Weak Hind Legs

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July 15th, 2009 17:47
Ohio
sinchak39
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My 9 year old dog suddenly is having trouble with her hind legs. Last night, she could not walk on her right hind leg. I thought maybe she had slipped on our tile floor and pulled a muscle but today she it seems like both legs are bothering. Plus, about 2 hours ago she had a shaking spell and was panting quite a bit. She did eat her dinner and walked outside to go to the bathroom and right now she is resting comfortably. Has anyone had this happen to their dog before?
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July 15th, 2009 19:00
Florida
stepherlynn
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If it is not arthritis acting up it could be hip displasia and sounds like your dog is in pain. Had your dog gone for a long walk or played/ran before the lameness? If your dog is a calm dog you could use a heating pad on low, you will have to hold it on the hip/thigh/knee area that is affected for about 10 min both sides. Don't leave it on your dog alone or he/she might chew the cord or pad. I would make an apt for the vets asap and talk about starting a glucosamine condroitin supplament and fish oil cap once or twice daily (for the rest of your dogs life) This keeps inflamation down and helps in the long term with pain without pain meds. Your dog is still has some years left so this is the way to go. Right now though your dog might need something. They might want to do xrays to make sure there wasn't an injury that you didn't see happen. Panting is a sign of pain so your dog is not happy now. Good luck and hope your dog is better soon. Also, swim therapy is good for excercise without hurting the joints and hips so if you have access to a pool or something let your dog swim but no jumping and running until you have given your supplements for a month and the vet has oked excercise. Walks are ok.
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Aug 5th, 2009 01:29
California
RobinG
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This has also happened to my 7 year old over the past few days. How is your dog doing now?
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