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What is Ataxia?

An unbalanced gait in our pets is most likely secondary to the presence of a lesion. Simply said, ataxia will mean a lesion will be found in areas of the brain, inner ear or spinal cord. The exact cause of the loss of balance will determine the treatment protocol and the likelihood of recovery. Loss of balance can be frightening for your pet, and necessitates calmness and extra care on your part.

Gait problems, characterized by an uncoordinated movement and loss of balance, is known as ataxia in veterinary terms. A sensory dysfunction, ataxia can display many symptoms including tremors and postural abnormalities. If your dog is losing his balance and coordination, a veterinary visit is crucial.

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Symptoms of Ataxia in Dogs

The extent of the loss of balance can vary from pet to pet. If your canine companion is showing signs of gait difficulties, consult your veterinarian without delay. Symptoms that could accompany the unbalanced gait are listed here.

  • Nausea and vomiting due to equilibrium problems
  • Loss of appetite because of the nausea
  • Head tilt which keeps one ear lower than the other
  • Reduction in hearing abilities
  • Changes in mental state
  • Behavioral differences like a lack of bladder control in the house
  • Abnormal eye movement (up and down or side to side)
  • Loss of limb coordination which could include limb crossover, large steps and a wide stance
  • Staggering, falling, swaying, drifting, and circling
  • Tremors
  • Dizziness
Types

Three anatomic regions of the nervous system are involved in unbalanced gait. The types of ataxia associated with the three regions are as follows.

  • Vestibular ataxia
    • This results from a mix up of inner ear messages to the brain regarding balance
    • A loss of balance, unsteadiness, and a strange positioning of the head are characteristic to vestibular disturbances
  • Proprioceptive (sensory) ataxia
    • This form is caused by a compression of the spinal cord
    • Lack of coordination and weakness are signs of the condition
  • Cerebellar ataxia
    • The cerebellum, which is responsible for coordination and movement, is damaged
    • Sudden head movements cause dizziness, and the eyes will move abnormally
    • This condition is sometimes mistaken for a stroke

Causes of Ataxia in Dogs

The cause for the ataxia will be determined by pinpointing the location of the lesion. Some of the causes of unbalanced gait are listed here.

  • Vestibular ataxia
    • Immune-related illnesses
    • Cancer
    • Trauma to the ear
    • Poisoning
    • Fungal infection
    • Idiopathic (unknown)
  • Proprioceptive (sensory) ataxia
    • Cysts
    • Nerve degeneration
    • Blood clot
    • Cancer
    • Infection
    • Trauma
  • Cerebellar ataxia
    • Cell degeneration
    • Hereditary factors
    • Congenital (present at birth)
    • Brain tumor
    • Infection

Diagnosis of Ataxia in Dogs

The protocol for diagnosing ataxia can be extensive. When you bring your beloved canine companion to the veterinarian, be prepared to list every symptom or behavioral change you have observed. Because the loss of balance, dizziness, and related symptoms can cause your dog to become frightened, do your best to exhibit a sense of calm during the examination. This demeanor could carry over to your pet, allowing him to relax while being examined.

Your veterinary team will assess your dog’s gait, providing assistance to him if needed when walking or standing. The gait of your dog can tell the experienced eye of your veterinarian much about what is happening in relation to the health of your pet. The analysis will involve watching your pet walk, and possibly observing him attempting stairs, all the while keeping the safety of your dog paramount.

The physical examination will also include neurological, reflex, and limb sensitivity tests. Imaging tests may be done to reach a definitive conclusion.

  • Radiographs, plain and contrast
  • Myelography (dye and x-ray to assess the spinal cord)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (this is the best way to assess ataxia and view the brain)
  • Computed tomography scan

Muscle and nerve biopsies, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis can be done if the uncertainty of the cause is still present. Urine and blood analysis might be considered to rule out infection or disease.

Treatment of Ataxia in Dogs

The treatment plan for ataxia can take many different directions, which will be contingent on the location of lesions present, the severity of the loss of balance, the age of your pet, and the underlying disease factor, if this is the case.

Often, eliminating the underlying cause (through surgery for a tumor, chemotherapy, and radiation for cancer, or medication for an infection for example) will relieve the unbalanced gait and coordination issues. In some cases, though, effects will remain. For instance, your pet could live with a permanent degree of head tilt, or the remnants of a gait abnormality. There are dogs who have a good quality of life, even though they have balance problems.

Hereditary and congenital imbalance conditions have no cure.

Recovery of Ataxia in Dogs

To begin, we must face the reality that some pets who are left with very severe effects from unbalanced gait, or have an ataxia condition that progresses to a state of incapacitation, will be euthanized because they are unable to cope or continue.

Supportive care is the key to a happy, comfortable life for a dog with less severe, yet nonetheless permanent, effects from ataxia. You must maintain a safe environment for your much-loved canine family member. Monitoring your pet at all times when you are home, and keeping his living space free from potential injury (such as blocking access to stairs) will be a necessity. When you leave your dog, alone in the house, confinement to a crate or a safe area will be in his best interest.

A dog with a loss of balance will need a day to day assistance with his needs. Feeding time can be an effort if he has tremors and finds it difficult to eat. Taking him for walks will take longer, and he will require assistance for balance. Medication requirements for nausea and dizziness may become the norm. Even with these changes and others, your dog can continue to be a great family pet with your help, and the advice of your veterinarian.

Ataxia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jasper
Doberman Pinscher
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

After surgery my dog was prescribed Carprofen and was fine the day I brought him home. The following day he was walking funny so I assumed he was in pain so I gave him a half of his meds. Within the hour he was falling over and Didn’t move for 12 hours. Is this a side effect or should I be concerned

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Carprofen (commonly known as Rimadyl) is normally well tolerated in dogs and normally adverse reactions are seen when given in excessive doses; however incoordination is a known side effect of carprofen. You should return to your Veterinarian for a discussion on Jasper’s symptoms and to possibly move him across to a different medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/Documents/pharmacy-carprofen.pdf

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Murphy
English Bulldog
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trouble walking and slipping

Is there anyway to reverse Potassium Bromide ataxia? Our Murphy has cluster seizures and since he was put on the Potassium Bromide his hind quarters have gone from wobbly to walking like he's drink 75% of the time.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The weakness and ataxia that can be caused by Potassium Bromide can typically be decreased with a decrease in dosage. Murphy may need to take a combination of drugs if he can't tolerate his dosage of one. Your veterinarian can help you decide what his dosage might be, or if he needs other medications.

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Sophie
Pekingese
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Acute hind limb ataxia, non-painful

My 10 yr old Pekingese became acutely ataxic in the hind limbs 4 days ago. She has been non-painful & after, or in spite of, dosing with Meloxicam since that evening, she has shown gradual improvement. However, she is still unsteady & weaves a tad, although she is picking up speed while walking. She has also been able to eliminate easily & with normal posture. And while, it does tend to droop more readily, she has no trouble getting her tail up while eliminating or walking. There's was a very slight roaching of her back and her proprioceptor responses, while slightly diminished, are relatively normal and no pain is elicited with pressure along her entire back, nor with lifting by her tail or when she is picked up. No nystagmus, nor other signs other than the hind legs, so it does not appear to be vestibular or disc disease. The only thing that I recall happening, was her being startled the night before when she turned & ran into something that she didn't realize was there & yipped, but seemed fine after. I figured that it just startled her, but wasn't hurt. Could it be an simple as slight bruising of her cord? Can you think of anything else? This just seems so unusual based as my previous experience as a (now retired) veterinary technician. Her attitude & appetite have been fine. She does not attempt to jump up on the chair, as she is obviously aware that she is incapable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Hind limb ataxia with decreased proprioceptive responses are quite indicative of spinal cord trauma, whether it is from a disc extrusion, a sudden movement, or a degenerative condition. Sophie seems to be improving slowly, and it would seen a good idea to continue with her current therapy.

