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He is having trouble walking and using back legs, getting worse.

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He is having trouble walking and using back legs, getting worse. What could this be? He is 90 lb Goldenj Retriever.
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: ER Vet, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 years ago
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Hello, I'm Dr. XXXXX XXXXX and I'd like to help! I just need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice.

How old is he?
Was it a gradual change or sudden?
Ever have trouble getting up in the hind end before?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
He is 6 and this started after a vet visit Thus. Tanner was given Cephalexin 1000mg 2x a day for infected bee bite
Dog Veterinarian: ER Vet, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 years ago
Can you tell me more about the infected bee bite? Where was is located, was it draining infection, what were the symptoms, etc?

Thank you
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
We only think it is a bee bite. It is on the underside of his tail. No symptoms, it was a routine check up. Draining a little, no longer. He will walk a few steps and then collapses. Getting progressively worse since Thur PM. Has tolerated daily walks well until this am.
Dog Veterinarian: ER Vet, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 years ago
Can you look at his gums and tell me if they are a nice pink color or pale pink, whitish? Also any swelling of his belly?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
gums looks pink, no noticeable swelling
Dog Veterinarian: ER Vet, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 years ago
OK, do all 4 legs collpase or the hind legs and then the front? Thank for answering all my questions. You are my eyes in this situation.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
definitely hind legs. After walk this am he laid down all day until 1 hour ago. Has good appetite. Also using neosporan on "wound."
Dog Veterinarian: ER Vet, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 years ago
I am worried about a few possibilities.

One is that this could be a spinal problem. When a dog has a intervertebral disk or some other lesion that puts pressure on the spinal cord, you can see progressive weakness in the hind legs. This is a potentially serious situation and if it continues can result in paralysis. The treatment is strict cage rest and pain medication for a month but I would want this confirmed by a veterinarian with a physical exam.

Another possibility is that he is weak from anemia, that is why I had you check his gums. Unfortunately, we see a lot of Golden Retrievers that have weakness from a tumor in the spleen or in the heart that causes either anemia or constriction of the proper functioning of the heart.

Finally, it could be a sudden change in function in the hips or knees but you will usually see limping first or previous symptoms.

I think that you should get him to an emergency facility tonight and not wait on this. It is very concerning.
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