The pet experiences a loss of internal equilibrium, this loss of balance (or an Unbalanced Gait) can affect dogs and cats. A loss of balance may indicate weakness of the limbs, this may affect one or more limbs, or only the hind legs, or the legs on one side of the pet’s body. Causes can be Neurologic, Vestibular (central nervous system - CNS), Vestibular (Peripheral nervous system), degeneration of the spinal cords, and Metabolic. What’s the diagnosis of Loss of Balance in pets? Visit a veterinarian for further diagnosis.
How to Recognize
Stumbling, falling down, and swaying are signs that your dog is experiencing a loss of balance. Other signs include head tilting, weakness, confusion, decreased appetite and unusual eye movements.
Causes of Loss Of Balance
Trauma, cancer, cysts, degenerative diseases, infections, inflammation, anemia, and electrolyte imbalances can cause loss of balance in pets.
Your veterinarian may run blood, urine, and possibly cerebrospinal fluid test. Vets may also take an X-ray, MRI or CT scan.
Treatment for Loss Of Balance
Treatments vary depending on the underlying condition. Some medications can cause loss of balance in pets, so be way of any medications your pet is prescribed.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.