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Luna
Labrador Husky
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordination

My 4 year old chocolate lab started acting unlike herself 5 days ago. She showed signs of being a little wobbly when she walked and just didn’t seen her usual spirited self. By Wednesday the issue had progressed to where she didn’t even want to get out of bed or come when called. Also never an issue before. Her “wobble” had gotten a little worse so I made an appointment and took her in. The vet said she seemed to have a sprained knee although she never yelps or anything if you mess with it. He prescribed her 2 pain pills to take every 12 hours. Now 3 days later, she’s having difficulty walking. She’s extremly off balance, falls down, walks in circles and is very slow. My in laws think it’s the pain medicine she is on, but I’m not sure this seems right. Any thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Luna it is difficult to say what the specific cause is; neurological disorders, vestibular disorders, head trauma, poisoning among many other conditions may cause similar symptoms and also without examining her I cannot determine whether or not there is an issue her with stifle (knee). I would try to keep her rested and hydrated, if there is no improvement I would recommend you return to your Veterinarian for a follow up examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peyton
Golden Retriever
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ataxia & sudden death

Medication Used

prednisone

My 15 mo old Golden died suddenly this am. He had an episodic abnormal gait (like with ataxia) for approx 6 mo. Episodes were 1-5 times a week, always lasted 30sec - 2 mins (at most) & was always preceded by him becoming very excited & active. He has been to Vet every 3-4 weeks to check on this. Was discovered to have a old fracture in his hip bone 3 mo ago after changing our vet. (We had been told by previous vet on multiple occasions this was an anal gland problem).
He was seen 5 days ago. Started on Prednisone 20 mg bid 4 days ago with a tapering dose to be given over a month & Neurontin 300 mg bid. *was also given his first dose of Trifexis at that visit along with his yearly booster shots.
Last night I noticed him panting a little more than normal, then this morning he was panting even more & just acting like he wasn’t feeling well. Moving around a lot & laying down hard on his back legs (would get down on his front legs & flop his hind legs down). That along with the panting made me think he was in pain. I gave him his dose of both above meds & just loved on him to try to ease what I thought was pain. Within an hour of his am meds he started pacing. I took him out in the front yard & he immediately pooped (very close to the front door which is so unlike him) walked a few steps & urinated. He turned to start back toward me to come back in & immediately became extremely wobbly & fell on his side & rolled on his back before landing on his side. He had a horrible posture bending his head back & stiffening up for maybe 30 sec -1 min and let out the most horrific cries I’ve ever heard (literally he could be heard upstairs in the back of our home) then he went limp, had some agonal breathing & was gone in less than 2 mins. I am a RN & we raise cattle so I’ve successfully resuscitated a couple (out of maybe 15 attempts) of newborn calves over the years, so tried some rescue breathing & he did havegoid chest inflation with that. No heartbeat confirmed with a stethoscope & tried chest compressions... just literally everything I could think of but he was gone. My dad had our vet on the phone almost immediately when this started & he pleaded with us to bring his body to his office just in case but I rode in the backseat crying & laying gently over his beautiful body and there was no signs of life at all. He seems to think that he had an aneurysm or stroke & offered to pay for a necropsy to check for a bleed bc he was upset too as he was there so often & the sweetest dog ever! We drove his body 3 hours to The University of Georgia for the procedure & leaving him was so hard, but they were so understanding & patient with us.
After doing lots of online research on his meds I just can’t help but think the prednisone had something to do with this. As everywhere I look I see the exact same signs of these 4 serious side effects of prednisone: excessive hunger, excessive thirst, frequent urination, & PANTING. All 4 of which Peyton had I just thought the meds were making him hungry/thirsty & he’s always panted when he was in pain & I gave him the scheduled meds an hour before he died!! I feel so incredibly guilty, like if I had not gave him that last dose maybe he would have been ok. I would have definitely taken him to the Vet had he been acting like he was & I didn’t have “meds to ease his pain”. I’m just broken!!! I can’t sleep. We weren’t warned of any side effects to look for. We love our Vet, but I just can’t get this medicine issue out of my head. I would so much appreciate an unbiased opinion.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm so sorry that that has happened to you, and to Peyton, that is terribly sad. Steroids do have the side effects that you describe, at higher dosages, but to my knowledge, have never had death related to them. Steroids are an incredibly commonly used medication, for a variety of conditions. There must have been something else going on, as the medications would not have caused this, in my opinion. Hopefully you are able to get some answers from the necropsy. Again, I am so sorry.

