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    So I'd noticed something was not quite right with Koivu's rear legs recently, kind of a gradual change, still running and playing, but seeming to slip on the floor more often for no reason.
    Took him to the vet today and unfortunately he agreed with me that something is wrong. There is muscle atrophy possibly on both rear legs, definitely one more than the other and definitely not something that should be present in an active 3 year old.
    I have to drop him off Monday for a full day, so that they can sedate him and do hip and spine xrays. The vet thinks it's ortho not neuro and symptomatically I'm inclined to agree at this point. There definitely seemed to be some stiffness when the vet was testing range of motion in the right hip.
    My best guess is dysplasia and I think my worst fear is a tumor. I know he could also have injured his spine in some of his doggy games

    At this point I think I'm just quietly freaking out, so I thought I'd post here where people might understand how worried I am.
    Time for a bottle of wine and a snuggle session with my puppy love.



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    I am so sorry. Sending good thoughts and prayers.
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope that you get good answers and can come up with a rehab plan. Is there anywhere he can swim locally (like a rehab pool)?
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope that you get good answers and can come up with a rehab plan. Is there anywhere he can swim locally (like a rehab pool)?
    I don't think there's a pool I can take him too, but I can take him to the dog beach on weekends. I'll just have to work to avoid the crowded times. At least it's warm enough now for me to go in with him, which is the only way to get him to do a lot of swimming. I will definitely be making more early morning trips there on the weekends.
    Well, maybe next weekend. I'm going to wait and see what the vet says after the xrays on Monday.
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    I am so sorry about this. Prayers and good thoughts to you & Koivu.

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    I understand how worried you must be. When Labs start playing, I always wonder how they don't get hurt. I pray that the vet gets to the source of his problem and it's easily cured.

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    So, good news so far.
    All of Koivu's x-rays were perfect. His hips and spine were all in perfect alignment with no signs of dysplasia, degeneration, fractures, tumors or any other problems.
    The vet thinks he probably has some inflammation going on and maybe a pinched nerve causing his problems. So we'll do a course of steroids and low impact exercise for a couple weeks and see from there.
    I am so unbelievably relieved. Koivu is just happy he's allowed to eat and drink again after being forced to fast for the anesthesia



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    Oh, that is excellent news. What a relief to be able to eliminate some of those serious issues.
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    Just seeing this, sending prayers and good thoughts that they can un-pinch a nerve and Koivu will be right as rain again!

    It's so unsettling when you know something is wrong with your pup, but not exactly what. Another of the times we wish they could talk!
    Jackie, Champ, and Buddy

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    Wonderful news! Hopefully the steroids and exercise do the trick!
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