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Old 10-06-2017, 10:39 PM
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Spontaneous jelly legs

Hi everyone! First time poster here. Thanks in advance for your time.

Yesterday, I was walking my pup. He's an 11 year old terrier mix? mutt rescue (pic attached). Well, a neighbor's dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (I think) was off leash and ran up. Both were friendly and just kind of sniffed each other's faces a bit before the owner grabbed his dog and carried her away. This lasted maybe 3 seconds.

A second or so later, my dog basically falls over. It was as if his back legs stopped working and he couldn't stand up. He tried a few times with wobbly jello legs for a few seconds, then recovered completely. We walked for maybe 10 more minutes. Since then I've noticed nothing out of the ordinary.

Any ideas? Thanks again!
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It probably had nothing to do with the encounter with the other dog.

It's possible that your pup is developing a problem with a spinal disc. He really does need to be seen by a vet.
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Could be spinal injury could be degenerative myelopathy, which my last awesome dog got at age 11. Manageable but incurable. Can progress slowly over years if you're lucky or quickly of you're not. My dog only lasted 5 months. It's a genetic disease.
Vet visit definitely in order.
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We can only speculate what may or may not have caused the episode. I would certainly get him to the Vet for a complete workup, so you know what you are dealing with. It could be a single transient event, or something more serious may be going on, but again, you need to know.
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