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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My 14 year old golden suddenly can't get from a laying position.

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My 14 year old golden suddenly can't get from a laying position. Like can't control back legs. Seems to have trouble relieving himself he gits up with help have to lift his reared he gets in position to go but nothing comes out. I don't want him to suffer I realize 14 is old for a golden.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I would definitely get him seen and have a neuro exam done, along with an orthopedic exam. The two main rule outs would be a tumor pressing on the spinal cord or hip/ knee pain- potentially from bilaterally torn ACL's. If there are neuro deficits on exam, then it points to the spinal canal. In that case, a stroke to the spinal cord or spinal tumor would be the most likely. In that case, the prognosis is poor and we often euthanize. If it's orthopedic, then anti-inflammatory meds and physical therapy may be of benefit to get him up and walking again. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

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

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