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why would my puppy have weak and unstable rear legs

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why would my puppy have weak and unstable rear legs?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 8 years ago.
How old is the puppy? Is he/she eating and drinking?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

she is four months old and yes she is eating and drinking just fine


Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 8 years ago.
How long has she had wobbly legs for? Does she run and walk normally?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I have had her for three months she has been this way the whole time.

it looks like she puts all her weight on front legs when she trys to stop back end falls over

Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 8 years ago.
OK, thanks for the info. Has your veterinarian examined her yet?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
no he has not, i dont have the money to take her to get and xray yet but i am very concerend that she wont be able to support herself or hold her self up when she gets older she has a hard time jumping up on things im wondering if it could be nerve damage or it happened at birth or what not. what do you think i should do. what would be the first step and xrAY
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 8 years ago.
The first thing I would want to do is a neurologic examination, to assess whether the back legs are functioning properly in accordance with what the brain and spinal cord are telling them to do. If there's any sign of numbness, or unawareness of where the feet are placed, then this may be a congenital defect. If that's normal, then x-ray to determine if any mal-formations in the bones or joints would be the next step.

I should also mention that if your puppy has not had any vaccinations as of yet, that you need to get that taken care of, as part of being a responsible pet owner. We see so many preventable illnesses in puppies that vaccinations would make so much less likely.
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