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My puppy cant walk on his hind legs, stand up, or balance without assistance. He is

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My puppy can't walk on his hind legs, stand up, or balance without assistance. He is 8 weeks old. When I assist him, his legs go like crazy, and he wants to run, but he can't balance himself. He doesn't lay on his stomach like a "swimmer puppy" but he does lay on one particular hind leg on his side, which is starting to get sore with urine leaking. Is there any hope for this pup standing up without assistance? Does he need a wheel chair or a "walker"? Please help!
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Is this a chronic problem or a sudden problem?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
He pup was born this way and hasn't been able to walk alone on his hind legs. He is going on 9 weeks old shortly. He was the runt of the litter.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Is the problem with all 4 legs?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No, since he ws born he wouldn't give up to get his milk from the mother. He would use his 2 from legs to scoot where he needed to go. He can scoot pretty well using his 2 front legs, but his back part of his body drags (both hind legs). He lays on one particular side. He pulls himself with his front legs but the rest of the body is still draging on the floor (legs are sideways, sort of on top of each other) It looks like the side he lays on (one of his hind legs) is not as strong as the other. He always falls on that side. But he doesn't seem to have the right blance function to get up on 3 legs.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Since this is something that we believe he was born with, already being described with a concern of a runt, there are several concerns I have with the description:

1) Vestibular / brain / cerebellar disease

2) Cervical vertebral instability (Wobbler's disease)

3) Hemi or butterfly vertebra that can be associated with spinal cord compression

Less likely infectious disease.

While your regular veterinarian may help, making an appointment with a veterinary neurologist would be a good use of resources with your history above.

I hope this information is helpful.
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