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Old 10-03-2008, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Back again. I have an older dog, he is 12, seems fine but then sometimes spaces out, sometimes his back legs tremble a bit and he seems to go in trance, I got him to eat, and he was fine again

I witnessed a how elderly people have a stroke..... is this like a mini- stroke? I am just wondering if anyone can help, the dog is otherwise okay, I am wondering if its just an age thing. Thanks.

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Old 10-03-2008, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Is he completely back to normal? No lingering effects? Maybe like a TIA in a eprson? I've had dogs who had strokes but they were big strokes, could not walk, had to be put down.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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I have an Eskie who's over 16 who has severe degenerative arthritis. He does something similar. In his case, the trembling and zoning out appear to be pain-related. He's fine during the day, but by late evening when his pain meds start to wear off, his legs tremble and he appears distracted. (I changed his medication schedule, so that's how I figured this out.)
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:16 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Dream, how often do you feed the dog? My first thought was hypoglycemia, then maybe mild seizure...but since he improved after eating I'm going with low sugar. You most likely need to have a blood panel run just to be sure. With elderly dogs as with elderly people, their health is all over the board. Please let us know what you find.

If you feed on schedule, you might try feeding smaller amounts more often and see if that levels things out...but I'd be running for the vet ASAP. With the older ones you just have to be extra careful.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:46 AM
 
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Ah Sam, I never thought about that! My DD's cat had exactly the same symptoms and he was diabetic with the occasional low glucose episode. Good thinking!

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:09 AM
 
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I think it's an age thing. My old husky gets weak in her back legs at night after walking all day. She likes to be active, but is getting too old for it. She spaces out, too, when outdoors--what am I doing out here?? Sometimes she'll pace in the house and just stare at the corner of the wall. Old age effects them all differently, I suppose. If it's an acute situation, you would know it--symptom exacerbation and doesn't come out of it.
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Old 10-04-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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thanks-he eats normally, back legs do seem to be an issue,im watching him closely
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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my dog is 14 years old. recently he was unable to jump up on the bed. then, he was limping (front legs) and last nite he had loose stools. now his legs (all of them) are shaking and he is unable to get up or down small steps. do you think he had a stoke? he is holding his back legs very close together and his tale in down.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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my dog is 14 years old. recently he was unable to jump up on the bed. then, he was limping (front legs) and last nite he had loose stools. now his legs (all of them) are shaking and he is unable to get up or down small steps. do you think he had a stoke? he is holding his back legs very close together and his tale in down.
Please, please get your dog to a vet immediately. There are just too many problems that would manifest with those symptoms to even speculate on what it is. The one thing I do know is that your dog is suffering. Please don't hesitate. Get your pup to a vet NOW!
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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my dog is 14 years old. recently he was unable to jump up on the bed. then, he was limping (front legs) and last nite he had loose stools. now his legs (all of them) are shaking and he is unable to get up or down small steps. do you think he had a stoke? he is holding his back legs very close together and his tale in down.
Is he holding his head slightly to one side? There is a condition older dogs get that seem like a stroke but are apparently some kind of inner ear problem.

It can last minutes or days. The dog can't get up, leans to one side, is panicked and trying, and confused. Dog Ear Problems: Canine Peripheral Vestibular Syndrome

My old dog that passed away 3 years ago had it, and it lasted two weeks. And my female GSD who is 9 had it in the fall, out of the blue. It was sudden and shocking, and she lost control of her bowels. I knew what it was due to my previous dog, but I called my vet anyway.

His advice was to watch her. I sat with her because of her panic and rubbed her neck. Within 30 minutes her head was straighter and within an hour you wouldn't know anything had happened. But it was so very scary, and the worst thing is knowing that it is a sign of age and I'm just not ready to lose another dog. I have barely recovered from the last one.
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