I'm new to this site and would like some help.
I adopted Nadine March 17, 2012 from a rescue kennel. They received her from an animal shelter where she had been picked up as a stray. They listed her age as 8 years old so she is almost 11 now.
About 6 months ago she started to show her age; not as insistent on long walks and no longer jumping on my bed. I gave her Cosuquin DS and within a few days she was jumping on my bed again. A few days later she stopped.
Suddenly, 6 weeks ago, she developed extreme weakness in her hind legs. She was staggering and tipping over easily. Again, this was sudden.
I took her to an emergency vet clinic where they did a physical exam only and prescribed tramadol. They thought she may have ligament damage to her right knee.
I then took her to my vet days later and X-rays were taken which did not show any injuries or anything unusual. She was put on Rimadyl and that has helped a lot. She's much more energetic and is bright-eyed and happy.
However she still walks like she's drunk and tips over fairly easily. She doesn't drag her hind feet. In fact, it seems to me she's making a conscious effort to "prance" and keep her hind feet high off the ground. She still wags her tail as much as ever.
A couple of more things. Nadine tested positive for Lyme disease 2 years ago, was treated and does not test positive for it now. Also, I put Nadine on a grain free 2 years ago to try to alleviate her constant scratching. It worked but she gained 20 pounds (of muscle in my opinion). She's now on a diet.
I'm worried that Nadine has DM but from what I read on the subject it doesn't appear suddenly.
Does anyone have any advice for us? If you have a dog with DM can you tell me what has worked for you?
I thought my dog was done when he hurt his back - he was goose stepping and in a lot of pain. He had felt so good after a round of acupuncture and chiropractic, that he jumped off the deck stairs and took a tumble.
I did 2 weeks of crate rest. He was resistant - your dog is really big, and he was under 60#, but he was still in a very large kennel, in the kitchen so he could see everything, with a mattress in it. I am thinking a huge x-pen with with a quality dog mattress, or a crib mattress, could help. I didn't want him in a crate that he had to try to bend his back in to turn around.
We did this with the Metacam which we weaned off asap.
Peak Veterinary Referral Center Doctors
has a doctor (Wheel) who is a rehab vet. That's where I would go, if it checks out reference wise, to have a consult.
I also had a dog who showed DM like wobbling from an infection so if you have not had blood work done (should before an NSAID) do it.
Weight loss will help. Good luck!