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I mentioned before in another post that Sir N is having some trouble with his legs. It's getting worse and happening more often.

It happens when he gets up from sleeping. Both of his hind legs seem to just not work properly. He doesn't act like he's in pain, but then again, he's rather macho about pain. Sometimes it's like he can't put one of his legs down all the way so that his foot touches the ground. If I pull on it, I can make it go down and he doesn't seem to care whatsoever. He has fallen down a lot because he tries to get up and run and simply can't. His legs just won't do what his brain tells them to do.

I did bring him into the vet yesterday, but that was no help at all. Sir N was fine AT the vet's. Plus, the vet is suffering from a really horrible cold and looked like he was going to pass out at any moment. So, I'm not sure that he really checked Sir N out all that well. I mean, he felt Sir N's legs very carefully and stretched them out in different directions for several minutes, but he obviously was having a hard time thinking clearly.

So, until my vet gets better, I'm going to be in full panic mode.

What could be causing this?

When it first started happening, I assumed that it was either age starting to show or a result of the colder weather we're having, or both. But, he is not cold. I leave my bed-sized heat pad on all the time so that they have someplace warm to snuggle if it gets too cold for them. (I like to have the windows open as it is only getting down to the low 50s at night.) He has this problem when getting off the bed (keep in mind that my bed is a mat on the floor not even as thick as the average American comforter), when getting off the floor cushion I sit on while at the computer, and well, when getting up from wherever he is lying. After a few minutes go by, he's perfectly fine again.

But, it's slowly taking a bit longer each time.

I'm worried.

What could be the cause?

Oh, and he's not eating anything new/unusual, gets a 30 minute brisk walk every day that involves climbing hills and stairs and he's FINE during this, and everything else seems to be perfectly normal.
 

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Awwwwwww poor Sir N, I would be wondering how long this has been coming on and probably would slow down on the up and down hill walks and definately avoid the stairs for a while to see if that helps. Also you could try putting him on Glucosomine and Chrondoitrin as this is a good vitamin supplemnet for the joints and ligaments.
Also you do need to find a vet who will give him a thorough going over as well, perhaps some blood work and xrays need to be done to see if the problem is coming from another problem in the spinal area. You didn't say his age but if he is getting older it could be his joints are wearing out a bit and those vitamins will help with strengthening them.
 

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I have already ordered Syn-Flex as recommended in another thread by 3MaltMom. Unfortunately, since I live overseas, it could easily take several weeks to arrive.

Sir N just turned 8 years old today. (Well, it's his made-up birthday as I don't know his actual one.) Anyway, he's 8. Not really old for a Maltese and considering that he's been healthy his whole life, this is really alarming. I am accustomed to Little C having medical problems. She has since I first got her. But Sir N???!!

Finding a vet is not really easy where I live. We have one vet in this town. He IS an excellent vet...he just happens to be really sick and out of it right now. Since his clinic is on my way to work, I can stop in tomorrow and see if he's better yet and as soon as he is better, I'll bring Sir N back in. My only other choice in vets are vets in neighboring cities and my work schedule doesn't permit the time that traveling to one would take. If I were honestly concerned that this were a life or death situation, sure, I'd make the arrangements. It's just not that easy to not show up at work when you are a teacher and there aren't really any such things as substitute teachers.

A spinal condition is actually the first conclusion my panicked mind jumped to. However, I don't even know the names of any. That could be good as it keeps me from staying online all night long look up spinal injuries and diseases and trying to match them to Sir N's symptoms. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac when it comes to my babies. It'd probably take me less than an hour to fool myself into believing that he only has moments left to live. Crap. Now that I've said that, I'm starting to believe it. Excuse me while I go poke him to be sure he's still breathing.
 

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If you have one in the area, I would take him to a doggy chiropractor. Seriously! 2 very good friends of mine are regular people chiros, and the one treated Holli, and the other one massages Phoebe when hes around, and she just sits on his lap and melts while he does this. It could be some sort of muscle stiffness, or combo of that and joint stuff, so go at it from all angles. Those guys just really know where to push to make it right. I also know a vet who does acupunture (and chiro) and has alot of cases where even that helps, although I have not done that on any of mine (yet). Do some web searches and see if you can find anything on either of those things to see what you think.

I hope he feels better soon!

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I have no advice for you as I have no clue what could be wrong. I just wanted to let you know I will be thinking of Sir N and hope he feels better soon.
 

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I would have his spine checked out also. Not that it is the same thing, but just in case....
A friend of mine had a dog (older than Sir N) that developed a spinal problem that caused the back legs to stop moving little by little. They thought at first it was arthritis. The legs (or anything else) didn't seem to be causing pain that they could tell, she just couldn't get her legs to work.
At one point the vet gave her a shot that helped for a little bit, but it just seemed to worsen. She was in a doggy wheel chair for quite awhile before she went to Rainbow Bridge just a couple of weeks ago. I didn't ask a lot of questions when Blaze passed, they were all so understandably upset....so I don't know if it was the spinal problem that caused her passing or plain old age. She was closer to 15 years old. The spinal problem had been going on for a few years.

