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Old 10-18-2012, 04:44 PM
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wobbly hind legs

Hi, this evening my cocker spaniel has been struggling to jump up and down from the sofa and has started to wobble and drag his hind legs a little. He is sitting bolt up right most of the time and looks really uncomfortable. He is also licking his paws and nether regions quite a lot. For background, I took him to the vet a week ago as he was panting heavily late into the evening and seemed very out of sorts. The vet could find nothing obviously wrong (temperature normal, no evidence of swollen abdomen, grass seeds etc). He was given a steroid and antibiotic injection and the following day was given a painkiller. He steadily improved through the week but this afternoon fell trying to get into the car. He was quite slow on his walk but has a healthy appetite. He may have just taken a knock when he slipped getting into the car, but I am worried. Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.
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Do you use any kind of flea medication on him?
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Frontline Combo, but he was treated about 2 weeks ago
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Do you live where there are ticks?
How old is he?
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thank you so much for helping - he is 5 and we live in Hampshire, UK. We had a pretty bad tick problem during the summer (worse than usual) but I've only seen a couple of tiny ones (on our other dog actually) in recent weeks. There's no evidence of them on Satchel, but I will check.
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I've done a full body check of Satch (poor boy!) and I can't find any evidence of ticks or lumps/bumps of any kind that may suggest an infection. He was licking one paw relentlessly so the vet put a bandage on it last week. No sign of any bites, scratches or grass seeds. He is licking the same front paw again this week, plus the other front paw, and his nether regions. He can't stand up easily without help and sits bolt upright with his back legs splayed.

He's now snoozing in a bed with his Cairn brother, so seems to be relaxed. I will take him into the vet surgery first thing in the morning.
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Did the vet do any blood work?
Ticks do like to get between toes..he may have had one but since he has been licking it it is hard to tell..
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no blood work as yet, but I will be asking for it tomorrow. Thank you so much for the advice! :-)
To be fair, they did say that they could do blood tests following my visits last week, but there was nothing to suggest that he needed further investigation until today.

Could the tick still be there or is he just licking his paw as it's infected? I did check his paws but couldn't find anything.

Thank you again for your help.
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Understood on waiting for the blood work.
The only thing that might be left from a tick, is its' head. But you would notice a round small wound from it unless he has licked a larger wound.
Glad to hear his appetite is still good. Ask about the tick situation and blood work at your appointment. Let me know how it goes. I am sure they will figure it out and he will back to his old self in no time...Give Satch a big hug and kiss..
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Thank you LynneMarie - Satch and I really appreciate your support. Our little Cairn terrier is fussing over Satchel now, so he has the best support!! :-)
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