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Hello, again, my name is***** will do my best to help 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- What is her breed?
3- Is she able to support any weight on her back legs?
1- To make sure I got this right, she is permanently dragging her back legs; she is not using her back legs at all, correct?
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Friend, I am sorry that you are having this problem with Maxie. In response to your question, this is not caused by parasites. I am concern that she may have a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc. In other words, the disc is putting pressure on the spinal cord and interfering with the nervous motor input to the back legs. The fact that she has no pain is a concern, if there is a compression lesion it might be severe. Unfortunately, we are limited as to what you can do at home. There is nothing I can recommend for you to try at home that would have any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. I would strongly recommend having Maxie checked tonight by nearest ER veterinarian. If this is related to a slipped disc the longer she goes untreated the less likely she will recover, for this reason, it is important to not wait for treatment. I realize that this answer may not be entirely 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.