Dog Keeps Losing His Balance (cont.)
When to Get the Vet
Has your dog recently suffered any form of head trauma? Intracranial changes subsequent to head trauma can often cause ataxia. When the imbalance begins a significant time after the trauma, it is more worrisome than if the imbalance follows close on its heels (in which case eventual resolution is more likely). In either case, consult your veterinarian immediately.
Has your dog recently gotten into any unusual chemicals or medications? Since many toxins have a direct effect on the nervous system, it is common for exposure to result in abnormal behaviors or neurological symptoms. Some products may even cause temporary blindness. If you know what chemicals or medications your dog has possibly ingested or inhaled, call the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 for immediate advice. Plan to make a trip to the nearest animal emergency facility as well.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.