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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...

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

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name and age?

Bubba 10 1/2 chihuahua/papillon mix

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Bubba?

10 1/2 years

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 9 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.

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