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What are Atrophy of Muscles?

Aging dogs will begin to suffer from atrophy of muscles especially when they have a reduction of physical activity. They may be suffering from bone and joint pain from arthritis. There will also be a reduction in growth hormones that causes your dog to be less able to process protein, which is necessary to build and maintain muscle mass. Large breed dogs will generally age faster than smaller breed dogs. Senior dogs that suffer from atrophy of muscles will generally come on slowly and will appear in the hind legs and hips. If you notice severe muscle atrophy or atrophy of the muscles in the neck and head, you should immediately contact your veterinarian. 

There are certain illnesses and diseases that can cause atrophy of muscles in dogs. There are usually other symptoms that will help your veterinarian properly diagnose the illness. Many times myositis or inflammation of the muscle can cause atrophy of the muscles. Myositis is caused by an abnormal reaction of your dog’s immune system against the muscles. This can happen to only one muscle or to a group of muscles. Degenerative myelopathy is another disease that affects the spinal cord and then the limbs. Muscle atrophy, unsteady gait and paralysis are some of the symptoms of degenerative myelopathy.

Atrophy of muscles in dogs is very common in aging dogs, dogs that are ill or dogs that cannot exercise properly. Muscle atrophy is when there is a loss of muscle mass. It is noticeable when parts of your dog’s body appear weaker and thinner than usual. Generally, the hind legs, hips, face or neck will look noticeably thinner due to the loss of muscle mass.

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Symptoms of Atrophy of Muscles in Dogs

Atrophy of muscles in dogs can come on slowly due to aging or it can quickly occur, causing a younger dog to look sunken or thinner. Any time you notice that there is a difference in your dog’s muscles, either they look swollen or thinner, you need to have your veterinarian look your dog over. Your veterinarian will need to determine if the changes are normal or if there is an underlying condition that needs to be addressed. Symptoms of atrophy of muscles in dogs include:

  • Progressive rear limb weakness
  • Ataxia
  • Limbs unable to support your dog’s weight
  • Paw dragging
  • Crossing the legs as they stand or walk
  • Thinner, sunken muscles

Causes of Atrophy of Muscles in Dogs

Atrophy of muscles in dogs can occur for several different reasons. An aging dog can experience atrophy of muscles. As dogs age, their nutritional needs change and they are not able to process protein in the same way. Therefore, senior dogs will usually need a specialized diet with easily processed protein sources to help them maintain muscle mass.

Illness or disease can also cause your dog to experience atrophy of muscles. If your dog experiences quick atrophy of the muscles, then you will need to have your veterinarian determine what is causing the problem. 

Simply not using their muscles can cause your dog to experience atrophy of muscles. Dogs that do not get much exercise or confined to small cages will not be able to develop muscle tone and their muscles will then atrophy from disuse.

Diagnosis of Atrophy of Muscles in Dogs

Your veterinarian will begin by taking your dog’s medical history as well as asking questions about your dog’s normal daily activities and exercise routine. Your veterinarian will try to determine if your dog’s atrophy of muscles is from aging, illness or disuse. A physical examination will be conducted allowing your veterinarian to feel for any lumps or masses that could be causing problems. 

A complete blood count, biochemistry panel, urinalysis and fecal exam will be conducted to rule out possible causes. X-rays, CT scan and MRI may help your veterinarian determine the cause of your dog’s muscle atrophy. An ultrasound may also be conducted to rule out degenerative myelopathy or intervertebral disc disease.

Treatment of Atrophy of Muscles in Dogs

Once your veterinarian has determined the cause of your dog’s atrophy of muscles, they will discuss with you the different treatment options. If your dog is not suffering from an illness or disease, then a regiment of regular exercise and proper nutrition will be prescribed. If your dog is overweight, they may need to be put on a low-calorie diet with plenty of exercise to build up their muscle tone and mass. 

Dogs that are suffering from an illness or disease may be given large doses of steroids to initially treat any inflammation and control a disease. Steroids do suppress the immune system and using too much can cause infection or even cancer. Your veterinarian may opt to put your dog on a pain management treatment plan that would include NSAIDS instead of steroids such as prednisone.

Recovery of Atrophy of Muscles in Dogs

Generally, dogs that are suffering from atrophy of muscles due to aging or from disuse will have a good prognosis. They will need to maintain a healthy exercise program that is designed to build muscle and be given appropriate nutrition for their age and activity level.

Dogs that are suffering from atrophy of muscles due to an illness or disease will have a more guarded prognosis. Usually these dogs will be able to have their pain and other symptoms managed for a time but eventually their quality of life suffers significantly and your veterinarian will recommend euthanasia.

Atrophy of Muscles Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Chili
Lancashire heeler/mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy
Panting
tear streaks
Vision Problems

Medication Used

Tyro-tab .8mg half of one a day
Rimadyl 100mg 10 day trial
Amoxicillin 500mg

Hi my dog is 12 years old.. last weighed at 51 pounds one week ago... and lost 3 pounds since her previous weight only a few weeks before that. She suffered a seizure last week which was her first. Her blood work came back with kidney levels only a .0... something number above normal. The vet said it was not significant and we talked about her diet needs. Her white blood cell was higher than normal so she is taking an antibiotic. Everything else was normal. She has definitely lost a lot of muscle mass in her hind legs and she has thinned out a lot where her dip is. Her front legs seem to have started to lose muscle mass recently within the last couple of weeks. She struggles with getting up on the couch or bed. Some times she makes it other times I have to help her... she also has periods where she pants persistently. The vet did give her an arthritis medicine to try and she is still taking for a few more days.

My concern is now she seems to be losing her vision and she seems to be thinning out to an what appears unhealthy weight... yet her weight loss doesnt seem significant we she gets weighed.
She does have good days where she is interactive and shows desire to chew on a toy or she greets me.. although the past two days when I came home she didn't greet me. She did chew on a toy last night..

