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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both todayI am so sorry Guen is having difficulties standing up.First I want to make sure this is not an emergency. Are her gums nice and pink and moist? If you pinch her rear toes does she retract her foot or turn to look at you? Are her rear toes the same temperature of her front toes?Thank you
OK so as long as her gums are nice and pink and moist, her belly is not swollen, and respiratory rate (breaths per minute) is <30 these are all good signsPinching her toes without a response, toes in the back being blue or cooler than the front, or not urinating for more than 12 hours are all issues that should be addressed as soon as possible.Helping her move you can use a towel under her groin as a sling to lift her and support her weight to get her outside and/ or into the car. The concerns with weakness in the rear with her age is that it can be related to muscle atrophy and arthritis or it can be a sign of a disc herniation or injury leaving her paralyzed in the rear.Your veterinarian will want to do a full neurologic exam to consider the options and how best to help her.Tonight:- Massage those legs from the toes all the way to the hips to increase circulation. - Do range of motion with the individual joints from toes to hips to prevent stiffness- Make sure you rotate which side she is on every few hours and take her outside every 4-6 hoursI am on-line another hour tonight to assist you both, please let me know any additional questions I can assist with or clarify tonight. I truly hope that she is doing better by morning...
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