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I have been a bulldog fancier for years and lurked on this forum for a couple months. Very nice site I don't have a bulldog but do have a 9 1/2 year old female (spayed) boxer named Betty. I would appreciate anyone's opinion on my dog's situation. (I have a call in to my vet but he hasn't got back to me yet.) Betty has the following symptoms: Recent weight loss, poor coordination and balance (sways when standing), does not seem to focus her vision well, incontinent last night -several times urinating in the house, when I go to pat her she almost flinches / shivers, she bumps into chairs, end tables, etc., has trouble getting on the bed (has to be carried), the inside eyelid? is about half way up her eye (normally don't see it). She doesn't step over things even when walking, her feet hit chair legs etc. Her feet are sliding out from under her when she tries to drink / eat from her bowls. Sorry for the rambling but I'm not thinking too straight. Betty has been an extremely spoiled and pampered house dog her whole life. She was an exceptional athlete, very obedient (we always got compliments) and very fit. It is sad to see her like this and I was hoping for an opinion until the vet calls back. Thanks for your time, Lewis
Welcome to the board! I'm sorry to hear of Betty's condition. It sounds like a neurological problem. Maybe a brain tumor? I know that brain tumors, depending on location, can affect vision, balance, coordination, etc. That's just from what I've heard. I would just get in to see a vet ASAP. Just a phone call isn't good enough, Betty needs to have tests done to determine what's wrong with her. Good luck and the pups and I will be hoping for the best...
Boo, thanks for the response. I just got off the phone with the vet. Talked with him for about 30 minutes. He is very familiar with Betty, and advised she has problems like you spoke of...sort of a doggie alzhiemers or tumor...either way, 6 mos is on the long end of life expectancy I am going to monitor her condition for the next few days and make the decision we all dread when we get that cute pup. Thanks again, Lewis
Awww... I was hoping to give a worst case scenario and have you come back with better news. I am very sorry to hear. Tumors seem common in Boxers. Everyone I have ever known with one has lost it to a cancer of some sort. Make every day a special day with Betty. Give her extra hugs and treats. Take her for longer walks and cherish every moment. Once again, I am very sorry about the bad news.
So sorry that your Betty is doing poorly.... You're right about that day we all dread...after going through the process with a few dogs, you just can't stop that thought from entering your mind when you meet your new dog/puppy. Give her lot's of attention and make sure she feels like she's still making you happy.
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