Greetings, Cheryl! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Well, it would be unlikely to be hip dysplasia if the main clinical sign is weakness in the hind end. HD tends to be painful, and the symptoms are a bit different. However, xrays would rule that in or out. Yes, definitive diagnosis is based on histopathology of the spinal cord, a post-mortem thing. Sorry. The only good thing I can say is there usually is no pain with degen myelopathy. You may want to look into some of the devices used to help support the hind end during walking- there are some neat slings and so forth, or a simple bathtowel slung under the belly and held in one hand works ok in a pinch.
Thanks! It is getting pretty warm here. I am still recovering from the flood we had a week ago.... thank FSM it didn't get inside the house, but I lost a lot of my shed contents, a riding lawn mower, my golf cart, and two vehicles... which are not covered by flood insurance... the shed and contents are, but the rest isn't.
And that's the way the cookie crumbles... my family and pets were and are all safe, so that's what counts most... I look forward to some great conversations... :-)
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Terry Meaden (also vegetarian)
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I have been on this site for about a month, but already I feel very comfortable here and welcome in the atheist community. The people here are extremely nice and knowledgeable.
I have not yet read The Portable Atheist, but I have read The God Delusion. I consider it a great read and an essential book for non-believers. Dawkins is a very intelligent man, and I look forward to reading more of his books.