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1- Does she have a head tilt?
2- Is she walking like if she was drunk?
3- How long has this been going on?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
6- Any other symptoms?
1- To make sure I got this right, she is walking normal yet has show weakness or stumbles with her back legs, correct?
2- Is she eating and drinking?
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You are right to believe that a dog could develop balance issues if water goes in their ear; part of the nerves that control the system that controls balance (vestibular system) is deep in the ear canal. However, I don't believe what you are seeing in your dog is related to vestibular disease. You see, dogs that have balance issues as a result of vestibular disease will have a consistent balance problem it is not intermittent and all 4 legs are affected. In addition, they may also have a head-tilt. What you are describing is a localized problem in the back legs more likely as a result of things like arthritis of the hips, luxating patella, a pinched nerve along the back, etc. to name a few causes. Unfortunately, on history only I would not be able to determine the exact underlying cause as many different medical conditions share the same symptoms, I am sorry. I would recommend a hands-on examination with your family veterinarian and possibly x-rays of the hips and spine as an initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. If cost is a concerned look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. In the meantime, you can begin to supplement her with Cosequin (glucosamine) long term. You can buy Cosequin over the counter in any pet store, give at label dose.
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