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Loss of Balance (Unbalanced Gait) in Dogs




Patients may usually be treated on an outpatient basis unless the ataxia is severe or the cause of the ataxia is of a life threatening nature. Avoid giving any drugs to your dog without first consulting with your veterinarian, as many drugs can either contribute to the problem or disguise the underlying condition that is causing it. Treatment will be based on the underlying cause of the disease.


Living and Management


Decrease or restrict your dog's exercise if your veterinarian suspects spinal cord disease. Be sure to monitor your dog's gait for increasing dysfunction or weakness; if it worsens, contact your veterinarian immediately.



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