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My 13 year old shepard has lost strengh in s back legs. They

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hi. My 13 year old shepard has lost strengh in his back legs. They believe that arthritis is pinching something as he doesn't appear to hurt but has considerable trouble lifting his back end if he isn't lined up per say. He stands from a laying position no problem but tips over from time to time-once he has fallen, he can't seem to get his legs back under him. Wondering what i can do to get the strengh back in his hind quarter.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Does he drag his hind paws and scuff his nails?

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Do you ever see him cross his paws over each other?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Susan,Yes, he does both of those things sometimes, we have discussed it being DM but i understand that is generally a fast moving disease. This has been going on for over a year. He also has hip dysplasia. Looking for ways to strenghen the muscles as he seemed to improve some with foot placement exercises.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I see. You are right, most large breed dogs with DM are euthanized after 6-9 months because of the severity of the disease. I wonder if this could indicate Lubosacral Stenosis (LS) instead. This also causes loss of conscious proprioception to the hind limbs (causing the toe dragging and crossing over). Many dogs with LS are painful, but not all of them. Some will show pain if pressure is applied to the lumbosacral space. MRI is the diagnostic test of choice to confirm LS.