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My German shepherd went to his normal groomers and came home with excessive itching, excessive panting and dragging his hind legs, about four hours ago. Two hours ago I gave him 4 Benadryl but he's still panting heavily and dragging his hind legs around. He's 4 and in excellent shape, this is unusual.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

1- Is he not bearing any weight on the back legs or unable to stand?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He can stand, if I throw the ball, he will act somewhat normally. He's resting them while he eats and drinks, but keeps dragging his hind legs across the house. Normally, he does it a couple times a day to stretch but this is excessive.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

1- Is he rubbing his butt on the floor or he is walking and dragging his legs?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He is walking and dragging his hind legs.
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
excessively panting and itching/scratching, but it's not that hot here and the itching is normal after the groomers, but it's excessive. I can tell he isn't comfortable, if I go to check his skin out, he growls at me which is unusual.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

How much does he weigh?

How many milligrams of benadryl did you give him?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
He weighs 100 LBS, and I gave him 4 Benadryl at 25 mg/each for a total of 100mg. He's in extremely great shape.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Friend, you are right to suspect an allergic reaction because of the itching. And, you have done right in starting him on Benadryl 100mg. However, I am uncertain if him dragging his legs is secondary to being itchy or could he have a neuromuscular disorder like a pinched nerve? The main concern would be a pinched nerve, that would be an emergency. Unfortunately, on history only I can not pinpoint the exact underlying cause, I am sorry. In this case, I would prefer to err on the side of caution and have him checked tonight by ER vet to rule out a neuromuscular disorder like a pinched nerve. In the meantime, keep him on Benadryl 100mg every 12 hours.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

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