Hey there, I joined this forum about three minutes ago because my dog, Bailey, is acting weird. I was about to go out to a New Year's party, so I'd like some advice on whether I should stay home and watch her, take her to an open vets, or whether it's just old dog stuff, and I'm free to go.
Some background info: she's a gorgeous seven year old Leonberger, 100 pounds, spayed, with no real health problems. The average life expectantly for a Leonberger is about 7 years, so she's in excellent health for her age.
I took her on a walk today, but noticed she was lagging a bit toward the end (it's pretty cold out, and the ground is icy), so brought her back after about 40 minutes. I'm not sure is she started doing this immediately after the walk, or a couple hours after, but she's been lying on her bed whining at me. She'll do that every now and then when she's bored, yowl at me so I'll come rub her belly, but she doesn't usually whine like this.
I let her out in the backyard, and she could barely get back up the steps, because her legs were shaking. Prior to this, she's been running around like a much younger dog, no leg problems. After that, back to whining at me from the bed, and licking her lips.
She didn't eat her dinner, either. She stood up to eat, but leant a lot of her weight on me, and after a minute or two her legs seemed to give out a bit and she sat.
She's out in the backyard now, but she seemed to have trouble getting out. Does anyone know what's wrong with her? This has come on so suddenly.