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Our dog is a medium sized, mixed terrier approximately 9

Our dog is a medium sized, mixed terrier approximately 9 years old (he is a revue so not sure) Anyway, he has allergic reactions and we have him on antihistamine and proper diet but there is an issue we are confused about and that is his tail. If we even touch is tail he reacts immediately sometimes snapping at us. Is this normal behavior or could there be something wrong with his tail we don't know about.

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What can cause 12 years old dog a weakness in his hind legs? Sometimes

What can cause 12 years old dog a weakness in his hind legs?Sometimes his legs got out to sides and he can't get up.

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Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian ONLY ONLY ONLY Deb…I wrote a

Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian ONLY ONLY ONLYHi Dr. Deb…I wrote a summary and need to develop a new plan. There is only room for 5 of my 19 questions because of the summary…so this will be done in 2-parts…I will tip you as Always for your time and efforts.My 17 year old dog has been dealing with Lumbosacral Disease on one back hip left leg for about 3 years now. The x-ray 3 years ago shows Lumbosacral Disease and osteoarthritis. There is No neurologic loss function. She does not knuckle. She has muscle tone. She is Happy and Eats well.The plan of care has been successful historically; she been able to pull herself up and walk until reaching an extreme old age of 17. She was always able to pull herself up and walk around. My care for the last 3 years has been to limit her extreme running, reduce her weight from 70 pounds to 61 pound, Daily Dasuauin with MSM, and Welactin Natural Omega-3. Occasionally I would give her Carprofin 100 mg for a day if she was sore. I decided not to use too much of the Carprofin. I do use a mild drug Tramadol 50mg daily. There have been periods of time in which I did Acupuncture and Laser Therapy.She uses a Ramp to climb into the car when traveling. I limit her movement because I figure her back leg only has X amount of miles left before she the leg gives out. I make sure she is always walks on Carpet areas in my home. She was doing good for 3 years, but there has been 20 trips to the doctor's office for the past 5 weeks because she has been dealing with a tumor that had been removed several months ago at the back hip area …which is the area that has Lumbosacral Disease…which has never spread to other parts of her body, and has been contained in one area for the past 3 years by doing 7 tumor removals because it would grow back. The reason for the 15 doctor trips was because fluid keeps coming back and the Vet drains the fluid every 3 days with a needle. In short there was an infection, and because of so many operations her skin was so thin it would leak, we cut out the thin skin and pulled the skin around the open area together. The Vet also heated the inside of the area to see if that would stop the swelling from coming back…it did not. Etc. I told the Vet I would not mind coming back once a week to drain the swelling for the next year in which he agreed and could possible help prevent the tumor from forming again.I noticed since the Vets office has no carpeting she would slip several times on the floor and when they lifted her onto the table they turned her to one side and she yelped in pain…they did not realize to be careful. Several days ago when visiting the doctor's office she slipped on the floor again…no carpeting like my home and she injured herself. Also she also required my assistance in getting up the ramp into my car…the combination as caused her not to be able to lift herself up for the past few days. She could walk about 10 feet and she starts to fall. She sort of walks in circles…has a hard time walking a straight line. I have notice some improvement yesterday because somehow she pulled herself up and walked about 10 feet…stood up for about 5 minutes…Major improvement.My goal is to develop a NEW PLAN, since I feel she may be close to not being able to stand on her legs and I like to prevent this as long as possible. My short term plan is to limit the doctor visits, have the Vet staff lift her into the Office from my car…not let her walk up the ramp to my car by hiring someone to help me lift her into the car…lots of rest. Again she only has x amount of miles and everything is to limit the exposure of wearing-out the back legs parts.QUESTIONS:1. I started on 100mg of carprofin once daily….Does the Carprofin help reduce the inflammation in the area? I do not believe in Carprofin historically…maybe occasionally…put I believe it might be time to give her 100mg daily for the rest of her life?2. Is the Carprofin dosage too low or too high? Can I go 150mg or 200mg for several days and then go back to 100mg?3. Should I not try and let her lift herself up for a while because this is just re-injuring area?...sometime she likes to reposition her body in the middle of the night…I happened to wake up and helped her.4. The auto ramp is in a 30 degree angle which loads into the back of an auto-station-wagon…could the walking up the ramp has caused this to become worse? Compared to just staying home and walking on carpet….5. When she slipped at the vet's office floor and the wear of 15 trips to the Vet caused the injury…can she recover to maybe she could pull herself up again….complete rest for several weeks? Are Lumbosacral Disease and Osteroarthrits getting inflamed when taking these trips or does something happen that actually breaks and there is no recovery???

