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I have a almost 9 yr old German Shepherd. I recently noticed that after long walks, I can hear him drag his nails on his left hind foot on the ground. He has been diagnosed at having arthritis in his back legs, nothing too serious, but he does take medication for it.
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Unfortunately, I have some experience with this and what you describe could be signs of a neurological problem. To be clear, I'm not saying that she definitely has a problem, or even that it's likely she has a problem, merely that it is a possibility. Have you consulted your vet? You might also want to think about consulting with a specialist - they would probably be able to tell in a few minutes if it's a neurological or spinal issue.

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Vicky has a rear dew claw as well and the doctor insists on removing it and that's the reason why he did so sometimes it hurts them and it keeps disturbing them when they move
 

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This has been going on for 7 mos & you haven't taken her to the vet?

We can't dx via keyboard, it's all just speculative. Could be a disc problem, fwiw.

I think she needs to be seen by the vet asap. Unless I missed it in one of the posts, it sounds as if she's not been seen or xrayed.
 

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http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/general-puppy-stuff/460842-lady-dog-park-says-my-8-month-old-lucy-has-hip-dysplasia.html#post5646530

in this thread the op says he asked his vet and the vet said the dog stands normally
not sure about walking but if you take your dog in and the vet says nothing is wrong you then assume, well nothing is wrong :shrug:

of course we are now all saying it is not normal for a pup to drag her toes so perhaps they are doing something about it now
just sayin that your post is a little rude and it would be helpful to look back at their previous posts
 

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http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/general-puppy-stuff/460842-lady-dog-park-says-my-8-month-old-lucy-has-hip-dysplasia.html#post5646530

in this thread the op says he asked his vet and the vet said the dog stands normally
not sure about walking but if you take your dog in and the vet says nothing is wrong you then assume, well nothing is wrong :shrug:

of course we are now all saying it is not normal for a pup to drag her toes so perhaps they are doing something about it now
just sayin that your post is a little rude and it would be helpful to look back at their previous posts
If the pup is dragging her rear toes, it's not normal & time for a 2d opinion. I didn't see anything mentioned about xrays, which should have been done.

My suggestion is that the OP take the pup to another vet. How do you dx a hip or disc problem by the way the dog "stands"?
 

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Sorry, not sure what happened with that first post. I have an 11 month old that has been scuffing his back nails for awhile too. He recently had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. I brought this up with the surgeon and she checked him for DM and other things, all were fine. We are doing physical therapy now and the therapist told us it a most likely due to two things, the fact he had a bum knee for awhile and that he is lazy. : ) She gave us some exercises to do, one of which is taking some broom handles or PVC, setting them on some shoes, so they are raised about 3 inches off the ground and having him walk over them a certain amount of times each day. It forces him to pick those back legs up and it has been making a difference. This is our first GSD too, aren't they wonderful! Good luck with everything!
 

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they cannot diagnose a disc problem without the use of an mri but an x ray could show if there is narrowing where the disc would be
that said i think it is just a variation for a show line pup but i could be wrong
only way to tell is to see pics and a video of his movement
but yes i agree a 2nd opinion would be better ;)
 

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I wish the OP would get involved --- there may be an underlying disease which needs to be addressed.
Symmetric Lupoid Onychodystrophy | Dermatology for Animals - Part 1 or yeast or fungal problem or some dietary deficiency , lacking quality protein, zinc, selenium , silica , essential fatty acids, natural vitamin E , vitamin B 3 niacin .
In rare cases there can even be tumors under the nail.

****'s nails: Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy (SLO) is a painful condition causing dogs' nails to slough.(HEALTH) - Whole Dog Journal

In the standard it says the nails should be dark (black) strong , arched .
For a working breed the foot is very important .
Nails should not be flaking or splitting , soft , which you see in pale or striped nails .

The dog may be dragging the rear feet because of some swelling or inflammation in the foot or nail bed .

Grooming and keeping the nails at the proper length prevents damage to the nail which invites problems .

even if the OP hasn't read this at least it opens the discussion for others
 

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Lucy is 10 months old, came from great lineage and has fantastic genetic history with her parents and grandparents. For probably the last 7 months at least we've seen that when she walks, her rear legs cant outwards noticeably (i.e. elbows point inward and toes point more outward). She has no problems walking, running, or being generally active and absolutely loves walks. I don't know if this directly attributed to her rear legs' gait or not, but she drags her claws when she walks. With our laminate flooring in our home it's very pronounced and it's impossible for her to sneak up on anyone.

Regardless, due to the way she walks and drags her rear claws, we saw for the first time today after a 1-2 mile walk on a local paved trail that she basically ground down 2 of her nails on each rear foot, causing them to bleed slightly. She didn't display any discomfort at all, but this is the first time we've seen this.

This would strike me as abnormal, but being our first GSD I'm not sure if many of you experience this. I can't think of anything to do to help with it as it's connected with the way she walks, but wonder if some dog booties might help protect her rear feet or even help force her to walk differently?

Thoughts?
Hi- my 5 month old pup is doing the same thing. Can you tell me what the outcome was? I know this is a few years old and a shot in the dark but it’s worth a shot.
Thank you
 

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Hi- my 5 month old pup is doing the same thing. Can you tell me what the outcome was? I know this is a few years old and a shot in the dark but it’s worth a shot.
Thank you
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