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1- Did he have back leg problems before this happening?
2- Is he eating and drinking?
3- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Any other symptoms?
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This is concerning. Most commonly, this is caused by a slipped disc in the spine, and
Friend, I am sorry for the delay in response. But, it seems there was a bit of a confusion as another expert had also locked on to this question.
In response to your question, given the quick onset of his back leg weakness it is very likely this could be secondary to a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc. In other words, there is a disc in the vertebral column (back) that is placing pressure on the spinal cord, this is causing loss of motor function to the back legs. This is actually an emergency, the longer he goes untreated the less likely he will recover. I would strongly recommend having him checked this morning by family veterinarian. They will start him on prescription anti inflammatory medication so that he can regain complete function to his back legs.
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Great, please keep me posted. Thank you.