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MY DOG CANT WALK, IT SEEM THAT HER BACK LEGS ARE WEAK, WHAT

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MY DOG CANT WALK, IT SEEM THAT HER BACK LEGS ARE WEAK, WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM, SHES EATING AND DRINKING WATER BUT IS NOT MOVING WELL AT ALL. THANK YOU
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Thank yuo for your post!

What breed of dog is Jennifer?

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIER
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
From your description I am concerned there are neurological abnormalities, potentially spinal cord abnormalities in the thoraco-lumbar spinal cord.

A thorough orthopedic and neurological examination by your veterinarian can help localize the lesion (ie determine the location of the abnormality in relation to the nervous system).

If my assumption is correct based on your description, possible causes include a herniated disc, infection/inflammation, a FCE (or clot to the spinal cord), and even a fracture.

Here is a link which may help if the tentative diagnosis is accurate (but again, please make an appointment with your veterinarian for a full evaluation)

I hope this helps :)

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2373
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.


Edited by CriticalCareVet on 3/9/2010 at 12:02 AM EST
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I DONT THINK ITS THAT, SHE CAN WALK, BUT SHE SHOWING WEAKNESS IN HER LEFT REAR LEG. THERE WAS ALSO BLOOD IN HER STOOL.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Other reasons would include:

- Hip disease
- Cruciate (knee) ligament problems

Or even systemic disease such as colitis

If there is blood in her stool - having a stool sample evaluated by your vet would also be recommended.
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

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