What Symptoms Are Most Commonly Associated With Neurological Disorders?
Several different neurological conditions may affect dogs. Spotting the early symptoms of a neurological condition is going to be vital for the treatment of your pet. Neurological disorders that affect the nerves may cause facial paralysis or a loss of function in the tongue. Your dog may also possibly lose the ability to blink.
Disorders that are associated with the spinal cord may cause your dog not to feel pain in certain limbs. They may have a problem with urination, and they may have issues walking, such as an unsteady gait, or paralysis of front or back limbs. If your dog is suffering from any form of seizures, tremors, blindness, or tilting of the head, then this could be symptomatic of a brain disorder.
When it comes to your dogs health, it is important to consult with a veterinarian whenever your furry friend starts showing unusual signs and symptoms.
It’s not uncommon for a Yorkie to suffer from digestive issues, so owners should keep an eye on their diets. It’s also possible for Yorkies, along with other toy breeds like the Chihuahua, to suffer from tracheal collapse. The main warning sign to watch out for is a bad cough.
Our dogs are our best friends. Whether you picked them out from a breeder or adopted from a shelter, your dogs are the most perfect creatures to walk into your heart. They are always with you when you want to go on long walks at the beach and cuddle up by the fireplace. Unfortunately, certain dog breeds can be susceptible to some common medical issues. Prevention and early diagnosis are key, so it’s important to stay vigilant and keep an eye out for signs of these medical issues that are common to your dog’s specific breed.
Another popular dog breed with adorably floppy ears. Beagles are an American favorite, portrayed by cartoon characters like Snoopy, Odie, and Mr. Peabody. Although epilepsy is possible in any dog breed, it seems to be more common in beagles. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, and dogs with this disorder will usually have their first seizure between 6 months and 3 years old.
Unfortunately, Cocker Spaniels are susceptible to eye disorders, heart and liver disease, and epilepsy. Eye issues may include cherry eye, glaucoma, and cataracts. Their long floppy ears can also be at risk for ear infections and possibly deafness.
Signs & Symptoms of a Neurological Disorder in Dogs
The symptoms of disease affecting the brain, spinal cord, or nerves have easily identified symptoms. The most common neural symptoms involve a change in your dog’s behavior or gait.
A neurological disorder in dogs can significantly affect their hind legs and leg strength. A sudden loss of coordination is typical with most canine neurological issues. Dogs that tumble suddenly struggle to stand or experience sudden mobility loss should immediately visit their Vet.
A healthy dog shakes its head to remove water from its ears. However, a dog that shakes its head for no apparent reason without stopping may have an underlying medical condition that must be checked out. A head tilt can also be an indicator of a canine neurological disorder.
Any change in your dog’s natural gait is a cause for concern. Dogs that drag their feet during walks or begin walking on the top of their feet may suffer from “knuckling.” Knuckling paws lead to scrapes and other painful paw wounds and are usually the first sign of a neurological condition and eventually mobility loss.
Depending on the severity of the knuckling and the underlying cause, your dog’s knuckling may be treated through physical therapy or with a No-Knuckling training tool.
Sudden loss of vision is a cause for concern. Dogs struggling to see will stumble into furniture or stare blankly at a wall. Dogs that appear disoriented or appear suddenly clumsy should immediately see their Vet.
Although typically an inherited condition, sudden seizures may be an indicator of neurological problems as well. Depending on the diagnosis, canine seizures are usually managed with medication.
Many different factors can cause pain. Along with whimpering, uncontrollable shaking and trembling also indicate your dog is experiencing pain. Your dog must see its veterinarian if it exhibits any signs of pain or distress.
Neurological conditions can cause persistent nausea. If your pet suddenly appears unwilling to eat, there may be a serious underlying condition requiring treatment.
There are many different neurological disorders, and as each disease can present itself differently, there is no definitive telltale sign you should watch for. Be your dog’s advocate. You know your dog better than anyone. If you notice a sudden behavior change and are concerned, contact your Veterinarian.
There are countless neurological conditions, and the causes can vary greatly depending on the dog. A dog’s spinal cord, brain, and nerves are sensitive to force; when something impacts these areas, it can lead to neurological issues. The signs of a neurological disorder can come on quickly.
Every case is different, and the care needed will vary. If diagnosed, your veterinarian will work with you to develop the proper course of treatment for your dog. Diagnosis of a neurological disease will be a significant life change for both you and your dog. Luckily, there are mobility tools that you can use at home to help make your pet (and your) life more manageable!