PRA – Loss of Appetite and Balance

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    Hi there,

    I have a mixed breed dog (brown in the photo), she is just over 2 yrs. Last month, my vet diagnosed her with Progressive Rental Degeneration, and she has since lost her sight.
    She has stopped eating and drinking, and I have resorted to syringe feeding her.
    She is off-balance, and spins in circles all the time.
    Please can you advise on her behaviour, and any solutions?
    She turns in circles all the time, and eventually falls over hard to the floor.
    Is there anything I can give her to increase her appetite, and something that will help her sleep at night, in order to get her day/night back into order. She roams all night, and bumps into our furniture, but sleeps mostly through the day.
    Please, I don’t know what to do anymore, and worry about her hurting herself.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Hi Charlene-

    I’m so sorry for the slow reply.

    Wow, to me, these symptoms sound like there may be something else going on. Centrally. Not just with her eyes. Has she had any recent medications, or vaccinations?

    I hope that she is doing better by now. If not, I’d strongly advise an exam by a vet neurology specialist before deciding on the best way to help her.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Jeff

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