My Dog Keeps Losing His Balance
Most dogs are not drinkers, so they never have a good excuse for losing their balance, especially when you consider that they have four, not two, legs to stand on. If your dog's balance seems off, it is always worth looking into. The possible reasons that should be sought to explain the incoordination, or ataxia, are infection, systemic illness, toxin ingestion, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and head trauma or other intracranial problems such as hemorrhage, stroke, aneurysm, or tumors.
What to Look For
You'll need to conduct three separate exams. First, do an ocular/neurological exam like the one outlined in “My Dog's Eyes Are Bulging”. Second, perform a thorough ear exam, as described in “My Dog Has a Discharge Coming from His Ear”, looking for evidence of discharge of any kind, particularly if it is yellowish to greenish in color and foul-smelling. Finally, perform a spinal exam, like the one in “My Dog Is Stiff” [not available online].
What to Do
Next ask yourself the following questions to figure out what to do: