Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Luc...dragging rear feet
It's been awhile.
I think the last time I was on (we used to be regulars) I was asking about Luc's laryngeal paralysis, which he has been diagnosed with - the left side of his larynx is paralyzed.
LP is thought to be part of a generalized polyneuropathy - meaning it can lead to wider spread paralysis.
For a year now at least, possibly longer (my husband says Luc has done this as long as he's known him, which is about 8 years, but I don't agree) Luc will sometimes drag his rear legs on walks.
He's now 13 years old, healthy, though has the LP and hypothyroid. He probably has some Border Collie as well though we can't be sure. Sometimes his tummy gets upset, but we seem to have got it under control. He is thin, about 47lbs - very defined tuck, my husband thinks he is too thin, but it's just that people are used to seeing overweight dogs. He has lost weight recently but we've got it under control - we were giving him Neb's low fat food (Neb had liver issues years ago) and he was having diarrhea all the time. He's back on the full fat Wellness Core (grain free) and is fine, his weight is stable.
He's still active - we just got in from a 5.4k evening walk, on which, he dragged his rear legs a bit. But he still does backpacking trips, up to 20k/day. Hikes, etc. No more running. He probably has arthritis, just based on his age, he no longer likes to run (that could also be the LP) and so we give him glucosamine and wild salmon oil.
So a bit of disorganized background. Overall he doesn't show his age - someone mistook him for a puppy tonight!!!!!!
But - how concerned should I be about his rear legs? The chiropractor says it's not a joint thing. It's so minor, I'm probably being a hypochondriac - could this be LP? I thought of DM, being a GSD thing, but it's my understanding it progresses faster and is more extreme.
Luc 15.5 yo GSD
Neb, husky/terrier/lab? X, DOB 18.4.2008
Xerxes, beagle, ~3yo
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