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My Bonnie is an 8yo black lab. She started getting weak in

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My Bonnie is an 8yo black lab. She started getting weak in her back legs, now she cannot bear weight on her back legs at all. She's still drinking ok, not eating much, but is very alert. She hasn't been able to pee/pooh over the past 2 days. I cannot afford a vet, we're on a fixed income. Any suggestions? No trauma that we noticed.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: She has a couple little scratches between her toes, we live in the country, also a scratch on her ankle
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Bonnie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bonnie?
Customer: No, she's been very healthy, playful up to recently. She is overweight, spoiled because she's all we have.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months 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 2 months ago.

Bonnie is likely suffering from arthritis in her older years. Being obese tends to cause even more chance of this happening. I would highly recommend you place her on a strict diet to shed those extra pounds or someone is going to have to begin hoisting her back end for her anytime she needs to get up to use the bathroom or move from her bed. It would be worthwhile to start those efforts now to help support her while it's cold out and her joints are more prone to being sensitive. Discomfort in the joints can certainly cause a reduction in how much she will want to eat, as well, but she will need to be eating to take any medication. In a pinch, we can use aspirin although I am obligated to still recommend that she see a veterinarian for diagnostics and prescription medication which may work better for her. Starting her on a joint supplement like glucosamine would be ideal, as well. Aspirin dosage calculator here: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/

If the financial aspect is what is keeping her from a vet, consider applying for financial aid thought these resources:

Red Rover: https://redrover.org/find-financial-assistance-veterinary-care

Best friends: http://bestfriends.org/resources/financial-aid-pets

AVMA: https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/Financial-assistance-for-veterinary-care-costs.aspx

HSUS: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

PAWS: https://www.paws.org/cats-and-dogs/other-services/help-with-veterinary-bills/

Your dogs friend: http://yourdogsfriend.org/we-recommend/need-help-paying-vet-bills/

AFRP: https://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/financialassistance.html

Speaking for Spot: http://speakingforspot.com/?p=Financial%20Assistance%20for%20Veterinary%20Care

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
This doesn't help at all! Thats your advice? Lose weight? I spent the money I need for medication on this b/c I'm worried about our best friend. This was a waste of time and money. Bonnie has been taking joint medication and aspirin. Thanks alot.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

In the event that she is already taking a joint supplement and aspirin, it's time for diagnostics. Have you visited the links I shared above for financial assistance? Unfortunately, you're already doing what can be done at home but obesity is going to worsen her affliction and further necessitate her having medical care through a veterinarian.

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