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Can you please post a video showing your concerns with her balance and breathing?
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Thank you for the video, is she able to use her back legs at all?
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Thank you for the additional info.This looks like a condition that is very common in smaller breed dogs, especially dachshunds and dachshund mixes, called intervertebral disk disease. I'll include some links below for you about this affliction. It can be entirely pain-free or it can be painful, the determination is typically on how affected the dog is. Some will experience mild symptoms and others more major. A more major symptom is inability to use the back legs completely at which point they often drag behind the pet. The breathing you were seeing earlier may be linked to discomfort, although she's not showing signs of obvious pain though vocalization.Ideally, she would be seen by a veterinarian overnight. She needs back x-rays and may need to be referred to a specialist for surgery to gain full use of her legs back again. With diagnostics, your vet will be able to tell you more on what she will need in the near future.Failing being able to have her examined tonight, she needs to see your vet in the morning. Keep her on a well padded, absorptive bed and expect that she may have some accidents this evening. Don't be surprised if she avoids eating and drinking.1) http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Intervertebral-Disk-Disease/Symptoms.aspx2) http://sevneurology.com/articles/intervertebral-disk-disease-ivdd-in-dogs/
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