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Q&A: Why Doesn't My Puppy Want to Stand Up or Walk Around?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

It is not normal for puppies to refuse to stand.

It is not normal for puppies to refuse to stand.

Why Won't My Puppy Stand Up?

"I just adopted my 7-month-old husky from a foster home. He is very timid and has not used the restroom in over 12 hours now. I took him outside, but he is so timid he doesn’t want to pee or poo. What should I do? I think he might be sick. I have no hospital records for him and he doesn’t want to stand up at all. Please let me know if taking him to the ER is the best thing or if he’s just getting adjusted and trust needs to build. Should I take him to an emergency vet?" —Jerimiah

Neurological Issues May Be to Blame

That is definitely not normal behavior for a husky puppy. Is he not able to stand up or just does not want to? If you support him, will he stand up? Was he standing up and walking around when you adopted him?

This is not an emergency, but if it goes on for 2 to 3 days, he definitely needs to be seen by a veterinarian. (1)

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A veterinarian will do a neurological exam and find out if there is anything wrong with his back legs. If there is not, and he is just not standing up and walking around because he is stressed, he will probably get used to his new environment in a few days.

Your regular vet can also determine if he is constipated or is not going because he is nervous.


Falcao, Msci MRCVS, D. (2022). My dog hasn’t pooped all day, should I be worried? - Vet Help Direct.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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