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What is Disorientation?

Disorientation can occur acutely, or develop and worsen over time depending on the cause. You may notice that at times, or consistently, your dog is developing what seems to be a struggle to maintain a balanced position, or perhaps all of a sudden his eyes cannot focus and dart back and forth. Disorders related to the vestibular system can be broken down into the peripheral and central disease. It is a common neurological condition in dogs, with no predisposition to sex or breed.

Disorientation, head tilt, and loss of balance are all common to an upset in the vestibular system. This system is responsible for maintaining and stabilizing the position of the head (which thereby gives the body stability), and the eyes during head movements. Vestibular disease will interfere with your dog’s entire sense of balance. It is important to take your dog to the veterinarian in order to correctly diagnose the cause and rule out other conditions such as stroke or hyperthyroidism.

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Symptoms of Disorientation in Dogs

There are many symptoms associated with the vestibular disease. Prompt attention by a qualified primary veterinary caregiver is the best course of action and will result in the most positive prognosis. Schedule a visit for your dog with the appropriate veterinarian without delay if you see any of the following abnormal signs:

  • Head tilt (this can range from mild to severe)
  • Darting eyes (nystagmus)
  • Eyes which are abnormally aligned and may be accompanied by a squint (strabismus)
  • Drooping eyelid or presence of third eyelid (Horner’s syndrome)
  • Facial paralysis
  • Head tremor
  • Circling
  • Falling or rolling to one side
  • Unsteady gait (ataxia) or inability to walk
  • Unable to stand, or uses a wide stance
  • Vomiting
  • Development of motion sickness when in a vehicle
Types

Vestibular disorders are either peripheral or central. The vestibular system is an important and critical part of the central nervous system, coordinating with the visual (focus) and the gravity (detected by skin receptors detecting pressure). The sense of orientation experienced by your pet will be affected by the proper function of these neural systems.

  • Idiopathic vestibular disease - This is a peripheral disorder. It presents with acute onset and severe nystagmus (rapid, darting eyes), which causes extreme vertigo because the eyes cannot focus on the horizon. It can disappear over time without treatment. Some owners have been known to confuse idiopathic vestibular disease episodes as seizures.
  • Inner ear disease - Peripheral as well, inner ear disease has a slower progression and may exhibit varying degrees of facial paralysis and Horner’s disease (drooping eyelid). The most common cause is otitis media (inflammation of inner ear), with bacteria moving into the eustachian tube of the ear. Fortunately, antibiotics work well as a cure.
  • Central vestibular disease - The prognosis is less optimistic for this type of disorientation in dogs. There can be brainstem damage, leading to cranial, motor, position and movement difficulties. Illnesses such as Lyme disease and liver dysfunction can precipitate central vestibular disease.
  • Vestibular syndrome - This peripheral disorder was originally called geriatric vestibular syndrome because it was documented in older dogs. Recent studies reveal that middle-aged dogs have also been affected, thus the name change. The episode lasts between a few days to a few weeks, and usually the dog can be nursed through the condition with favorable recovery (occasionally a dog will end up with a permanent mild head tilt).

Causes of Disorientation in Dogs

The causes for disorientation in dogs are not totally known; further study and discovery will enlighten the medical field as to the mysteries of this condition.

Idiopathic vestibular disease
  • It is suspected that a cause may be a lesion in the eighth cranial nerve (auditory vestibular nerve) which brings instructions and sound relating to spatial position and movement into the brain
  • Thought to be a possible condition affecting the antigens (a substance that causes the immune system to produce antibodies) of the vestibular nerve; the substance can be outside the body like a chemical or virus, or inside the body like bacterial toxins Inner ear disease
  • Fungal infection
  • Neoplasia (growth of abnormal tissues)
  • Conditions that cause a defect in chemical reactions in the body such as hypothyroidism
  • Toxicity of antibiotics
  • Bacteria from otitis media
Central vestibular disease
  • Head trauma
  • Stroke
  • Antibiotic toxicity
  • Neoplasia
  • Thiamine deficiency
  • Granulomatous meningoencephalitis
  • Liver disease (with metabolic brainstem degeneration)
  • Lyme disease
  • Canine distemper
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis, which is a tick-borne bacterial infection
Vestibular syndrome
  • Thought to be a complication of old age, but can be seen in middle-aged dogs
  • Studies show it may be related to inflammation of nerves connecting the inner ear to the cerebellum that controls equilibrium, spatial orientation and body balance

