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My dog is unable to hold herself up she can barely walk this

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My dog is unable to hold herself up she can barely walk this just happened today she is chihuahua 18 years old
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. At Dixi's advanced age there's likely to be more than one disorder existing concomitantly. Her weakness can result from any number of systemic disorders as well as geriatric weakness/osteoarthritis, myelopathy (spinal cord disorder), or encephalopathy (brain disorder) - all of which can present as you've described. Dixi will need an on-call vet to thoroughly examine her and perform diagnostics - blood and urine tests, X-rays/ultrasound - predicated upon the findings of her physical exam. It would be prudent to have her attended to at your earliest convenience. Dogs of her age don't have the reserve that much younger dogs have. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about Dixi. How is everything going?
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