NeylasMom Posted February 15, 2012 Share Posted February 15, 2012 I posted a little while ago that I have been thinking for a few months that something is "off" with Zuri. Originally I figured it was residual pain from his dislocated toe, but lately I have been thinking otherwise. I've held off on a vet visit because what I have to tell the vet seems so vague (I did take him in when this started and we x-rayed the leg and foot of the dislocated toe to rule out any possibility of a fracture, arthritis in that toe, and osteo in that leg and the x-ray was pretty much perfect). What I've noticed was first some dragging on walks, then I noticed that Zuri was licking himself a lot. Mostly his front forearms and wrists, but sometimes elsewhere. Once or twice I saw him stumble or slip on the stairs but they were isolated incidents. He's also been on edge lately, more grumbly with the cat and even with me at times. And I also feel like when he stands, he holds his back legs out behind him a bit instead of directly under him, which I don't think is normal for him. He's also less energetic, I feel like in the last few months he went from being my usual puppyish boy to being an old man. Like I said, all of this is very vague and probably seems relatively harmless when looked at individually. It just comes more from a gut feeling of knowing what is normal for Zuri and feeling none of this is. So anyway, when I noticed the way his back legs were positioned, I started thinking about LS. I read Dr. Stack's article and tried to do the pressure test today. I started with my thumbs on either side of his spine, just behind where the knobs of his spine stop being visible and worked my way back toward the hipbones. There was one specific spot that seems to match up with Dr. Stack's diagram where his back legs gave out somewhat. He didn't react painfully at all (and I think he would have) and his legs didn't completely give out, he just sank down with pressure. I did it twice and got the same response both times. Am I right in thinking he probably has the beginning stages of LS or could this be something else? My main question is if this is what it likely is, where should I take him? I have a fantastic orthopedist close by who I really trust and he is familiar with greyhound issues so I was thinking we should get an appt there, but then I started to wonder if a neurologist wouldn't be better. Alternatively, there's also a doggie physical therapist that has a good reputation and that someone recommended in my earlier thread, but I don't think she's actually a vet so I'd hesitate to *start* with her although she may be good to provide treatment options. I don't think my vet is that well versed in LS in greyhounds so I'd rather see a specialist I think. I'm really hope I'm wrong about this. My boy is only 7 and we have a lot of stairs so the thought of him developing a degenerative disease already really upsets me. Quote Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart "The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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