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My dog was fine last night and this morning he is unable to

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My dog was fine last night and this morning he is unable to walk on his hind legs
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes I have. It seems to hurt him when I push in his legs towards his hips
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Sebastian 1 year and 3 months
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sebastian?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- What breed is Sebastian?

2- Is he dragging his back legs?

3- Any other symptoms?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He's border collie and Australian cattle dog
Not dragging his back legs. He's able to stand on them for brief periods. Had difficulty jumping onto the bed. He appears lethargic. Didn't want to eat until I fed it to him by hand
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Diarrhea yesterday
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

1- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?

2- Can you take his rectal temperature?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
101.4. I sent a pic of his gums
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Thank you his gums look fine; his temperature is normal (99.5-102.5 F). Please give me a few minutes to type your answer.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Friend, when a dog is not able or unwilling to walk in the hind limbs this could be a sign of a neuromuscular disorder like a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc. However, in this case he had diarrhea yesterday and is lethargic so we also have to consider weakness as a result of being ill. So, there are many possible causes in this case; on history alone it will be nearly impossible to determine the exact underlying cause. But, common causes are: Ingestion of a foreign body, a slipped disc, infections, etc. to name a few causes.

In this case, to determine the exact underlying cause Sebastian is going to need a hands on examination by a veterinarian, blood work and xrays as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. Do Not give over the counter pain killer, most are toxic to dogs and will interfere with certain medication attending veterinarian may need to use. If you have access to ER veterinarian I would have him checked today, important to rule out neuromuscular disorders as described above; the sooner he is treated the better the prognosis.

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