Muscle atrophy and osteoarthritis

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Allfurcoatandnoknickers Thu 25-Jul-19 17:28:18

My 12yo border terrier cross had three operations when he was about 3yo to pin his knees following a diagnosis of luxating patellas. He’s getting over a chest infection which seems to have made him unsteady on his legs. The vet says he’s got muscle wastage and osteoarthritis in his back legs and he’s ‘dragging ‘ one leg behind him and very stiff.
Anyone had any experience of this? He’s been on metacam for a while now but that’s all. He had hydrotherapy following his ops but nothing since.
Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Jouska Thu 25-Jul-19 18:38:52

No medic but in my experience any amount of osteoarthritis will create muscle wastage. Physio can help and hydro if appropriate. If you are willing I would get referred to a physio.

With the dragging leg I would want this explored further as can be spinal issues or a number of other reasons that may not be down to the muscle wastage.

Hope he feels better soon

Allfurcoatandnoknickers Thu 25-Jul-19 20:57:01

Yes I did wonder about that too but vet didn’t seem to think so. He’s not dragging it all the time just occasionally- it’s more weakness really

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