I just don't know what to think. She was at the vet twice in a month.. and the vet didn't say there was anything terrible going on. She still eats and controls her bowels and urinates okay.
I'm trying to determine if she is okay... I know she is old but she didn't begin losing muscle mass until about a few months ago. It seems things are happening more rapid than gradual.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chili is in old age and as dogs age, their activity levels and health may slowly decrease; without examining Chili, I cannot say whether or not physically she is alright or not. Weight wise, I don’t like weight (OK as a general guide) I prefer body condition score as no two dogs are the same. White blood cell counts may indicate infection, inflammation among other things; slightly raised kidney levels are to be expected, but it sounds like they are still going strong. The reduction in muscle mass is normal given Chili’s age and reduced mobility; again, I haven’t examined Chili so I cannot give you a depth answer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My pit is almost 15 and she was diagnosed with imtp back in Jan we got her back healthy with prednisone last few months she started dragging her back legs and falling can't get up as it got worse now she went eat or drink lots a lot of muscle in her face is there any cure help? Doctor uped the steroid, ivi fluids what causes atrophy if muscles and did the prednisone do this too her

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Sunny
Shitzu
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 15lb. Shitzu is 12yrs. Old and is suffering from atrophy in his hips and back legs, the vet said it was from getting old. He still romps around and seems very healthy but his hind legs gives out and he falls down a lot. He is on a monthly regimen of low dose amoxicillin for bad teeth, I read where a easily digested protein diet should be used, I cook my dogs food which consists of ground round burger with vegetables. Is this an ok diet for him? Can you recommend a better diet? Is there anything I can do to slow this progression ? I give him nuvet plus vitamin and nujoint plus for his joints. I just don't want him to suffer knowing I could of done something to help him. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case is individual, but hindlimb weakness is normal in dogs as they age and a reduction in movement accompanies atrophy; there are options to explore like laser therapy, acupuncture and other therapies which may be able to assist with Sunny’s hindlimbs but without examining him I cannot say whether he would be a suitable candidate. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bleu
Collie mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

A few months ago (10/22/2017), my mom was watching Bleu and I came home the next day to find his face doubled in size. His eyes looked like they were bugging out of his head, his mouth way stuck open, and he was frothing at the mouth. I found out that he had gotten a soccer ball lodged in his mouth over night (for how long, I’m not sure). I brought him to the emergency vet clinic where they kept him overnight on IV fluids and anti-inflammatory drugs were administered. He was then on the anti-inflammatory drug for another few weeks. I had countless visits to my vet in the coming months. After he had been on the anti-inflammatory drugs for a while, he started to have trouble opening his jaw, and his face muscles seemed to be disappearing. I was concerned, so I called my vet and scheduled an appointment. They put him under and examined the jaw, determining finally that he had MMM (masticatory muscle myositis), and was then put on Prednisone for the next month and a half or so. Right before Christmas, Bleu got into some old meat, and began to have very bloody diarrhea. I brought him to another emergency vet in Lancaster where they gave me every med under the sun to get his stomach healthy again…they never determined the cause. Although they did blood work to check his platelets and said that the only level that was off slightly was that of his liver. They told me this was normal because of the steroids. After a day or so of the meds, he was pooping normally, and all seemed fine. Shortly after Christmas, I started to notice muscle wasting throughout the rest of his body, particularly in his hindquarters. My vet decided to keep him on the steroids and continue to watch him. About a week ago, he started to throw up. This lasted about a day before he began to throw up chunks of his own stomach. He was more lethargic than I’ve ever seen him and could barely get up. I took him to the vet and have had him on a few meds along with a bland diet to help coat his stomach. We also decided it was best to stop taking the Prednisone all together. Yesterday, I began to notice a worsening in the hindquarters. Bleu appears okay, and his temperament is significantly improved, however he has lost the ability to jump onto my bed. What’s worse is I have noticed a change in how he stands up after laying down. He will pick himself up onto his front legs, but have difficulty using the back legs to push himself up. If I walk him or throw a ball for him, he’ll retrieve it enthusiastically, however will hold his right back leg up in the air, and lay down as soon as he can.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry for what is happening to Bleu. I'm not sure if he has had a muscle biopsy to determine the MMM diagnosis, or if it was an educated guess. Without seeing him, I can't add a lot to what you have had done or the treatments that he has been on, other then to think that an MRI might be helpful to try and determine where his actual lesion is, as well as a muscle biopsy to detect any changes at that level. I hope that he recovers.

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Sultan
Golden Retriever
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy

Hi we have a 12 year old retriever who has lost muscle in his back hips have him on Glyde. He is still very much up for a walk but as we live in a very hot part of QLD we are unable to take him as it just gives him an upset stomach want to do the best for him can you help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am unable to suggest anything without examining Sultan. I'm not sure from your message if he is having muscle problems, or vomiting problems, or both? At 12 years old, it is quite common for dogs to have problems with arthritis and hind end weakness. It would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterinarian, make sure that he has a good exam and is healthy, and they can suggest joint pain medication or supplements if they are right for him. I hope that they are able to make him more comfortable.

Greetings I have a question that you may have an answer for. My lab is 15 or 16 and about a year ago he caught cocksideia ( I'm sure I murdered that word ) from a pup I had gotten. He had lost a lot of muscle and with him being old he isn't very active anymore. Is there a chance that if I started reading him the food recommended with easier to process protein and work with him to walk etc that he may be able to build some muscle back? He doesn't have any illness or disease from the last time he was at the vet a few months ago and I'm hoping if he can gain some muscle it would help. What would you suggest?

