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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog won't stand on his legs they just buckle and he is

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My dog won't stand on his legs they just buckle and he is refusing any kind of food, his nose is runny and he has not need to potty for over 12 hours now. Yesterday he was going to eat a dead mouse he found but I got him to release it. Could this have caused today's behavior? I don't know what to do
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bubba 10 1/2 chihuahua/papillon mix
JA: How old is Bubba?
Customer: 10 1/2 years
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bubba?
Customer: No
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Bubba, please?

It isn't clear to me if Bubba can't stand due to general weakness as might be seen with profound anemia or most any advanced metabolic disease or, instead, he's suffering from a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") or fibrocartilaginous embolism - an interruption in the blood supply to his spinal cord. Whatever the cause, if he hasn't normalized at this time, he needs the attention of a vet at your earliest convenience.