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Old 03-27-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Hi,

I have a 3 year old Rottie, whom up until 2 weeks ago was perfectly fit and healthy. Whilst walking 2 weeks ago he started to show signs as if he had trodden on a thorn. His paws were clear, and he continued his walk, but kept wanting to sit down. He had not ran around alot that day, so was not knackered, so I thought it was strange that he kept wanting to sit.
Basically, his hind legs got worse, and after xrays and blood tests at the vets, we are still none the wiser as to what the problem is.
He is eating, drinking and going to the loo without problem, apart from stooping for his toilet stuff, he struggles to stand.
He showed signs of improvment over the week and got back to about 85% fitness, but after taking him for a walk and mucking about in the garden, his hind legs are weak once again.
Can anyone advise if they have had similar problems.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:53 PM   #2
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Heather, welcome to the forum! The x-rays showed nothing?

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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I had a Maltese (May she RIP) that had a similar issue, also with limping tho. She was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. She was about 4 or 5 when she was finally diagnosed. My Dad suspected it anyway. But she was also overweight and once she lost 4 or 5 lbs (which is alot for a 10 lb dog) she seemed to do alot better. Is he/she overweight?

We also did acupuncture for her. She had both hip dysplasia and arthritis (at the end of her life) and it worked for a decent amount of time before we just decided to have her PTS because she couldn't get up anymore.

I suppose that would have shown up in the X-rays though?
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I seem to recall a case within the past few years of a member whose dog had weak hindquarters and no obvious signs of what was wrong, such as lumbar-sacral stenosis. I'll have to look for it. What they went through may inform you. You can search for it, too.
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Welcome to the forum vidal. Sorry your pup is having problems. I hope you and your vet get it figured out.
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What did they x-ray? Because first thought for me is a back problem.

If not that, perhaps you should check your dog for tick born diseases, mainly lyme disease and erlichiosis (plus of course whatever can be found in your area that I don't know about). Both erlichiosis and lyme disease can show itself in lameness and similar, and it can show up quite a long time after the dog's had a tick.

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #7
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hi all,

the xrays were done on his back and hips. No slipped discs and no hip displasia. Blood tests negagive too. Not sure what they tested for though.

ticks and snake bites ruled out also (we have both on the area where we walk the dog)

Vet also baffled somewhat and wanted to refer to neurologist, BUT, the dog can walk properly after rest, and the legs seem to weaken when stood/walking for a while, so we don't think it is a neurological problem,,,

anymore ideas ? The dog is only 3, so we also do not think it is arthritus. He's not over weight either.....
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This is a tricky one... How was tick born disease ruled out if you don't know what the blood tests were for? (Not a critique, I'm just trying to find out more.) If there are a lot of ticks in your area, do you use any tick repellent? If so, what, and have you checked its possible side effects?

Did the x-rays check his knees also? From you description it sounds most like a dog in pain, in that he starts to sit down after having walked for a while. Knees aren't given as much attention as hips (and elbows), but they can have similar problems.

Was there any imaging done to check for damage to soft tissue rather than bone (sorry, don't know what this is called in English, but it's like x-rays only not...)? Does he move his tail normally? Was his reflexes in the hind quarters normal?

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hi, we spoke to the vet about possible ticks, and she ruled that out after she researched it further.
we only spoke about the hips on the xray, not knees. The dog does not yelp or twinge in pain when poked and prodded.
his tail is docked, but still wiggles.

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Hi All,

someone has suggested possible trapped nerve, which apparently does not show up on xrays ?

Been suggested to give ARNICA, a herbal remedy for aches, pains....oooh loads of stuff.

What do you lot think

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