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She has arthritis in her nd legs. She is German Shepherd

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She has arthritis in her hind legs. She is German Shepherd about 10 years old. She could barely walk but has adjusted and walking pretty well. A few days ago we noticed her hind legs are twitching involuntarily.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: No wound on her foot that we can see.
JA: The Veterinarian will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Stoney
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Stoney?
Customer: He is aware of her situation. I take her there all the time. Could her arthritis have anything to do with It?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Yes this is quite frequently related to muscle weakness and increase nerve stimulation and as you said it is involuntary. I personally have had two back surgeries and my leg does the same thing on occasion. It doesn't hurt it just looks odd to see my leg twitching as you describe.

Sometimes strengthening exercises or seeing a physical therapist and/ or acupuncture specialist will help to resolve the twitch but it is common in senior pets that have lost muscling and have arthritis

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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