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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry your Newfie cross is having difficulties getting up. It absolutely can be a muscle strain but I also worry about a back injury as well. I imagine your veterinarian did a full neurologic exam as well?I would consider a veterinary physical therapy consultation to see if there is a more subtle issue that your regular veterinarian missed that requires treatment. Treatment may mean laser (light) therapy, acupuncture, or even pain medications and physical therapy but if she is having difficulty getting up there has to be an underlying cause that has yet to be discovered.I have referred a client or two to the physical therapist or veterinary orthopedist when there is an issue I cannot get to the bottom of in order to hopefully get that pet more comfortable quickly. I am never offended when an owner does this because I am unsure what the underlying cause is.Here is a link to veterinary orthopedists in the US: https://online.acvs.org/acvsssa/rflssareferral.query_page?P_VENDOR_TY=VETSHere is a link to veterinary physical therapists in the US: http://rehabvets.org/Referrals.lassoI hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope she is feeling better soon!
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