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Old April 14th, 2003, 02:32 PM
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There are a few possibilities in this case. There is a condition in Labs known as Muscular Dystrophy. This is usually a progressive condition and they show progressive weakness as well as atrophy on the limbs. It should be mentioned to your vet and the only reliable way of diagnosis is through a muscle biopsy.

That being said, I would recommend an exam with your vet to determine as well if there are any problems such as Patellar luxation or a stretched or torn anterior cruciate ligament. Again, your vet should easily ascertain these.

As a homeopath, I see these possibilities as the result of ongoing low-grade chronic disease and I refer you to a book “Homeopathy Beyond Flat Earth Medicine” by Timothy Dooley MD. I think the problem may be treatable with homeopathy. A list of practitioners is available through

I would suggest you also increase any vitaminC preferably Calcium ascorbate, and begin a glucosamine product available at better pet health stores.

©Michael Goldberg DVM

Michael Goldberg DVM
Hudson Place Veterinary Clinic
1300 West 73 Ave.
Vancouver, B.C. V6P 3E7
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