is now unable to walk or stand. We took her to a clinic and they determined that she does have feeling in all her extremities, and x-rays didn't show any signs of a herniated disk. They've put her on more prednisone, muscle relaxers, painkillers, and a stomach pill so the medicine doesn't make her throw up. She's also had to be sedated and flushed due to insufficient bowl movements. She eats and drinks but has a hard time lifting her head. She's staying at the clinic for now but it seems her eyes have also become bloodshot and cloudy and covered in goo.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Mischief. A herniated disc would not show up on an x-ray, and she may need an MRI to see what is going on with her spinal cord, and whether there is a treatment for it. I hope that she is okay.

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Sophie
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog, Sophie, has in the past week stopped using both of her front legs and seems to be getting worse each day. It started with her left front paw, she doesn’t seem to be in pain as I gently squeezed and moved it around. But she doesn’t seems to yelp very loud when startled or surprised but I not sure why. She is eating but refuses to walk or go up and down the steps. As of today she now refuses to use either fron leg and will only sit on her bottom. I’m not sure what to do. She is our 3rd dog and and over the past 2 years have lost the other 2 to old age (trace was 14 and Nico was 13, both huskies) can dogs have broken hearts? We are just not sure what to do and are scared to go to the vet for fear of not bringing her home with us.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand you’re cautious about taking Sophie to your Veterinarian through fear of not bringing her home, I feel you would be more upset if you found out that she died or was needed to put to sleep due to something which would have been treatable if caught earlier (I’ve seen it too often). You should get Sophie to rest and keep her off her front legs, but a visit to your Veterinarian to check her over and give a neurological examination is required to determine the cause; especially if she is getting worse each day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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