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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. I am sorry to learn Max is not doing well. 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- How long has this been going on?
2- Is he able to walk on 3 legs or he is not walking at all?
Please give me a few more minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, in any case of a non-weight bearing lameness we need to rule out a fracture. Other possible causes are a soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) or nerve injury. He is not willing to get either as a result of pain or he could have a lesion in the neck that is placing pressure on the spinal cord and could be affecting all of his limbs. The main concern would be a compressing lesion in the neck. In this case, unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home. There is really not much I can recommend for you to try that would any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. I know you must be very stress and concern seeing your dog in this condition. The best and only option for Max is to see your family veterinarian this morning for a hands-on examination and x-rays as an initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and x-ray finding. I realize that this answer may not be to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.
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