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Dog won't walk.

Species: Dog
Breed: chihuahua
Age: 5-8 years
my dog has almost stoped walkin and jus crawls around,unless it like to get food of something...can you tell me why?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

This sounds like a serious issue. It's going to be hard for me to answer this question without some more information.

Is Pheobe able to move her back legs at all? If she is just crawling around and dragging her back legs then she may have a serious back injury such as a ruptured intervertebral disc.

If she is able to walk but is really lethargic it could be due to pain, infection or other illness.

I wish I could tell you more, but it really does sound like you need to have a vet examine her.

I hope she is ok!

Dr. Marie.

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