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1- Is he walking any different?
2- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Did he get into anything?
1- Is he arching is back when standing or walking?
2- Can you take a his rectal temperature?
3- Can you see if his gums are pink or pale?
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Friend, Walter arching his back is a sign of either abdominal or back pain. The shaking of the back legs is also a sign of pain in the abdomen or back. His lack of energy is a direct reflection of not feeling well.
Having pale gums is not a good finding; this could be an indication of: Poor circulation, anemia, etc. When we put all of his symptoms together this could be caused by: Ingestion of a foreign body, pancreatitis, etc. It is also important to rule out disorders affecting the neuromuscular system like a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc.
Unfortunately, there is really not much I can recommend for you to try at home for Walter that would have a significant therapeutic benefit. Walter will need a hands on examination by a veterinarian, xrays and blood work as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. Highly recommend having him checked this morning by family vet, do not wait. Take him in as a walk in emergency; the sooner he is treated the better the prognosis and response to treatment.
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