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My dog carpethian shepherd seems to be walking funny, in

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My dog carpethian shepherd seems to be walking funny, in fact not wanting to walk at all very wobbly legs. It's fairly warm day. Should I do?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Does anything look different with the Bassett's legs/feet? When did this start?
Customer: She's a shepherd dog lot like alsation but very hairy
JA: And what's the Bassett's name and age?
Customer: She was rescue as a stray from Romania and we don't know how old she was. But roughly 6 to 10yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: She's very nervous dog but she's never gone down and couldn't get up before.
Submitted: 22 days ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Again it is not a basset
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Her name is Bella
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 22 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear Bella is not herself.Has she been out in the heat?
Any panting or drooling?
Has she ever had leg issues before?
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
She's not had issues before, but she's a former street dog and we don't know history really until she was rescued. She's been in a room with a fan and open window. Water available but panting yes and drooling ( she does drool a lot anyway and has quite a few teeth missing and part of her tongue.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 22 days ago.
Panting, drooling and a wobbly walk (ataxia) are a real concern.Possible causes for these signs would include e.g. toxin ingestion, heat stroke, pain caused by a slipped disc etc.Certainly I'm concerned enough to advise a vet visit now if at all possible.They will examine her and perform a full neurological and orthopaedic assessment. If concerned, they may run some tests such as a blood test or xrays.Treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g anti inflammatories and pain relief.Keep her as cool and calm as you can; it would help to wet her coat and offer plenty of drinking water. The fan is a good idea, as are soaked towels.
Customer: replied 22 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 22 days ago.
Not at all.
Please feel free to keep me updated and to ask any further questions you may have.