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12 year old dog won't walk on her back legs?

Our 12 year old golden was fine in the morning, but then she was having problems getting up. After that, she started walking and fell down. She is having problems getting up (we have to help her) and she falls down. Does anyone know what's going on? She's going to the bathroom fine, but she's just falling down and it appears she's leaning more to one side than the other.
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Welcome to the Forum! I'm sorry that your first post has to be on a sad subject.

From experience with my Charlie, who was 12 when he began having seizures, I strongly encourage you to get your sweet girl to a veterinary neurologist. One-sided behavior can be a symptom of stroke or a brain tumor. It might be something much less serious, of course, but you won't know until she is examined by someone who knows how to assess her.

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Sounds like it could be ideopathic canine vestibular syndrome, or old dog vestibular disease-not fatal but definitely scary. One of the hallmarks of this disease is that the eyes almost always "whirl"-the brain cannot make sense of up or down, and so the eyes whirl, trying to establish balance.

What is Canine Vestibular Syndrome: Despite Stroke Like Symptoms,The Dog's Health Prognosis May Be Good | Suite101.com

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Canine idiopathic vestibular disease (also called "Old dog vestibular disease") and, its feline counterpart, feline idiopathic vestibular disease, begin acutely and resolve acutely. Usually improvement is evident in 72 hours and ]the animal is normal in 7-14 days, possibly with an occasional head tilt persisting. When a case of vestibular disease presents, it may be a good idea to wait a few days to see if improvement occurs before doing diagnostics beyond a routine blood/urine database. These two conditions are idiopathic, meaning we do not know why they occur. We do know that they represent problems in the periphery (nerves of the middle ear rather than in the actual brain.)

Treatment of idiopathic vestibular disease generally involves control of nausea (motions sickness) while the condition runs its (relatively short) course.


I would definitely take her to the vet to get a diagnosis and treatment, as while I think it is most likely to be this, it could be something else and I would not take chances.

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I hope you are taking her to the vet right away.

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I'm sorry to hear about your girl. My immediate thoughts were stroke or VS. I, too, hope you can get her to the vet right away, and I hope you get some answers.

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Please get her to the vet ASAP. I hope it's not serious.

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You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope she is feeling better.

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I haven't posted yet but I've been checking in to see the outcome... I really hope it's nothing serious and your vet can take you asap... Sending good vibes your way!

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How is your old girl? I hope she has seen a vet and that you got good news.

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Hi, our saasy, 14, had a similar problem last year. She suddenly had no use of her back legs. Turned out to be a disc problem that resolved itself after rest and anti inflammatory med. She has arthritis, too, and has responded well to dermax, a non-steroidal pain med. Recently had to stop that due to needing prednisone for mast cell tumor. Prednisone has helped her arthritis even more and has definitely improved her quality of life. Good luck and hope your girl is better.
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