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Sarge
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle mass decrease, tenderness

My Cane Corso is 9 years old. He has never been an energetic boy, quiet lazy. He has always had a hip that made him look like he had hip dyspepsia, however he was tested almost every year until 2 yrs ago and he had xrays performed. Nothing. He also had both knee ACL's repaired at the age of 4 and 5. In the last year he has lost all of the muscle mass in that same left hip. We would only walk him 1 mile or less because we began to hear a pop from his leg. In the last 2 weeks, he has become very tender in that area and getting up even less.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re noticing muscle atrophy and physical issues with the leg and hip you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and for another set of x-rays to help determine a cause; there are many possible causes from nerve damage, intervertebral disc disease another causes. Without an examination I cannot give you any specific information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maisie
Goldendoodle
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

Proteinuria and weight loss. My 5 year old dog has proteinuria and has lost weight. She has been on a prescription k/d diet for the last month. And she has been prescribed an ACE inhibitor. How can I get her to gain weight.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. WIthout examining Maisie, I can't comment on how to get her to gain weight, but if she has been diagnosed with kidney disease, treating the kidney disease with diet and medications should help stabilize her disease, and she should start to gain weight. Make sure that she is eating enough of the K/D. I don't know what her lab work looked like or her medical history, but it would be a good idea to keep in contact with your veterinarian and have frequent weigh ins to monitor her weight and general health status. I hope that she does well.

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Harley
white boxer
22 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rear leg limping

I have a young boxer that is almost 2 years now. she started to limp from one of the rear legs about a month and a half ago . all the xrays have come back negative and the vet does not see anything abnormal so far. she is able to run normally when she is exited but most of the times she is limping. it has gotten to the point that you could see some muscular atrophy around the hip going down to above the knee . she looks happy and eats well but I am concern this is been going on for a while now and is not improving and she is very active . any ideas what it could be ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. My first thought with a rear leg lameness is a strained or torn cruciate ligament, or a problem with her hips. Since I can't see the x-rays or examine her, I can't comment on her case specifically, but those are common injuries that do occur in active large breed dog. There can be more specific injuries that occur, that may require a specialist to diagnose. I'm not sure from your email if Harley is on any pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications, but those can help quite a bit for musculoskeletal pain. There are also joint supplements and injections that you can talk to your veterinarian about if you haven't already that can help with the healing process. I hope that she improves.

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Ray
Mix
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog has thin hind legs (the front legs looks fine) and he keeps falling down. He's also having a hard time standing up. The vet said he is malnourished and gave vitamins and other medicine. But im still worried and it pains me to see my dog suffering. I just want to ask for a second opinion. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing the muscle atrophy and hind limb weakness without performing an examination; but spinal issues, hip dysplasia, malabsorption syndromes among other issues may be the cause. A good complete balanced dog food which is suitable for breed and age is important, but an x-ray would be valuable to see the spine and hips to determine if there is a musculoskeletal cause for the symptoms you’re seeing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Seersha
Schnauzer/maltese mix
9 yrs (human)
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss, muscle mass loss, thirsty, lethargic

Medication Used

None

My schnauzer/maltese mix dog, 9 years of age has muscle loss in her back legs, face is thinner than it used to be, an eught pond weight loss over the past year, and dilute urine with protein. She drinks a lot of water. Vet isn't too concerned but I am. Recent blood work is normal. What could be happening?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gradual weight loss may be just a part of getting older, but may also be the start of something more serious; parasites, toxins, foreign bodies, hormonal conditions, liver and kidney disease (among others) may cause weight loss. The most important thing is to check the body condition score as this is a more accurate measure of dog’s weight than kilograms or pounds; essentially you shouldn’t be able to see the ribs, but you should be able to feel them when you run your fingers over the chest. I’ve placed a link below to a video of body condition score, if Seersha has a score of less than four I would be concerned and it may be worth getting another Veterinarian’s opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7lHRRbmpBQ

Hello,my 11 year dog had a op to repair his ligaments and then he got distemper looks like he is now over it. He was bed ridden for almost 3 months. His head mucsles is gone from week 3 of onset of disease. He is very thin eating 200 gram chicken a day. My question is is his mucked tone loss due to the illness or wrong bed redden or not eating for 3 weeks or all 3 and will it improve as he gets better

My 8yr old mini Ausie has always been on the heavy side . We rescued him 5 yrs ago. He loved to run and catch frisbee and ball. But he has bad arthritis now. He still wants to play and do those things but we limit it due to arthritis..... Today I took him to groomer to get his summer hair cut (shaved) and I noticed this evening his legs looks very very thin... it is worrying me. He's not lost any weight, he eats and drinks normal not lethargic at all. I have been ready about muscle atrophy ... I don't know what it could be but plan to take him to our vet tomorrow... makes me sad... he dosnt appear to be in any pain.

Excellent help! Thank you for responding so quickly! Very informative and I will follow through.

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Kiba
Chinese Shar-Pei
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Tremors
Falling Over

My Kiba is a 12yr old Mix breed that I have had since he was 1 week old his mother was very sick and the family that owned her could not afford to feed him and his 13 siblings. He has been a very healthy dog all his life until this year when suddenly he develop arthritis and had a very severe gastrointestinal infection. My vet has done a wonderful job treating all his in illnesses and his prognosis was looking good. But in the last 2 weeks his upper thigh muscle that connects to his hip on both rear legs has all but disappeared. No other muscles are affected and he had not had a sudden drop in exercise he had actually been exercising more now that his arthritis was being properly managed. My vet has been wonderful but says the muscle loss is degenerative and there's not much that can be done other than home improvements to make it easier for him to get around and perhaps an underwater treadmill regular exercise routine to try to help him stay mobile as long as possible. Do y'all have any suggestions that my vet may not have thought of yet that I could do to help keep his quality of life as good as it could possibly be? Thank you so much for your time any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle atrophy may occur for various reasons and isn’t uncommon for older dogs to be affected, you should speak with a Veterinary Physiotherapist to see if they are able to give an exercise program for Kiba which may include hydrotherapy, passive movements or laser therapy. I cannot think of anything specific to advise at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Border Terrier
7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unsteady on feet ,weakness in leg

