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1- Does she have a head tilt?
2- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Did she get into anything?
1- How long has it been since she had surgery?
1- Any other symptoms?
2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?
Thank you for answering my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.
I am sorry that you are having this problem with Lily while pet sitting. In response to your question, when a dog has a quick onset of motor dysfunction this could be the result of either primary neuromuscular disorders or secondary to a systemic disease. It will not be possible for me to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination, I am sorry. But, common causes are a pinched nerve as a result of a bulging disc, severe arthritis, brain tumors, thromboembolic (stroke-like), liver disease, infections, etc. to name a few causes. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home. There is nothing I can recommend for you to try at home that would have any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. Lily should be seen by a veterinarian for a hands-on examination, blood work and x-rays as an initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results, if possible, I would have her seen by ER veterinarian. I realize that this answer may not be entirely to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.
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