By Karyn Bates. Animal. Published at Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 - 16:11:43 PM.
The average life span of a fox in the wild is from two to three years. Being cared for in captivity, this can go from ten to twelve. If the owner decides to breed, adequate shelter and ground to burrow the new born pups must be provided since this is where it will happen. You shouldnt disturb the fox during this time and just wait till the pups come out because the threat from outsiders has prompted some mothers to kill their young. Studies have shown pups taken away from the mother after whelping are friendlier so this should be monitored.
The only way to tell for sure if your pet has any type of ataxia is to have them thoroughly examined by your vet. The reason for the ataxia will be determined by a wide range of tests, the cost of which should be covered by a good pet insurance policy. Finding out why these signs are being displayed is imperative. There are other possible reasons for the symptoms such as a reaction to medication or an ear infection.
Trauma, toxins or viruses can also be the cause of cerebellar ataxia in dogs. That part of the brain that controls balance - the cerebellum - is affected by this type of ataxia. In the case of vestibular ataxia it affects the inner ear and the alignment of a dogs body and head. Not standing straight and holding the head at an angle are typical signs. The spinal cord and thus the position of the dogs legs are affected by sensory ataxia. Some signs of this type are the dog crossing its legs when walking or they may walk on the back of their paws.
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