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front legs collapse
ana2005 posted:
I have a 9 year old beagle, that has been seen at our local vet and our vert hospital for a few months, and all the tests are coming back with nothing. He has had a temperature and has not eaten. He has been given medication for all mentioned symptoms, and that part is now doing well, I think. He is still on his meds. But now I'm beginning to notice his front legs are beginning to give out and he walks with them wide apart. While he was eating this evening he lifted his back leg. He is also licking the carpet profusely. We don't know what else to do. Any ideas? Please help.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi there,
Sounds like you are looking with your veterinarian for a cause of fever, not eating and now front leg collapse. Is your dog weak? Have joint or back pain? There are some fevers that can cause joint pain/arthritis and back problems. The initial step reporting these new findings to your veterinarian and see if they can localize the problem: all over, joints, back, etc. Then we can try to decide what it is and how to treat it. Please let us know. Dr. Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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