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Old Yesterday, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently adopted a 4 year old male who weighed 60lbs when I got him 2 weeks ago and noticed right away some bad signs. He drags his rear feet, if I walk him too much or he plays too long starts to really wobble and limp. I've been in contact with the family who was re-homing him and they say he has drug his feet only after a long walk but has been going on for some time. They also say his hips were tested but never his spine.

I lost my last male to a spinal condition and in my heart I feel like I know where this situation will end. im so frustrated with how this beautiful boy was neglected. Now I'm left to figure out what to do.
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Wow...can I appreciate your concern and hardship.

I lost my last shepherd to DM and now with my new gal...even as a puppy..if she scuffed a rear paw/nail...my mind went to the worst case scenario. Yes, I knew that DM doesn't rear it's wickedness at such an early age but my mind and concerns got the better of me....they still do.

If it were me...I would investigate the situation with the professionals, hoping to find a solution which is more palatable than " I feel like I know where this situation will end.".

However, even if your gut feeling comes to fruition....this guy of yours ended up at your doorstep and you are the best person to bring him the best life possible...no matter what the outcome.

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You could also check for tick diseases. One of my dogs started dragging his rear feet, and long story short, he had a very bad infection of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Tick diseases attack the joints, but are treatable with antibiotics, usually doxycycline.
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