Can anyone tell me the early onset signs of NCL? I have been all over the internet but can't find what early onset might look like. I was also questioning possible ivermectin poisoning but as of last night I'm wondering more if she wasn't injured in an accident and I've been lied to.
I have a 20 month old girl that I only just brought home 2 1/5 weeks ago. I never saw any signs of problems when I went to see her but she was moving constantly. After I got her home and she had some exercise running with my dad's dog she was all wobbly on the hind end. The front end doesn't seem to be affected at all although the other day when I stepped into the hallway she was there doing some weird nodding. Haven't seen that since though. When I called the people I got her from they said "Oh, you mean that wobble? Yah but it doesn't seem to hurt her." The problem with this is that she would growl when she had her sides touched anywhere from the shoulder back. I worked with her just stroking her sides gently until she was mostly okay and rarely said anything although there is one spot on her spine in the flank area that she will dodge having touched.
I contacted the previous owner who is a cattle guy. He said she had parvo when she was a puppy but I doubt that has anything to do with anything. He sold her at 15 months because she was too timid with the cattle and would only hide behind his legs. He said she was sweet and friendly and very submissive. The dog I have is not so friendly and is quick to fight with other dogs, but it's possible that's a maturation thing. I'm leaning more to pain issues but I can't say for certain. He doesn't think she ever got kicked by a steer but said it was always possible.
The new people bred her to a Bernese mountain dog right after they got her home and she had a litter of puppies at the end of November but any type of problem that may have come from that shouldn't come and go with exercise.
At first I thought maybe she slipped on the ice (lots of ice everywhere) so I had her on strict rest and things were looking better, she even started jumping onto the bed. Last night I took her for a short walk with no signs of anything but after I got home she began to show weakness in her hind legs and was standing on her knuckles, first one foot then the other. Again hind end only.
I had the vet check her out last Wednesday and she showed no sign of pain and nothing he could see. He too thought maybe just a sprain but said to video anything that looks odd. We were going to x-ray her hips when I got her spayed at the end of the month even though there was no sign of pain with manipulation.
I put a call in this morning and am waiting to hear back.