Hi my dog had a accident 6 weeks ago injuring his back legs , left one worse than right , he has quite bad muscle wasteage now in his leg , he can get around in in the house slightly unsteady but when he first gets up very unsteady gradually improves during the day then seems to deteriorate in the evening do you think he will improve he is 7 and a border terrier he seems to look a bit " lost " at times in his own little world ..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loss of muscle mass is a normal consequence of a reduction in movement after injury, the prognosis will vary depending on the severity of Toby’s injury; your Veterinarian would have probably taken an x-ray to evaluate the injury, I cannot comment on whether or not Toby’s condition will improve as I haven’t examined him but your Veterinarian will be able to tell you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Yes thank you for your reply I do intend to go for a second opinion at another vets practice as I was not satisfied with the original ones off the cuff comment oh it's atrophy and that was it no treatment no explanation of why it happened I believe the nodule on her leg is an arthritic node but even that was not commented on painkillers and sent home ,not good got more info from you.
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Simba
Labrador Retriever
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Walking

Hi,
My lab Simba has been diagnosed with muscle deterioration and atrophy. The doctor says that he has lost a lot of muscle in his hind legs and hips and said that they term this as arthritis. But he is barely 4.5 years old. Im confused as to how he can get this at such a young age. Also his ability seems to have suddenly gone bad, earlier he used to walk fine on our hardwood floors with little slipping. But now he is barely able to walk. We have started him with hip and joint supplements but we're not seeing any results. The vet did a lameness test before giving us the results. Im very concerned to see him in this way. Can you recommend something we can do to help him get better?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Arthritis can occur at any age, but it is normally associated with older dogs due to an overrepresentation of the older population being affected; however muscle atrophy in Labrador’s may be an inherited trait which should be looked into. Other causes may be due to spinal disorders, hormonal conditions among other conditions. If you have concerns about the diagnosis, you should visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion to see if they give you the same response; also, in some cases acupuncture or laser therapy may be beneficial. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zumba
schnauzer
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ataxia
thin muscles
paw dragging
Anemia
Diarrhea
Vomiting

Medication Used

Omeprazole

Hello, my 14yo. mini schnauzer had a few series of diarrhea and vomiting recently (caused by NSAIDs) so he lost almost 20% of weight, he has very thin muscles now. Since one year he has neurological problems (ataxia, paws dragging) and spine degeneration but he feels very good, is very active doggie and willingly goes out (3x 20min slow walks). Unfortunately at the same time he was diagnosed CRF (1 IRIS stage) and mild anemia and our vet put him on RC Renal. I have concerns that this low-protein food will lead to greater muscle atrophy an he will be still weaker soon. Is is good idea to fall back to medium-protein food to gain some muscle mass? Is HMB supplement a good choice to prevent muscle atrophy? What should I do in this situation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Due to the kidney failure I wouldn’t recommend you giving a higher quantity protein food, if you are having concerning you should speak with your Veterinarian about the state of the kidney failure and discuss a way forward since I cannot give you any advice without examining Zumba first and seeing blood tests etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Listed above

Hi, i commented a few weeks ago about a possible brain tumor in my dog Chloe. QUICK SUMMARY: so two weeks ago my mom and I took Chloe to Athens (UGA) to get a head MRI and she does have a brain tumor. This week (starting on Monday) Chloe started Stereotactic radiosurgery and had her last round today. Right now (8:45) she is home, with a HUGEEEE appitite, tail wagging, whining, begging for treats, and trotting. She is on Prednisone (steroid) and while it is helping her 70% or 80% it is casuing major muscle mass loss. When we brought her for her treatment last week i could tell she was skinny and her right side of her head (skull, due to tumor i think), and then her ribs were sticking out a litle bit. Today, I can feel her spine, hip bones, and when she was eating her supper, her back legs shook as if they were weak. I cant ask Chloe's doctor until a month and im about to bust to know: Can these muscles be built back up ( she chases deer, so shes pretty fast and very active before the cancer). QUESTIONS: I dont know, but do yall think the radiation therapy will shrink or stop the tumor? I dont think NAIDS will be effective on her, but any other steroids or other powerful drugs (effective like prednisone) that will do the same job but stop the atrophy? Can the muscle be gained back through alot of food and excursive? Do you think she will ever be able to run again if she does get muscle back? (oh: she may be blind in her right eye, due to the tumor too...its just screwed up). Will she get used to not being able to hear or see out of her right eye and ear? and last one: if we kept her on the prednisone will she continue to lose muscle until shes just skin and bone? Thank you for bearing with me through all that long paragraphing i appreaciate it so much! :)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without knowing the exact type of tumour, we cannot really talk statistics as far as recurrence or efficacy of the stereotactic radiosurgery; but we can assume that she will adapt well to partial deafness and loss of sight in one eye so this shouldn’t be a big concern. As for the muscle atrophy, this is something which may be an uphill struggle but it is possible for some muscle mass to return she probably won’t return to the muscle mass she had before. It is important that she is happy, active, eating and wagging her tail; follow up with your Veterinarian regarding further medical treatment in a month or so. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I had something similar happen to my dog. He had a tumor in his intestines that we removed. It turned out to be cancer so I’m glad we removed it. But for months he continued to lose weight. It was so bad he went from 21 to 15 lbs. My baby was on deaths door and I didn’t think he was going to be alive in the next couple months. we visited several veterinarians and he was tested for everything under the sun. He was on rimadyl going forward but it didn’t help much. I took him to a 4th vet and she said just by watching him walk (like he was walking on eggshells) and his muscle loss, that he had arthritis and it was attacking his joints. She said I could spend the $400 on a test to confirm this, or we could just start the meds. 12 hours after being on prednisone he was like himself again. He was walking, eating, and no longer in pain. We are over 2 weeks into the med and slowly bringing down his usage of the drug. I’m walking him but I don’t see him putting on any weight yet. So I don’t think he will ever go back to how he was, but he isn’t in pain and that’s what matters is his quality of life. He is an 8 year old cockapoo. - just sharing my experience

