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Shaky back legs?

My 9 1/2 year old golden has shaky back legs. It mostly happens when she's lying down and i touch her or talk to her. Some times it happens when she stands up when people or other dogs come around. It seems like an excitement thing. Like she can't control her muscles when she gets excited.
For a while she had some limping too (especially when it got cold). The vet suggested I give her s-3 granules with her food to help her joints. I've been doing that for a few months and the limping is gone -- she's must faster going up stairs and jumping on the couch but the shaky legs are still present and it has recently started happening in her front legs too. I am taking her to a geriatric specialist this weekend for the first time but I was wondering if anyone else had every experienced this in their goldens.
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It is good you are taking her to see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis. I have had two senior goldens with hip dysplasia and arthritis both dogs have experienced the shaky rear end issues. In one case it was just weak muscles and in the other it was neurological damage. The weak muscles got stronger with walking and acupuncture.

Keep us posted on what the specialist tells you.
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With the golden with neurological damage --- were you aware that she had neurological damage before the shaking started? Were their seizures or any other type of indicator?
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I've also noticed my 9.5 year old retriever's back legs shaking every now and then. I haven't really been too concerned as he still runs, goes up and down stairs quite easily and doesn't appear to have any noticeable health issues. He doesn't have hip dysplasia so I kind of chalked it up to excitement or maybe just getting a little old. He just went for his check up and things seemed to be fine. Maybe I should check into it further just in case.
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Well I will certainly let you know what my new guy says. I wasn't too concerned about it either until it started happening in her front legs too.
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Well I will certainly let you know what my new guy says. I wasn't too concerned about it either until it started happening in her front legs too.

I'm anxious to see what he says.....I haven't noticed his front legs shaking yet but will check it out tonight during our walk.
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With the golden with neurological damage --- were you aware that she had neurological damage before the shaking started? Were their seizures or any other type of indicator?
No, we weren't aware. We went back to an orthopedic surgeon thinking it was worsening hip dysplasia. He did some tests and diagnosed neurological issues in the spine. No seizures or anything, just shaking legs in the rear.

The surgeon prescribed a human parkinson's drug--neurontin, but it didn't help him. He was 13 at the time and passed away 6 months later of hemangiosarcoma.
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No, we weren't aware. We went back to an orthopedic surgeon thinking it was worsening hip dysplasia. He did some tests and diagnosed neurological issues in the spine. No seizures or anything, just shaking legs in the rear.

The surgeon prescribed a human parkinson's drug--neurontin, but it didn't help him. He was 13 at the time and passed away 6 months later of hemangiosarcoma.

Wow. I'm so sorry. Was the hemangiosarcoma related to the other issues?
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No, he just had back luck and got cancer. Unfortunately our 12 yr 8 mo old golden Barkley now has hemangiosarcoma--it's called the silent killer because by the time it is usually discovered it is too late.
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