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    Unhappy puppy lost use of hind legs

    my great dane puppy is four months and has loss function in her hind legs and is also losing control in her front legs. when we first got her, she seemed fine. she was the most active out of the three puppies. the other two are fine. we took her to the vet when we first started noticing the problem and since then it has only progressed. if you have any idea as to what is wrong please let us know.

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    Re: puppy lost use of hind legs

    have you had her tested for distemper? Sometimes that can lead to lameness, as well as wobblers syndrom, HOD (hypertrophic osteodystrophy), or spinal vertebrae issues. You absolutely need to get her back to the vet asap and contact the breeder you got her from. This is MAJOR! Sadly it is most likely HOD.

    There is a book you should get called "The great Dane Model of Nobility" by a lady named Jill Swedlow. This book was my BIBLE for my first dane.
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    Re: puppy lost use of hind legs

    What did the vet say? If you didn't get definite answers there, I would go to another vet for a second opinion.

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    Re: puppy lost use of hind legs

    many vets often mis-diagnose HOD as they usually don't see it very often. In that great dane book there is an excellent "tonic" that you can give your dog that helps a TON.

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    Re: puppy lost use of hind legs

    Also check if your dane had any reaction to any vaccines? Did she have any recently before you noticed her legs not working properly?

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    Re: puppy lost use of hind legs

    Definitely have your vet check for a tick born illness...That often is the cause of paralysis in the limbs.

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    Unfortunately I don't think she's gonna be replying to this thread and I really think it's HOD... Here's the explanation of the disease. From what she describes it fits the disease perfectly. She needs to talk to her breeder.

    Hypertrophic 0steodystrophy (HOD), a skeletal disorder of rapidly growing large and giant breed puppies, is more likely to affect Great Dane puppies than any other breed, according to the results from a survey conducted in 1998 [Munjar TA; Austin CC; Bruer GJ].

    "HOD occurs unexpectedly in puppies 4 to 6 months old," says Herman Hazewinkel, D.v.M., Ph.D., professor of veterinary medicine at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. "The disease is painful and crippling, affecting both front or both back limbs, or all four." The condition may begin with uncharacteristic listlessness, fever, or even partial paralysis, usually in the rear. A puppy may be lame, refuse to stand, lose appetite and weight, and its temperature may skyrocket to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. When a veterinarian examines the x-ray of a puppy suffering form HOD, he or she sees clinical manifestations exclusive to disease Hazewinkle says. "A small, irregular black line appears just above and parallel to the growth plate, but separated from it by a dense band at a distance of 2 to 3 millimeters. The black line represents a fracture or a break in the bone. The dog is more or less suffering from a broken leg, but not just one leg - all legs. The fever probably is from the pain."

    Here is the link to the rest of the article. ANYONE who owns a great dane whould book mark this woman's page. It can be LIFESAVING.

    http://www.greatdanelady.com/article...rticle_hod.htm

    I honestly hope this isn't it but... I hope she comes back and sees this because when caught early enough it can be fixed.

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