Your assessment results for:

Incoordination or Off Balance

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular animal hospital ASAP and keep your dog quiet

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog exhibits any of the following, contact an emergency veterinary hospital:
    • Severe lethargy
    • Increased thirst
    • Coughing fits (especially if blood is produced)
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm.
  • Ensure your dog is safe while you arrange to get them to the vet – this means blocking off access to stairwells and removing nearby hazards.


Why it’s high priority

Your dog is at risk of an underlying neurological condition

  • Incoordination and falling always require veterinary attention, as these are signs of a more serious underlying problem.
  • Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog is not in an emergency situation but should be assessed by your regular veterinary practice as soon as possible.
  • We are mainly concerned that your dog may have an underlying neurological condition, which will likely get worse without prompt veterinary attention.


Home care tips

Make sure your home is hazard proof

  • Restrict exercise (only short leashed potty breaks) until you have seen a veterinarian.
  • Remove hazards and obstacles in your dog’s environment if possible.


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