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Diesel
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy

2 year old male pit mix, weighs about 80 lbs. sudden muscle loss on top of his head. Had wide head and jaw and both have narrowed or sunken. Had allergy issue, various drugs over last year starting with apequel with steroids, then cytopoint injections; went to dermatologist and added steriods, keto (anti fungal), antibiotics for the skin. After last cytopoint injection (approximately) that is when areas behind eyes sunk in and he looks really bad now. Should we continue with steroids, no blood work done, could it be MMM or something else.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the the muscle atrophy looks like the photo below, then it most likely is masticatory muscle myositis; you should visit your Veterinarian to discuss and confirm, treatment (if confirmed by your Veterinarian) normally is with oral corticosteroids. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://veteriankey.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/B9780323077620000389_f038-005-9780323077620.jpg

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Axle
American Staffordshire Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Atrophy
Muscle Loss

Medication Used

Glucosamine

Have a 5 year old American Staffordshire Terrier at 63.8 lbs suffering from a injury of some sort of his right rear leg. Canine jumped 8/2017 on a downward slope causing him to be stretched out, lameness in the right rear leg occurred immediately following cease of exercise. Primary vet evaluation deemed it to be a "sprain", 8 weeks limited exercise and activity, on leash at all times. Completed yet issue still persisted after vigorous exercise. Physical Therapist was seen and evaluated canine to having a partial tear of the ACL. Second PT evaluation noticed similar but less movement in the drawer test, recommended specialty vet for information on stem-cell, prolotherapy and PRP. Vet recommended xrays & ultrasound which determined it not to be stifle injury, but a groin injury but couldn't determine if it's a ligament or muscle tear and noticed muscle atrophy of the right thigh.

Curious to recommendation of determining root cause of atrophy / injury and recommended treatment. Lameness / limping occurs after sleeping on it or exercising. Considering muscle building supplement as well, do they work?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Axel, I cannot really start to pinpoint a specific site of injury; the type of fall (as you described) may result in a groin injury but also cruciate ligament injury as well depending on how he fell. At this point, continued rest and physiotherapy would be best but I wouldn’t recommend the use of muscle building supplements if he has no issue with muscle loss elsewhere as a lack of nutrition isn’t the issue here; however, if you do give any supplements regardless please do not use anything formulated for humans as there are products available formulated for dogs like Bully Max, but I still recommend against it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Logan
Cairn Terrier
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Poor coat condition

Medication Used

metronidozole 100mg 2x/day
Prednisone 1.25mg every other day
cyclosporine 25mg 2x/day

My dog who was diagnosed with Lymphangiectasia/IBD 2.5 years ago and Immune Mediated Neutropenia last year has had significant muscle atrophy which started in the rear legs for the past year. His recent blood work is stable and in the normal range except for high Alk phos which is in the 900 range. Steroids prescribed at initial high doses, were blamed for the atrophy. He has been on the current low dose for 4 months but cyclosporine was increased 4 months ago. Muscle atrophy seems to be progressing. How can I prevent the progression of muscle loss?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I can't comment on Logan's condition without seeing him or knowing more about his situation, but one thing that help tremendously is physical therapy, to keep the muscles that he has strong. Your veterinarian can refer you to a good physical therapist in your area, as well as let you know whether that might help.

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Caillou
Labrador
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy

We have a 12 y/o lab mix who has been athletic and healthy his whole life until Dx Blastomycosis (neg CXR, no skin lesions, neg eye), 10/2016. After 3 months of anti fungal meds, he suffered abrupt onset of bilateral hind quarter atrophy. Just months earlier, he could do a 10 mile run in snow and portaging camping trips. Two vets have examined him but neither has wanted to do any imaging. He is on Rx Gabapentin and Carprofen with progressing atrophy - needs to be carried up stairs at times.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Muscle atrophy may occur for a variety of reasons and may be related to spinal disorders, neurological disorders, hormonal conditions among others; there is no single cause we can pin this on. Further diagnostics would be required which may include x-rays, CT scan or MRI to help understand the issue better; without examining Caillou I cannot say what the best course of action may be since I cannot pick up on any other symptoms, a visit to a Specialist may be useful instead of returning to the same Veterinarians. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bryson
Labrador
16 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over
Panting
raised leg

Medication Used

Rimadyl
Gabapentin

I have a large 16 year old dog. She is a mutt and, at her prime weighed 70 pounds. Last month, she weighed 56 pounds. Her back leg muscles have atrophied and she can not stand up now. Over the past 2 days, she has had trouble holding herself up when she is laying down. I've taken her outside and held up her to use the bathroom. She puts some weight on 3 legs, but holds her back left up. She was diagnosed with a UTI and is being treated. She also takes Rimadyl and Gabapentin to help manage her arthritis. At this point, I'm going back and forth about her quality of life. I want her to be around as long as she is enjoying life, but I don't want her to suffer. What advice can you give me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Bryson, I can only speak generally but hind limb weakness isn’t uncommon as dogs age and may be attributable to a few different causes including spinal issues or hip disorders. I would have you Veterinarian check her over and take an x-ray of her back and hips to look for any anomalies; depending on what your Veterinarian finds, laser therapy or acupuncture may be beneficial for her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I feel like you did not give this person the pass to say you can let your dog pass as he was clearly stating that the dogs life quality and dignity was deteriorating. Thank you

