Q. Feels stiff like he's smiling won't eat. Wobbling

Nov 28, 2022

He's always eating or playing. Looks like he's smiling but has never looked like it before. He won't eat. He may have gotten into rotten chicken or something outside.
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Thank you for connecting with us. First of all, check inside and outside his ears for any abnormalities as wobbling and shaking are often associated with vestibular diseases. Then, palpate all of his limbs, hips, and back(spine) to see whether he expresses any pain or discomfort upon palpation. Unfortunately, if the wobbling continues, an appointment with a vet for a differential diagnosis is required in this case. Common differentials include intervertebral disc disease, spinal trauma, and vestibular disease. In the clinic, your vet is likely to carry out CBC, biochemistry, and urinalysis to first look out for any abnormalities.

Furthermore, regarding the chicken, it really depends on whether it is cooked or not and whether there were any seasonings. If the bone is cooked or has seasonings(human food), unfortunately, there are a lot of complications. First of all, depending on the size and type, foreign objects including bones can sometimes pass through the intestines and come out together with the feces. However, I can never guarantee such a scenario can be applied to him. If it gets stuck in the middle, obstruction in the stomach or intestines can occur and this is very serious as obstruction hinders normal blood supply to tissues. Also, if the bone is cooked, it is extremely dangerous as it can easily splinter into multiple shards and can cause serious rupture to the gastrointestinal tract.

If he is already displaying any unusual or unprecedented behaviors, you need to make an appointment with a vet for necessary care.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us!

Thank you.