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Buddha
Pug
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Confusion
Disorientation
lack of appetite
no response to name
no interest in playing
unstable gait
Tired
Stiff hind legs

Medication Used

Tramadol
prednisone

My 9.5 year male pug has been acting peculiarly lately. We had an unexpected trip 1500 miles from home and I thought this was what brought on the issue. It started with bizarre behavior (lethargy, disorientation and a barking cough). The vet (not our normal vet) examined him with xrays and lab work up and diagnosed collapsing trachea. He was put on steroids, antibiotic (in case he had an infection going on as his white or red cells were a bit off) and a cough syrup. He was seemingly better within a few days, though not at all playful. He seemed depressed. Then after awhile he improved but that lasted only for a couple days and he was back to seeming depressed. I took him back in for more exams which included a full body CT scan, which showed nothing out of the ordinary. They prescribed more steroids for any unseen inflammation and a sedative. We came home a week ago and he was back to his old self but yesterday he seemed very out of it (depressed?) and today his gait is very odd. He almost seems uncoordinated but stiff? He is curling his front paws under and standing like that at times. He can't walk that way but his when he stands, it's almost like he forgot how and will curl his paws under and stand up, then once standing he opens them up and lays the pad on the floor. His hind quarters look stiff and super uncoordinated. He sleeps and has little interest in food, which is very very unlike him. He loves food typically. I had to coax him out of the crate to go outside and encourage him to go potty but he just seemed confused. He doesn't pick his head up when you call his name either, also unlike him. He just seems out of it, like he's drugged but of course he is not. I'm hesitant to go to another vet and have more exams done only to be told there is nothing wrong with him but he seems very strange acting and his gait is definitely off. There is no way he could attempt a walk down the street if that gives you an idea of his level of incapacity.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be going on here, sometimes the stress of a long journey may lead to some behavioural issues (lethargy and depression) but we wouldn’t expect to see problems with paw curling etc… It seems that he is otherwise healthy and the CT scan would have detected any brain lesions or anything else concerning; if you have further concerns you may ask for a copy of the CT scan and send it to a telemedicine provider (PetRays) for a board certified Radiologist or Neurologist to take a look to be on the safe side. Without examining Buddha and checking all results I cannot really weigh in with a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Winslow
Beagle
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Uncoordination

My 10-year-old foster dog was finally given a diagnosis of Ataxia. Based upon the notes I've been keeping and in talking with the vet, he appears to display symptoms of both Vestibular and Propriaceptive ataxia. His cranial functions are normal, no cloudiness in his eyes.
His symptoms include:
1. Once a week he get nauseous, sometimes vomits, and loses his appetite for at least 12 hours.
2. Leg tremors
3. He staggers, falls, sways, drifts to and fro, and circles around
4. When raising his head to look up, he gets a bit dizzy.

Right now he's on Gabapentin for pain. My question is really are there any homeopathic options, vitamins, etc. that I can look into to ease his symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, I am not aware of any supplements that may help him. Some dogs with vestibular problems are helped by Dramamine, but that would be something to discuss with your veterinarian to make sure that it would be appropriate for him. If you are able, it may be a good idea to have him seen by a neurologist to try and further define his problem, and see if there are any other treatments available for him. I hope that he continues to do well.