Diagnosis of Disorientation in Dogs

Prompt veterinary care is essential in order to diagnose the cause of the disorientation that your pet is experiencing. Having no balance, or having the sense of being unable to focus and walk will affect your dog in many ways. The veterinarian will concentrate on making your dog comfortable first and foremost. If the nausea and spatial disorientation are extreme, your veterinary caregiver will administer medication to ease the symptoms. Some pets, who have been too distressed and imbalanced to drink, for example, will be given intravenous fluids to hydrate and equalize the system.

The veterinarian will ask for a history of your pet’s behavior over the past weeks, and will want to know if you can pinpoint how and when the symptoms began. The assessment of the nystagmus (eye movement direction, horizontal or vertical for example) can lead to a diagnosis. However, because animals can learn somewhat to adapt to balance, the indications may be variable.

Ataxia (unsteady gait) may be difficult to interpret because of the stress that your dog is going through as a result of the imbalance issues, and the possible need of support for your dog to be able to walk. A nonslippery or regular surface may be required because your pet will find any flaw in the surface difficult to navigate in his state.

Indications for the veterinarian may be facial paralysis (as in peripheral) or a change in mental activity or weakness on the entirety of one side (as in central). If your veterinary professional is unable to determine the diagnosis of why your pet is disoriented, she may choose further diagnostic tools.

After a complete physical and neurological examination, the veterinarian may decide to analyze baseline diagnostics by checking blood pressure, complete blood count, urinalysis, thyroid level and serum biochemical profile. Examination of the ear canal, or very careful removal of substances of the ear canal (for analysis) may be done.

If the veterinarian has a suspicion of a central lesion, or after a few days or weeks the symptoms are not ceasing, more intensive testing may be ordered. MRI (to image the brain or middle and inner ear) could be ordered to look for central or peripheral disease. If further testing is necessary, an option is a spinal tap to rule out meningitis or encephalitis.

Treatment of Disorientation in Dogs

It should be noted that some types of disorientation in dogs can clear up on its own while others may point to a more serious condition. A central vestibular disorder has limited hope for a successful treatment because the brainstem area does not respond well to neurosurgery. There are drugs currently under study with the hopes of offering a solution to the disease, as in the case of tumors for example.

In the case of peripheral disorders, the scenario is quite different. Please note the following treatment procedures that may accompany a diagnosis of a peripheral disorientation (idiopathic, inner ear or vestibular syndrome):

  • All treatments will be based on the underlying cause
  • Medication for nausea, vertigo and dizziness may be necessary
  • Intravenous therapy can be utilized if your dog needs fluid recovery because he has not been eating or drinking enough
  • Sedatives are sometimes used to calm dogs as a part of the recovery process
  • Idiopathic vestibular disease tends to resolve with time and the support of the owner
  • The inner ear responds well to antibiotic treatment but the duration of medication must be carefully monitored in order to fully treat the infection
  • Surgery and radiation can be an approach to resolve abnormal tissue growth
  • Vestibular syndrome most often resolves on it’s own with time
  • Complications due to antibiotic toxicity may be eradicated after the antibiotic is stopped

Recovery of Disorientation in Dogs

As is the case with any time that your pet is ill, follow up with the veterinarian is always part of the equation. The recovery process may be a challenge, but with your caring manner and practical support, your dog can often resume a sense of normalcy. Your primary veterinary caregiver will remind you that patience as you await results is key with a diagnosis of any vestibular complication.

Remain calm and caring at all times. Offer comfort, warmth, and attention. Aid your dog as necessary with balance needs in his day to day function. Dietary changes might be suggested, as will a follow-up visit at the clinic a few days after the initial appointment. It should be noted that a head tilt may remain, even after your pet recovers. Relapse of vestibular disease is not the usual scenario.

