Golden retriever health: what is the cause of weakened hind quarters?

We have a 7-year old golden-retriever who has become very weak in his hind end. He is on phenobarbitol and potassium bromide for cluster seizures. He has skin allergies for which he takes Claritan or Benadryl. Weakness started gradually with shaking in his hind legs about 3 weeks ago. Vet ran blood tests showing reduced liver and thyroid functions and an elevated Chloride count. X-rays normal. He is now on Soloxine. No change. What could be causing his near-paralysis in his hind legs?

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    The hind end weakness you describe could definitely be caused by the low thyroid function. You have already started treating this with the soloxine prescription. This is a condition that could take a while to reverse. Even if you started treatment three weeks ago, it could take twice that long to begin to see improvement. Another thing you might consider is consultation with a veterinary acupuncturist who practices traditional Chinese medicine. The Western medicine solutions you have used up until this point are all excellent treatments, but the fact that your dog is only middle aged and has this rather long list of problems suggests to me that you may benefit from consultation with a holistic practitioner. Erika, DVM

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