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I'm sorry to hear that your Beagle mix is going though this. Nerve/disc issues often cause symptoms as you are describing. The typical treatment is anti-inflammatory drugs and injections of cortisone. Beyond that, surgical intervention may be needed. That said, if your vet has not done blood work yet, consider having a panel run. Several tick bourne ailments can cause similar issues. Further, breeds like Beagles can be prone to tail injuries (often calle "dead or cold tail") that may be the result of muscle seperation (these are frequently overlooked). Finally, if they haven't investigated it yet, anal gland problems such as infections can also cause pain in the hind quater and reluncatance to lift legs. Consider having him seen by the specialist, as the causes of problems like this can be numerous. I hope he's doing better soon. -Robyn
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