Anyway, I would have it checked out....just to be sure.
Big hugs and prayers coming your way that it is nothing serious and easily treatable!
 

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sounds like spinal to me also...herniated disk. if you would like some goo info here is a good read http://www.dachshund-dca.org/diskbook.html scroll down to where it talks about Pathology of Intervertebral Disk Herniation and symptoms if the other info is to wordy
let me know if u have n e more questions.
it also could be arthritis or a partial cruciate tear, but i dont know if it would be as intermittent...it is still a consideration.
 

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sprite sometimes lifts up one of her legs every now and then. the vet said it was a luxatting patella. maybe its that? he said i can give baby aspirin till i'm able to get the surgery done.
 

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We had a German Shepard that had problems with his back legs/joints. The vet did x-rays and decided it was arthritis. He was placed on 2 bufferin a day and in a week, he was back to normal. Then was given 1 a day. Was surprised how much a difference it made with his activities.

I would call the vets office and ask them about a baby aspirin. If it would hurt to give it a try for a week. Or they may want to give you a rx to try instead.

When Puddles was having problems with his knee, the specialist said "most purebred dogs will have joint problems".

Prayers will be with you guys, hope all is better soon.
 

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I would go for a recheck and request x-rays of his spine and hind legs. He could just be developing arthritis and be stiff when getting up, but if he has a disc problem or other issue, it should be checked out.

Also, video tape him getting up and take it to the vet so they can see.
 

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Today, when I came home for my lunch break, only Little C ran to greet me. Sir N stayed where he was on my bed and wouldn't come until I had done a great deal of coaxing. Fell as soon as he tried to stand up.

Went back to the vet and he took some x-rays. He couldn't find anything wrong. He manually checked out Sir N's spine this time and found that when he pushes at a certain point, Sir N, the macho boy, whimpers. So, we have some pain medication to take and he's supposed to go back in three days. Vet apparently got over his cold as well.
Didn't look like death warmed over this time. :D

I did think about video-taping him, but I don't have a video camera.
 

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I am so sorry that N is having problems. You've really had your hands full this year. I hope he'll get better quickly!
 

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Originally posted by Holliberry@Oct 16 2005, 10:14 AM
If you have one in the area, I would take him to a doggy chiropractor.  Seriously!  2 very good friends of mine are regular people chiros, and the one treated Holli, and the other one massages Phoebe when hes around, and she just sits on his lap and melts while he does this.    It could be some sort of muscle stiffness, or combo of that and joint stuff, so go at it from all angles.  Those guys just really know where to push to make it right.  I also know a vet who does acupunture (and chiro) and has alot of cases where even that helps, although I have not done that on any of mine (yet).  Do some web searches and see if you can find anything on either of those things to see what you think.

I hope he feels better soon!

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I so agree withe Chiropractors!

My previous Maltese Chumley had a similar problem. I had a Chiropractor come to the house, and she adjusted his spine several times. I later found out, (few months later) that he had a tumor pressing on his spine.

Because I believe in Chiropractic for myself, I had my two rescue pups adjusted when I first got them. I believe in the body's natural ability to heal itself once the spine is aligned properly. It sends all the other organs the right "messages" to perform the tasks they were meant to!!! And this comes from someone who has been in traditional western medicine for 31 years!!!

I think it is worth a shot to take your precious one to a Chiropractor, but make sure there is no underlying problem with the spine.

Good Luck to both of you! I am sure Sir will be fine
 

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You guys! I live in a very small town in ASIA! I'm lucky that there IS a vet!
No, there is no chiro around here. Not for dogs anyway. My vet does do acupuncture, but there was no time to do it today. All that xray stuff just ate up my lunch break. If after the three days he's not better, then I will request my dog to be a pin cushion. (Yes, I DO believe in it...have had it myself.) :D
 

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Originally posted by NC's Mom@Oct 17 2005, 06:02 AM
  You guys!  I live in a very small town in ASIA!  I'm lucky that there IS a vet! 
 
  No, there is no chiro around here.  Not for dogs anyway.  My vet does do acupuncture, but there was no time to do it today.  All that xray stuff just ate up my lunch break.  If after the three days he's not better, then I will request my dog to be a pin cushion.  (Yes, I DO believe in it...have had it myself.)  :D
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I was betting myself that you'd say something like that
I found my vet one through a people's holistic food place, and my real chiro has training in animal chiro stuff, and also gave me the name of a local one. I think all of the holistic folks somehow know someone that specializes in different areas, so the best bet would just to keep asking. Your vet might even know if he ends up at a loss.

Poor Sir N
It really does sound like hes having a bad time of it. I hope you find something soon.
 

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Well, I'd say that the pills are working. He resumed his daily morning assault upon my person. My chest is sore from all that jumping he did and my chin got thoroughly washed before I even opened my eyes all the way. The big test will be when I come back during my lunch break. If he stays in bed, pills aren't so hot after all. If he greets me at the door along with Little C, then all is good. If he knocks the door down in his eagerness to see me, I'm getting MYSELF some of those pills!
 
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