My husky started do same as above comment mentioned he had done this once before but had gotten into something he was not supposed to I was after taking for walk and came home, kids arrived home shortly after walked them again and not to soon after he was showing same symptoms as I mentioned earlier in the post. This time he was a lot worse then the other time, is it possible he may a ear infection.

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Benny
Maltese
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Is 50 mg of Atopica/day an excessive dose for a Maltese mix dog diagnosed with GME? He is also taking 10 mg of prednisone a day too.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The usual dose of Atopica (Cyclosporine) is 5mg/kg per day so a Maltese would usually receive 20mg per day. In cases of Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis a dose of 3 – 6 mg/kg every twelve hours is prescribed; in a Maltese that would be 15 – 24mg/kg every twelve hours giving 50mg per day. The dosage is on the high end of the treatment range for Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a boxador who turned 8 in February. In the last 4 months, she has had ataxia episodes lasting 20 min tops varying in severity then she is completely normal not sluggish at all. After I filmed it, the vet and the neurologist didn't really know what to call it. Blood test, MRI and spinal tap all came back negative. We're at a loss. It comes on so quickly it's hard to prepare and it's gone before I can gather what had just happened. Any suggestions? I'm not convinced anti seizure meds are the way to go

I smoked for 20 years, October 2014 i was diagnosed of Emphysema I may have had it for 6 months to 1 year prior to diagnosis. It started with a dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. A chest x-ray confirmed it and I was placed on corticosteroids. my doctor told me there is no permanent cure for the disease, i was given bronchodilators to help me relax my bronchiolar muscles, I managed on with the disease till a friend told me about a herbal clinic from johannesburg who sell herbal medicines to cure all kind of lung related diseases including emphysema, I spoke to few people who used the treatment here in USA and they all gave positive responses I contacted this herbal clinic via there email and made purchase of the emphysema herbal medicine, i received the herbal medicine through DHL within 5 days, when i received the herbal medicine i applied it as prescribed and was totally cured of emphysema within 7 weeks of usage, the symptoms reduced till i even forgot i had emphysema, i went back to my doctor for diagnosis with spirometry and he confirmed i was free from the disease, contact this herbal clinic via there email healthherbalclinic(at)gmail(dot)com or website on www(dot)healthherbalclinic(dot)weebly(dot)com

I smoked for 20 years, October 2014 i was diagnosed of Emphysema I may have had it for 6 months to 1 year prior to diagnosis. It started with a dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. A chest x-ray confirmed it and I was placed on corticosteroids. my doctor told me there is no permanent cure for the disease, i was given bronchodilators to help me relax my bronchiolar muscles, I managed on with the disease till a friend told me about a herbal clinic from johannesburg who sell herbal medicines to cure all kind of lung related diseases including emphysema, I spoke to few people who used the treatment here in USA and they all gave positive responses I contacted this herbal clinic via there email and made purchase of the emphysema herbal medicine, i received the herbal medicine through DHL within 5 days, when i received the herbal medicine i applied it as prescribed and was totally cured of emphysema within 7 weeks of usage, the symptoms reduced till i even forgot i had emphysema, i went back to my doctor for diagnosis with spirometry and he confirmed i was free from the disease, contact this herbal clinic via there email healthherbalclinic @ gmail . com or website on www . healthherbalclinic . weebly . com

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I have a maltipoo with all these symptoms. However, the local vets have treated her for seizures and now with steroids. They say after the steroids there is nothing more they can do. Any recommendations as to where I can take her for testing for Ataxia or lesions within?

