4 year old Male Rottweiler suddenly falling over
by Jill Carroll
We just moved into a new house 2 weeks ago, and Torque ( our Rottie ) has been falling for no good reason.
He isn't in pain, he isn't hurting anywhere, we've moved joints and felt him all over on his back end, he does appear to "drag" his back foot a little, but nothing too "concerning".
This is not our first Rottweiler, for the last 13 years we're rescued, and owned Rotties, so we do not normally get too concerned with health issues.
We haven't called the vet as of yet, because we first thought it was the "pitch in the backyard", new surroundings, and such. However it seems to be getting a bit worse.
Like everyone else in American currently our financial situation isn't good, but we make do, and our animals are very special and important to us. I contacted his breeder, and she suggested that its neurological and I should have taken him "yesterday". Which I don't appreciate since I don't like to feel like a "bad owner"..
If he was in pain or seemed down or upset I would have but none of those things are happening.
Any Advice would be appreciated.
This kind of situation definitely does need a veterinary evaluation asap because it's not normal and could be serious.
But, given how vague the symptoms are and your recent move I can totally understand why you weren't overly concerned at first. Now though he needs to be seen by a professional for sure.
It's possible it could be a neurological problem, or one related to his spine, hips, back leg.... it's impossible to tell without veterinary evaluation.
The fact that you recently moved could be just a coincidence, but it is strange that it happened now. It's possible that he hurt himself somehow in the unfamiliar yard and that's what is causing the problem. Maybe the ligaments in his back knee, that's a common injury for Rotties. They have a very high tolerance for pain and can be extremely 'stoic' so he may be in pain from something like that but just not be showing it.
The only other possibility I can think of is that he's been bitten by a tick (especially if your new home is out in the countryside). Occasionally a tick can cause a temporary paralysis of the rear legs, usually it starts off with weakness in the rear legs and then progresses to paralysis of the legs. I'd suggest examining Torque very, very carefully and looking for a tick attached to him. If this IS the problem, once you remove the tick he should get back to normal pretty quickly. A bit of a long-shot but a possibility.
This is all guesswork though and I'd definitely recommend a visit to the vet right away. I wish you all the very best of luck and hope Torque makes a full and speedy recovery.