Disorientation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Toby
German shepherd mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Disorientation
Circling

My dog is twelve years old, he started to feel weird this morning and seems to have all the symptoms of vestibular disease. He is disoriented, can't walk properly in a straight line, doesn't want to lay down and he struggles to look at me correctly, even though his sight is not the best.
However, he has no vomite and eats and drinks as usually. What can I do? I know he's old but he's my baby, I want him to get better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Vestibular disease is a condition in older dogs which is usually idiopathic (no known cause) and resolves itself without treatment and dogs can be back to normal within ten days, usually you would see an improvement in clinical signs within forty-eight hours. There is a chance that the vestibular disease is secondary to another condition, these may include: trauma, tumours, medication, poisoning, nerve degeneration or hormonal disease. Of the symptoms listed above in the main text, only a few symptoms may occur; vomiting isn’t always present, if you have any doubts, the condition worsens or you notice any new worrying symptoms visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Al,
I have a 2years old dog and i just noticed yesterday that he looks dizzy and cannot stand straight and I saw his eyes keep moving from left to right and head turning to the left then today it happened twice. I felt very anxious now to my dog. Please help me any first aid for my dog... Because i dont have money to bring him in vet.and this dog was only in the street two years back and i adopted him. Please help me. Thank you. You can email me [email protected]

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emory
chihuahua mix
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Disorientation
Urinating
Shaking
Head Tilt

emory is an older family dog an has been having "episodes" for quite some time now they are usually 1min - 5min she will go into the episode and act like she does not know where she is and she will try and stand and stumble her head is slightly tilted she will urinate, her back legs act they completely have given out and she will shake, but once the episode is done she is fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The cause for these episodes may be due to trauma, inner ear infection, other infections, tumours, meningoencephalitis, liver disease, poisoning etc… This would be something that you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian to determine if it is due to old age (something similar to vertigo) or something more malicious (tumour etc…). Your Veterinarian will carry out a neurological examination and possibly x-ray’s of Emory’s spine to see if there are any abnormalities along with blood tests to determine blood counts as well as liver and kidney health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxy
Australian Shepherd
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Seizures
Disorientation
Loss of Appetite

Hello my 15 year old Australian Shepherd Roxy has not been doing well the last week. One day she is her spunky self, awaiting for her next walk. The next day she cant move from her bed and seems to be disorientated. When she tries to walk, she fall side to side. On these days she is unresponsive, lays in one spot, and doesn't lift her head. On these bad days she wont eat but she will drink multiple bowls of water, when I bring them to her.

Do you think she is having seizures when i am not around? Is this just her old age?

I took her to the vet and got full blood work done. They said everything was normal.

My vet did find a tick on her. She precsibed Roxy 100mg Doxycycline every 12 hours. I am scared the medication can be threating if she is having seizures. I live in south florida and tick diseases are not common here.

Please if you can, get back to me with some advice / help. This is not her normal behavior, I dont want her to be in pain, this whole thing is heart breaking. Thank you in advance for your time.

Alexa Rose

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Disorientation in older dogs may occur due to their vestibular system, infection, tumours or liver disease. Seizures may occur in some cases, but you would usually come home to fine urine or faeces on the floor if she was having them whilst you weren’t around. Neurological diseases can be difficult to diagnose, especially if the origin is in the brain, without an MRI it is difficult to visualise what may be there. Although you do not have many tick borne diseases in Florida, diseases carried by mosquitoes are common; however, an infection would generally be evident on a blood test showing increased white blood cells. I would advise you check the symptoms that Roxy is showing against the link below. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/disorientation

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Charlie
Havanese
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

extra aggression
thirsty
Panting, whining
Spinning

My 15 year old Havanese suddenly started being unable to walk without spinning in circles, today. He seems very anxious, and is panting and whining like he does during thunderstorms and car rides. He is eating, and seems to be very thirsty. He is also being very aggressive, (more than usual...he is prone to fear based aggression, but this is more noticeable than usual) and has nearly bitten me a couple of times when I've taken him outside. He doesn't seem to be able to pinpoint our location by sound, looking off to the side of where we are when we are talking to him, but doesn't seem to be having a problem with his vision.