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Tula
German Shepherd
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Severe limping on front and rear leg stiff on fle

Medication Used

Metacalm

Hi took my German shepherd bitch to vets as she was limping on left front leg and right back leg when there we found small lump on rear leg which was removed and she was given metacalm for limping I have since noticed severe atrophy on her shoulder and is starting to develop a bony nodule on front leg joint Vet does not seem concerned about this but I am as when we are out she is struggling to walk painkiller or not she is still limping badly

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Tula it is difficult to common on these types of cases, muscle atrophy may be caused by a few causes but the bony nodule may be a normal anatomical feature which has been exposed by the loss of muscle mass; other causes may be due to inflammation and other causes. If you have concerns, take a visit to another Veterinarian for another opinion to be on the safe side and to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cabo
Newfoundland
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Bulging
Muscle Atrophy
Back

Medication Used

Thyroid

My girl Cabo is a 9 yo Newfoundland. She got a really bad ear infection in summer of 2016 around that same time we noticed her head was starting to get really bony. Fast forward to December 2017. Her head and cheekbones are super bony now. Her right eye recently got a cherry eye. Newfies are already super droopy so now it's really noticeable. My current vet thinks she has MMM, but has not suggested to do anything at the moment. She still has a great appetite and loves chewing on bones and going for walks. The other day I did notice that the top of her back by her tail seemed sensitive when I was petting her. Could this be another symptom of MMM? Or something else? She has another vet appointment soon. I just wanted to make sure I'm not missing any info someone else might know about this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Masticatory muscle myositis (MMM) may cause muscle atrophy on the head, general myositis may cause issues with muscles around the body; the cause is due to an immune mediated disease and is treated with corticosteroids. Generally, starting treatment and looking out for improvement in symptoms is a good way to confirm the diagnosis; but a biopsy of the cheek muscle will also be diagnostic. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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LadyBug
English Shepherd
12
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling
Falling Over
Muscle Atrophy
Muscle Weakness
Muscle Wasting

Medication Used

CBD
Gabapentin
Meloxicam

This past winter was really harsh. I thought at first my Lady slipped on some ice or stepped down wrong. She started limping slightly but not all the time. I noticed after the ice melted that her left front leg was a bit smaller than her right. In the span of a month, she went from running and jumping like normal to falling and barely able to walk. 2 vets ran all kinds of tests but they found nothing. One vet said her x-rays looked like those of a 5yr old not an 11yr old. The 2nd vet found some minor arthritis starting in her spine just between her shoulders. She sits with her left side out, and he couldn't find a reason why. She almost drags her foot now and stumbles a lot. She has so much energy but falls over or yelps in pain if she ttys to play.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarians have ruled out the usual causes of limping and atrophy of leg muscles, the only other cause I could consider would be brachial plexus injury; with brachial plexus avulsion the the nerves of the plexus are ripped away and do not recover, with some cases there is a partial avulsion which can cause some symptoms of limping and muscle atrophy or bruising of the nerves which can take a long time to recovery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/brachial-plexus-avulsion www.msdvetmanual.com/nervous-system/diseases-of-the-peripheral-nerves-and-neuromuscular-junction/trauma-of-the-peripheral-nerve-and-neuromuscular-junction#v26305049

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Leo
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hi, my boy had a linear body surgery 2 months ago and within a week another surgery to remove an abscess that formed in the abdomen cavity. He has recovered but after a month from surgery had diarrhoea for 2 weeks. Has been on antibiotics Novaclauv, metronidazole, stomogyl but seems very bony and thin. He lost 6 kgs after surgery and has not gained anything post surgery. He is active, eating drinking diarrhoea under control. I am worried about his apparent muscle loss and bony body. He's aged 2 Labrador is now 26kgs as compared to prior surgery at 31 kgs. Any advice why this is the case. Quite worrying.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Weight loss after surgery, especially enterotomy and foreign body removal, isn’t unusual but should be monitored to ensure that the weight loss isn’t too significant. Sixteen percent weight loss is quite significant and should be seen by your Veterinarian to see if there is any other underlying issue which may be contributing to the weight loss; it is more concerning if Leo has a good appetite and is eating whilst losing weight, which is why it should be investigated before it gets any worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks for your reply. He dropped straight down from 31kgs to 25/26kgs post surgery and stable since then with no loss no gain in weight for last 2 months. Leo is not losing weight gradually he lost in one go and now constant. My worry is no weight gain and how long would it take to gain the weight he lost.

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Sonny
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

lethargic
Loss of Appetite
Muscle Atrophy

Sonny our lab is 9 1/2 years. He has lost his appetite and has lost a significant amount of weight very quickly. He also has lost muscle mass in his face, hips and back side. We took him to the vet and he had a rectal exam which is was negative and no fever. She said physically he looked good but to bring him back in for a blood panel if he continued to get worse. Any suggestions on what the possible causes of his sudden onset symptoms might be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the symptoms you are describing but coupled with the loss of appetite, I would suspect more some type of hormonal condition like Cushing’s Disease (normally you would see other symptoms like pot-bellied appearance and symmetrical hair loss). Without an examination and some blood tests, it is difficult if not impossible to say what the underlying cause is. Sometime, injury may reduce activity and suppress appetite but you wouldn’t normally see the muscle loss from the face. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cassie
Lab / mastif mix
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ruptured tendon in lower back leg

