we have a siberian husky who's four and half years old, the friday before christmas he just started struggling to stand and walk with his back legs, then on saturday he wouldn't move. It doesn't seem to be one leg in particular but all four he moves around in discomfort, can't put weight on. we went to the vet who thought he'd pulled his hip joint but it hasn't got better, only worse. He struggles even to stand up, its mainly the back legs but he seems to be annoyed with all of them. But strangely there are no areas of pain, you can feel and touch his legs without him indicating any pain.....he used to be such an active dog and you can see he's so fed up not being able to move about! does anyone have any ideas on what this could be caused by...? and this may be a stupid question but could it be a side effect from penicillin or antibiotics?
we're going back to the same vet tomorrow...we'll see i guess
he has been on a course of penicilin and also had three courses of antibiotics (just finishing the last course now) over the last 2/3 weeks, because he had a really blocked nose with lots of discharge which meant he couldn't breath through his nose....his lungs seemed to be clear but the vet still gave us the medication
which I kinda disagree with but its my moms dog so...
He could have injured his spine. That would explain problems with his legs not wanting to work properly. Is there any chance of him having been bitten by any wild animals like raccoons? There is a progressive paralysis similar to Guillain-Barre syndrome in humans that dogs can get from raccoon bites. It is called coonhound paralysis because coonhounds get it more often than other breeds but it is still not very common.
thank you all for your suggestions x its definately not a racoon bite...we don't really get them in England. The vets are keeping him in over the weekend, he has fluid in all his paws and all his joints are inflamed...they're doing x-rays so we're just waiting. But you're right the first vet we saw did nothing but pull his back legs round a bit!
we now know its serious but we've got our fingers crossed, they haven't ruled out a reaction to the medication but I don't think they really know whats going on yet....but thank you all again x