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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte] #103232
11/11/10 08:35 PM
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Sending big hugs hugging to Max... he is really a very distinguished older gentleman!


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Tessa's Mom] #103578
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Originally Posted By: Tessa's Mom
Sending big hugs hugging to Max... he is really a very distinguished older gentleman!



Thank you. I will tell him you said so wink

Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte] #103689
11/13/10 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: Chicago Canine
My vet said a lot of that was due to keeping her exercise level up.


I'm wondering about slowing down the pace a bit - maybe more mileage at a slower speed?

Since reading this last week, I've been watching Morgan's motion more carefully when we're out. She's starting to hop or bounce a bit on her back toes when she's walking fast. If we go slower, she floats like she always used to.

LOL not that it would be a bad thing for Otto to make him walk a little slower. Beast still tries to walk me. Step step, foos, step step, foos.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: SunCzarina] #104311
11/14/10 08:20 PM
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Vinyl nail caps prevent injury to the nail and prevent wearing down to the quick when the dog drags the paw: http://www.softpaws.net/

Feli's rehab vet recommended them, and they worked well. Had to replace them ca every 6 weeks. Easy to do, not expensive. When I ordered the wrong size at first, the company exchanged immediately, very helpful. The caps were developed to keep dog nails from scratching and have been re-purposed by rehab vets.

Once they are on, the dog doesn't notice them anymore. Much better than boots for that purpose.

Physical therapy and acupuncture were very helpful, too.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: shepnterrier] #110288
12/01/10 08:16 PM
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Max adjusted to wearing his boots like a champ, but he has already worn a whole in one. I also noticed a "bump" on his spine, like the spine is curving upwards in the middle of his back. Any thoughts on this??

Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte] #110348
12/01/10 11:22 PM
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This sounds like it could be Spondylosis maybe.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Kayos] #110423
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He does not seem to be in any pain. Just as happy as always. Just a bit scary since he seems to be getting worse in a rather rapid pace frown ..or perhaps I only think he is since I am now paying much closer attention to him. Going to the vet on Monday morning, hopefully she can shed some light on what is going on.

Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte] #110446
12/02/10 04:07 AM
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I agree with Kathy. Awww...this just stinks, C. hugging


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Kayos] #110513
12/02/10 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted By: Kayos
This sounds like it could be Spondylosis maybe.


I think that's exactly what that is. My Max has this too, and the hunched part is exactly where there are bony changes on the xray.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: DnP] #110523
12/02/10 12:23 PM
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Get a good diagnoses because there are two main possibilities (DM) Degenerative Myelopathy or Spondylosis. The DM is autoimmune sort of like MS and can be treated not stopped. Either way early diagnoses is important.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: kutzro357] #110524
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Ditto to symptoms my Tasha with Spondo


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Crooked Creek] #110543
12/02/10 02:32 PM
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My Max has had Spondo for almost 6 years and has done well. It is not a death sentence and there are things you can do for any discomfort.


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Kayos] #110567
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Originally Posted By: Kayos
My Max has had Spondo for almost 6 years and has done well. It is not a death sentence and there are things you can do for any discomfort.


Thank you for saying that. It's so hard to see them age and notice things getting harder for them.

But despite his issues - he still manages to get into a bit of trouble..he was trying to stealing food of the kitchen counter last night. Which DH promptly rewarded by giving him a pice of the food he was trying to steal eyeroll

Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Charlotte] #110573
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Bad DH! nono

I am sure Max enjoyed his reward!


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Re: Max has started dragging his back feet. [Re: Tessa's Mom] #110641
12/02/10 07:08 PM
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Actually, there is no reason it couldn't be both. However, with pro-active care, there are lots of things you can do.


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