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Maverick, my 11 yr old male was acting like a puppy 1 month ago, even jumping up on beds and the only sign of his aging was more sleeping.

Then one night, his back legs gave out on the first stair to go upstairs and he's gone downhill fast. At first, I figured he injured his leg but when it wasn't getting better in the next day or so we took him to the vet. They checked him, didn't find anything and prescribed pain meds and told us to check back in a week.

In that time, he continued to fall occassionally and was favoring his right rear leg a bit. He was also panting more than normal and having terrible breath. We took him back and they x-rayed him thinking it could be cancer. He was booked in to see a specialist. In the next week, he got worse and was falling more, doing some of that high pitched crying and having more and more difficulty to walk.

They did better x-rays at the specialist and think there could be a tumor in his leg which may have spread to his lungs. They took a biopsy and we'll get the results on Monday. In the meantime, he's laying still all day except when i help him to go out to relieve himself. Outside he falls 2-3 times (lucky the snow helps soften the fall!) and i have to use a sling to bring him in & out.

It's crazy how a month ago he was acting like a puppy and now he barely moves. His appetite is still normal. Any chance it could be anything other than cancer? I know i'm probably dreaming but i'm just shocked how it seems like we've gone from normal to near death in 30 days.
 

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I’m sorry he’s having so much difficulty. One thing to consider is laryngeal paralysis. Because it affects the nerves in the body, especially airway where breathing can be more heavy, labored and change in bark, but it also cause backend leg nerves and muscles. Just a thought. Be well and keep us posted.
 

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I'm so sorry. It is very hard to watch a senior dog decline and it does sound like it's been a really fast progression. My Tawny started having leg weakness around or just before she turned 12. I would hear her fall down when she was eating, then she was dragging one leg if we went on much more than a short walk. The vet said it was just something that happened to old dogs. After about 9 or 10 months, one day she couldn't get up on her own and couldn't walk or stand when I tried helping her up. It broke my heart but she had a look in her eye that just seemed to be saying "I"m done.". I hope you can get an answer quickly about what's going on with Maverick. Spoil him and cherish the days.
 

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What did the specialist say about Maverick?
 
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