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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Back leg limping

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I have a 9 year old GSD who's been limping for almost 4 days. It all started when he saw a cat on a tree and tried to stand on both of his legs, which he hasn't been able to do for a while. I have previously done multiple X-rays. He has arthritis in his lower spine and his hips are not in perfect shape but they are ok.

He has been on NutraMax Cosequin DS PLUS MSM for almost a year and it has done wonders. He gets 2 tablets/day. I also give him salmon oil every day.

I am thinking it could be a muscle strain because when I gently massage the vastus medialis muscle it causes him lots of pain. But it also hurts him when I press my thumb on his lower back. I will probably go to the vet tomorrow even though I was there 2 weeks ago and the doc said he was ok.

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Only a vet can tell you what's wrong. We can't see the dog or check the dog out. I hope it's just something small and he'll be back to normal soon.
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Went to the vet earlier today and they said it looks like a muscle strain and I should come back in a week. He seemed to be getting better. Took him for his usual walk today and everything was ok. I come back later and he can barely stand up. He just wants to lay on his orthopaedic bed. I have never seen him like this. What's weird is that the past days his right rear leg was causing him the pain now it is his left rear leg. His foot does not touch the ground when he tries to stand up. He has been laying on his bed for hours and refuses to stand up.

does this sound serious?
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It does sound serious to me:/
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Went to the vet earlier today and they said it looks like a muscle strain and I should come back in a week. He seemed to be getting better. Took him for his usual walk today and everything was ok. I come back later and he can barely stand up. He just wants to lay on his orthopaedic bed. I have never seen him like this. What's weird is that the past days his right rear leg was causing him the pain now it is his left rear leg. His foot does not touch the ground when he tries to stand up. He has been laying on his bed for hours and refuses to stand up.

does this sound serious?
Muscle strains are terrible. Stop taking him for walks for a week and let him rest and heal.
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Did the vet not put him on any anti inflammatory?

Certainly could be his hips, you mentioned they were off. Different dogs will react totally differently to the same degree of HD, so you can't judge by that. Sounds like new hip, leg and spine X-rays may be required.

Hope your dog gets to feeling better soon.
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Did the vet say to keep him on his usual exercise regime or to limit his activities? Normally it would be crate rest and just out to potty for a couple of days, but not walks of any length, that's likely to just aggravate the strain.
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Not sure what kind of strain you're dealing with, but we were recently told our boys groin pull would be a 6 week recovery time with physical therapy. It can be longer in some instances.
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No anti inflammatories. I was told to apply hot compress on the affected area. The vet did not mention to restrict his activity, but I have been taking him for a short walk everyday ever since it began; 7~10 min.

Should I take him back to the vet today or wait and see if things improve within a week?
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Update:

So I finally took him back to the vet and took an x-ray. Not much has changed since previous x-rays. His hips are fine. I already know he has spinal stenosis, but I learned this time he's got bone spurs along the edges of the bones of the spine which can be quite painful. It appears his arthritis is getting a bit worse and is causing the limping. Not much to do apparently except I continue with the glucosamine tablets and be careful with his exercise.

It is just sad to see him grow old so fast. I've mentioned in the forum before he is a rescue and that his age is unknown. I've felt he is around 8 years old, however the past few months have made me think he is older, 10+ years.
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