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beagle and strokes

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beagle and strokes
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Candy replied 3 years ago.

Hello,
I am so sorry your little one is having trouble.I would love to help I just have a few questions so I can better assist you.

 

Can you tell me some more about what is going on?

 

 

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

he is a large beagle not a small type weight 25kilos, had a medial ligament operation nov 2009, walks every day last week not same , no energy but still will eat anything, previously liked to eat carrots gone off them , would not even take a piece of apple this morning, the fruit veges are to help control his weight he is greedy always tries to steal cat food.previously with leg operation was on steroids for a week went loopy in the head took him off them, has not had since early 2010.

Does this help?

Expert:  Candy replied 3 years ago.

Has blood work been done if so were there any abnormalities?

 

Any abnormalities in the x ray or ultrasound?

 

Is he able to walk?

 

Is there any head tilt?

 

What is your vet saying is wrong?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

no abnormalties on either was bloated and constipated, they put parrifin on food he then passed waste.

 

walks very gingerley like a 14 year old

 

head down and tilts to the left

 

vet just thought something he ate

hence why we trying to find out some more info ourselves, we live in darwin in the tropics of australia , vets have basic equipment not all the gadgets and machines of a capital city. when he had medial done on left rwear leg we flew him to a specialist at melbourne uni in victoria

Expert:  Candy replied 3 years ago.

Ok, thank you for the additional information.

 

Strokes are not very common in dogs and even less so in young dogs such as this.

 

The head tilt and inability to walk correctly is often associated with a condition called vestibular disease. This is very commonly confused with a stroke by an owner as the problem develops so quickly. The most common cause of this condition especially in a young dog is a problem with the inner ear such as infection.

Here is additional information

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/vestibular-disease-in-dogs/page1.aspx

 

Another possibility is a problem with a disc in the neck. This can cause all of the problems you are seeing and is a common problem in this breed. Constipation is also common with this condition if the problem is effecting the back legs as well as the dog has a hard time getting in the position to go.In most cases advanced imaging such as a MRI is need for proper diagnosis

Here is additional information.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/neck-and-back-pain-in-dogs/page1.aspx

http://www.petsurgery.com/cervicaldiscdisease.html

 

 

Another thing that can effect the neck, ability to walk, cause loss of appetite and fever is Meningitis

http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com/dogs/dog-health/dog-meningitis.html

 

I would read over the above information and discuss this information with your vet. I hope this has given you some additional options for what may be going on. Please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns

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