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sudden weakness in hind quarters, walking sideways, and hindquarters

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sudden weakness in hind quarters, walking sideways, and hindquarters collapse. Very sudden! Was running, and jumping on the bed earlier in the day. Ruby is a rescue, approximately 4 years old, and has been in great health since we started fostering her in July.
Submitted: 6 years ago via PetPlace.
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Expert:  NancyH replied 6 years ago.

The good news is strokes are not at all common in dogs. You can read about them here

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/vascular_accident_in_the_brain.html

an inner ear condition can cause wobbling and lack of rear control and you can read about this here

http://marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html

sometimes you see an obvious external ear infection with this and sometimes not and though its seen more in older dogs it can still happen in younger ones with inner ear infections.

Dogs can also injure their spine. One possibility with a sudden onset is a fibrocartilaginous embolism

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_fibrocartilaginous_embolism.html

and another is an intervertebral disc problem

http://www.gcvs.com/surgery/interver.htm

I'd keep her quiet and plan to see your vet when you can.

If she gets worse then this site may help you locate an emergency vet if you need one

http://www.vetlocator.com/hotline.php

Hope this helps you!

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