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Someone dropped a small dog off she was getting around great now she is having a hard time walking and getting up steps.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?

Lil Bit, I don't know her age

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. Is it a kitten or an adult?

It's a adult dog

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

Lil Bit

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lil?

No she eats good and does her business ok

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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What breed of dog is Lil Bit?

Does she seem to have a lack of coordination in the rear end or walk with a hunch?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
she is a mixed breed small dog,yes her walking is getting worse,no sickness yet
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thanks for the information. My primary concern is that she has a herniated disk in the back. You may see reluctance to jump or go up and down stairs, walking with a hunched back, lack of coordination or even some pain when you pick up a certain way. I cannot rule out a metabolic issue that is causing weakness, but it seems less likely due to normal appetite and no vomiting or diarrhea. My best advice is to have your vet check her out, see if a herniated disk is possible with an exam, rule out other issues with blood work and start on some safe pain medications if that is normal. There are no human OTC pain medications that are considered completely safe for dogs. Enteric coated aspirin (walkervalleyvet.com/otc-meds.htm) is the only one that is somewhat safe, but it can still cause gastrointestinal problems, including bleeding, and kidney problems and may interfere with other medications you vet may want to use, so I don't usually recommend it. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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