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Could it be Wobblers?

On Wednesday, I took the gang to Petsmart to have their nails trimmed and while we were there Logan was struggling to walk through the store. He kept falling down, almost like his back legs were giving out on him. He has a torn ACL and sometimes struggles to walk on slippery surfaces. I brought him home and just made him rest for the day, thinking he may have just strained his good leg. Thursday morning he was out playing in the yard with Sasha and Riley and we fell over several more times, so I put him on bed rest until the Vet could seem him on Friday morning, I was thinking he may have blown out his other knee.

We went in first thing Friday morning and they checked his knee and did x-rays and a full blood panel and didn't find anything wrong, so the doctor told me to no strenous activity for a least a week. But he is getting worse every day, now when he walks he is dragging his back feet and it seems like his right forelimb is sticking really far out has he is walking. We have another appointment tommorow with our Vet specialist. Just looking for some advice or anyone that may have dealt with a similar situation.

All my research on Wobblers indicates the disease usually presents itself in younger dogs. Logan will be 12 in April.

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Why is he out and about and playing with a torn ACL?

Our first dobe got wobblers at 9 years old.
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Why is he out and about and playing with a torn ACL?

Our first dobe got wobblers at 9 years old.
Its not a complete tear and we were told by the surgeon that he has so much arthritis that he didn't think surgery would help. So we have been doing mild exercise and Adequan injections since November 2009. He wasn't hard core playing, he was just walking around the back yard barking at the squirrels and he kept falling down as he was walking.

The falling down has come on so suddenly, it is almost like he had a stroke, but I read that dogs don't display the same symptoms as people when they have a stroke.

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I hope you can get this figured out and he can go back to his squirrels.
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Sounds like wobblers. Mine wasn't diagnosed till he was 8. He's ten now but has started to have blood in his stools. Vets can't find any reason. Diagel is my friend.
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Well Logan has gotten progessively worse over the last week. He is falling down almost every time he tries to walk and struglling to get any traction on his front paws. The vet is about 90% positive its wobblers but does not have a MRI machine to confirm diagnosis. The Vet specialists is about 1 week out for a MRI. We have him on Tramadol and will be starting predisone on Monday.

We have an appointment with an Accupuncturist tomorrow, so hope he will be able to get some relieve over the weekend. The Vet accupuncturist also does Gold Bead Thearapy so we are hoping this may be a good alternative to surgery if Wobblers is confirmed. We don't think he would do well with the surgery based on his age.

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