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Yesterday after a not overly strenuous walk my 11 year old

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Yesterday after a not overly strenuous walk my 11 year old standard poodle seemed very disoriented when we got out of the car, he was hugging the left hand side of the pavement, into gateways etc. Was quiet at home, but happy to have a treat! Normal walk this morning, no car, but odd again this afternoon, same left hand tendency. Again perks up for a biscuit! Seems to have a strange twitch on right back leg like he is trying to scratch himself. Could he just be dehydrated? We haven't walked far but it is quite warm

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 2 years ago.
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.
Based on what you report I am most concerned Bailey is experiencing weakness that, if unilateral or one-sided, may indicate a neurological problem. Odd that it would come/go but there are some issues that can be exacerbated by exercise. The twitching on the leg is another key sign. Alternative to the weakness is that there could be true pain on the side that is twitching such as referred back pain. This breed can be very stoic and tough about identifying pain.
Since this has persisted, I do think an appointment is needed. If, however, she seems to be worsening and is doing this more than just when exercised, you should have her seen on an urgent care basis today or tomorrow. If you decide to wait to have her seen, then please keep her rested until that appointment.
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