Year old yorkie he was slobbering and his balance is off

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Tex
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Ataxia

My 3 y/o male lab has started having these sudden acute episodes of ataxia in which he assumes an odd posture and seems to lose motor control, resulting in an odd walk. These episodes last no more than 30 seconds and then he is back to normal, in full control. During, He appears to be mentally aware that something is out of order and seeks out comfort, and even attempts to follow commands such as “sit” and “come” but his body won’t cooperate. There have been 3-4 total incidents in which this has happened over the last 2 months - the last two within a week of each other. I can’t pinpoint any precipitating event that led up to any of them. Other than that, there are no other symptoms. He is the same sweet dog, wants to play and swim all the time. The last 3 Days he had a decrease in appetite, which I attributed to him becoming bored with his dog food. He can be coaxed to eat the food with milk or olive oil. He is always game for treats!

He did have cruciate ligament repair surgery two months ago, and was recently started on Dasuquin for joint protection. I don’t know what is wrong but it’s very worrisome and I am concerned. I’ll be calling the vet tomorrow but was hoping for clarification here. I’m a people nurse, and the manifestation of ataxia in humans is not good....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ataxia is concerning and the infrequent nature of the episodes and the lack of perceived triggers makes it difficult to make a diagnosis; as you will know being an RN, there are various possible causes for a sudden loss of motor control but in Tex’s case the issue spontaneously resolves as quickly as it starts. It would be useful to get an episode on video (I know it may be difficult) to help your Veterinarian understand what is happening, however it can be difficult to make a diagnosis when you cannot make an examination during an episode. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lily
Malchi
Nine Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

balance

My dog Lily is around 9 years old. She has always been a pretty energetic dog but she has also always had minor weakness in her hind legs which was never too much of an issue. However, for the past week or so she appears to be dragging her legs. I can't really tell if she is dragging her front or her back legs because it's only a slight drag, but she still walks and runs cautiously. She also seems to be a bit confused because she has been digging excessively to the point where she pants quite a bit. Additionally, she appears to have a slight lack of coordination and balance/ when she sits she slides into a laying down position. I have taken her to the vet twice but each time she goes it is like she's perfectly fine- she doesn't show her symptoms! Yet, when she's home she still displays them. She has no loss of appetite and eats very well. She also still goes for daily walks which she enjoys and she responds to stimuli pretty normally, besides bumping into stuff at times (maybe this is because she is relying on her surroundings to support her and kee her up?) She breathes a bit heavily at time or more rather she will make a low grunting noise when she's resting. I just am confused about the few symptoms she has and what I should investigate into seeing if she needs anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing these symptoms especially if your Veterinarian hasn’t found anything on two physical examinations; you should try to record the episodes or symptoms that present whilst you’re at home as conditions like this may be difficult to diagnose if a proper examination cannot be made. You should bear in mind that there may be something in the home which is causing these symptoms like a gas fire or something else so when she leaves the house into fresh air she is fine (just a thought as I saw something similar as a student). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gigi
Pug
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog's leg is buckling out from under her and then folding up and going stiff. We have been to our vet as recently as yesterday. Her X-rays show very bad arthritis in her back. We were treating with hydra therapy and acupuncture before her leg started to collapse under her weight. She is now on a muscle relaxant and pain killer, and Rimadyl 25mg and Methocarbamol 500mg. She is on a week of bed rest in a pen. I carry her outside for potty breaks. IS there anything else we can be doing? She is otherwise very healthy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At this stage it is really a case of waiting it out to see if there is any improvement with rest, rest is best many times. Without examining Gigi and looking at x-ray I cannot really weigh in with any other alternatives; you should continue with the hydrotherapy and acupuncture and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Labrador Retriever
13 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Loss Of Balance
Loud Breathing
Uncoordination
MY 13 year old chocolate lab was up all night pacing and moving throughout house panting and running into things mostly on the right side. She had a diagnosed ear infection in the left ear on Friday and Sunday night she had the difficulty with her balance. She tilts her head to the right, but left is affected, which vet thinks is weird. She was prescribed a motion sickness pill once a day to help with her balance.