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Hi I am in need of some advice,
I have a 13 yo min poodle 8 lbs. She has a deformed rear leg caused by injury when born or shortly after birth. About 2 years ago she fell off bed and now has more back issues and discomfort. Within the last week she now is having trouble walking on her front left leg. Husband took her to vet and they said she has full range of motion and is not in pain. This makes me sooo mad, she nipped me last night when I picked her up and examined her. You can't tell me she is not in pain, this is a dog that has never bitten before. With all her mobility issues I am thinking of wheelchair, but also trying to figure out what is happening. I am fed up with my vet as they seem to be taking the lead off the questions I ask not trying to see if that is truly her issue. They are thinking she has neurological issues and this is just more symptoms. Sorry scattered thoughts but just very frustrated and not sure what way to go. Have been seeing holistic vets but might go to the University Vet school next so I have more options and help. Any help would be appreciated.
thanks in advance
I agree on your idea of a second opinion. It does sound like she's in pain. I would want to rule out a neck problem, which is one of many things that could cause the front leg to go lame. Wheelchairs are great but the dog needs to have a certain amount of strength in the front legs to use a 2-wheel cart. If not, then they may be able to use a 4-wheel cart but the 4-wheel carts are pretty limiting for the dog, they can't buzz around in one like they can a 2-wheel. I would suggest (this is what I'd do if it was my dog) you might want to crate her until she is checked over by a specialist. Carry her out to potty (being careful of her neck when lifting her), then put her back in her crate. If she is having a neck problem, activity could make it worse. If it turns out to be something else, then you'll find out what it is. Nobody knows your dog like you do, if you think something's going on then I would follow up on that.
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