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My 4 yr old golden retriever suddenly has trouble walking.

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My 4 yr old golden retriever suddenly has trouble walking. Her hind legs are shaking. She was slow to go out for breakfast this morning and seems unable to get up to walk back in. She's now covered with a blanket and seems more comfortable. We will take her to vet when office opens at 9, of course. But do you have any ideas? My husband just mentioned that he noticed her leg shaking a week ago when he let her in from yard, but he thought it was from just waking up and didn't think anything unusual about it until now. Appreciate any help, PLEASE!
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

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CriticalCareVet :

1) What color are the gums?

CriticalCareVet :

2) Are there any other signs (appetite? vomiting? stool?)

CriticalCareVet :

3) Are the front legs normal?

CriticalCareVet :

4) Are both back legs equally affected?

Customer: Her gums are light pink with brown interspersed, in contrast to the gums of her healthy brother which are dark pink.
Customer: Appetite seems normal. She had breakfast and no vomitting or diarrhea.
Customer: Front legs are normal and both back legs seem equally affected.
CriticalCareVet :

While orthopedic / hip disease is always on our mind - you raise a concerning piece of information - gums that are more pale than expected.

WIth pale gums, that can mean bleeding or anemia, which can lead to weakness, and then as you see - hind limb (commonly) difficulty.

CriticalCareVet :

Pale gums can be from hemolysis (breakdown) of red blood cells such as in hemolytic anemia or even toxins such as rat poison.

CriticalCareVet :

Since I can not examine your dog, this is only based on your description of the gums, but would be a concern as I was suspicious of why only a 4 year old dog would have hip disease.

CriticalCareVet :

For this reason - I would get to your veterinarian as soon as possible, when they open - or even to the local ER if your vet is not open.

CriticalCareVet :

If they believe the gums are pale as well - blood tests would be needed.

Customer: Thanks. We are taking her to our vet now. They open in 10 minutes. Will share all your advice.
CriticalCareVet :

Glad to help!

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