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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Terri, I have an 8 year old Pekingnese who can't put her

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Hi Terri, I'm Leslie, I have an 8 year old Pekingnese who can't put her left back leg down. This happen a couple weeks ago but she seemed fine a day later. I checked her feet and did not notice anything stuck or redness anywhere. She lets me massage her leg but nothing seems to help. I also noticed today her poop is white, she has not had any bones to chew on or anything like that. Not sure if I sure take her to emergency care tonight or if it can wait until morning to see her normal vet. Thoughts?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Leslie, neither Lola's not using her left hind leg nor white stool indicate an ER visit. Her leg will need to be carefully palpated (felt) and each joint flexed and extended in the attempt to determine why she isn't using the leg and X-rays may be suggested once the problem is localized. White stool can suggest lack of bile production by the liver or obstruction to its flow between the liver and gall bladder or between the gall bladder and small intestine. This may be a transient disorder but if it persisted investigating her liver and gall bladder with diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests +/- imaging with X-rays or, preferably, abdominal ultrasound will be recommended by her vet.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lola. How is everything going?
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