If you're a human, there are a few things that may upset your center of balance. You might be a baby who has limited control of their body. Or maybe you're three sheets to the wind (drunk) and had a wee bit too much to drink. Or, maybe you're suffering from vertigo.
But if you're a dog with the wobbles, the likelihood of intoxication being the cause is far less likely. Last week for instance, a pooch came into the PPAC with a case of the aforementioned wobbles. Since the dog was of an advanced age, arthritis was the first thought that came to Dr. S' mind. However, since the dog was already on medication for arthritis, something neurological was more likely at play. Since the PPAC has yet to acquire an MRI machine to test the hypothesis, a more old school approach needed to be implemented, specifically a blood pressure test.
The results of the blood pressure test revealed that the dog did in fact have high blood pressure which can cause the wobbles. Dr. S. started the dog on medication to reduce the blood pressure and the problem was resolved—the dog wobbled no more.
A week later, a recheck was administered to ensure that the blood pressure was back to normal and luckily, all was as it should be. The dog's center of gravity was back in check and so was the pooch.
As I mentioned above, there's lots of things that can cause the wobbles. So if you notice your pooch looking less than centered, it's never a bad idea to bring them in to the PPAC for a checkup.
Til' next time.