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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Sudden back right leg limping

Joey turned 13 on Thanksgiving Day. Had no problems during the day. As he was going outside to do his nighttime business, he seemed wobbly. Had trouble going upstairs. We went to our PA house the next day; the limping got worse. We made him rest until we came back home today. His walking improved some.

His vet checked him out today. Nothing broken or torn. Prescribed Metacam and lots of rest.

She mentioned possible causes (sprain, spinal, arthritis, and the dreaded DM word), but was not overly concerned since he appears to be improving instead of getting worse. If he does get worse, she will take X-rays.

Anyone have this happen to their GSD?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-25-2018, 08:05 PM
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My first gsd had bad arthritis. He was what you described. There are medications the vet can give to make them more comfortable. I had seen adequin work wonders In some dogs. I hope you get some answers soon so you can make him more comfortable.


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13 things are going to happen. does he get glucosamine & chondroitin... you can try CBD oil I hear good things
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We just started him on glucosamine & condroitin. Will keep the CBD oil in mind.

Will have him sleep on the first floor for at least the next week, to see his progress.

He’s always been a strong boy. Praying it’s either a sprain or arthritis. My husband asked me what DM is. I said, you don’t want to know.

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He seems to be getting better. Will keep him on the first floor for a few more days before trying the stairs.

Will ask the vet how long he can stay on the Metacam.
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