Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of Neurological Disorders in Dogs

May 10, 2011 | Dog Diseases | Leave a Comment |

Dogs can also be affected by neurological disorders. These disorders can manifest later in life or could affect young dogs. The symptoms of the disorders can be confusing and frightening to the owner. The best thing to do is observe the dog closely for symptoms of ailment and to bring it to the vet quickly.

Neurological Disorders in Dogs

  • The following are some of the neurological disorders that can affect dogs:
    • Dementia or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
    • Epilepsy.
    • Degenerative myelopathy.
    • Hepatic encephalopathy.
    • Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME).
    • Canine Vestibular Syndrome.

Neurological Disorders in Dogs Symptoms

  • Dog owners should watch out for the following symptoms:
    • Memory loss (even forgetting owners)
    • Disorientation
    • Personality changes
    • Confusion
    • Seizures
    • Mobility issues, especially in the hind legs
    • Difficulty in standing
    • Dragging the hind legs
    • Loss of mass at the hind legs
    • Stumbling
    • Trouble with defecation

Treating Neurological Disorders in Dogs

  • Diagnosis of the ailment will be done by the vet.

    He/she will also run tests to make sure that the diagnosis is accurate.

  • It is important to observe the dog closely especially during the treatment period to ensure that the medications do work.

Signs of Neurological Disorders in Dogs

  • It is easy yet sometimes confusing to watch out for signs of neurological disorders in dogs. Still, is best to observe closely for unusual behavior.
  • Signs to watch out for:
    • Seizures
    • Confusion
    • Lack of muscle coordination
    • Loss of muscle mass
    • Personality issues
    • And many others.

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