Weakness in the Hind Legs?

February 17, 2022 | Logan Simmons
When a dog is weak, it’s often first noticed in their hind limbs regardless of the cause.

When a dog is weak, it’s often first noticed in their hind limbs regardless of the cause.  You might notice that it takes them some time to get up, might slide around or be reluctant to participate in exercise.  As a pet parent, we all wonder what we should do.

As a rule, if the weakness comes on suddenly, you should seek immediate medical attention.  However, if the weakness has come on more gradually, there could be any number of causes.  Here are some:

1.) Orthopedic causes such as joint inflammation or arthritis.

2.) Neurological causes such as pressure on the spinal cord (IVDD) or spinal tumors.

3.) Metabolic causes such as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or low red blood cells (anemia).

4.) Cardiac causes like heartworm disease or congestive heart failure.

As you can see, some of these conditions might come on suddenly and be difficult to avoid.  However, others can be mitigated with regular vet visits and appropriate diet.  At PURELUXE Pet Food, we specially formulate all of our dog and cat formulas to improve and extend your pet’s life.  For example, we include chickpeas which are a great source of zinc and antioxidants that improve blood sugar control and insulin secretion.  Another example of our ingredients would be flaxseed which contains essential amino acids along with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that can help prevent the start of cancers and inflammatory health problems.

Take a close look at what your dog is eating, and be on the lookout for signs of health problems.  See all of our formulas at pureluxepetfood.com