Veterinary questions? Ask a Vet for Answers ASAP
Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Prior to this happening did he have trouble getting up from the floor or going up stairs?
2- Any pre existing medical conditions?
3- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
4- Any other symptoms?
1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
2- Any other symptoms?
1- Have you tried to get him up? If so, can he support his weight?
2- Can you take a look at his gums and see if they are pink or pale?
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Friend, when a dog losses the ability or is unwilling to stand or walk this could be caused by either a primary neuromuscular disorder like: Arthritis, a pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc, etc. Or, he could have a systemic illness like: an abdominal tumor, infection, thromboembolic (stroke like), etc. to name a few causes. The fact that he has pale gums points more toward a systemic disease. Unfortunately in this case we are very limited as to what you can do at home. I would strongly recommend having him checked by nearest ER veterinarian tonight, do not wait. All of the above mentioned diseases carry a better prognosis when treated earlier. Attending veterinarian may need to do some testing like xrays and blood work to determine the exact underlying cause. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. I realize that this answer may not be entirely to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.
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I am sorry to learn he is not doing well. If your vet has not done so I would recommend xrays of the chest and abdomen. Many times there are certain diseases that are not reflected on the blood work.