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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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I have a 9 year old boxer that cant walk with s back legs

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I have a 9 year old boxer that cant walk with his back legs anymore what can I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about Clyde. I will wait for you reply so I know we are connected.

Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
hello there
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what can I do for him
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


So, here's my main concern.

We need to differentiate if this inability is more spinal related, like a disc herniation that is impact our function of the hindlegs. Or, if it is more related to degenerative joint disease in the hips, knees, etc...

A good vet can easily do a general examination and a basic neurologic test or two to assess the function in the hindlegs.

If due to arthritic issues, than it is quite possible that Clyde could do substantially better on a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Rimadyl or Metacam.

Mos vets would also start a pain mediation like Gabapentin or Tramadol to help out.

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.

But, the key to your question is getting a good assessment done to see if the vet feels starting certain medications will have a chance to work or not.

Joint support supplements would be worthless for acute benefit as products with glucosamine/chondrotin can take nearly 2 months to have some benefit.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy