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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.
How long has she been like this on her back legs?
Does it just seem to be one leg that is affected?
Has she had trouble with her legs in the past?
Does she hold the affected leg up or does she simply drag the foot along the floor?
Did she have a fall or any other trauma when she started this?
It is possible that she has given herself a muscular sprain when she slipped, but the fact that she is dragging the foot rather than liming is concerning. Has she been getting stiff recently? ANy other signs of arthritis?
Is she currently taking any medication?
It may be that she has aggravated some arthritis and is having further inflammation as a result. This may be a sign that she is starting to require some anti-inflammatory medication long term for her arthritis.
Your vet will be able to perform a full orthopedic exam to check her feeling in the leg and her reflexes to ensure there is no sign of a nerve problem which can be more serious than a bony problem.
Until you have her checked over wit would be wise to keep her rested as much as possible. Try and keep her on one level and avoid going up and down stairs, jumping onto furniture etc. If she is dragging the foot, then be careful to check she is not scraping the skin of the top of her foot and causing trauma.
You are very welcome. I would appreciate if you could give me an update after you have seen your vet.