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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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Not eating wobbly on back legs

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not eating wobbly on back legs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Is she having trouble with stairs or jumping up?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Ok thanks.

It sounds like you're most likely dealing with a disc herniation or herniated disc in the back. These are very common in smaller breed dogs. They can cause mild signs of pain and reluctance to jump. They can cause more moderate signs of weakness. They can also cause severe signs like paralysis.

Most dogs we see are as you described, painful and mildly weak in the rear legs. They typically do well with 1-2 weeks of rest and pain management. I typically use a combination of an anti-inflammatory (Rimadyl) and something for nerve pain (Gabapentin).

I would see a vet to confirm this and start the meds. In the mean time, strict cage confinement is ideal with no running, jumping or playing.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Kelly. How is everything going?

Dr. Gary