Why do German Shepherds drag their back legs? Degenerative myelopathy
It is most common in German Shepherds, Huskies, Retrievers, and Corgis. Dogs with DM typically have a slow progression, starting with loss of coordination, weakness, dragging one or both hind legs, or knuckling in dogs. Eventually it will lead to complete hind limb paralysis.
Why is my German Shepherd having trouble walking? Osteoarthritis. Most often seen in senior dogs, osteoarthritis is the inflammation of the hip joints due to cartilage deterioration. You may notice your dog moving a bit more slowly and having trouble with stairs. With less cartilage, bones can grind against each other and cause inflammation.
How do I know if my German Shepherd has hip dysplasia?
- Decreased activity.
- Decreased range of motion.
- Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs.
- Lameness in the hind end.
- Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait.
- Grating in the joint during movement.
- Loss of thigh muscle mass.
At what age do German Shepherds hips go bad? Severe hip dysplasia may become noticeable as early as four months of age, but is more typically seen in pups aged 9 months to 1 year. The painful condition causes limping, favoring of limbs, and difficulty rising, running, or jumping.