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My dachshund-Chihuahua mix is having trouble walking and is

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My dachshund-Chihuahua mix is having trouble walking and is panting (like it is difficult for her to breathe)
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Nothing physical as far as I can see, and she does not seem to be in pain. She is wagging her tail, but can't keep her balance
JA: What is the dachshund's name and age?
Customer: Lucy, 12 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lucy?
Customer: I don't think so... she is a little overweight
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Can you please post a video showing your concerns with her balance and breathing?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Her breathing is better...I'm downloading video now
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

I'll stand by.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Your site sucks... how do you load video smaller than 5mb?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Alas, it's not my site. I am a user of the site, just like yourself. Customers ask questions, I answer them.

If it will not permit video to be loaded, you can also use websites like tinypic.com and youtube.com to upload pictures and video respectively. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then post the link back and I can access them.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Sorry...I'm so frustrated. Try https://youtu.be/DbqkKXVQ9O0
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Thank you for the video, is she able to use her back legs at all?

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

I've offered a phone call if this might be easier for you than using the site. There is an additional charge, but contact is more direct.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Not well. She had a BM, but couldn't support her weight
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Thank you for the additional info.

This looks like a condition that is very common in smaller breed dogs, especially dachshunds and dachshund mixes, called intervertebral disk disease. I'll include some links below for you about this affliction. It can be entirely pain-free or it can be painful, the determination is typically on how affected the dog is. Some will experience mild symptoms and others more major. A more major symptom is inability to use the back legs completely at which point they often drag behind the pet. The breathing you were seeing earlier may be linked to discomfort, although she's not showing signs of obvious pain though vocalization.

Ideally, she would be seen by a veterinarian overnight. She needs back x-rays and may need to be referred to a specialist for surgery to gain full use of her legs back again. With diagnostics, your vet will be able to tell you more on what she will need in the near future.

Failing being able to have her examined tonight, she needs to see your vet in the morning. Keep her on a well padded, absorptive bed and expect that she may have some accidents this evening. Don't be surprised if she avoids eating and drinking.

1) http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Intervertebral-Disk-Disease/Symptoms.aspx
2) http://sevneurology.com/articles/intervertebral-disk-disease-ivdd-in-dogs/

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 month ago.

Checking in, JA Customer. How is your companion?