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My dad has a 8 year old beagle mix that will lift its leg up

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My dad has a 8 year old beagle mix that will lift its leg up and looks like she is having trouble putting it down. She does this on each of her legs. Every once in a while she will lose her balance. Sometimes we have noticed that her eyes will go back and forth too. We will throw a treat out in the yard and she will go running like there is nothing wrong with her. But when she is just wanting to walk is when she has trouble. She has a good appetite. Any suggestions? We just do not want to have to put her threw a bunch of test.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I'm Jane. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.

Are your dog’s eyes moving back and forth?

Is your dog standing with its legs further apart then normal?

Is your dog swaying? Is your dog walking on an angle and can’t walk a straight line?

Is your dog holding its head at a tilt?

Has she had ticks on her before that you have found?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
he eyes sometimes move back and forth.
When standing her legs seem normal.
She does sometimes sway and she has trouble walking in a straight line.
She holds her head straight.
No we have never found a tick on her.
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

It’s possible your dog is suffering from vestibular disease. Symptoms include standing with legs spread out, swaying, head tilt, abnormal eye movement, walking sideways, falling over and may include vomiting. There are a few things that can cause this condition such as an ear infection, some medications and old age. Have your Vet check your dog for this condition.

Here are some great sites on this condition:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html

http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/vestibular.html

The good news is that if this is the problem and it is due to old age, the condition normally resolves itself over a few weeks. Your vet will most likely prescribe dramamine or bonine to help with the symptoms. You can read about dramamine and bonine usage, precautions and dosage here:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dimenhydrinate-dramamine/page1.aspx

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/meclizine-bonine-antivert/page1.aspx

Now lyme disease can cause some unusual symptoms including lameness that switches from one leg to another. You can read about that here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=458

Now vestibular disease seems the most likely cause, but be aware that organ failure can cause disorientation as well and she is old enough to be experiencing organ dysfunction. Poisoning could also cause similar issues as well. I'd try and get her seen tomorrow and have your vet do a quick check. Be sure and mention vestibular disease to the vet. Some vets do miss this.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

Following up to see how things are going with your beagle? Did you find my answer helpful?