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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Weak hind quarters

Hi all. I am very concerned about Deja, my strong girl. Her hind quarters are rapidly weakening over the last week. l contributed it to maybe a misstep at first and was observing her. She can now barely me it over 3 ft jump, lies down most of the time and wobbles like a badly built GSD. Of course it is now Friday evening when things look worse. Anything coming to mind before I have to take her to the ER vet? She is 6 six years old, intact and normally strong as a horse.
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 02:42 AM
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My first thought would be a tick-related paralysis. My next thought would be to get her spine x-rayed, if no ticks were found.

If that still didn't show a cause, I'd do bloodwork and look for things like anemia that would cause generalized weakness.

Edit: I avoid emergency vets for anything short of a life-threatening emergency, or wounds that need immediate treatment (stitches).
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My initial go to is always a trial period of crate rest. If things get worse, then it's vet time. If things stay the same after a few days, I monitor for a few more. If it still doesn't start to improve, vet time. I have yet to have to take a dog to a vet for a joint injury using this protocol.
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She has almost all the symptoms of early DM. It doesn't look good. Will consult the vet next week.
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It sounds like it could be dm my neighbors dog had that and just remember never see anything like it. I would imagine a tick panel would be done but sometimes more then one thing going on so X-ray would be important to do. My male gsd has developed arthritis at 8 years of age but it was more stiffness then anything then progressed.


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Take her temp. Mine has had wobbling and weakness sudden onset twice with a fever that went away with the fever. It still needs vet tx
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post #7 of 54 (permalink) Old 10-12-2019, 09:37 AM
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Nothing here advice wise, just lots and lots of healing thoughts to you and Deja. Hope she pulls through for you, it’s so hard when you watch them go downhill and don’t know why.
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Don't assume it's DM. I've had 2 German shepherds that gradually lost control of their hind ends. In both cases, it was related to the spine. One had ankylosing spondylitis (vertebrae actually fused together!) and the other likely had lumbar stenosis due to arthritis. If your dog is active, it could also be a ruptured disc.
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Dont jump to DM just yet. Tick, spine, Iliocostalis muscle injury..so many causes of stuff like this. DM is usually gradual. Starts with toe dragging. It *usually* isn't a one week onset to lame type thing.

Please keep us posted <3
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How have her gums looked?
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