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Does he drag his hind paws and scuff his nails?
Do you ever see him cross his paws over each other?
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.