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I am Dr. Snow, and I can try and help you today. Is your dog on any medications? How long ago did the symptoms start and how is he doing now?
It sounds like it could be a couple of different things. Vestibular disease is common in older pets, which affects their equilibrium. It can cause circling, difficulty walking, a head tilt, and nystagmus (fast movement of the eyes). This condition often resolves on its own.
It sounds like your dog is potentially having some pain. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is common in Daschunds, and can cause back pain and difficulty walking. Prednisone is one of the treatments for this. Sometimes surgery can be necessary in certain cases.
If your dog was walking fine and now he isn't, it may mean that his neurologic function is declining, which can be an indication for surgery. The best thing would be for him to see an emergency veterinarian today to assess that.