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Old 05-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 13 year old german shephards back legs are really getting bad. She has been on rimadyl and lubrisyn the last couple of years and it made a huge difference. Now her back legs seem to cross one another when she walks and she drags and curls her back right foot. Walking on hardwood floors is next to impossible. The loss of muscle mass on her hind legs is pretty dramatic. I have put mats down on the hardwood floors to help her out. Any treaments or ideas to possibly help her out. She still has control of her bowels. I have a feeling that It will soon be time to put her to sleep, but I want to try all options before I have to make that decission.
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I don't know anything about what to do, but I do want to say sorry your old girl is going through this
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So sorry your girl is having these problems ... has she ever been diagnosed as to what's causing the problem (there are different reasons for the same physical symptoms)? Sometimes a different course of medication can be helpful.

Have you considered putting her in a K-9 wheelchair?
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Hi,
My 13 year old german shephards back legs are really getting bad. She has been on rimadyl and lubrisyn the last couple of years and it made a huge difference. Now her back legs seem to cross one another when she walks and she drags and curls her back right foot. Walking on hardwood floors is next to impossible. The loss of muscle mass on her hind legs is pretty dramatic. I have put mats down on the hardwood floors to help her out. Any treaments or ideas to possibly help her out. She still has control of her bowels. I have a feeling that It will soon be time to put her to sleep, but I want to try all options before I have to make that decission.

In addition to the rimadyl your vet could also put her on the pain killer tramadol. Tramadol isn't expensive. As a last resort the rimadyl can be stopped and she could be put on prednisone along with the tramadol. Pred is also not expensive......
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Has she been diaognoised with Degenerative Myelopathy?? Or is it an arthritic based neurological problem??? Pred won't help DM - but may help as an anti-inflammatory....

13 is a great age for a GSD...sounds like she is doing pretty well for her age! I hope your vet can help slow down the progress!

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Kayla. To make a real real long story a little shorter. I just put my almost 10 year old GSD Kaos to sleep this past Saturday for hips that were completly gone. He developed bloody stools from the last resort meds. There are a lot of other things I will leave out to save time. Anyway Feeling so guilty I could have done more (still do) and rushed to judgement putting Kaos to sleep. I got all his medical records this Monday from my Vet. Made an appointment with another vet. I said my GSD was still alive but I was considering putting him down but wanted other opinions. Just showed the records. His words were this poor dog does have serious issues. If it were my dog I would most likely be leaning to put him down. Any way he gave me something I never heard of and I am really pissed my Vet never suggested to try (I tried everything from stem cell 3000$ to acupuncture etc etc anything imaginable except THR which would have cost me at least 12-13 thousand which I couldn't get. I tried a house refi cash out but couldn't get it) Anyway it's called a "hip dennervation". Ballpark around $1500. Its a minimal invasive surgery. Dog goes home the same day. You can look up all the details. Not a cure. Won't stop progression of arthritis. But nerves are cut reliving pain that helps the dog be able to move around better and be more active. Your GSD is old so this might be something to help him through. Be comfortable (hopefully more years) until his natural time is up......
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Now her back legs seem to cross one another when she walks and she drags and curls her back right foot.
The crossing or drunken walking is ataxia. It indicates a neurological condition, not necessarily and arthritic one...

What shape is she in now?
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