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My Yorkie ran outside wee and yelped as he went down

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My Yorkie ran outside for a wee and yelped as he went down the steps, then refused to come indoors. We had to fetch him out of the garden. He can't seem to use his back legs but does not seem to be in pain what should I do?
Hello!Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you. Is he unable to use his legs at all or just doesn't want to? If you pinch his toes really hard, can he feel the pinch? Dr. Dan
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think he is unable to use his legs. He seems to try but it looks as if they just don't want o work. He does try to retract his feet when I pinch his toes
Thank you for the information. This is a very serious problems but it can likely still be fixed if you act quickly. Sudden pain followed by partial or complete lack of use of the back legs indicates a slipped disc in his back. The piece of cartilage between 2 of his backbones is now pushing on his spinal cord. Since he can feel your pinch it is possible medications can still be used to fix the problem, but the treatment must begin immediately, this can't wait until tomorrow. If this continues to progress and we don't act quickly then he'll be facing an expensive surgery. There isn't anything useful to do over the counter, he needs to get to the emergency vet or you need to call your regular vet and listen to the instructions for after hours assistance. I hope this helps, if not please feel free to ask more questions, if it did, please leave a rating. Dr. Dan
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I intend taking him to the vet in the morning but am worried about him through the night. Do you think that he will be ok
I don't think he will be alright if we wait until the morning, it's possible but usually waiting is a tragic idea, if you want more of a likelihood of success he needs to see the vet right now. Dr. Dan
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Took Leo to the vet, he says it looks as if it is not a slipped disc, phew! Might be dodgy knees, must go to my own vet tomorrow. Has given him injection and medication (anti-inflammatory I think). Thank you for the advice. Now I may be able to get some sleep.