Medication Used

Metacam

Our dog Cassie ruptured her tendon 2.5 yrs ago and the vet had her in plaster and bandages for several weeks but made no difference, the vet then offered euthanasia as the only option, we declined at the time because she seemed to cope now she has had her legs collapsing and shaking regularly and often has a hot and dry nose. Would you think there is any hope for her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Cassie and knowing what the actual injury was, I cannot comment on whether there is a possibility for recovery. Since she is having these problems, it would be best to seek the advice of a veterinarian, whether you see the same veterinarian or seek a second opinion. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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11 Days
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Due to the kidney failure I wouldn’t recommend you giving a higher quantity protein food, if you are having concerning you should speak with your Veterinarian about the state of the kidney failure and discuss a way forward since I cannot give you any advice without examining Zumba first and seeing blood tests etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maxx
Labrador Retriever
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy

My dog has had some weakness and athrophy in one of his hind legs. I took him to the vet thinking it could be due to an injury. They did a physical exam and he passed. I tried to tell the vet that he has a high tolerance for pain. He is such a tough boy. I think upon the manipulation of his leg they were waiting for a grimace or some sign of something torn... anyway, after nothing appeared torn they opted for an X-ray. Something showed up on the X-ray my vet wasn’t sure what it was.. he sent off to a radiologist for confirmation. He confirmed with her twice that what he was seeing was a “fat pad” between back hips and spine?
Anyway, he doesn’t seem to be in any pain, however like i said he had a high tolerance i believe. But the athrophy seems worse in that one effected rear leg. My vet said maybe i should go see a neurologist as he thinks it may be neurological. Shouldn’t he of done an ultrasound so rule out degenerative Myelopathy? I don’t know what else could explain this unilateral athrophy. Maxx is only 8, a lab mix. What do you think??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ultrasound doesn’t diagnose degenerative myelopathy, the diagnosis for degenerative myelopathy is a diagnosis of exclusion and ultrasound therapy may be used in its management; a Neurologist visit is required to rule out other conditions before coming to a diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy. Fat pads are not unusual but may cause issues if they prevent movement of a joint or cause compression of a nerve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/degenerative-myelopathy-diagnosis-and-treatment-proceedings

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Prince
German Shepherd Dog
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our dog Prince is a German Shepherd/Collie cross. He is around 13 years of age. He was rescued after being treated very badly by his previous owners and has been our dog for the last 12 years. He is very wary of strangers and does not react well to being examined by a vet although is very loving with us.

For about 2 months we have noticed significant weight loss and muscle atrophy. He clearly also has pain from arthritis. Recently he has become very sluggish and does not wish to move or eat. Because of his temperament our vet will not do a blood test without sedating him at their premises. This is practically hard to do because of his size/slugishness and also very stressful for him.

The vet did a home visit but the examination was very superficial. Without a blood test she will not give any diagnosis or guidance.

We do not know how to proceed. We do not know what is wrong with him and so do not know if he can be treated and recover. We do not know if he is in pain and do not know if putting him to sleep would be kind or writing him off too early.

We have given him a weeks course of antibiotics and pain killers clavaseptin/gabapentin but they do not seem to have helped. If anything they seem to have made him less willing to take food.

Your advice on how to do the right thing for Prince would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You can imagine that it is very difficult for me to give any advice since I cannot perform a superficial examination nevermind anything more intensive like a blood test or an x-ray. I understand your situation and Prince’s temperament along with the difficulties of getting him thoroughly examined; I would suggest trying to use what we can which may involve faecal testing for parasites or indicators for a protein losing enteropathy and urinalysis for the presence of any anomalies like glucose which may give a general gist of what is happening internally but will not give us any concrete information or any blood counts etc… It is just an idea before you start going down the road of euthanasia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We did indeed have a urine test which showed some protein and blood in his urine along with lower than normal levels of urea (vet described it as weak). He then had just over a week of penicillin based antibiotics and then a further urine test. The results were unchanged. As of last evening we were still in the dark.

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Molly
Labrador Retreiver
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Deformed & falling out toenails
Yeast infections
severe hair loss
Swollen Joints
Hardening of pads of feet

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Gabapentin
Meloxicam
Apoquel
Amoxicillin

My 11 year old lab started having problems with very hard calluses on the pads of all 4 feet about a year ago. There were areas that were as hard as rocks. At about the same time she started having chronic yeast infections in her ears. Then her toenails started getting misshapen and falling out. I've had her to 2 vets and neither have ever seen or heard anything like her condition and consulted with colleagues but couldn't find anything that fit her symptoms. She had her vaccinations in late August. In late October she passed a bladder stone and the vet put her on Science Diet RX Urinary food. By late November she started limping on her back legs. By late December she started losing huge patches of hair across her back and on her tail. She's getting big areas of crusting all over body. Her muscles in her back legs have atrophied greatly and she has a hard time getting up, especially if she lays for long periods. She eats fine, drinks tons, no issues with going to the bathroom. The vet did blood work & tests for Cushings and Addisons, both negative. He did blood work that all turned out normal or close to it. He said her heart and lungs are great and her blood work looks like that of a much younger dog. They have her on Phenobarbital for seizures since she was a puppy. She's on Gabapentin & Meloxicam for the pain. They tried her on Apoquel and Amoxicillin for her skin in case she has an infection or allergies. I didn't see much improvement. Could all of this be caused by arthritis and are there any other more effective pain meds? She also tried Previcox without much help and Tramadol that caused nose bleeds so was stopped.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Molly seems to be having all of these problems. She seems to be on very appropriate medications for her conditions. It is unlikely that her skin and footpad conditions are related to her arthritis, and your veterinarian may want to refer you to a dermatologist for her skin conditions. For her chronic pain, there are other therapies that might help, such as Adequan and laser therapy or acupuncture, that your veterinarian can talk more with you about if you are interested in pursuing other therapies in addition to the medications that she is on. I hope that you are able to keep her comfortable and resolve her skin problems.

My sister's cocker has similar symptoms. She was diagnosed with Hepatocunaneous disease. A rare liver disease that initially looks like Cushings disease. You need to take your dog to an Internal Medicine Specialist for that testing.

