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Nine yr old Tripawd Rottweiler, trouble walking
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Jenn V.
2 October 2009 - 7:09 pm
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Hello, I am Jenn and the mommy to Blitz a 9 year old Rotti who was diagnosed with bone cancer Nov7 2009. We had his right front leg amputated  and he has recovered wonderfuly. He loves to play with our other Rotties and has a very healthy love for food. Tonight all of a sudden he can not seem to get up and walk. If he does it looks like his balance is off and he falls forward. He does not want to put any weight on his hind legs and has difficulty even laying back down. I and my husband are so scared right now.

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2 October 2009 - 9:40 pm
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Jenn, I’m so sorry about Blitz. When did he get his amp done? You said 11/7/09 but today is 10/3/09. How long ago was it? I wish I could offer some kind of advice but I’m not sure what might be wrong. Do you think he could have hurt himself playing tonight?

Have you called your vet? Is it possible to take him in tomorrow?

Be strong and hang in there. Let us know what happens OK?

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Hi Jenn! Pleas consider registering and your posts will publish immediately.

Everyone here knows just how scared you are. Be sure to check out our top ten posts, and see a vet ASAP with immediate concerns.

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Yoda has had trouble moving on a couple of occasions due probably to pain associated with his cancer progressing, but he just hopped very slow and stopped and stood alot, didn't seem to be off balance, so the behavior doesn't sound too much like Blitz's.  So hopefully it won't turn out to be cancer-related.  (If it turns out to be though, thus far, painkillers have successfully brought Yoda back to his normal hoppy self).  But it does seem like there are so many possibilities of what it could be that only a vet is going to be able to get you answers.

Try to hold back the freaking out now while you don't know what's going on.  You need to conserve your energy for when you find out what's wrong and what Blitz needs to feel better.  Good luck!  Thinkin' of ya!!

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It may be nothing but I would call the vet ASAP and get him in.  You won't rest until you know.  Good luck with Blitz.  I will be praying.

Debra & Emily

Debra & Emily, a five year old doberman mix, who was diagnosed with an osteosaecoma. She had a right rear leg amputation on May 19, 2009. On November 10, 2009 she earned her wings and regained her fourth leg.

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3 October 2009 - 12:44 pm
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Maybe Blitz hurt his lower back so doesn't want to move. I know my pup Tazzie played too hard once when he was a 4-legger and simply did not move the next day. He seemed extremely depressed so it was scary, but it cleared up in a day or two – at the time we were able to figure out that the problem laid in his back.

At the minimum your vet might be able to provide some pain relief and hopefully some insight into the problem.

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