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Adverse Vaccine Reactions – Dog With Butter *Butt Syndrome

Next up in our gallery of changes since Lilly developed meningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord) after an adverse vaccine reaction to a rabies vaccine is this video showing how much trouble Lilly has holding a simple sit. Sometimes, her front feet slide out. Sometimes, we joke that she must have “butter on her *butt.”

Our veterinary neurologist points out that Lilly’s brain inflammation has more to do with body awareness and control, but this sure looks like a strength issue to me. What do you think?

Video of Lilly with a bad case of butter *butt.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Jana Rade - April 27, 2012

I am not an expert on this, but I would tend to agree with the neurologist on this one, that it looks more like an awareness and control issue to me.

After her hyperthermia Jasmine’s muscles were fried (all of them) and she was extremely weak, but at no point it looked anything like this.

Also, based on my experience, strength is regained faster, from not being able to get up and walk at all it took a little over a month for Jasmine to regain hers.

Jodi - April 26, 2012

Oh the poor thing, you can see how hard she is trying! If you tried booties or the rug you would then know with certainty if it has affected her strength. It might be worth a shot.

Jane Boursaw - April 26, 2012

It does look like a strength and coordination issue to me. Maybe some little slippers with the non-skid things on them, like the kind they send home with people from the hospital…

    Roxanne Hawn - April 26, 2012

    We have some of those dog booty socks. Lilly wore them a lot when she was still barely walking, but I hate to make her wear them all the time. Maybe I should break them out again.

Brette Sember - April 26, 2012

I agree that the tile makes it really hard, but I think you’re right that it’s not normal either.

Kirby @ Dog.Nerd.101 - April 26, 2012

I wonder if she’d get better traction on a carpet or some other surface other than smooth tile. Looks like strength and coordination to both, but the carpet might give her the opportunity to not slip and potentially build some of that core strength?

    Roxanne Hawn - April 26, 2012

    Our whole main level is tile. We do have area rugs here and there, and she does do better with traction. All the balance and coordination work we do is on a better surface for her.

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