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15 month old Boston Terrier has had diarrhea for a few days and now has very weak hindquarters.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 years ago
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What do you think is the cause of my dog's weak back end?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 2 years ago
Hi, The hind leg weakness is my biggest red flag. At this age, there should be no evidence of weakness, regardless if there is gastrointestinal problems. For that reason alone, I strongly recommend a vet visit, and would even suggest you go to an ER. My primary concerns for diarrhea with or without blood include:- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)- Stomach or intestinal foreign body- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also.- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.- Less commonly, endocrine diseases.To help diarrhea you can give some pepto-bismol, but I strongly discourage using it repeatedly as it can cover up a more serious problem. Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, which is divided over a full day. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get either 15ml every 12 hours, or 10ml every 8 hours. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much. What could be contributing to the weakness?Not sure. It could be some bad viral infection, possibly a hypersensitivity reaction, a spinal issue, or even bad abdominal discomfort which is making it look like a hind leg problem. Hope that info helpsGood Luck!Dr. Andy
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I'm just following up on our conversation about Phoebe. How is everything going?

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