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RougeTiger
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The Field, LA
Member since Sep 2009
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Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk

Woke up this morning and our 2 year old Shih-Tzu suddenly can't even stand up. When we put her on the ground, her legs shake and she immediately falls to the ground. She will try to stand back up and just tumble to the ground again. It's as if she just forgot how to stand up and walk over night. We can't get her to the vet until tuesday due to labor day tomorrow. Has anyone ever heard of anything like this in such a young dog? The only thing I have been told so far is that it could be a tick deep inside her ear that effects her balance and mechanics. Help please!


FISH N TIGER
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Just up the road a bit.
Member since Jun 2007
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re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
You should be able to get a vet, most have after hour phone numbers.I would call around until you can talk to one on the phone.


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HeadBusta4LSU
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
10493 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
she may have bumped her head or its something neurological. Good luck


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F Head
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On a boat
Member since Dec 2008
1896 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Could be lots of things from stroke to ear infection to seizure. Call around and you'll find a vet.


Bleeding purple
TCU Fan
Athens, Texas
Member since Sep 2007
23190 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
also ingestion of toxic substance is a possiblity as is simple dehydration. good luck.


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2dogs
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ArkLaMiss
Member since Feb 2011
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re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
I have seen this several times. It was caused by a tick and it can be located anywhere on the dogs body. Remove the tick and dog should recover very soon. I hope this helps.


dke2
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dauphin island
Member since Mar 2011
1710 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Ever seen old yeller? do you have raccoons living around your house?
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Bama and Beer
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Daphne, AL
Member since Oct 2010
67202 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Take it to the vet. My dog did something similar to this about 6 months ago and it was a bacterial infection in his stomach from something he ate from the park.

$330 later, he was fine.


nathannb22
LSU Fan
Brusly, La
Member since Jun 2008
1364 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
I know the their is usually someone at the LSU Vet 24 hours.. try there.


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ColesCreek
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SW MS
Member since Apr 2011
338 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
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caused by a tick and it can be located anywhere on the dogs body. Remove the tick and dog should recover very soon.


definitely could be this.


jack6294
LSU Fan
Greater Baton Rouge Area
Member since Jan 2007
3280 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Our neighbors dog just went lame, the vet just gave some bs diagnosis. idiopathic something. Hope it gets better


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jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
2268 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
happened to my black lab. Start salivating bad.
Tick on the spine shut down nervous system. Pulled the tick 24 hrs later good to go.
My friend said tick has taken down his horse before.


756
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Member since Sep 2004
10669 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
FYI Sherwood Animal Hospital is open 24 hours most BTR vets will refer you there. They have an agreement to treat animals and then refer you back to your vet

Dr. Stevens is one of the vets for Mike the Tiger


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Volvagia
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Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2006
41663 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Don't want to scare you, because there are lots of explainations for it, but that's what happened to my dog when she crossed the point of no return with cancer.


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RIPMachoMan
LSU Fan
Nola
Member since Jun 2011
1117 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Prob a tick. Worst case (not trying to scare you) but ask your vet to x-ray for any tumors. I had a golden whose tumor restricted blood flow enough to make the hind legs not function. Hope this is not the case, but do ask them to check. Good luck with everything!
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TigersSEC2010
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Member since Jan 2010
19519 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Sherwood Animal Hospital or LSU Vet School. Both will be open, guaranteed.


flip82lsu
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BATON ROUGE
Member since Oct 2009
3007 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Tick Paralysis.


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tigerfoot
LA-Monroe Fan
Alexandria
Member since Sep 2006
20199 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
Had that happen to our Shih Tzu, went out to the bathroom and collapsed.

Was diagnosed down at LSU with some neurological condition, they used an acronym but damn if I can remember the name.

Ex wife refused to let them euthanize, after weeks, he eventually regained some function, learning to walk again.

Eta: Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis (GME)

That was the diagnosis.
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Jed Zeppelin
Ball State Fan
Maurice
Member since Feb 2010
1039 posts

re: Help - Suddenly our dog can't walk
My dog fell off a chair Thursday and hit his head on a tile floor. He is back in the vet's clinic today. Still cant walk. He is a small dog too. Yorkie.


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