It is very important that you get your dog checked out by a vet as soon as possible. It is impossible to determine the exact cause of this problem without being able to look for all the possible symptoms, examine the animal and take a detailed X-ray of the problem areas. There are many factors which could result in a dog losing control of its hind legs; all of which would need to be treated (once determined) by a veterinary professional to ensure fast recovery or adequate treatment to help elevate any pain and discomfort.
The sudden nature of this problem would suggest that it has been caused by a sudden event, which has resulted in a loss of control of the back legs. One common cause, in this case, could be due to a disc disease of the spine. A slipped disc in a dog could put pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, leading to an interruption of the messages from the brain to the legs. This would result in the dog being unable to coordinate its legs and can in some cases, if left untreated, result in paralysis.
An X-ray may not show up these slipped discs, and so if this is presumed to be the case, a dye will be injected into the spinal column and this should hopefully show up the problem more clearly.
Also, it is important to consider the breed of dog, as some dogs are prone to certain diseases which could be the cause of this problem. Alsatians are one example of this; this is caused by interbreeding.
Just had the same thing happen to my Shitz Tzu, Found out that at 8 years old, her spinal disks have become brittle. She took a two stair tumble chasing our other dog and the next day was walking funny.After a couple of days she could barely walk on her hind legs. Most likely diagnoses is a pinched nerve in the spine. My doctor recommended the equivalent of bed rest. NO Running, No Jumping and lots of rest. Also he gave a shot of cortizone as an anti-imflammatory to reduce any swelling around the spine. After one day, she is already able to hold her own wait for more that a few moments. Also if your dog is a water lover, a dip in the pool or tub (for smaller dogs) will relieve some pressure on her spine. Good Luck.
This just happened to my 9 1/2 year old Pit Bull. Late Saturday night I noticed he was making little whining noises every now & then, but everything else was fine. By Sunday afternoon my husband noticed that he was having trouble standing. We called the vet first thing Monday morning & they basically told us they couldn't see us & we should wait for an appointment the next morning. He still seemed happy, but couldn't move his back legs, was barely eating, & wasn't going to the bathroom; my husband had to carry him inside & out. Tuesday morning at our appointment we were told his spine had collapsed & he was paralyzed from the waist down & didn't even have the ability to go to the bathroom. He had to be put down that day. Very sudden & unexpected; this dog never had any known health issues & he was in great shape.
My dachshunds has the same problem. The Vet diagnosed him with calcium build up between vertebrae and its causing the paralysis.He gave him a cortisone shot ans steroids for 15 days. Its a good sign if he can wag his tail, eats and drinks ok and has control of his bowel movements. Take him to the vet for your peace of mind and your babies health.Hope it all works out for your baby
You should contact your vet immediately. Hind limb paralysis is very serious and the outlook for your dog will be better the sooner he gets attention. Prognosis (long term outlook) depends on the severity and duration of the paralysis and the underlying cause.
Hind limb paralysis is generally a result of thoracic and lumbar spinal problems. This can be caused by trauma (disc herniation, fracture), inflammation, infection, toxins and embolism.
Your vet can give your dog a neurological examination and take xrays of his spine to get a better idea of what's going on. Depending on the case, it may be necessary to refer to an specialist.
I guess it could be a number of things. For example, your dog may have arthitis or your dog may have hurt its back legs. My brother is a veterinary doctor and he says that in older dogs, arthitis is very common but if you are not sure the only way of finding out is taking your dog to the vet.
If your Vet said she has Arthritis, there are some medications that can be given to your dog. Ask your Vet. Arthritis can be very painful - help your dog as much as you can. Try not to let her jump from furniture and help her on steps. If she is a small enough dog - start carrying her a lot. Good luck !
My little Shitzu, Bo, had this problem when he was only 4. We didn't find out until it was too late that he had a kidney disease and his body was shutting down. PLEASE get your dog to the vet ASAP! Good luck.
Could be arthritis or an actual physical problem with his hip joints..or maybe he banged into something causing a deep bruising... I had a dog that had to have his joints replaced..."goto vet!" hope this helps
He may have had an injury to his spine, causing some paralysis. Or he could have an infection. There could be a number of causes, so you need to see a vet as many will be treatable.
Could be bad hip joints a genetic trait in the litter of pups from which your dog came from...see a vet..
I'm actually in a very similar situation with my chihuahua right now. I really don't know what it is she hasn't been hit by a car or injured ina way. I think it may be a flaw in the genetics of the breed.
Weak hind legs might suggest a spinal injury, which should cause you to visit a vet quickly. It sounds like a chihuahua move, which can sometimes be just shyness and/or fright. See the vet!