I have a 6 Month Old Siberian Husky Malamute Cross, he is about 40 lbs and sometimes walks a little bit to one side and does what our vet is calling a Goose Step. He seems to have no pain at all, runs great and in a straight line. He does stagger a bit but I only notice it when he is tired. When we take him for walks he dose his "goose step" prance and will usually lean towards the side of the leash that's tight but ones he calms down he walks pretty good. Our Vet did blood work and everything came back normal, he has good reaction with his eyes, they are not droopy or anything. Has never vomitted or had diarhea, climbs the stairs fine, jumps on and off the couch and on and off our deck. He's done this ever since he was a puppy, at first we just thought he was still trying to find his footing but someone suggested we get him checked and the vet said it was VERY abnormal for him to walk that way. He's just a baby, and it's very heartbreaking. Any advice or info would be appreciated.
Type of Animal: DogGender: maleAge: 6 mons
Vet visit, blood work, xrays are scheduled for this coming friday.
Hello there,There are a few things that can cause this. If the problem has been present since Birth there is likely a spinal deformity. Cervical stenosis in the spinal cord can be a cause. Wobbler's disease is the lay term. Missing or deformed vertebrae in the lumbar spine are also possible. There may be a surgical procedure that can relieve spinal pressure. A myelogram of the spinal cord is needed to diagnose the area of compression. If the dog is not progressively getting worse, corrective surgery may not be worth the risk.
12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.