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My 7yr old dog eats just fine but I noticed towards the back…

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My 7yr old dog eats just fine but I noticed towards the back of his torso is skinnier and you can see his ribs. And tonight out of nowhere he was dragging is back leg and was falling over and walking funny.. after 5-10 minutes he was fine. Don't know what was wrong and it scared me.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wound

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name and age?

Reggie and he's 7yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Reggie?

7yrs old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Reggie?

Not that I can see

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Hello, this is Dr. Schmidt. Thank you for using JustAnswer. With what you're describing, I worry about the possibility of him pulling a muscle in his back. The things that make me think that are the fact that he was having trouble walking and that he was dragging his back leg. We see this a lot of back/nerve issues. The torso looking skinnier can sometimes be because they are holding themselves up a little bit differently to cause this. I would recommend taking him in to the vet tomorrow for some xrays and a thorough physical. For tonight, I would give him 1/2 of a baby aspirin (81 mg) and some Benadryl (1mg/lb) to help him relax so he doesn't pull things any further. If he can't seem to get comfortable tonight in spite of the aspirin and Benadryl, I would take him to the emergency vet tonight for treatment. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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