Loss of Balance in Dogs: Phoenix’s Loss of Balance and Ability to Walk. What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog?

Phoenix was a fourteen-year-old Labrador Retriever. One day he lost his balance and started falling over.

What can cause loss of balance in dogs? The list is relatively long. Some potential causes include

  • injuries
  • stroke
  • poisoning
  • infections
  • neurological issues
  • immune-mediated conditions
  • cancer

What happened with Phoenix?

Loss of Balance in Dogs: Phoenix's Loss of Balance and Ability to Walk. What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog?

Phoenix was a service dog and a great companion. But then scary things started to happen to Phoenix. On his way to be with everybody, he’d stop in the doorway, tremble and suddenly fall over. Even with help, Phoenix was unable to get up.

His parents were gravely concerned. Phoenix couldn’t even hold his head up.

He was drooling and his eyes were twitching and darting from side to side. It looked very scary. They feared Phoenix might have had a stroke or something else over which they might lose him.

Did Phoenix suffer a stroke?

Indeed, some of Phoenix’s symptoms seemed similar. Symptoms of stroke in dogs include

  • inability to walk or loss of coordination
  • head tilt
  • falling to one side
  • abnormal eye movement
  • changes in behavior
  • loss of consciousness

Phoenix was doing so badly he had to be carried into the veterinarian’s office.

Stroke, however, is quite rare in dogs. Further, if it does happen, it is usually a secondary symptom to another serious condition such as

  • kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • Cushing’s disease
  • heart disease
  • bleeding disorders
  • and others

Source: petMD

In spite of his age, Phoenix was quite healthy and well cared for. It’s unlikely his parents would miss the symptoms that come with the above conditions.

Any other cause would be logical. But which one?

What do you think was wrong with Phoenix? What would you do if it was your dog?

Read Phoenix’s story here.

Related articles:
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Drunken Gait

Further reading:
Why Is My Dog Falling Down?

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