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Border collie-heeler cross....2 years old. developed tremors…

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border collie-heeler cross....2 years old...
border collie-heeler cross....2 years old. developed tremors of back legs and is uncoordinated and has slight temperature
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Sharon, the presence of fever (greater than 102.5F) concomitant with hind leg tremors and ataxia ("drunken sailor") is consistent with both encephalopathy (brain disorder) such as one of the meningoencephalitises particularly if you're also seeing a change in Spot's mentation (mental status) and with a myelopathy (spinal cord disorder) such as discospondylitis - an infection of an intervertebral disk and the surrounding endplates of the vertebrae. Initial testing of such a patient should involve a diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests as well as X-rays of Spot's spine in conjunction with a thorough physical and neurologic examination.

Please let me know if Spot has been attended to by his vet and what, if anything, has been found so far.

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