My pug seems to have rear end ataxia sadly. My 8 year-old pug, Dolly, has shown signs of this for about a year now. She started off with her tail not curling and then I noticed a shaggy bunch of fur on the back of her back legs and an unusual discoloration of her skin in some places on the back legs also. It was a darker rusty color.
I took her to the Vet and she didn't say anything except that she thought she may have arthritis and she didn't offer any other tests or meds. I don't have much money to do the testing so I don't know what is going to happen now. Dolly is having much more issues with walking lately and has stopped being able to jump up on a chair etc. for a year now also.
If anyone has had this issue with their pug please post a reply. I am hoping there is something I can do for her to help her and thought of getting her a little cart to help her get around.
Update: I did see a previous post on PugVillage that told about a Vet named Kathleen L Smiler DVM and she is sending me information to share with my Vet on this issue.
Last edited by eveningsong; 07-10-2014 at 12:02 PM.
would you consider trying a chiropractor? they can help.....
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OK - I will check this out - thank you so much
What a cute pup you have, I hope they are able to find a treatment that works for her!
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Im so glad you've gotten in touch with Dr. Smiler!
I've dealt with it as have many others here!
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Thank you very much - Dolly is a darling pug. Your little pug is a sweetie too for sure:)
I hope this ends up being nothing serious. Will keep her in my prayers.
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This is all too common in middle-aged and senior pugs. We can help you but need to know a few things first:
-When you say you can't afford tests, can you afford a comprehensive blood panel and urinalysis? Mostly, before you start certain drugs that may help you want to be sure her liver and kidneys are functioning well and that she is not anemic. If she is put on some drugs long term, will you be able to afford them?
- How much does she weigh and is she at all overweight? It is vitally important to keep dogs with ataxia/weak rear ends on the thin side of ideal weight, so a change of diet/food may be in order. What are you feeding her?
Can you take a short video of her walking so we can see how bad her ataxia is at this point?\
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