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Well I must admit you do have a point. However, she seems to be doing a bit better. Still a lil stiff and slow and wobbley, but not in as much obvious pain. She has slowly mosey'ed outside to potty took the back steps on her own with no falls and no crying. Something is still not right, but it appears she is doing a bit better....for now. As far as the vet goes, our choices are few and far between, I have been to several vets in the surrounding area, and so far, this guy (yes it is a guy) has been the best. He seems to generally care about her and has even called to check up on her. Like I said before money is a bit of an issue right now and this vet sent me home with all the stuff, didn't charge an after hours fee, and took a post dated check for two weeks from now. He gave me his home number and his cell, as well as being able to call the office for his answering service. I am not opposed to changing vets again, but as of right now, there is a short supply in a one hour radius....as it is we don't even have a vet in town...much less a specialist or a animal chiropractor or accupuncturist. Don't get me wrong, I will do all I can for my girl she is like a child to me, but I do have 4 skin kids as well, one of which being a autistic child. Anywho, that si neither here nor there.....I greatly appreciate each and every comment that has been left as well as all the suggestions, I will definatley consider all of them...please keep them coming and I will update on my girl often as I can. For now she seems to be comfortable.
GSD10 you have a point, we jsut moved into a house with linoleum in some areas of the house coming from hardwood.....she has always had arthritis, and sometimes her feet will slip out from under her.....will check with vet to see about this possibility and I will also ask if there is something we can giver her to help maintain the pain meds in the mornings when it seems to be the worst.
 

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Mas's incident last year was a result of him slipping on my hardwood floors. I have runners throughout the house and he is clever enough to walk quickly to the runners before moving along further. We just spent Christmas at my mom's house for 3 days and she has new laminate flooring. It was like an ice rink for Mas. When I went downstairs he would come as far as the last carpeted step and look at the floor then look at me and whine. I had taken a few of my runners for him, but not enough for the whole house.

It sounds like your vet is supportive. I have had vets recommend very expensive procedures to no avail, those are the ones I am more leary of. Given that you have all the required contact numbers for him it sounds like he will be available to you when you need him. Sometimes they do just have to wait these things out


Have you tried some of the massage therapy techniques with her. And I don't know...but would those heated bean bag things help? What do you guys think? I don't use one because I don't have a microwave.

Keep us posted.
 

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Your post reminded me of when my old girl was about 12 yo. She used to sleep under the bed (even during the day) and had a similar whining, yelping, "can't move" attack and I had to physically lift the bed totally off her so I could let her get up. After that she was fine. It was arthritis and she was on pain medication and glucoamine chondroiton with MSM (off and on) from that time - she was almost 17yo when she was PTS so the treatment did work. All the best!!
 

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well, this morning shadow seems to be doing quite a bit better. she is not whinning at all when she stands, and she is moving just a tad bit better. its a baby step but at least it is in the right direction! keep the great thoughts coming....i know they won't cure her, but they seem to be helping her be comfortable (ans mee too LOL). she also seems to be feeling more like her regal dignified self today, so that is a good thing.
 

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Very glad she's doing better! Sometimes crate rest makes all the difference in the world! I blew out a disc in my back last year (or two-who knows) and not doing anything really helped tremendously (and darvocet).
You just tell her she's going to be okay and you'll help her as much as you can.

This is when you wish they were smaller! There's one in the back of the vet office with a back injury that's under 20# and you just know that has to be easier to deal with!
 
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Originally Posted By: dOgSince no one else has mentioned it: <span style="color: #3333FF">Ester-C article</span>

Start out w/ 1/2 a 500 mg cap/day, increase until stool starts to loosen, then back down.

It can't hurt, price is right!

Best of Luck, hoping you & Shadow have a great New Year!
I really have to second this. My Odin has very mild HD and went from being stiff when he got up and not given to jump to having excellent range of motion and being very bouncy indeed. Well worth doing.
 

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So how is Shadow doing now?
 

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I was wondernig too. How is Shadow progressing?
 

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Although my Konan is only 6 years old and was in excellent physical fitness, he too had the same sudden onset of rear leg weakness on New Year's Eve. We have lots of land in rural Manitoba here in Canada, so Konan only knows "one speed" which is non-stop running for him. He was out earlier with our 9 month old female GSD, no obvious signs of injury. He then laid down after supper, had a nap and 2 hours later, that's when it happened. Although he didn't appear to be in pain, he still had great difficulty getting up and walking initially. A couple of hours later, it was primarily his right leg. Off to the Vet Emerg we went, had lots of x-rays done, all of which came back beautiful. Spinal & hip xrays showed no signs of osteo-arthritis, no degenerative disc disease, no decreased disc spaces, just beautiful.

He was given the Prednisone and is still on it and although the vet didn't recommend the Glyco Flex III, we still put him on it. He poops with slightly greater difficulty but manages and pees ok, no running of course. He seems to have improved some as he stands higher on his back legs and doesn't appear to be in pain. We were told by our vet that it was more than likely a back injury (looking back on it, I think that he may have slipped on our laminate floors).

So now, we wait... After 2 days on non-stop crying, as I was terrified that I may have to put him down, I have some renewed hope. The nearest MRI is 3 days drive from my house and as my husband and I are both military, getting time off at a minute's notice is not an option.

His back seems a bit "off" to right, almost seems as though he has a bit of scoliosis & spasm. Is there anything else other than the Prednisone (which he still has 2 weeks left) and the Glyco Flex III that I can give him? Does anyone recommend certain massage therapies or stretching? I've have GSDs for years and this is the first time that this has happened to me.

Can anyone share advice??
 

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UPDATE!!!!!
Shadow is better, seems like a 100%. She is no longer moving slow and is back to her normal self. I asked the vet about weaning the metacam down to make sure she needs it, and he said it was fine, but at the first weather change, or if it looks like she is "having a bad day" to go ahead and dose her up. I am keeping her on the glyco-flex III. She has not needed the metacam now for almost a week, and she seems to be just perfect. She has even done some light running and playing in the yard with the other yaywhos. I think she might have had a "stiff" day and slipped on the linoleum of the new house, and that aggravated everything. of course it is merely a hypothosis as i never saw her fall. But so far so good, and thank you all so very much for your good thoughts and suggestions during my time of need. THANK YOU from the bottom of my GSD obsessed heart.
 

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So glad to hear that.
Thanks for the update!
 

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so glad to hear that Shawdow is doing better!!!! Really apprecaite the update!!!
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