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He's having severe difficulty walking and his toes are

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He's having severe difficulty walking and his toes are curling under... Im googling it now :(
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: He seems super weak all of a sudden... We took a 2 hour trip... Stopping after one hour to get out and walk around... This is all new and not normal... Hes had arthritis... And on vetprofen... But never walked on his toes beforw
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No noticeable wound
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Hes 11.5
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Hes?
Customer: He just had a full cbc before we upped his dose of vetprofen... Everything was normal amd otherwise healthy
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Hill. When an older dog starts walking on the tops of their feet or scuffing their nails that is usually a sign of neurologic disease. If it came on suddenly, then the two most likely causes are a protruding disk rubbing against the spinal cord (intervertebral disk disease) or a stroke to the spinal cord. Is he painful?

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

What color are his gums? Does his abdomen appear distended at all? Is he weak on all four legs or just his back legs?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
His gums seem normal as well as his abdomen
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

That is great. A little concerned about hemorrhage causing weakness. He is on an anti-inflammatory already, so no additional meds right now unless he worsens. If it is a stroke, then he will get better over the next couple of days or few weeks. If it is a ruptured disk, then it may progress and he could lose function in his limbs. you did not say if it is all four legs or just the rear. However, if he progressively gets weaker, he needs to go to an emergency clinic tonight. They can start him on medications to decrease swelling further. Feel free to ask additional questions. Take Care

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Thanks... Its just his back legs... I will keep a close eye on him tonight... Thank you!!!
Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

You are very welcome. Take care.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.

Please take time to rate my answer. thank you.

Expert:  Kelly Hill replied 8 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Kelly Hill

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