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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Experience:  Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 18+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
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My name is phil Falcone. My dog who is a 13 year old boxer

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My name is ***** ***** My dog who is a 13 year old boxer and usually a bit more like a puppy except when her hind quarters are acting up . which has started the last two years. Today when My wife and I went out my son called and said she threw up twice and it smelled awful also peed twice in the house. when we got home we found a lethargic dog with little balance. Now she has been laying down panting on and off not moving for hours.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Only that she has been in fine health and just this morning I told my wife how she seems to be more like how she was before her hind quarters started to hurt a few years ago.... I touched her hind to try to move her and she yelped, but that is not unusual she yelped yesterday when I laid next to her and she assumed I was going to touch her. Again she has not moved for hours and a certain pill that she takes for her hind quarters duralactin which she loves she doesn't even try to take now
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Good evening, thanks for your question. Can you provide me with additional information?

1) Is she taking any other medication for her hips?
2) When did she last eat and drink?
3) Are you seeing any abdominal swelling?
4) When was her last bout of vomiting? Is she vomiting still? Retching?
5) Do you have a video of her at this current time?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She hasn't eaten or thrown up since this morning... Laid down since about 4:00 no swelling it looks like her hind quarters are weak as she just tried to get up... I can take a video now
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Feel free to take video. I can stand by.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Where or how can I send the video?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

You should be able to attach it at the bottom of the page near the "send" button. You can also upload to youtube, photo bucket or a similar site and share the link back.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am having trouble sending the video..
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Any luck with YouTube?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry she got up and wobbly walked around the house... I put some damp cold cloths on her face and belly... She kept going to corners... From my experience that is not a good sign
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She would just go to a corner and stand and stare
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It will not accept
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

It doesn't sound very good. I am going to opt out and allow another professional to step in in my place. Hopefully they will better be able to assist. Best of luck with your girl.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thank you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. I can give you some informaiton.

As you know your dog is quite elderly so that speaks volumes to the care you have given her. It’s possible your dog is suffering from vestibular disease. Symptoms include standing with legs spread out, swaying, head tilt, abnormal eye movement, walking sideways, falling over and may include vomiting. There are a few things that can cause this condition such as an ear infection, some medications and old age. Have your Vet check your dog for this condition. Here are some great sites on this condition:

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

http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/vestibular.html

The good news is that if this is the problem and it is due to old age, the condition normally resolves itself over a few weeks. Your vet will most likely prescribe dramamine or bonine to help with the symptoms. You can read about dramamine and bonine usage, precautions and dosage here:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dimenhydrinate-dramamine/page1.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/meclizine-bonine-antivert/page1.aspx

However, organ failure can also lead to disorientation and hindquarter weakness as well in an older dog.

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/hepatic-failure-in-dogs

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2114&aid=350

I strongly suggest you have your dog seen by your vet as soon as possible. I would expect at a minimum bloodwork is going to be done.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.