August 8th, 2007, 10:21 PM
My german shepherd/rottweiler mix started walking around a little wobbly legged this afternoon. He seemed to be having trouble getting his footing. At first, I thought maybe he was either stiff (he has mild arthritis in his lower spine) or his leg was re-injured (he had ACL replacement surgery last December). But as he walked around he seemed disoriented and he was having problems with his front legs as well. Because he is on Rimadyl for his arthritis, my fear was that he was having an adverse reaction. I rushed him to the vet. By the time we got to the vet a half hour later, he was acting much more disoriented and panting rapidly. He kept falling on his left front leg as if he couldn't make it work. They took blood and his liver and organ function came back fine. The vet says it is probably neurological either because of a brain lesion or a disc/spine problem in his upper body. He is only 6. Can a dog's health really degerate that quickly in one day? By the time we had been at the vet for an hour he was also experiencing tremors. The vet kept him overnight. They are giving him injections of antibiotic, steroid (in case the problem is due to inflammation in his spine/disc), a sedative to calm him and have an anti-seizure medicine ready to administer in case he seizes. Has anyone experienced this kind of rapid decline in a dog so young? Tomorrow morning I am supposed to call and see if the meds have helped and if not am being referred to a specialist in neurology. No change in his diet, he has not gotten into any toxins and has not been injured before this happenned today.