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Why is my dog walking sideways all of a sudden

Why is my dog walking sideways all of a sudden

Why is my dog walking sideways all of a sudden?

I have a 9 month old cockapoo puppy named Jack. Recently he started walking sideways. He will walk with his head down and the back half of his body facing towards the left. He is constantly doing this and the right side of his face is turning towards the left. I have noticed a lot of movement in his left side also.

I don't think that it is something physical because if I walk him and push his left side with my hand he reacts and stops. The left side of his face will turn and then quickly turn to the right. We have visited our vet and he took xrays but he could find nothing wrong. Can you help?

What you describe sounds like the lateral position my dog has done for years. His body is out of balance which is caused by a torn rotator cuff. He has also had a few soft tissue injuries.

He was in lateral for weeks and weeks, and in my opinion, it probably caused the torn rotator cuff as a compensation to keep his front leg from being out of balance.

You mention that you have tried pushing the left side of his body. If you do that, and you are lucky enough to not actually hit the side of his body, you have probably caused the shoulder injury to try to correct the balance. If you hit him, then you are definitely causing damage and you should consult your vet immediately.

So, to address the sideways walking, and as I stated above, this is the position he has always been in for a long time.

One of the problems with rotator cuffs is that they do not heal. The good news is that is a relatively painless injury.

The first thing you will need to do is to reduce the pain as much as possible. This will be done by reducing the weight on the injured shoulder and applying the pain cream (non-steroidal) that he or she gets from the vet. It will be in the area where the injury is and will hopefully help to relieve the pain.

You will also need to do a lot of stretching of the injured shoulder.

Stretching is one of the best ways to do this, but it can also be done by walking with your dog. The problem is that he has always walked sideways. As such, your left leg will need to be positioned correctly in order to correct his balance. This is not as easy as it sounds. I am sure that you do not want your dog to have problems walking again.

I would suggest that you have his front leg shortened. This is fairly easy to do. The first thing you will need is a dog leg extender. When I say dog leg extender I do mean a strap to attach to your dog's left hind leg (where you have the rotator cuff injury).

So you need to measure the distance that you want to reduce. If your dog has had his front leg shortened for other reasons, then you can measure his leg and compare that with the old length.

I am not sure about your dog's length but if you measured from the inside of the leg (the top of the heel) to the top of the hock, you can now do a simple calculation.

It will be the difference between the left hind leg and the right hind leg. If that difference is greater than the desired difference, then you will need to shorten the leg.

To cut to the chase, you will need to have your vet take a small piece of bone from your dog's left side. This bone will be taken from the top of the leg in order to shorten the bone.

You can take the bone from your dog's right side and do the same thing.

So he will lose his left hind leg. Once you have done this, take his leg off.

Now it is time to try and put it back on. I do not have experience doing this, so please see a professional.

The problem with this is that he will now be missing one of his legs. You need to figure out if your dog can live with this and not be a danger to himself.

If he is a normal dog, I would say he will not be a problem. However, if he has a fear of something, you need to be careful that he does not react in an unhealthy way to this.

This is why you have to go to a professional to do this. They will be able to give you a better assessment of your dog. They will also be able to monitor your dog's reaction, and determine the safety of the procedure.

A final note

The reason I mention the back leg is that a dog can only have five limbs. That means that if you have to shorten your dog's leg, you need to take the one limb that is most important to your dog. That means taking the back leg for this procedure, even if it means shortening it.

Your other options are to put up with his having less of a hind leg (which means that he may run away more often, which is not good), or to shorten a front leg. Shortening a front leg is not a good thing, unless you are trying to shorten it for a health reason. If you just want to shorten a leg to make it look better, that is a different problem.

This article was very detailed, and you will need to discuss this with a professional. The pros will be able to give you advice about how to keep your dog healthy, and whether this is a good idea for your dog.

Please comment if you have any more questions.

References

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Nicolle B. "How to Trim a Dog's Legs." _The Veterinary Practice of Dr. Eric Leach_. October 1, 2007. <,http://vpm.org/blog/how-to-trim-a-dogs-legs/>,. October 4, 2014.

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## GIVING YOUR DOG A CATARACT SURGERY

The good news is that there are procedures to remove a cataract from your dog's eyes. The bad news is that this can be a complex surgery, and there are other alternatives.

This article was very detailed, and you will need to discuss this with a professional. The pros will be able to give you advice about whether your dog needs cataract surgery, how to prepare for the procedure, and whether this is a good idea for your dog.

Please comment if you have any more questions.

References


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