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How many others have had problems with the back legs of their GSD?

That's what happened with my old dog, Benny. He was 2 weeks shy of 14. My current dog, Crystal seems to be have a slight bit of trouble standing up as fast as she used to. Once the weather gets better, we're going to start walking her more often, hoping that losing some weight will help her out.

I know it's a common problem with GSD, who else has been there?
 

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And Crystal is turning 10 in April, by the way.
 

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Definitely cut back on her food if she is overweight. That is the MOST important thing to help her.

Are you giving supplements? I would give her 2000-3000 mg fish oil, 400 iu vit E and 2000 mg Vit C.

Also, talk to your vet about pain management. They might give her pain killers/anti-inflammatory meds or they might have the laser treatment for pain also.

At her age, it could be just arthritis or it could be that she's has HD and it's just now showing.
 

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It is common but often it is not the hips but the back. It would be best to take her to a vet, (I really do recommend an orthopedic specialist -a little more but it made a difference for us) - you want to start by making sure you have the *Right* cause before you do too much.

EIther way a lean well muscled dog is a lot better off going into their senior years.

If it is the hips some good things are walking UP hill, and also walking in chest high water (not so much swimming as water walking) ....... but I would see what it is first because they can get spondylosis and degenerative myelopathy as well as hip dysplasia. (and you can google all of those)
 

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Yes! Thanks for pointing that out, Nancy. When my 3 year was walking with an odd gait, it was her back that was out. A chiropractic visit helped tremendously. Definitely take her to the vet and maybe get some xrays done.
 

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Definitely cut back on her food if she is overweight. That is the MOST important thing to help her.

Are you giving supplements? I would give her 2000-3000 mg fish oil, 400 iu vit E and 2000 mg Vit C.

Also, talk to your vet about pain management. They might give her pain killers/anti-inflammatory meds or they might have the laser treatment for pain also.

At her age, it could be just arthritis or it could be that she's has HD and it's just now showing.

We did cut back on her food. She's only slightly overweight because of this winter we've had. It was horrible. The 3 feet of snow is JUST starting to melt after weeks of being there. And she's on meds for arthritis. She's not really having hip problems, just a little trouble getting up as fast as she used to (which could be the start of hip problems or just her weight). We'll see after she starts getting walks again.
 

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Yes! Thanks for pointing that out, Nancy. When my 3 year was walking with an odd gait, it was her back that was out. A chiropractic visit helped tremendously. Definitely take her to the vet and maybe get some xrays done.

She's goes to the vet every few months, her vet knows everything I say here really haha. She has a small curable disease that we're working on as well. That's why her vet sees her somewhat often.
 
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