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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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My dog lost the strength in her hind legs, what could cause

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My dog lost the strength in her hind legs, what could cause this
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help. I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice. There is no additional charge for information request.

1- Is she able to walk or is she dragging her back legs?
2- Did this come on quickly or has she been showing weakness in her hind legs for a while?
3- Any other symptoms?
4- Is she on any medications?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It came on suddenly, she is able to walk, but she limps and walks kind of sideways, she has lost a lot of weight, sleeps s lot, and just recently has had diarahhea (1 day). She is on no other medications. She is 13 years old and perfect until just recently. I thought maybe a stroke, but am wondering could it be a virus or infection?
The symptoms that you are describing are consistent with either a pinch nerve along the back secondary to a disc collapse (intervertebral disc disease); thromboembolic (stroke like) is also a possibility. Other possible causes would be a systemic disease like diabetes, abdominal tumors, kidney or liver disease, etc.
In this case, there is not much I can recommend for you to try at home. She will need a hands on exam by a veterinarian and treatment will be dependent on findings. I would highly recommend you consider having her checked as soon as possible. If this is related to a pinch nerve, the quicker she is treated the better the prognosis.

Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.

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