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Chihuahuas front & hind legs giving out

Posted by MeekMeerkat (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 23, 14 at 19:50

I have an almost 14 year old chihuahua (he'll be 14 in April), I know that these types of things will happen to dogs as they age but I've only been able to find articles on larger dogs or just their back legs...All of his legs started giving out at once yesterday, and he started wobbling...He tried to get back up but I ended up carrying him to his bed and telling him to stay. My grandfather thinks it's just muscle weakness or artheritis, but I'm concerned it could be something more serious...I would enjoy a second opinion before taking him to the vet, this has supposedly been going on for about a week but I've only witnessed it once and haven't been around to witness it more times.
Please help if anyone has any knowledge on this matter, I would appreciate it fully - thank you very much.

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RE: Chihuahuas front & hind legs giving out

Get him to the vet for a full evaluation asap. I seriously doubt the problem is going to improve on it's own and I don't think it's just arthritis.
Keep him confined until you see the vet so that he doesn't injure himself and make things worse. Be sure to carry him outside to do his business and keep food and water in front of him.

RE: Chihuahuas front & hind legs giving out

Could be several different things, some serious, some less so. As an illustration, my then 9 yo lab had 2 or 3 episodes of having his legs collapse under him over the course of less than 2 weeks. He first was wobbly, then went down and was unable to get up. In between he had no other symptoms. We took him to the vet where it was discovered that his spleen was enlarged. Fortunately we followed up with various tests and he needed his spleen removed. We were lucky that he had a benign tumor which was removed. It is exactly a year later and he's doing just fine.

All that to say, get your dog into the vet for an evaluation.

RE: Chihuahuas front & hind legs giving out

Yep time for a vet visit....Good Luck

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