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My 7 year old American Red Nose pitbull has yelped off and on since he was a pup and would hold up his left rear leg. I've had it checked by vets who have said that maybe before I adopted him at 4.5 months old that he could have had an injury. I relocated from PA to LA in Jan. '13 and he has accepted the heat here up until now. I haven't had A/C and up until this year. I worked only in evenings and he was outside during the day in our yard. But this year I'm working 2 part time jobs so he's stuck inside all day and I have both front and rear doors open, but it is hot in middle of day. However, he seemed to mind it and I noticed on Sunday that he hadn't eaten his food from Saturday (which is usual for him if I'm not home a lot, he seems to get depressed and won't eat till I get home). Then I noticed on Monday that he hadn't drank much water or eaten the same food. On Tuesday it was still the same and I got him to eat tuna, but was concerned that he may be having heat stroke by Wednesday morning, so I took him to my son's so he could be in the A/C. He did well and started to drink right away and he has been eating. This morning when I went there to feed him before work I noticed his rear legs were seeming wobbly and when he peed, they both drooped down, then he had trouble coming up the 3 steps. He has been yelping before he goes down the steps. My son is vegan and he buys expensive food for his dog and he says that the commercial foods have been the blame for dogs getting sick, dying, and being paralyzed. Would it be better for me to try a supplement and/or switch to expensive foods?

Smartliving Guest asked this
June 18, 2015 at 7:42 PM



Dear Darlene,

What do you feed your dog and give as treats? I think you should have a urine sample checked by your veterinarian and X-rays taken of the hips and lower back. Looking forward to your reply.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
June 19, 2015 at 10:05 AM
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