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Why Is My 16 Year Old Dog Dragging His Back Legs?

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I have a 13 year older boxer/sheppard mix who also has been doing that. He has always had problems with his hips which I give him everything out there to ease the pain but lately I have noticed more and more he drags his back paw it almost looks like some kind of nerve thing or brain thing wasn't sure if he is losing the feeling in his foot or if his foot just falls asleep. The other day when we were walking his whole leg went under his body like if he is loosing control of his hind leg and of course he fell over but that one paw seems to bother him a bit it is very weird and I do not want to take him to the vet as it stress him so much and at his age I would not do anything but do anybodybody know why this happens it is mostly just his paw that bends over and it seems he can not straighten his leg properly. I know he is old but other then that he is in good health maybe I am just in denile but if anyones can suggest anything it would be great
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16 years old quite old for a dog I could be age but I could also be arthiritis so I would check it out at the vets
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I think you should get it to a vet, that is not a normal thing to do...

The same question was asked (and answered) on the website for the Center for Paralysis Research from Purdue University:

My dog is dragging his/her back legs, what should I do?

Get your dog to your veterinarian immediately!!! At that point, your veterinarian can assess your dog's condition and provide treatment or give you a referral to a clinic that specializes in treatment of this type of problem or to a veterinary teaching hospital in your area. The sooner the dog receives treatment, the better the outcome.
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My dog is doing that too ...which I'm sorry honey but that means that you will have to put your dog down to sleep so that she will not suffer from the pain...I no that its hard to do but it will be better for her and for you so that you don't see your dog suffer and making you feel sad just watching her like that....

Just think about it

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