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my dog is having trouble getting up and going up stairs when

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my dog is having trouble getting up and going up stairs when laying down he is restless and looks at his legs looks like he is going to get up but doesn't or can't
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Are the front legs affectedA?

CriticalCareVet :

Back legs affected?

Customer :

what does this mean he was healthy the last I knew

CriticalCareVet :

Please answer the questions above

Customer :

what is affected A

CriticalCareVet :

Back legs?

CriticalCareVet :

Front legs?

CriticalCareVet :

All legs?

Customer :

back legs seem to be the broblem

Customer :

he can't stand up on them

CriticalCareVet :

Based on your history, age of your dog, and breed, there are 3 major parts of the body, when injured that can explain your signs.

Firstly, before I discuss those 3 body parts - this is assuming that there is not a more simple causes such as a strain, sprain, or bruise.

That is not predictable based on history alone, without being able to perform an examination.

For this reason, we have to discuss other problems aside from a temporary injury.

The body parts of concern would be:

1) Knee pain
- One knee problem in this breed can be a luxating patella (knee cap) - LINK HERE
- We can also see a ligament issue, such as the cruciate ligament - LINK HERE

2) We can also see hip pain, such as arthritis - LINK HERE

3) Finally, in breeds such as this we can see back pain. While again, this can be a temporary injury, other common back pain in breeds such as this is a slipped/herniated disc - LINK HERE

CriticalCareVet :

For this reason, if these signs persist, or worsen - I would recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian for an evaluation. They will be able to feel the hips, knees, and do a neurological examination to look for back pain.

CriticalCareVet :

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