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    Won't use back legs?

    Hi everyone!

    My husky-mix Tasha is a walking vet file-- from her 11pm visit because she ate my stockings, to having a tooth removed because she insisted on eating rocks! I can say the last 5 years haven't been boring!

    Tasha is overweight-- she's about 100lbs. She won't process the fat in her food (she is on Ultra ZD canine due to the protein allergy.) We contacted Hills; they have no reported cases where dogs weren't processing the food's fat. At one point, she fasted for nearly a day and her blood sample was so pink (with fat) that they had to send it off to process it and skim the fat off for a pure sample. The specialist said it was mind boggling, and went on to suggest possible Cushings disease, but later said it wasn't necessary to test because other symptoms weren't present.

    I was worried once it got cold that she will become uncomfortable again, her stiffness increased throughout last winter. We have glucose/chondroitin supplements to give her when the temperature drops. She can't be on the Deramax (maybe Derimax?) because it can damage the liver, and after trying for a month she was MUCH perkier, but her billirubin levels were too high so they took her off.

    That brings us to today-- when we left the house this morning she was fine; we came back after work to find her sitting outside, unable to lift herself up. We've been home now for 3 hours, and can't get her to do anything-- even get up to go to the bathroom. When laying down, she's fine, no crying or anything, though she does try to hoist herself up, then lays back down. She will not use either of her back legs AT ALL, and hates being moved.

    I called the vet and explained everything she is currently on (Cosequin DS, Marin -- Vitamin E-- and we gave her one of her anti-inflammatory pills--Previcox) The Dr. pharmacist basically said there was nothing else we could do or give her. We want to bring her in, but right now I'm scared we will hurt her worse getting in and out of the car, so she said we could wait until tomorrow morning and see how the night goes. Not ideal.

    Has anyone else ever experienced this? Do you have some tips how I could make her more comfortable? I think once my mother gets home I will try to get the dog into her car, but that's about an hour away.

    Thank you!!

    Tasha, the skinny days:
    Last edited by SternEngel; 11-17-2008 at 06:49 PM.

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    Re: Won't use back legs?

    Quote Originally Posted by SternEngel View Post
    That brings us to today-- when we left the house this morning she was fine; we came back after work to find her sitting outside, unable to lift herself up. We've been home now for 3 hours, and can't get her to do anything-- even get up to go to the bathroom. When laying down, she's fine, no crying or anything, though she does try to hoist herself up, then lays back down. She will not use either of her back legs AT ALL, and hates being moved.
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    Tasha is a beautiful girl. She needs to see a vet ASAP. Possibly being overweight has done something to her spine or joints and cannot use them. Use a towel as a sling to help her walk, or use a blanket as a stretcher to get her in the car. Do whatever you can to get her in the car, she needs to see a vet.
    Patt
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    Re: Won't use back legs?

    Agree w/ the other poster. She needs to see a vet. You might be able to find a vet that does home visits. Otherwise use a blanket/towel as a sling, as suggested.
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    Re: Won't use back legs?

    Were you able to get Tasha to the vets, how is she doing?
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    Fritz (Long hair Blk/Tan Dachshund), Trixie (Smooth Blk/Tan Dachshund

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    Re: Won't use back legs?

    I would suggest seeing as vet..But could I recommened a holistic vet if you have one in your area..They are trained in acupuncture herbs and the more natural route then just shoving drugs at a dog

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