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Dog's Legs are stiff

Holly....thank you for responding. Yes, Acti-Flex 4000 has glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, type II collagen, MSM, Ester C, Perna Canaliculus, Yucca, Hyaluronic Acid, and Bioperine, Superoxide Dismutase, and Boswellia Serrata. It has been working but I think she needs something for pain. She is panting and very clingy. TIme for a visit to the vet and I'll ask about the shots. Thanks again.
 

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For the pain, ask the vet for some NSAIDS or Tramadol. Neither is a steroid and both can help with pain.

May want to add in the Omega 3s.
 

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Boyle163 - How is your dog now? My dog is currently displaying the exact same symptoms and am very worried about her. Thanks!
 

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I fear my shepherd has DM he has been getting worse with his back end, but seems to feel no pain at all. He will be walking and the back legs buckle and he just lays there looking at me as if hes saying ok mom help me up. Also his bladder and poop has very little control. Other then all this he is a very healthy dog. It just breaks my heart to see him go through this I have had him since he was 8 weeks old and now he is 12 years old. This dog has givin me 12 years of love, laughter, and loyalty so I have decided to have him put down as soon as my taxes get in. I wont make him suffer cause of my feelings and not wanting to see him go he needs to go while he still has some dignity.
I lost my female shepherd last week she was a year younger then my male and she was in great shape and was still like a puppy. I went to feed them all was fine and then 45 minutes later she had foam coming out her mouth and was in a great amount of pain. I rushed he in to the vet and he said she either had a twisted spleen or a stomach mass her under side was very swollen and painful. The vet didnt have the ultrasound stuff there so he gave me pain meds to keep her comfortable over night but he said she may not make it. Well my baby was gone when I woke up the next morning that was the hardest thing I have seen in awhile. I feel so guilty for bringing her home instead of putting her down, but I thought she would pull through. She was fine the day before running and playing acting like a pup and then out of nowhere this happens. Ok the tears are going now so im out for now.
 

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Our Mini Schnauzer developed significant weakness in his back legs the evening after we applied Activyl. The Vet instructed us to wash it off. Our dog has had a previous herniated disc, however, he had appeared to recover from that. Thus, we don't know what the cause at the moment is for his problem. In addition to the weakness (manifested mostly on rising from a lying position) he also attempts to scratch the area where we applied the Activyl. The symptoms appear to be different from his early bout with the herniated disc (hunching, clearly in pain). However, the Vet's seem to believe it is related to the disc, but are reluctant to do an MRI as he is not showing any paralysis, only weakness.
 

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Coonhound paralysis

There is a disease called Coonhound Paralysis, polyridiculonuritis. I had never heard of it and I live in the South. My Coonhound suddenly was unable to stand or walk. My current vet thought it was arthritis but it came on in a few days. It took my retired, older country vet to diagnose this the old fashioned way... by looking at the symptoms, no expensive test. The dog can recover, may take a few months of quiet care. I doubt most vets now have ever heard of it.
 

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Wow, good thread. Great response about the possible coon hound paralysis. When I practiced in the south I would run across these on occasion. Usually they had a history of a scuffle with a raccoon. For the lady with the German Shepherd, it does sound like your dog might have DM. Shepherds are the most common breed that we see this disease. There is no effective conventional treatment for this degenerative spinal cord disease, but acupuncture can slow it way down. I have had some Shepherds go for several years before they could no longer stand. Might check with a holistic vet.

For the originator of this thread, the most likely cause would be compression of the cord due to an unstable disc. Most of these dogs have neurological symptoms as well as pain. The other possibilities would be a FCE (fibrocartilagenous embolus) and Cauda Equina syndrome. Spinal tumors can cause these symptoms but in my experience spinal tumors are extremely painful. CE syndrome can be differentiated from DM by elevating the tail. DM dogs will not be painful but CE dogs will. Before you spend the big bucks for an MRI, ask yourself whether you would be willing to do the surgery if it is a ruptured disc? If not (the cost is about 3000 dollars with no guarantee) then why do the procedure. The treatment options left, once you opt for no surgery, would be to use anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medication. I am surprised that they did not start your dog on some prednisone as it is stronger for inflammation associated with the spinal cord. Just my thought. Hope things go well and keep us posted.
 

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Ours developed rear leg weakness and instability after her third dose of trifexis. I know that drug kills fleas by disabling their nervous system, guess it affected our dogs nervous system too. Fortunately it started to reverse the next day, and improved every day until it resolved. She does ok using Frontline, which is what we use to control fleas. She has been on Frontline for several years, with no noticeable side effects.
 

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I have one and she is 5 years old and one day suddenly her back leg stop working properly and she feels very painful and it was also very painful to me and I could not see her this situation so i take her to the vet and he advised me some medicines and also to do message tow time daily in the morning and one time in the evening and now she is feeling better day by day and i hope she will be quite ok in next few days.
 

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Holly....thank you for responding. Yes, Acti-Flex 4000 has glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, type II collagen, MSM, Ester C, Perna Canaliculus, Yucca, Hyaluronic Acid, and Bioperine, Superoxide Dismutase, and Boswellia Serrata. It has been working but I think she needs something for pain. She is panting and very clingy. TIme for a visit to the vet and I'll ask about the shots. Thanks again.
tHi Jeffrey,
Sorry to hear that about your dog..my golden when he was age 13 had the same issues, until I gave him CanineActiv and worked great!
 
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