Published at Thursday, June 28th, 2018 - 15:22:43 PM. . By Vera Holden.
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.
Back to what I said at the top, I was startled to see so many people interacting with dogs in an unsafe manner at the shelter. I remember one day my coworker stepping into a kennel to scan a dog for a microchip, I saw the warning signs while she was woefully unaware, as I was about to urge her out of the kennel the dog grabbed her arm with a quick nip. While she was filing out paperwork I was sighing as I stepped into the kennel and finished her job. You might think that’s unsafe, after the dog just nipped my coworker, but the dog had warned her, and she had not responded to the dogs warning. I see the dogs warning, I react and calm it, and scan the dog. If I didn’t, what could happen to the dog? The owners wouldn’t get contacted if it actually did have a microchip, in the meantime, the dog grows more stressed as the days pass with no one to calm its fears. It gets marked an unsafe/ un-adoptable dog. Possibly euthanized because the owners didn’t check at the local shelter and its time was up. All because the kennel worker who was supposed to scan the dog, didn’t care to look for warning signs and use proper animal shelter etiquette.
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