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    My sisters pug is having trouble with his back legs, he kind of shuffles them and also poops as he is walking. It seems there was a thread about this a few weeks ago and it had something to do with their backs. Does anyone remember that thread or have any ideas what it could be?

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    Oh dear! This is most likely a neurologic problem - and I would say it's spinal in origin, since it's affecting both bowel control and his back legs. I would suggest that he be seen by a neurologist.
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    Definitely needs to be checked out. My LouLou had spinal surgery for her back issues. Things can be done to stabilise a deteriorating back, not necessarily return it to normal though. The main thing is early diagnosis and proper treatment. Good luck!!
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    Apparently she does have an appointment to see a neurolgical specialist. I dept thinking it had something to do with the back?

    For once my pugs aren't having issues but now my familys pugs are.

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    How old is the pug? My 15 year old does this but a lot is due to his age and hip dysplasia we found too late to repair. Rocky shuffles and does the "bunny hop" where both back legs are together. And, he can't stay squatted to poop as it hurts him too much.

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    My sisters pug is probably around 7 years old or so. Also his front legs are slightly "bowed in" but they have always been that way.

    My elderly pug is 13 and she also sort of drags her back legs and sometimes poops as she walks, but like you I think it is old age that is getting her and also she is overweight.

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    I'm bumping this post up. My sister emailed me and she said the tests for Mugsey would cost $1000.00 and that was just the beginning of the costs. I am afraid she will have him put down. He isn't that old and he is such a sweet thing. Does anyone know what kind of prognosis he would have if he had surgery?

    I just emailed her back and am trying to convince her to go ahead with the tests, and that Mugsey is part of her family and should be given every chance.

    Any thoughts?

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    Why does she feel she needs to put him down??? If he's not in pain I don't understand this....
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    Well apparently he is in some pain because she said in her email that he was doing much better now that he was on pain medication. I guess I don't quite understand what a nueroligical condition is? Can you explain?

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    My foster boy Mr. Magoo has the same issues. He's 9 and has suspected disc issues as far back as 1997. My first goal is to get the excess weight off and then get x-rays to see if it is disc related. He also shuffles his back legs, but is able to stand. There is some dragging of the back feet, but not 100% of the time. He's not in any pain, it just seems his front legs move faster than the back are able to. He's happy and otherwise healthy. As long as he is still able to pee and poo on his own, we'll leave him be.
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