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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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8 month pug girl-losing balance , no co-ordination, staggering

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8 month pug girl-losing balance , no co-ordination, staggering about, afraid to get up because she keeps falling over, just been sick-went to vet yest tested legs and back -seemed OK -much worse tonight-is it neurological ? Can it wait till morning( I don't drive)!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry to hear of this with Pudding. It certainly can be neurological; in fact, Pugs are well-known to suffer from a unique nonsuppurative (not pusy) meningoencephalitis resulting in brain necrosis (tissue death). Most cases, however, present with generalized seizures, circling, visual deficits, and head pressing. Pudding's symptoms may still represent an encephalopathy (brain disorder) but they're also consistent with vestibular (balance) disorders. I understand your logistical constraints. I don't believe waiting until morning will make a difference in the long run. Please confine her in a quiet, darkened space so she doesn't hurt herself staggering about. She's going to be quite a challenge to diagnose properly and so her vet is likely to refer her to a specialist neurologist. I regret that she appears to be rapidly worsening which is negative prognostic indicator.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.