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Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
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Shih tzu struggling to walk. He is 10 years old. Still

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Hello. Shih tzu struggling to walk. He is 10 years old. Still eating although not very much. He is drinking lots of water. Almost too much. He is not himself. He also has lots of dry crusty patches that are yellowish. Like scabby dead bits of skin.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: A shih tzu dog.
JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a problem with a pet. Is that correct?
Customer: He is not walking at all. Yes he is a pet.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: A dog.
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the's name?
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: No wound. Its not like an injury.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. John replied 9 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. What has to be determined here is if this is an orthopedic/neurologic problem, such as an injury or arthritis, or a weakness problem due to a metabolic problem. With the excessive drinking, I would be concerned with kidney failure, diabetes, Cushing's disease (adrenal glands - usually has excessive appetite), cancer or liver problems. The skin can be related to any of these issues due to lack of nutrition or immune system problems. In addition to arthritis and an injury, there may be a problem around the spinal cord, such as a disk herniation or a tumor around the spine. The first thing I would recommend doing is to have your vet run some blood work and a urinalysis. If the vet deems necessary from physical exam, they may recommend doing some x-rays of the rear end and spine. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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