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Q. My cocker spaniel can't seem to get on her back feet and it looks as though her back is arched when she is just standing and she is shaking as though

A. I recommend you get her checked out right away. It sounds like she has back pain, and potentially she's showing signs of some neurologic dysfunction (not being able to use her back legs properly). If she has "slipped" a disk there's a very short window in which medical intervention can help. An emergency vet (I'm assuming it's New Year's Day where you are) will be able to assess her neurologic status and provide the appropriate treatment to not only treat her pain but hopefully restore her neurologic function.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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