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My beagle is about 17 years old,she has diminished movement…

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My beagle is about...

My beagle is about 17 years old,she has diminished movement of her back legs and dragging them and crossing them.She still eats and drinks and goes to duty with my help.She has loss weight.She stills responds to her name

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your beagle?

She has diminished movement of her legs and goes to duty with my help, she is about 17 years old, she has loss weight and still eats and drinks, still responds to her name.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does your beagle seem to hurt?

Her back legs ,tend to cross while walking,can't seem to put weight on them,tend to bend

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

None

Veterinarian's Assistant: The Expert will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. What is the beagle's name?

Brownie

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Has she had any spine or hip x-rays taken recently? What treatments or medications have been tried so far?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Thank you.

The most likely cause would be a degenerative joint disease or arthritis. That can occur as the dogs age. It can be in the spine or the hips.

The changes in the joints, including the joints of the spine, can put abnormal pressure on the nerves that go to the legs.

So the nerve signals are interrupted.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Of course, I can not say that is the cause without x-rays.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

There are spongy discs between the vertebrae of the spine as well. They can herniate out or bulge out. A "herniated disc" or "slipped disc" is an example. That can interrupt nerve signals as well.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

There are other conditions that affect the nerves and spinal cord but degenerative joint disease or a spinal disc issue would be more common causes.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

If it is really bothering her, she should see the vet. It sounds like it is severe enough that nothing over the counter will help much. The vet can prescribe an anti-inflammatory, cortisone, and pain medication to help keep her more comfortable and to help if there is any joint or nerve inflammation.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Does that make sense to you? Do you have any other questions I may assist you with?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gabby, Dog Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Hi Rick,

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

Dr. Gabby
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