I'm the 3rd owner of my Australian shepherd Rottweiler
mix. He's roughly 12years old and doesn't like vets. This Feb. He got a rash on his belly and back of legs
. He had to be pinned down by 3 people to be looked at. I felt horrible watching it. They gave him a trank, shaved the problem area's and put him on antibiotics. I picked him up the same day and he looked like hell. I figured it was cuz of the trank still in his system. He could barely walk,and his foot was bleeding
from a claw. The next day I got him home I noticed his rear legs not working so well. He also started peeing out blood or dark urine. I called the vet and urine sample was given, tested...and antibiotics were given again ( she thought he might have crystals and wanted to reexamine him). It didn't make sense to me so I took him for a second opinion. Again, he was difficult to examine. The vet basically wasn't able to see much and just offered some rimadyl
which he's been taking. It seems to do nothing for his condition. So after all that here's the problem. His rear legs have got progressively worse since I got him back in Feb. His legs seem to go limp or as if he looses muscle
control. It is worse after he's been laying down. After they warm up on a walk they seem to be about 75% functional. His legs will often cross over each other and he almost trips on his own legs. While he's lying down relaxed... if I lift a rear leg.... it just seems to have little resistance when I let go. As though a child would do with his arm while playing dead. When I do the same thing to the front arm... it feels different- like the muscles react to my touch and release more. Does any of this seem related? I'm concerned something else is wrong with him besides old age
. It's just happening all so fast unlike arthritis
or something. Another fear is something happened to him at the first vet visit. Possibly that he woke up during his procedure and fell off the table and damaged something. I really have no idea... but it seems the vet I took him too had no idea either. Any patterns here for anyone? Thanks for any ideas.