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My dog is not putting any pressure on his front left paw and

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hi my dog is not putting any pressure on his front left paw and is panting very heavily. And his eyes are red. he is a pure breed german shephard and is roughly 10 months old. He is still a pup and is normally energetic, but he will not get up . Checked him for ticks and nothing. he has slowly gone down hill throughout the day. I am unsure to rush him to a vet or not. I have felt over his paw and doesn't feel like a break but will not step on it. He is holding it up (limp) when he walks.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. I am sorry to learn Max is not doing well. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Is he able to walk on 3 legs or he is not walking at all?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
noticed it this afternoon.he was walking on 3 legs but will now not get up at all.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.

Please give me a few more minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.

Friend, in any case of a non-weight bearing lameness we need to rule out a fracture. Other possible causes are a soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) or nerve injury. He is not willing to get either as a result of pain or he could have a lesion in the neck that is placing pressure on the spinal cord and could be affecting all of his limbs. The main concern would be a compressing lesion in the neck. In this case, unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home. There is really not much I can recommend for you to try that would any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. I know you must be very stress and concern seeing your dog in this condition. The best and only option for Max is to see your family veterinarian this morning for a hands-on examination and x-rays as an initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and x-ray finding. I realize that this answer may not be to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 11 months ago.
Hi Melissa,

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

Dr. Peter