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Back from the vet....need ideas

December 13th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Well Shadow has been very sluggish lately, seemed to have sore back legs, so we took her in to get checked out. She is a 9 year old GSD so we expected her to slow down some time. We took her in and it turns out she is having troubles with both hips and probably has a ruptured crutiate ligament, along with a possible infection causing bad breath.

She's on an inti-inflammatory, glucosamine and antibiotics for the possible infection.

Here's the problem, she can no longer jump, twist, chase, fetch or pretty much anything she loves to do! The vet is afraid she may ruin her other knee, leaving her with no hind legs. She will only walk in water up to her chest, no swimming, so does anyone have any super fun games or ideas to stimualte her? She's really not even supopse to go for walks for the next little while:sad:


December 14th, 2006, 03:49 AM
If she's only 9 yr. old is surgery not an option for her cruciate ligament injury? :fingerscr

December 14th, 2006, 09:45 AM
If she's only 9 yr. old is surgery not an option for her cruciate ligament injury? :fingerscr

It is an option, but they are not certain that's even the problem. It's the vets best guess. She slightly limps at times, just more so these days. She figures it's the ligament by the way she walks, sits and runs.

The surgery is estimated at $1500 to $3000 for her. Unfortunatly I am a full time student and money is scarce:sad: .

I also forgot to mention she needs to loose about 5 lbs. They said she is slightly chubby and her joints will feel much better if she's a tiny bit lighter.

I feel bad for her, poor girl. Today is the first day on medication so she should be feeling better soon!

December 14th, 2006, 10:11 AM
didnt the vet check the ligament to be sureit was ruptured? where these sudden symptoms? or gradual onset?

December 14th, 2006, 10:35 AM
The vet had us do a bunch of different things, like watch us walk down the sidwalk, then run, she has her sit while she checked each leg, lay down and checked and so on. When she did a few certain tests on the ligament, Shadow showed discomfort. She said it's most likely the ligament but we would have to be refered to a surgical specialist for an evaluation.

We also did blood test to be sure she is healthy otherwise.

Because Shadow's hips were a little sore, it was tough to see if she had a knee problem. It was just these last 2 days that was noticed she was favoring a leg, and was having troubles standing up from laying down, plus walking up the stairs was taking her a longer then usual. It seems more gradual then anything I guess, to answer you question!

Dog Dancer
December 14th, 2006, 11:44 AM
SarahLynn, sorry to hear about Shadow's bad legs. I went through this with my last GSD X several years back now, but she was only 7 at the time. If I recall correctly the surest way to diagnose would be xrays, but those can be costly. Our girl had dysplasia in both hips, and had for several years (in fact was not allowed to play ball, run, frisbee or anything like that since she was 2 years old.) When she tore her ACL while running along the fence line in our yard on the day before New Years Eve we knew it was over for her. We took her to the vet and they could tell the ACL was gone. Unfortunately her hips were so bad that surgery was not an option and we had to have her pts. It was a very very sad thing to do as she was only 7. It brings tears to my eyes even now talking about it. But she spent many years getting by and dealing with her own pain (we had her on many drugs to help). So, yes the surgery on the ACL is an option if her hips are good enough still to support her while she can only walk on one leg. I know I would have maxed out my credit cards to save Sheba if I could have, but money was not even an option for her. My Shadow and I (and Halo too) all wish you the best for Shadow. Perhaps it's just the weather too, we're all a little more stiff in the cold. :fingerscr for your sweetie. It sucks that our beloved furbabies age so much faster than we do. I know I watch my Shadow girl constantly now for signs of aging like this as she is also 9 years old (ah we have so much in common with our girls.) Good luck to you and give Shadow a big kiss for me. Sorry no real suggestions for exercising - we just did slow walks (oh and we put our bed on the floor so she could still sleep on the bed while we were out and didn't have to jump up and down:o )

December 14th, 2006, 09:09 PM
Thanks Dog Dancer,
We are not even sure if she would get by on 3 legs very well if we did do the surgery, she refuses to trot, and runs instead so both back legs are on the ground at the same time (this is what the vet noticed) We gave her pain medication this morning and she is much much better today, no limping at all! I initially thought the limp was just a sign of aging and figured we could get some pain killers to help her out a bit. I took her in to make sure she is in great health and condition because she will be in a kennell for Christmas.

Unfortunatly though, more bad news. We got the blood test results back and she is having kidney problems. Has to go in for more tests now tomorrow morning.

What started as a minor limp has sure snowballed.

Im sorry to hear about Sheba, its so tragic and sudden. I find its thoughest for me when I dont see it coming:sad:

This thread should probably be transfered to the sick pet category now as it has totally changed directions!