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Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian
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My 11 year old lab suddenly cant stand and walking is very

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My 11 year old lab suddenly can't stand and walking is very difficult. There are no signs of hip problems in her family line

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

From your description, there may be a neurological issue, involving the spinal cord, causing this situation.

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it is also possible that there's been damage to the Cruciate Ligament,

Dr. Drew :

which is a ligament that helps support the knee joint. This is a common injury in dogs.

Dr. Drew :

Without a physical examination, it can be quite difficult to determine the difference between these 2 issues,

Customer:

I do not know of any injury that she has suffered.

Dr. Drew :

there is often no history of injury, in cruciate ligament rupture cases -- the ligament degenerates over time, until it eventually tears completely.

Dr. Drew :

a spinal tumor or a bulging disc in the spine could also cause these symptoms.

Dr. Drew :

Also, inability to stand or walk, could be caused by low blood pressure,

Dr. Drew :

if the gums look very pale, then there may be internal bleeding, such as from a tumor on the spleen,

Dr. Drew :

another common problem in elderly large breed dogs.

Customer:

Thank for your help. I'll get her to her vet as soon as I can.

Dr. Drew :

you are very welcome - I hope Laika does well.

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