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My dog has trouble walking on one of its back legs. Her back

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My dog has trouble walking on one of its back legs. Her back legs also cross when walking. She sometimes stumbles and has a hard time walking up stairs as well. She is about 8 or 9 and is a pure bred German shepard.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: There is no wound on the foot
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Raven
JA: Anything else I can tell the Veterinarian before I connect you two?
Customer: It somewhat seems like the dogs spine is arched up, but im not sure.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Hello and thank you for your question. It appears that the Expert you were hoping to speak with is not currently available. I have stepped in to assist you in their absence so that you have a prompt reply to your question.Take a look at this video and see if this is similar to what you're seeing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE6XG67YnJYIs Raven on any medications currently such as NSAIDs for arthritis?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Raven doesnt drag one of her legs she just seems to cross them over each other when she walks and the leg shes having trouble with she has a hard time putting weight on it. I tried moving the bad leg forward and backward and when i stretch it back she seems to be in pain. No she is not on any arthritis medication.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
At her age, it would be worthwhile to have her hips examined and x-rays performed. The GSD is a breed that is predisposed to arthritic changes, hip dysplasia as well as age-related neurological changes like the video I posted above of the degenerative myelopathy. More info on hip dysplasia here: https://www.petcarerx.com/article/german-shepherd-hip-dysplasia/1508More info on DM here: http://www.gsr-sp.com/dm.htmlA more in-depth discussion here including crossing of the legs, pain, staging, etc: http://members.petfinder.com/~CA643/dm.htmTypically with arthritis and/or hip dysplasia, we see pain in getting up and walking. The crossing over of her legs is more suggestive of a condition like DM. Because DM happens in stages, you may only begin seeing a few small concerns which may later on progress into more aggressive concerns like the dragging of the nails, turning over of the feet, etc. As far as pain management goes, NSAIDs are usually our first line to see if they help the dog. Medications like Meloxicam (some vets will use human Mobic which is relatively inexpensive), Rimadyl and Deramaxx are often used. For pain, if indicated, tramadol and gabapentin are typically prescribed. It would not be a bad idea to place Raven on a glucosamine supplement and depending on the cartilage health at the time of her exam talk to the vet about Adequan injections. Info on glucosamine dosage in dogs: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=26+1303&aid=1423And Adequan and its usage: https://www.vetinfo.com/treating-dog-joint-pain-with-adequan-canine-injections.htmlIf my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish assisting you before you rate my service.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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