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Our dog is 86 lb lab mix 9 1/2 yrs-front right amputation in January for osteosarcoma. He has been doing quite well until about 2 or 3 weeks ago and had sudden onset of weakness in left rear leg. He kind of "swings" that leg out and is hesitant to bear weight on it. Took him to vet who did exam and x rays and found nothing. No pain with range of motion or palpation. X ray fine except small avulsion fracture metatarsal-he did not think that was causing the problem but an incidental finding. Lower spine looked fine-not even any arthritic changes. He continues to not want to use that leg-have gotten a harness to help him more. Some days worse than others, He does eat fine-although can't stand up to eat.
Any thoughts? He does seem to be in pain? I wish I spoke dog so I would know if he is suffering
8 December 2009
ACL? Did vet check for "drawer sign" to check his ligaments? Another thought....groin muscle?
14 August 2009
Maybe it's just muscle spasms? You can always try a muscle relaxer from the vet.
I hope you find the answer and your boy gets better soon!
She departed us unexpectedly January 23, 2011 at the age of 12 1/2.
She was born with a deformed front leg and a tripawd all of her life.
22 August 2008
Thanks for all the support. Any other ideas? He is gradually getting weaker in that leg-basically getting around on 2 legs! He is on Previcox. He still is eating and drinking fine.. I was expecting some problems with lung mets down the road but this is so different than what I expected. I think we are going on 3 weeks now with no improvement in that leg and maybe worse. I wonder if it is in his spine above where we could see on x ray-but do want to do an MRI
13 September 2011
Hi, is he still showing no signs of pain?
This sounds very similar to Magnum but she had pain. She was a rear leg amputee. She started swinging her back leg out and keeping it straight under her instead of in the centre. She also showed no signs of pain on palpitations or movement (but then she was an expert at hiding her pain from the vets). She didn't appear to be in pain initially but she started reducing how far she wanted to walk (so in hindsight I think there had to have been pain).
Over a 6 week period she got progressively weaker in the leg until she was getting around on the 2 front legs as much as she could (and we became her back legs). But by then she was very obviously in pain (but still wouldn't show signs of pain with the vet!). When an xray was finally done they could see several lesions (mets), the worst being quite a large one on her back hip. But if your dog isn't showing any signs of pain and the xrays don't show anything then maybe something is going on with the discs in his spine and and MRI would likely pick it up?? I'm no expert in this, Pam is likely to give better insight.
I hope you can get to the bottom of it and soon.
Karen and Spirit Magnum
My quad-pug Tani has pretty bad arthritis in her spine and all four legs. There are times when she gets up and one of her back legs does not work at all, it started out once in awhile, then it was happening weekly, then every other day or so. It does not appear painful, but she is pretty stoic. She is already on rimadyl and other joint supplements.
I took her to a chiropractic vet a few weeks ago and she adjusted Tani's back. She went almost 5 weeks without the dead leg thing happening. It really seemed to help- is that a possibility for you?
If you do an x-ray you should be able to see arthritis, if that is what it is, or lesions if that is what it is.
Karen and the pugapalooza
13 October 2011
My dog Levi has had a weird lamness in his back leg that comes and goes. It is back problems. We take him to the chiropractor 2-3 times in a week and a half time frame and he's fixed right up!
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