Proprioceptive Deficits in Dogs

Overview of Canine Proprioceptive Deficits

Proprioceptive deficits are abnormal body positions or movements due to a lack of normal perception. Loss of proprioception causes abnormal placement reactions in the limbs (legs), abnormal limb position at rest (legs crossed or paws turned under), and abnormal wearing of the toes.

Loss of proprioception is a nonspecific indication of neurologic disease. Proprioceptive deficits may have little to no impact on the affected individual; however, its presence may represent severe or life-threatening illness, and therefore, should not be ignored and should be addressed if it persists or worsens.

General Causes of Proprioceptive Deficits in Dogs

What to Watch For

Signs of proprioceptive deficits in dogs may include:

Diagnosis of Proprioceptive Deficits in Dogs

Treatment of Proprioceptive Deficits in Dogs

Depending on the specific case or dog it may be difficult or even impossible to treat proprioceptive deficits symptomatically. If appropriate, there are several things your veterinarian might prescribe or recommend to treat your pet’s symptoms.

Home Care

Administer any prescribed medication as directed by your veterinarian. Observe your dog’s general activity and appetite, and watch closely for the worsening of signs, bringing them to the attention of your veterinarian.