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Old 05-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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So, I agree a vet neurologist is in order.

Could be a brain injury (sounds like he was vestibular at one point randomly falling over), could be neck pain (would/could cause ataxia in all legs), the megaesophagus could have been secondary to Myasthenia Gravis (which causes generalized progressive weakness) and can be transient depending on the cause.

And you're looking at at least $3000-$4500 for the neuro work up most likely, depending on what they think needs to be done.
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Poor dog! i do hope it isnt a brain tumor.
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As always, Holly has the expertise.

Not sure even I would spend thousands of dollars on a dog at this age... although now that I think about it, we did spend 3,500 for Lar-par surgery on our 10 year old dog without blinking... what we do for our pets... sigh...
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I'd say at least start with a neuro consult. They may get enough info from just the examination to narrow down the possible diagnoses and prognoses.
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Nyla, he does seem to be drinking a bit more than usual. The last 2 nights we got home late and he gorged himself on water when we got home. 1 of those nights he threw up some of the water. It was very atypical.
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Nyla, he does seem to be drinking a bit more than usual. The last 2 nights we got home late and he gorged himself on water when we got home. 1 of those nights he threw up some of the water. It was very atypical.

Does he not have access to water during the day? You mentioned you got home late so I'm just trying to understand if this is a case of him just being really thirsty due to no access to water or something else. (BTW he should always have access to fresh water)

One of the first signs was drinking like a fish for us. I did ask the vet and she initially dismissed it as him just being hot etc (we live in South Florida). We didn't consider to connect the dots until later on after he became ataxic and we took him in. After that I was reading about brain tumors and one of the signs is increased water intake.
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The first night he did have water. Last night the dish was in the dishwasher. He has 3 water bowls in the house so he always has access to water except for last night. That was totally my bad.
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Yeah, don't limit his water for now in case he has a metabolic need for it.
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Today he was great when I got home from work. When we leave he stays in the laundry room. Ample room to move around with 2 different sleeping areas. 1 is a crate which he loves curling up into. He has slept in there since he was a baby. The other is a quilt I made and a pillow - yes he is spoiled!!!

He was walking perfect when I got home. We spent time together then I had an errand to run. Again, he was perfect! After I got home we walked to get the mail then walked around the yard to smell flowers & smell everything. He loves this. But the minute we walked in the house his feet started sliding on the vinyl floor.

We see our regular vet Friday for nail trim and anal glands. DH wants to ask her about getting consult etc.
But why is he fine and the 10 min walk and then having trouble again. He isn't walking sideways or any of that but just legs giving out on slick floor.
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Today he was great when I got home from work. When we leave he stays in the laundry room. Ample room to move around with 2 different sleeping areas. 1 is a crate which he loves curling up into. He has slept in there since he was a baby. The other is a quilt I made and a pillow - yes he is spoiled!!!

He was walking perfect when I got home. We spent time together then I had an errand to run. Again, he was perfect! After I got home we walked to get the mail then walked around the yard to smell flowers & smell everything. He loves this. But the minute we walked in the house his feet started sliding on the vinyl floor.

We see our regular vet Friday for nail trim and anal glands. DH wants to ask her about getting consult etc.
But why is he fine and the 10 min walk and then having trouble again. He isn't walking sideways or any of that but just legs giving out on slick floor.
Our dog was fine in the start - the issues were almost unnoticeable. It was more obvious when he tried to walk on tile or when he would attempt to jump on and off the bed or couch. I still say take him in and don't wait. Whatever it is, it's probably causing him pain. Dogs are very good at hiding it. I don't think this is just related to a slick floor surface.
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