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We just came across this story on petfinder, I wish there was a endless supply of money to help these wonderful people trying to help this puppy. I know money is tight but if everybody just gave a couple bucks he might have a chance to walk again.

http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=11561388
 

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There is already a thread going for Forest at: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=756227&page=1#Post756227

Sorry for repeating myself here ... It looks like Forest has what Eli, Spirit and several other GSD's have. The cause is not known at this time, but it is possibly a motor neuron disease that is just not yet documented in German Shepherds.

If Forest does have this then he will eventually walk and run on his own, without the help of rehab (core strengthening exercises do help) or surgery, which may actually prove detrimental. He may well have contractures of the quadriceps and sartorius muscles, with luxated hips and patellas and rotational deformities of his femurs and tibias, as do all the other GSD's that we know that look the same.

I, along with a vet at UT who has been working with a similarly affected dog have written to the shelter sharing our experiences with rehab and surgery (which failed), and how we are trying to work towards a definitive diagnosis.

The shelter staff are doing an amazing job trying to help Forest and I hope that they can help him as he becomes more adept at walking and perhaps get initial diagnostics done to rule out other diseases which may cause hindlimbs problems like these (e.g. Neospora or toxoplasmosis).

If you want to see how well these pups do with their "straight legs" here is a link to my Eli and Spirit, playing in the yard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYYbZbAvYZE
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