does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Team Peanut » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:26 pm

whew!! I am happy to hear her bloodwork came back normal :)
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:12 pm

Thanks!! So I 'thought' my vet wasn't totally UP on Ataxia based on her response yesterday and when she called today, she said she had looked it up. (good for her). Her thoughts were that Ruby was unlikely to have received the double (bb?) gene so she didn't think it was worth testing for.
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Shoshana » Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:47 am

So So glad everything is looking good! I didn't mean to worry you!!!!! :oops:
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby AmstaffMommy » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:23 am

HappyPuppy wrote:Thanks!! So I 'thought' my vet wasn't totally UP on Ataxia based on her response yesterday and when she called today, she said she had looked it up. (good for her). Her thoughts were that Ruby was unlikely to have received the double (bb?) gene so she didn't think it was worth testing for.



That makes sense, since for a dog to be affected they have to get a carrier or affected gene from both parents

this chart details it - http://www.amstaff.org/documents/Ataxia ... evised.pdf

so since you do know know her breed makeup, even if she was half Amstaff there is only a chance of having the carrier gene on one side and the other side would cancel that out since it is a recessive gene.
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:35 am

Shoshana wrote:So So glad everything is looking good! I didn't mean to worry you!!!!! :oops:


Well, how can anyone NOT worry about all of the (unconfirmed) possibility??? Any explanation could have been THE explanation - so why not look at everything initially. I tend to assume the worst and then be pleasantly surprised when it is a better outcome. It's just so easy to imagine anything/everything when you don't know..... We still don't know what it was and it could return 6 months from now... who knows? It's just better and much more efficient in the long run (if one can do it) to save the serious worry for a real, known issue instead of what-ifs < tho it's prolly good to be (semi-)prepared for those, too.......
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Leslie H » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:41 pm

Well, here's hoping you never see anything like it again.
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Murfins » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:44 am

That is so scary! Positive thoughts being sent.
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby heartbullies » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:16 pm

Yikes! I hope it never recurs. How scary!

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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Thanks, guys. Now we're paranoid...LOL DH said yesterday, 'I don't mean to alarm you but she just shook her head a minute ago." LOL LOL LOL I'm like she probably got a leaf in her ear! (we had been playing fetch)
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Red » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:41 pm

Now I want to see Ruby! It has been too many months. :)
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:47 pm

Red wrote:Now I want to see Ruby! It has been too many months. :)


Let me know when you are feeling better! :thumbsup:
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:25 pm

OK - I'm freaking!!! She's doing it again and it seems more/stronger than before.... (we were playing fetch again - that seems to trigger it). The first thing I saw just now was loss of balance backward then she's bump her head into my leg to catch sideways balance.... Just bumped into our file cabinet in the house. All she wants to do is chase the ball (and the crows) and I'm just staring at her.... It seems short lived tho and seems to have tapered off. Dammit - I want an answer now!!!
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Curly_07 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:33 pm

Neurological??? Maybe? I'd be freakin out!

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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby HappyPuppy » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:36 pm

It's mild and slow-mo but totally obvious - nothing violent just clear of you are watching that she's starting to tip but catches herself. I'm going to call the vet again on Monday (they close at noon on Saturdays). I'm reading more about vestibular issues now.... (ETA I looked for and did not see evidence of nystagmus - eyes were clear, still and focused)
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Re: does your dog ever lose its balance for no reason?

Postby Leslie H » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:19 pm

That's not what I wanted to read. I'm sorry. I hope it's something vestibular, seems like the most treatable option.
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