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Our 12 year old Jack Russell is progressively losing control of her rear legs. She is no longer able to jump onto the lounge chair or bed because of reduced strength in her legs.
She is in no pain and all other systems are working normally.
I'm afraid a visit to the vet may be the last - is there something we can do for her?

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Hi Len,

Don't be afraid to take her to the vet -  she is an older dog, but could live for another 3 to 7 years.  It could be arthritis or something neurological. The best way to treat anything wrong is to get medical attention. Dogs aren't always vocal when they are in pain either. She may be very uncomfortable but unable to "tell" you.  There are anti inflammatory drugs, mild pain relievers, laser treatments, many many things you could do for her to make her more comfortable, and ultimately prolong her life. You may see a remarkable difference in no time. I understand your fear, we don't ever want to think about losing our best friends, but the earlier you get her treatment, the better the outcome and quality of her life will be!!

Best of luck!!!  

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Questions on "Jack" Russell Terriers pertaining to their health, well being, general questions on breed, types, size, shape, health, personalities, behavior problems, genetics, so called standard, what to look for when purchasing, and if you would be a good match with this wonderful and unique dog. Too many times, people buy jack puppies because they are absolutely adorable, and then a few months down the road they own this dog that they know nothing about and haven't prepared or trained for. I love the breed and everything about them and hope to provide some help, education and advice to current and prospective owners. I am a veterinary technician, dog trainer and breeder of Jack Russells.

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I own four Jack Russells and I have been working with dogs for 30 years. My personal interest is in helping educate people about the very special qualities of this breed. I advocate education and research of the breed before you buy one, they are wonderful pets if suited with the right person/family. Do your homework first! I can help you determine if you are a good match with this breed. I want people to know also that there are two types of Jack Russells, the Parson hunter with long legs and the Shortie or Russell Terrier and their very distinct differences. I also hope to allay fears about their CRAZY reputations - which is not always the case. ~*~*~*IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ*~*~*~ PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT ENDORSE THE SALE OF ANY JACK RUSSELLS OR JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES THAT MAY BE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. BEWARE OF PUPPY MILLS OR OTHER PLACES THAT SELL MANY DIFFERENT DOGS OVER THE INTERNET. ALSO I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY VIDEOS OR TRAINING TAPES THAT ARE ADVERTISED ON THIS PAGE. I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU PICK OUT A REPUTABLE TRAINER/VIDEO SERIES OR EVEN PUPPIES IF PRIVATELY ASKED. I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY SALES ADVERTISEMENTS ON THIS PAGE.

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Veterinary Technician - Newbury College 1982 - 1985

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