I have a Beagle/Lab mix who's 13 years old. This morning when we all woke up I noticed he had trouble walking down our set of stairs. When we finally reached the bottem he was shaking a lot while sitting down. He began to walk to the door so I could take him out and he seemed to be walking sort of tilted, to the right I guess. His back legs seem stiff and he'll shake (maybe from nervousness?) periodically. He also tends to walk with a little bit of a hunch with his head and neck hung perticularly low. Could this be the aftermath of a small stroke that he could have had during the night while we were asleep? Any opinions or suggustions would be greatly appreciated!
***Edited By: Trevor on 2/26/2006 5:26:13 PM*** Reason: adding.
Yes he has all of his shots. If it was a stroke, do these effects still hurt him? Is there a higher risk of him suffering from another stroke? I've been researhing all day because the vets isn't open. But I can't find anything besides a "heat stroke." And I live in Central New York, so heat isn't the problem at the moment.
***Edited By: Trevor on 2/26/2006 6:09:28 PM*** Reason: edit
Im not sure but dogs are much like people,so it may have the same effect on him as people.I would just make an appointment asap! I was jsut asking about the distemper because it is a neurlogical disease.
Last year when we took our 14 yr old chow mix in my vet said it's not very common for a dog to have a stroke. You mentioned him being tilted. Do you mean a head tilt? Like he's off balance and it starts at the head? If so, it could very well be senior canine vestibular disease. Something to ask the vet about.