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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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hi,i hav a 12 1/2 yr old pitbull/staffie cross male..the last

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hi,i hav a 12 1/2 yr old pitbull/staffie cross male..the last few days he is really wobbly on his back legs,sometimes they give way when going up or downstairs,they seem to buckle under him when standing still..even to the point that his back seems to twist if he is stood still eating or drinkng..he has aso started to drink loads more than usually...please could you advise??
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help.


1- How long has he been drinking more than usual?

2- When did he start having problems with his back legs?

3- Is he losing weight?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
the drinking has been same time as legs,leg problem has been a few days,no not losing weight as of yet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

When a dog drinks more than normal it is a sign of either an infection, kidney or liver disease, diabetes and even cancer. The back leg problems could be the result of weakness by any of the above condition. Or, a separate problems like arthritis of the hips or vertebral column (back). I would recommend a hands on exam with your veterinarian; they will need to do some blood work and urinalysis.


If you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.


Dr. Peter