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Old 04-08-2008, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 9 year old Boxer Rocky. At 5 years he tore his ACL for 1300 Dollars I had it fixed 3 months later it tore again. I could not afford to fix it and the vet said It could heal the old fashion way, by resting for about 6 to 8 weeks. I did my best but trying to rest an active boxer is like trying to stop a kangaroo from jumping. Anyway it healed in time after he kept reinjuring it.
* *Now he slips all over the place and he cannot walk in my house without falling down. I am not sure if this is a result of not fixing it or if he just has slippery pads due to old age. Out side he is a little wobbly but does not fall that much. mabee some one can let me know if their dog does this. or if I can buy him some non slip pads for his hind legs.
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I don't know ask Sharon
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It could be any number of things, but with Boxers the first thought connected to loss of hind limb control is Degenerative Myelopathy. *Unfortunately DM is a 'rule everything else out' diagnosis at this point. *Some friends of mine recently lost a bitch to this, and put up a 'photo progression' page to help others learn more about the disease - it's not easy to view, but it does do a good job of illustrating the loss of rear function with DM. *

http://www.cinnamonboxers.net/molly.html

(Molly's spine was donated to the current research project to find a genetic marker for DM.)

You can use dog boots to help with traction and to prevent sores/scraping on the tops of the feet.
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Aww poor Molly...That is so sad...
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Jennifer, that is truly a horrible disease. *That poor Molly, I would cry watching her struggle like that!
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The thing that is a blessing - and a curse - is that DM is not painful for the dogs. *(A blessing, obviously, but a curse because it makes it that much harder to watch them deteriorate, and to make the decision to let them go, when they're not in pain and their mind is still clear....) *It's considered similar to MS in humans.
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I just looked at the site about Molly. *What a horrible thing to have to deal with. *I sat and cried looking at those pictures. *It has to be so hard to see your dog go through that and not be able to help. *Makes my heart ache. *


I would take Rocky to the vet and have him looked at again. *It is more than likely a result from the injury, but I would want to know what was going on. *Keep us posted.
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I am just catching this thread....and yes you could use booties to help with the area in which is becoming sore....I would discuss DM with your vet because that certainly could be a consideration, along with issues resulting from or relating to the previous ACL issue...in addition to hips issues and arthritis...Unfortunantly the way you describe it, it sounds very similiar to DM.....discuss with your vet about ways to make him more comfortable and boosting his immune system.
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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum. I've been trolling and doing a lot of research on what has been inflicting my boxer. He's about 4 years old and about 2 months ago we started noticing his hind legs giving out. We've been to the vet and spent hundreds on tests (fungus, etc) and x-rays (all negative). We've been giving him pain meds and meds for joints, but he seems to get progressively worse.

I did some research on DM, but I couldn't really find a visual. So I kind of ignored it and hoped it wasn't DM, because he's so young. After seeing the images of Molly, I'm absolutely devastated because the pictures are exactly what my dog, Cody, is going through *
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Henry is just getting over a partial tear of his ACL and he is only 19 months old!
Sharon - is this something I have to watch for in the future?
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