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Geriatric With Hind End Weakness


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I apologize if this has been reviewed before but I tried a search and found nothing. My F/S Greyhound is 12 years old. For the past year (or more - I was probably in denial), she has shown progressive weakness in her hind end. I have ruled out lumbosacral stenosis and degenerative myelopathy. I am a retired veterinarian and have consulted with and had several vets examine her but so far, no definitive diagnosis. I had her to our closest vet school as well for specialists to examine.

 

I trust the opinion/experience of this group as much as anyone. I am hoping to find some way to stop the progression or better still return her to normal (probably ask for a miracle here!) Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

 

Nancy McQuade

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Yes, she was on both together. Also can you help me to get to the osteo thread for Dr. Coutu? Thanks

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My 13 yr old hound has had progressing rear end weakness for the past year. xrays show bony growths around/under lower spine. We've tried

lots of stuff, I have finally come to accept that he will never be young again, all I can do is manage pain. He's still a happy boy, but walks are

seriously shortened. Sometimes he even has trouble standing long enough to eat. Getting old is not for sissies.

Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.

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No evidence of arthritic change on radiographs with Bonnie; no neurological deficits; just weakness.

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Yes, she was on both together. Also can you help me to get to the osteo thread for Dr. Coutu? Thanks

The contact info for Dr. Couto is incorrect in the first post of the osteo thread. His web site is http://www.coutovetconsultants.com/. Basically you write to coutovetconsultants@gmail.com describing the issue. They used to list a $125 fee but I don't see it on the site now. Hind end weakness is not uncommon in senior Greyhounds. My soon to be 13 year old tripod (front left) has been showing progressive hind end weakness for several months. I manage it with a daily combination of Previcox, gabapentin and tramadol with occasional Adequan injections as needed. Hugs to your hound.

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This may not be what you're experiencing, but our old guy started showing weakness in his hind legs when getting up and progressed to shaky back legs and yelping when trying to reposition in his bed. Our vet diagnosed him with sciata and we've been treating with herbs (our vet uses Eastern medicine supplemented with Western) when symptoms flare up. We also add in chiropractic and acupuncture less frequently, and when he's shaking we'll massage the sciatic area. All of this helps significantly but the herbs and the light massage seem to help the most. Since we've added those in we haven't had any more yelping or shaking lasting more than a day.

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