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17 month lab not able to walk straight and is lethargic.

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17 month lab not able to walk straight and is lethargic. Recent poop was full of Cicadas (17 year) Could this be the problem?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

In regards ***** ***** question, Cicadas aren't likely causing the signs you have reported with Jack. When ingested, they only tend to cause stomach upset or possible gut obstruction if a lot are eaten. Instead, if Jack is suddenly lethargic and is walking abnormally without other signs, this raises concerns of him eating something else that has caused toxicity, anemia (low red blood cell volume, which may pale his gums), middle ear issues, brain based issues (ie bleeds, swelling, infections, etc) or possible head trauma. We could also see this as a sign of weakness if he had been severely vomiting or had diarrhea prior to this or if he had breathing compromise, but this doesn't sound likely based on what you have reported. Therefore, we really need to tread with care. The cicadas are a red herring and we'd be more worried he has gotten into something he should not have and may need to be seen by his local vet urgently here.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

How is everything going with your wee one?

Dr. B.