01-11-2011, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Topaz55
My mixed breed dog (12 years old) has become unsteady on her feet and recently fell down a few stairs. She has always been an anxious dog and easily flinches at sudden noises. Her recent blood work was normal and xrays of her spine were taken. The doctor gave her prednisone for the inflammation. We were told to have her stay calm for a few days and she must be feeling better because she wants to run and she climbed the stairs even though they were blocked...jumped over everything. She gets very excited when she's about to eat and shakes. I noticed that when I touched the side of her neck she began to shake and when she shakes her head she loses her balance. We're not sure if she had a seizure or if the fall effected her nervous system. Does anyone have a similar story ? I plan on having her evaluated neurologically. She shakes continually when we take her to the vet or to be groomed and as soon as we leave she stops.
Any advice or similar stories to share would be greatly appreciated. I feed her an all natural diet of lean meats, fruits, grains and vegetables with glucosamine and other nutrtitional supplements.
Thank you in advance.
There is something called canine vestibular syndrome that can affect a dog as you describe. Its reasonably common in older dogs. It makes them off balance, sometimes fall down, and sometimes have a head tilt. It often clears up on its own. Maybe you can ask your neurologist vet about that.
Is the inflammation in her hips and joints? The prednisone would help her feel a lot better and might account for her increased activity. You want to be careful with long term use of prednisone though as it does have side effects. At her age though, if a little bit is helping her to feel a lot better, it may be worth it.
You might also ask about having her thyroid level checked. Low thyroid hormone is common in older dogs and can increase their fear/startle response. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism are weight gain, fatigue and feeling cold more easily.
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