Q. My dog had surgey yesterday to remove a fatty tumor on her back end. Today she still isn't able to walk on her back legs. Is that normal?

A. If she is totally off her back legs (has no strength in them at all) she needs to be seen by a vet ASAP - this is a clinical emergency. If she is quite weak but able to stand, it could be a result of the anaesthetic drugs (especially if she is older or has other illnesses). Depending on the wound site as well she may be feeling a little "tight" or sensitive around that area, which is making her reluctant to walk. Give her another 24 hours, keep her warm and quiet and see your vet if there's no improvement.

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A. Anaesthetics can take up to 48 hours to ware off. The older or more overweight the dog the longer it can take. As long as she is able to get up and is just a bit wobbly that is ok. If she can't stand at all then give your vet a call.

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