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Macadamia nuts can cause rear limb weakness. Is it only her back legs that are involved? Does she seem painful? There are other toxic ingestions that can cause this kind of behavior (marijuana, nicotine, mushrooms, etc) but it could also be an issue with her spine that is affecting her legs. When did she start showing signs?
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I need to ask a few questions to get a better handle on what is going on with her. Did she eat normally this morning? You said she had gas, but did she pass stool? If so, any diarrhea. The main issues when a dog gets into a community garbage is exposure to a large number of potential toxins. Just because you don't have any marijuana or cigarettes in your garbage does not mean that she could not have gotten into them from a neighbor.
The casing around the stool sounds like mucous which goes along with getting into the garbage but does not typically go along with the weakness in the back legs. Being a Chihuahua and having a similar episode previously, it may be an issue with her spine. Chichi's can have back problems. It is not a bad idea to take her in. At a minimum any good emergency veterinarian would give her activated charcoal to absorb any potential toxin and they could also tell you if she has any back pain.
Sorry. I just realized that I confused her breed. forget the back issue, not with a lab. Most likely ingestion.
If she is able to walk, but seems a little unstable in her back legs, then you have some time to watch her. If she gets worse, then she should go in tonight. I was an emergency vet for over 15 years. Macadamia nut toxicities are uncommon, so unless you have a neighbor who has a relative in Hawaii that keeps sending them macadamia nuts, it seems unlikely. Or are you located in Hawaii, which would make it more likely?
Yeah, so it seems like lightning striking twice to both times be macadamia nuts. So, it is more likely to be some sort of thrown out medication or wild mushrooms. I would take her in. At least, they can check her out and then if it looks like a toxin, give her activated charcoal to help absorb any remainder in her intestinal tract. Peace of mind.
Activated charcoal is always offered with an unknown ingestion. Because your husband gave her macadamia nuts, then it was known and is just a waiting game. However a scary one. feel free to post follow up questions. You can continue posting on this thread even after rating my response. take care.
Hindsight is 20/20. Let me know what they say. I am usually on the web until 10 pm. take care