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Our 14 yr old lurcher suddenly started goose stepping

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Our 14 yr old lurcher bitch suddenly started goose stepping this morning been to vets , no pain weight bearing & everything else normal what could this be please .
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Which legs is she doing this on?

JACUSTOMER-ek0qq538- : Front left
Dr. Susan :

OK. Does she tremble with that leg?

JACUSTOMER-ek0qq538- : No
Dr. Susan :

OK. If you take that front left paw, lift her paw just off the ground, curl her toes under, and put the paw back down (so she is standing with the tops of her toes and nails resting on the ground)

Dr. Susan :

Does she immediately pick the paw back up and correct the position?

JACUSTOMER-ek0qq538- : Yes
Dr. Susan :

OK.

Dr. Susan :

Do you see any problems when she is walking? Stumbling, crossing over feet, looking drunken?

JACUSTOMER-ek0qq538- : Occasional stumbling , no crossing of feet or looking drunk but very very occasionally will knuckle with that foot
Dr. Susan :

OK. I have two things that I'm concerned about with her.

Dr. Susan :

This can be related to a slipped vertebral disc in her neck, and it can also be related to a tumor.

Dr. Susan :

I'm very worried that it is some type of cancer, considering her age.

Dr. Susan :

Unfortunately, in order to really diagnose that I would want to get advanced imaging - MRI or CT.

Dr. Susan :

This is quite expensive, needs to be done under general anesthesia, and can only be performed at large referral centers.

Dr. Susan :

Unless you are interested in a referral to a veterinary neurologist, I think our other options are to try medications and monitor her signs for improvement.

Dr. Susan :

I would consider starting her on a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Rimadyl (carprofen) or Deramaxx (deracoxib).

Dr. Susan :

I would watch her for the next 3 days or so for improvement on that medication.

Dr. Susan :

If she did not get better, I would switch her to an oral steroid like prednisone, again monitoring her for improvement.

JACUSTOMER-ek0qq538- : THANKYOU we will go back to our vets .
Dr. Susan :

Absolutely. I hope she improves.

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