Your assessment results for:

Incoordination or Off Balance

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and keep your dog calm

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • 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 an emergency

Concurrent symptoms in addition to incoordination/falling indicate a serious underlying 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 could have a severe time-sensitive condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include toxin ingestion, heat stroke, and internal bleeding.


First aid tips

Do not feed your dog

  • Give them water if they will drink. Do not feed your dog unless a veterinarian advises otherwise.
  • Restrict exercise (only short leashed potty breaks) until you have seen a veterinarian
  • If you suspect that your dog has ingested toxins or poisons, call the ASPCA Poison Control (available 24/7)


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Please note that our Symptoms Assessments and Results are intended for informational purposes only, and not a medical diagnosis. Our goal is to help pet owners make an informed decision about if, when and how urgently they need to seek veterinary care. Using our site should not and does not replace a consultation with a veterinarian.