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Hello. Welcome to JustAnswer. I am Dr Z. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with a reply ASAP.
Thanks for trusting me to help you and Molly today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 30 years of experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information in order to better assist you if you don't mind.
Is she able to get up to defecate and urinate?
Have you taken her temperature to see if she has a fever?
Does she move about normally or is she slow and hesitant?
Sometimes dogs that are in pain will shiver. Is she knuckling on any of her legs or dragging a leg?
Was her previous problem with her legs due to arthritis or a back problem? How was it treated?
Based on her history and current symptoms, I am very concerned that she may be dealing with a bulging disc in her back that may be causing spinal pain. If it hurts, many dogs just choose not to move. A disc problem can cause symptoms ranging from pain to loss of function, so if that is what she is dealing with, it sounds like it may only be painful and not as serious a losing function of limbs. If that is what is occurring, she should be evaluated neurologically to make sure it is not progressing and so that pain meds can be offered. Of course, it is always possible that there could be something else altogether, and a thorough physical exam may help to determine that.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
My posted replies are for general education only and not meant as a diagnosis. Only after a thorough veterinary examination can a diagnosis for your pet be made and specific treatments be advised or medications be prescribed.
Here is a link with more information about disc disease in dogs. LINK HERE
You are welcome and good luck with her.
The normal temperature for a dog ranges between about 99.5 and 102.5 degrees. We don't usually treat the fever itself, other than to identify and treat the cause of the fever. If she has a fever, she should definitely be examined to try to find out why.