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So I have a Shi Tzu and Maltese mix. He's 5 or 6 years old. He was always a very active dog. Playing in the backyard, playing with the other dog, jumping on and off bed, couches, etc. A few days ago he started favoriting his right hind leg. The next day he seemed a bit more mobile but still favored his right hind leg. Today he laid in bed for hours and finally I discovered he could hardly stand on his hind legs at all. I took him to the vet and they diagnosed him with degenerative back disease. Basically a few of his discs are bone on bone. I didn't think to ask the vet if something like this can come on so suddenly. I was a bit in shock after I was told ultimately this disease would get worse and unless I had 8k dollars for surgery I would end up putting him down. Does anyone have any experience with this? Does it just come on suddenly?? Please and thank you for any information, Rufus appreciates it so much!
 

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Degenerative spinal disease is unpleasant and painful for humans and canines. The only fix I am aware of is surgery. I would suggest consulting with a specialist, orthopedics or neurology, have them do a complete workup, which will likely require an MRI, not an inexpensive test. That will give them a clear picture of exactly where and how extensive the damage is, necessary information for an accurate treatment plan and prognosis.
 

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Dogs can and will mask pain until it becomes unbearable, so he could be in moderate pain and you might well not see it, Favoring a leg and not being able to bear weight on his rear legs, really are typical signs of pain. If I had some magic to offer, I would, but there just is no magic answer. I stand by my suggestion to get a specialist involved.
 
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