My 8 year old American Pitbull Terrier is having problems with his back left leg. I first took Buddy to the vet because wasn't eating his dry food or drinking much water. He hadn't pooped in a few days and didn't want to go out to pee. The vet said he had and ear infection, so his ears got packed with antibiotics. My daughter and I went camping with my parents leaving Buddy in the care of his dad, my husband. He syringe watered him and gave him hamburger because he wouldn't eat his food. He went pee but didn't poop while we were gone. When we got home my daughter walked him a bit outside and
rubbed his tummy. He pooped, it looked normal. He started dragging is right hind leg, so we took him to the vet. Told the vet his symptoms, not wanting to eat, not wanting to drink, not being able to poo, snotty eyes, and real bad shedding. The vet gave him a blood screening for Lyme disease and other common diseases caused by ticks because he had a tick before he went to the vet the first time. It came back negative. They checked his prostate it was slightly enlarged but nothing abnormal for a fertil dog his age. Couldn't explain why he kept dragging his foot. Wanted to do more blood work, but I was $100 short from being able to pay for it. The vet gave him an antibiotic, Doxycycline, half a pill twice a day. Said it would cover the more before uncommon ilnesses caused by ticks. He is eating Benteful soft meals from a spoon. He'll drink water from his bowl sometimes,but mostly from a syringe. He lays still most of the time, he'll get up and drag his right leg being him, staggering to find another place to lay. Now he's dragging both hind legs. He'll go out to pee but someone has to carry him outside. He hasn't pooped in 3 days. We have 2 other dogs and nothing is wrong with them. He's smiling and doesn't act like he's in pain. He does whine a little every now and then when he's laying down. What could have caused this? How do I help him get better? I can't afford the vet until another week goes by.