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Experience:  Expert in canine health and behavior. 20 years of experience with dogs
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golden retriever: he drinks..much less energy and is a lot weaker

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I have a 5 year old golden retreiver who lives in Kauai. We recently moved to a different area of Kauai and he drinks out of streams and sometimes the ocean. In the last month or so he has become more depressed, has much less energy and is a lot weaker. He no longer can hop into my hatch back and doesn't get up to greet my at the door. He is eating well and does not vomit. I initially thought he might have hip dysplasia or spondylosi because his back legs are mainly effected and he has a strange hump on his spine near his hips. I am seeing my vet on Monday but am very concerned. Can you help me with a possible diagnosis and/or treatment? Thank you
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Terri Riba replied 7 years ago.



I am sorry your boy is ill.

He can get a bacterial infection from drinking out of streams:


Seizures in a dog his age would most likely be caused by ingesting a non food or toxic item or a metabolic issue like diabetes, hyperthyroid, liver etc.

Not all seizures look alike:

Dogs can have strokes too:

He may just have become deydrated or hypoglycemic.


There is also a less serious condition that mimics stroke/seizure called Vestibular syndrome:



Please let me know how he is doing. I will be here late.

I hope he will be fine.

Sincerest best wishes,