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My three year old German Shepherd dribbles. To be clear she

Hi Doc. My three year old German Shepherd dribbles. To be clear she does not wet when she sleeps, she dribbles/no puddles and tries to vigorously clean herself. First thought was incontence so she took Proin -- that did not work. She took bladder infection medicine but that did not work. She had a culture done and does not have a urinary tract infection. She has very low evidence of crystals that my vet is not concerned about but I put her on Hills S/D for four months anyway -- that did not work. My Vet suggested a Specialist but even if I see a specialist it doesn't mean there is a fix for my dog so why bother going to a Specialist. What else could it be. I'd like a second opinion. Thanks.

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My husky/mal has been taking Rimadyl mon. equina syndrome. I

My husky/mal has been taking Rimadyl for 2 mon. for cauda equina syndrome. I cut the dosage from 100 mg a day to 50 about a month ago as he's getting acupuncture which seems to be working. Have noticed excessive water intake over the past month and today he didn't poop at all except for a small, dark tarry lump. Called the vet who had left for the day. Called the vet ER who advised me to bring him in. I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow a.m. so, as you might imagine, I'm camped out in the bathroom tonight. Is there anything I can give him that might help? His gums are pink, whites of eyes are white, and he's eating well.

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Came home from work yesterday. Our dog suddenly having

Hi Dr Gary. Came home from work yesterday. Our dog suddenly having difficulty getting up and walking. When he does - he appears to be attempting to keep both hind legs in a forward position - not fully extending them when he does have to get up and occasionally run.

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I am a little concerned, my 18mo old german sheherd is not

I am a little concerned, my 18mo old german sheherd is not acting normal, I treated her as directed yesterday with frontline and she was fine all evening, however this morning she went out as usual, but she has been shaking and sitting in the bathroom, she has very stinky burps, but only a couple, she has yelped a little when she got up earlier, he stomach is soft she will drink from my hand but not the bowl, she will eat peanut butter, but not food. I used the peanut butter to give her a half a tablet of pepcid ac, She also encountered a large toad last night, not sure if she put it in her mouth or not, she seems like she is hurting, stiff posture

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I have a 14 year old corgi-shepherd mix. She had two tplo

I have a 14 year old corgi-shepherd mix. She had two tplo right and left due to torn acl. she was born with 30 degree angles. Now they are 80 degrees. She also has spinal stenosis diagnosed by her surgeon through physical exam not through x-ray because no sedation she has second degree heart block. Lately she has these episodes where her one of her back legs gives out and looks like she is having back spasm. He falls down like a weeble toy. Hard to get up. I am icu nurse. I up her tramadol this morning to 200mg and gave her 1 mg valium as a muscle relaxer. My vet says she doesn't give cortisone shots to spine like people get. She is panting heavily, restless, drooling and not eating today. Thoughts

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my 10yr old very youthful, energetic, playful pitbull's behavior

my 10yr old very youthful, energetic, playful pitbull's behavior has changed dramatically, first no eating or drinking, way less hyper then limping, then he nibbles at base of tail, then fourth day started eating and drinking and going to the bathroom, now on sixth day muscle twithing in shoulders still walking very slowly and behavior is dramatically slow and drained. he is going to bathroom with regular stool and I have been giving him doxycycline for five days now. please help me

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