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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Back leg spasms

I have a 10 year old male GSD cross, who has recently started to have back leg muscle spasms after sleeping, or lying for a while. He will get up and his back left leg will kick out continually, or scratch the floor. He's not in pain when this happens and to stop it he'll lie or sit down. He can't control his leg when it does this and it lasts for up to 10 minutes or so.

He's always had a bit of trouble with his back legs. He doesnt have HD, but every few months he would yelp in pain as he was playing with his ball and limp around for a couple of days. The vets said it was probably muscular and gave him Rimadyl.

He is impossible to examine at the vets, and gets extremely nervous/wound up, to the point that he would need to be sedated to be examined. I am making a visit to the Vets for this problem though.

Has anyone experienced something like this themselves ? Im worried that it may be more serious than just a trapped nerve or something


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2008, 11:39 AM
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Re: Back leg spasms

Tick disease?


You could try stretching the legs and the back out, gently.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2008, 01:47 PM
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Re: Back leg spasms

I had a 9 year old GSD that would involuntarily kick out her hind legs, not really bad, but kind of like after a male dog pees he'll kick out his legs and scratch the grass. She wasn't in pain when this happened, and it went away after only a few kicks. So I'm not sure if it is similar to what your dog is experiencing.

Unfortunately for us, that was the first symptoms of DM, which eventually took her to the bridge at 11 1/2. Hopefully that is not the case with your dog.

To show the vet what is happening, I videotaped her when she was doing it, because it was random and could not be reproduced. That way the vet could see what it was without stressing the dog.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2008, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Back leg spasms

I did video him doing it, on my phone. The vet watched it, and said it was strange and is now looking at the process of eliminating what it's not.

He gave him a two week course of Rimadyl. He's not done it since starting the course, but I'm not reassured that it's because of the Rimadyl, as it was so random in the first place.

I'm sure a test for DM can be done as part of that process of elimination can it ? I'll also look at the other suggestions, to see if it fits. It is a movement like he does after doing his poop, tearing the grass up, but just on one leg, and much less controlled.. It's like he panics a bit when it starts and just wants to sit/lie down!

Thanks for the advice though )
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