Your dog has symptoms luke mine. Look up Cushings disease. She's on treatment for it now. 15 and getting better.

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Nymeria
Husky mix
15 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Muscle Atrophy
Muscle Weakness
Ticks

Medication Used

none

We rescued our puppy and were told she was a distemper survivor. We were also told that she had a tick that may or may not be permanent. What we were not told was that she had severe muscle weakness throughout her body but primarily in her hind legs. There are some times when she runs, jumps, plays and looks like a healthy normal dog. But there are other times when it’s heartbreaking to watch her. She can barely stand at times, can barely walk and her legs back or front just collapse under her. Sometimes she can’t even stand up and eat. We are told this is a result of the distemper and with excercise and maybe therapy she will make a full recovery. I’m not convinced. Any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Nymeria I cannot say whether or not she will improve with therapy, it is still early days yet and you need to confirm that any weakness is attributable to the distemper and not due to another condition (since there seems to be an intermittent nature to the weakness). I would recommend you consult with a local Veterinarian for a second opinion and a Physiotherapist to get a better idea of the problem and the possible options you have as far as therapy is concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Concerning Atrophy, have a 17 year old Parson Russell Terrier that is happy to be still breathing, but his rear legs are become weak. He get's approximately a mile of walking, the most part in the morning. He's prescribed J/D food, curious what would be the best diet for his age and condition such as 'high protein, high or low carbs and/or vegetables? Would never allow him to suffer, however he still seems to want to be present.

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Spike
English Bulldog mix
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Rising
Difficulty standing up
Drinking lots of water
Stiffness

My english bulldog mix was diagnosed with lymphoma and had a splenectomy back in 2014. He wasn't supposed to live much longer after that but he's still around over 3 years later. Earlier last year he started gaining his weight back that he never got back after his surgery but now his back legs are showing signs of severe atrophy. He has little moments where he's active but he lays around most of the time and when he walks his back legs are stiff. I want to start him on a BARF diet and see if that will help at all. Any thoughts?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bulldogs are prone to arthritis changes as they get older, and given Spike's age, he may be having bone or joint disease. I'm not sure that the BARF diet will have a huge impact on his comfort level or condition - it would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian to see what might be causing his hind end problems, and get an appropriate medication for him so that he is comfortable as he gets older.

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Mica
husky malamute
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
No appetite
weak hind legs, dripping peee
dripping pee
can't stand on hind legs
wobbly hind legs

My almost 1 year old husky malamute's hind legs are wobbly, I noticed when I got home, let him out, then he came back in and was a bit weak in his back legs. he tries to stand and his back legs start to bend then he whimpers a bit but when I let him outside he kept running around our backyard like he normally does. I tried feeding him but he didn't want any food. I gave him a treat to calm him down and it was difficult for him to eat, he had a lot of excess saliva come out while trying to eat it. I don't walk him very much but I do let him run around the backyard a lot. I also noticed he was leaking pee just a tiny bit little by little, I tried touching various areas of his hind legs but nothing made him whimper, cry, or jump up as if it hurt. but when he lays a bit he'll randomly yelp then get up. I love him very much and I'm so worried I'm crying, please help -Angie

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Mica, there isn't any way for me to find out what is going on with him, but it seems that something happened while he was outside. He should be seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and see what might he happening and how to treat him.

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Gauri
Labrador Retriever
12
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

no mobility
renal failure
Weakness
Cannot stand

Hi my dog, aged 12 years is suffering from Chronic Renal Failure as of 10 days ago, she lost a lot of her weight due to the vomiting and diarrhea. We started the treatment after 3 days of continuous vomiting, and now she has blood in her stool. She is thirsty all the time, but since she is on IV fluids we avoid giving a lot of water to her on an empty stomach. Her hind legs which were fine 10 days back have lot almost all the muscles, she can barely stand up or change her positions in bed. Since her vomiting has stopped we have decided to continue the treatment but are concerned about her quality of life. If there is not improvement in her mobility we may have to put her to sleep.
I just need to know if it is possible in an old dog to regain muscle strength

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of muscle mass may occur in patients which kidney failure, especially when dietary management is restricted protein; at this stage I do not believe that Gauri will regain the muscle back which has been lost, but treatment and supportive care should be aimed at easing stress on the kidneys and making her comfortable. However, given the severity it may be a time to think about the inevitable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you dr turner this helped me too

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Hootie
Pit bull
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen nose
Watering eyes
sore throat
sunken skull
Running Nose

Medication Used

none

muscle atrophy top of dogs head since started with swollen runny nose and eyes a couple of weeks ago. Has felt feverish a couple of times. Runs, eats, drinks most times fine. Large dog for a pit. Outside of nose is dry like a brillo pad

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible conditions including myositis, some hormonal conditions among other causes; but if there is a lot of muscle wasting you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help narrow in on a specific cause. Without examining Hootie myself I cannot really weigh in with a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sam
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of muscle

Hi Sam is loosing muscle in back legs, he has also pooed in the living room a few times now after walking. The last couple of days he hasn’t pooed at all. He has a week stomach and is sick at least once a week. He seems ok apart from this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some hind leg weakness and faecal incontinence may occur due to old age and changes in the spine, the vomiting may not be related to the muscle atrophy of the hind legs; with Sam’s age it would be advisable to have a Veterinarian examine him to be on the safe side to determine if the changes are due to age and if medication could help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi took Sam to vet and they did a blood test. Results said he has an inflamed pancreas, and may have arthritis of the spine. He is on medication and seems a lot happier. Thank you for your advice.

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stella
Dog
8 Years
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Inactive
Painting Drinking Lots Of Water
Hello, rescued a Corgi mix who has spent 11-12 hours a day in a kennel, lovely little lady, all she wants to do is lay down, very little stand up activity, will walking her cure this problem