By Maryanne Ellison. Animal. Published at Tuesday, July 03rd, 2018 - 05:13:43 AM.
Other indications are when your pet has difficulty in walking in a controlled and steady manner. When a dog has ataxia their hearing may be impaired. Dogs suffering from this condition may become lethargic and behave in unusual ways. The word ataxia has Greek origins and means \"without order\"; in the case of pets it refers to the coordination of movement. Dogs that have cerebellar ataxia usually have a drunken gait or they will lift their paws way off the ground when walking. \"Goose stepping\" is the name given to this kind of action. Stumbling or dizziness can result from any sort of quick movement.
For many, pet massage sounds like a luxury for pampered pets only. However, many canines receive massage to help recover from surgery or injury and athletes such as racehorses or agility dogs receive sport massage to improve performance. Service dogs and dogs used in police or military service have high stress jobs where massage can mean the difference between early retirement and more time on the job.
There can be an increase from mild to severe in some forms of inherited ataxia. It depends on the degree of ataxia a dog has; in most cases dogs are mildly affected and can live normal lives. There seems to be an increased likelihood of inherited ataxia amongst Staffordshire and Jack Russell terriers. There are all types of studies and research being done to better understand why some breeds seem to be affected more than others.
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