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Dr L Simmon, Dog Veterinarian
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He has developed smelly ears his balance is affected he

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He has developed smelly ears his balance is affected he seems yo be dagging his front paws not lifting them when walking ot himzelf he is 10 years old
JA: I'll do all I can to help. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: My dogs ears are smelling he is dragging his front paws instead of lifting them
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,you are through to Dr. Linda
This is very concerning.
Dragging paws indicates a 'proprioceptive defect' meaning there is a neurological abnormality and he is unaware of the positioning of his limbs.
This can be seen with e.g. a slipped disc or embolism of the spinal cord.
Inner ear infections can also affect balance so we need to treat any current infection.
Given how serious his symptoms are, he needs to be seen right away. Despite lockdown, vets are still seeing urgent cases such as this.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, how is your dog doing?