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Loss of strength in back legs for an old dog almost ...

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Loss of strength in back legs for an old dog? almost overnight, can I give aspirin or something?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
HI Jimsv,

Your dog may have injured hrt back or have a problem with an invertebral disc or hip problems. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. You can read about this here:

Large dog breeds sometimes suffer from a condition called degenerative myelopathy which can also cause problems with the rear legs and paralyses.   You can read about this here:

Buffered aspirin can be given to a dog with a dosage of up to 5-10 mg per pound every 12 hours. Keep in mind that a dog's body does not metabolize aspirin in the same way as a human and thus should not be given more than a day or two without contacting your Vet. Read side effects and precautions here.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

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