Hind Leg Crossing
The crossing of your dog's back legs is one of the early symptoms of neurological deficits in their hind end. Leg weakness can cause muscles to atrophy and weaken the muscles in the hind end. As a dog's back legs progressively loss strength and control, the hind legs start to cross uncontrollably. This can be one of the early symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).
What is Degenerative Myelopathy?
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive spinal disease that generally occurs in dogs between 8 and 11 years old. This is a painless disease that is very similar to Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS in humans. DM begins with hind leg crossing and slight hind quarter weakness and progresses to full paralysis.
Treating Hind Leg Crossing in Dogs
Uncontrollable hind leg crossing needs to be treated immediately.If you start to notice your dog's hind legs crossing or becoming weakened, it is important to talk to your Vet right away. Your Vet will start the process of ruling out diagnosis until they can determine the underlying cause.
The Hip-EEZ provides hip joint support and can be worn during canine physical therapy. To treat hind leg crossing and train your dog's muscles NOT to cross, the Hip-EEZ can be combined with the Cross-Assist attachment. This hip brace training tool is perfect for pets with hind leg weakness and crossing due to injury or disease.
The Cross-Assist attachment is lightweight and made of foam that is able to be adjusted to the correct width to fit between the legs of all dog sizes and will move with your pup as they walk!
Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to strengthen your dog's hind leg muscles without putting stress on their joints! The water allows the dog to become buoyant so they don't have to support their full body weight.
The hydro therapist will work with your dog, focusing on how they move and place their paws to improve their gait and strengthen the muscles.
Being aware of how your dog moves to crucial to catching degenerative illnesses early! Therapy's like the Hip-EEZ Support System, Hydrotherapy, and most physical therapies are always more effective to slow the disease's progression the earlier you start!