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My dog had issues with s left rear leg, couldnt pet m there.

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my dog had issues with his left rear leg, couldnt pet him there. xray, blood , feces tested negative.month later vomiting, gave fluids and meds. seemed ok. now week later hind legs not working. cant get up just happened in last two days, suggestions (9 years old Rott)
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. The first thing I would do is recheck the x-rays of the hips and spine. Sometimes signs on an x-ray may not show up at the same time as clinical signs, especially when it comes to arthritis and cancer. Given his age and breed, osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is a big possibility. Plus, there may be a herniated disk. Granted, you can't really see a herniated disk on x-rays, but you may be able to see evidence of it. You may also be able to see evidence of spinal arthritis or an infection on one of the vertebrae as well. I am not sure if he is on Metacam still or not, but he most likely needs to be back on that, along with some tramadol and a possible muscle relaxer. If arthritis related, Adequan injections can work wonders for these dogs that cannot get up. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.
Hi Diego,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Elvis. How is everything going?
Dr. John