By Maryanne Ellison. Animal. Published at Tuesday, July 03rd, 2018 - 05:13:43 AM.
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.
There are 3 different clinical types of this condition including, cerebellar, sensory, and vestibular. Each type of ataxia will be manifested by impaired coordination when walking or standing. Changes in the dogs neck and head movement are characteristic of cerebellar and vestibular ataxia. The possibility that your dog has ataxia is evidenced in a variety of ways. Your dogs limbs may become weak. This symptom can be seen in all or just one or two limbs. Sometimes it is seen only on one side of the body or just in the hind legs. Other signs include tilting the head back and forth and abnormal eye movements.
As you begin looking at pets available through animal shelters, keep in mind some of these animals have had very hard lives. You may find a dog that was abused by its owner. You may find a female cat that has just given birth. Their owners have relinquished many of the animals offered by rescue groups because they are moving or can no longer care for them. In addition, some of these groups take animals that live in kill shelters or as strays living on the streets. Some programs also offer spay and neuter release program for feral cats and dogs.
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