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Weak Rear Legs In Senior Male


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Last night our 11 1/2 year old greyhound, Porky, lifted his tail and started to squat like he had to poo. We rushed him downstairs and out the door and he went potty a bit so we thought all was ok. Tonight, he was standing in the living room and did it again ... so we rushed him outside again. About 15 minutes later he squatted in the living room again and we realized that it wasn't a potty problem ... his back legs were buckling on him, causing him to squat. I felt along his thighs and that caused his rear legs to buckle more, but he didn't yelp or make any noise. I got him to lay down and felt all along his legs ... he didn't flinch or yelp. After about 15 minutes of being bored, he stood up and walked to his crate with no limping or buckling. The only leg injury we know of is a possible pinched vertibrae a little under two years ago when he woke up one morning and couldn't stand on his back legs. He had all kinds of tests, saw a specialist for awhile, and was on crate rest for weeks and it resolved itself after 8 weeks or so ... he has had no problems since then. I will be calling his vet in the morning, but am hoping someone out there has experienced a similar problem ... and I'm hoping it's just a pulled muscle or something else minor. Please send positive thoughts for our only pup. Thank you!

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Guest greytbookert

Sounds like LS to me as well. If you take the info from Pam to your vet, it is pretty easy to dx.

 

I hope your boy is ok!

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I'm sorry you are looking at this, but it sounds similar to what my Pagliaccio has, and so far it has been very manageable. Pal receives a depo injection every ~6-7 weeks on his right side, and the improvement is huge. On his last visit, we did both sides to see if it will offer better improvement, as it appeared that his left side had been doing more compensating that usual. The two injections may have helped, we'll see. He also receives 100mg Tramadol BID, and he has been very comfortable. I still see the occasional "scooting" where he tucks his back end and crab walks, but these episodes are much further apart. Good luck with Porky.

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Sounds like LSS to me. My Buddy had it for three years and it just got really, really bad a few months ago. We had to let him go to the Bridge at 13 years, 2 months exactly.

 

He was fine on Previcox (227 mg 1 x daily) and 50 mg of Tramadol twice a day.

 

Have your Vet evaluate him and take the info from Dr. Suzanne Stack's website about LSS. It's pretty easy for the Vet to diagnose without any major tests. Good Luck.

 

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Bobbi, 11.5 years, has compressed discs in her neck, causing some rear end weakness too. Accupuncture, chiropractic treatments, limited stairs, no running, etc. She gets deramaxx daily and Tramado as needed. She can now only walk very limited distances.

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Guest ss556

Alan has some rear leg weakness, not to the point of squatting down like that, but he wasn't a candidate for depo injections so he had acupuncture and that had helped him.

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Guest Spencers_Greyt

Spencer has the same problem and it is because of a disc problem in his spine up by his shoulders. Seems weird but that causes him to squat a lot too. He's not in pain from what I can tell. So it might be that old disc problem of your boy's that might have flared up again. Probably would do go to get him on an anti-inflammatory to help ease it.

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My guys love their chiropractor :)

 

I think this one might be close to you, and she does house calls!

 

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Oh my! I think this may have been what was wrong with my Hiro-hound. He got worse and worse until he got to the point where he couldn't stand up to pee any more. He went to the bridge the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I miss him, he was 12 years and two months when he was bridgebound.

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