Normally, I'd have already taken him to the vet, but this being a holiday weekend, and living in a rural area, the nearest emergency vet is over an hour's drive and as he does not do well in the car under the best of times, I'm hesitant to subject him to a car ride, further, he would have to be sedated because he has to be muzzled and sedated when he goes for normal vet check ups as he is prone to biting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Disorientation in dogs may be caused a few different causes, especially as they age including vestibular disease, liver disease, kidney disease, infection, trauma, stroke or tumours. Charlie is probably getting more aggressive due to confusion from being disorientated (imagine having vertigo and not understanding why). When you take Charlie to his Veterinarian, as difficult as it may be, try not to sedate him as it may obscure symptoms during examination; if you have a pet carrier to aid transport. Until then, ensure Charlie is comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simon
Great Dane
16 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Uncoordination
Difficulty Walking
Head Tilt

I have a 14 week old great dane puppy yesterday we rushed him to er vet with symptoms of vestibular disease... extreme head tilt ...crooked walk... difficulty standing.. balling up to the left... and rapid eye movements... the vet ran a panel and everything was normal.. reffered us to a neurologist... within a few hours the symptoms completely went away. what the heck is going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Whilst vestibular disease usually occurs in older dogs, it can affect puppies in rare cases. Idiopathic vestibular disease can appear and resolve on its own with no cause or treatment. Usually the symptoms are caused by trauma, nerve inflammation in the inner ear, drug overdose or poisoning. If the symptoms return, a CT or MRI may be required to see if there are any lesions in the brain or around peripheral nerves. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trigger
German Shepherd
8 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

I have an 8 week old puppy I got him at a very young age of about maybe 5 weeks or younger. Once a day maybe he will not be able to move when he wakes up. He will just lay there and cry. I never thought anything of it I just thought he was tired. But now it has been happening for sometime. It will only last about a minute long or shorter then he's back to playing. Even when he's playing he is constantly crying still. He has randomly puked a few times and some days he just won't eat. He was at the vet a few weeks ago and they said he was a healthy puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Trigger has some spinal or hip problems which are exasperated whilst at rest, especially if he is showing signs of pain or discomfort whilst at play; the puking may be caused by a reaction to a pain stimulus, German Shepherds are well known for their spine (breed standard) and hip dysplasia. It can be difficult to determine the cause of a condition like this as at times you may need to catch the problem mid “episode”. I would advise to visit your Veterinarian for a neurological exam and x-rays to assist in determining the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

DVM

 

My dogs head gets more tilted after hes been laying down.

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Mike
German Shepherd
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling since 7 days, nasal discharge, salivation
eye congestion
external parasite infestation for 3 months

One six years old dog was brought for treatment in the hospital. The pet was circling on left side for last seven days, some nasal discharge and salivation was noted. Eyes were congested, appetite is also less and showing the sign of depression. Vaccination and deworming was at regular interval but some external parasites were noted for few months. So, what might be the possible diagnosis and treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The symptoms that are described as nasal discharge, salivation, circling, eye congestion and loss of appetite could all indicate a case of canine distemper with an external parasite infestation; but if Mike is up to date on his vaccines this is unlikely unless he recovered from a previous distemper infection and although he is now fully vaccinated, old dog encephalitis may occur (especially in dogs over six years of age), unfortunately in these cases the dog doesn’t shed the virus so testing of secretions would show a negative result. You didn’t mention the type (mites, ticks, lice or fleas) or species of external parasites, but external parasites can be vectors for a variety of different bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases; these diseases include tick-borne encephalitis (flavivirus) and rocky mountain spotted fever (Rickettsia rickettsii), the types of vector borne disease would also be dependent on your location. As I haven’t examined Mike I cannot diagnose or suggest a treatment in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Shiba Inu
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Tremble
Disorientation
Head Tilt

My dog is a Shiba Inu and is 5 yrs old. about 6 months ago he got all his routine vaccine shots from a new vet and after a couple of days i noticed that for the 1st time he got off balance, tremble, disoriented and unable to stand. He wouldn't stand up normally but would tremble and sort of try to lie on the floor but would tilt/roll over sideways almost like loosing control of body. To date he has had 3 such episodes each has lasted for a minute or two and he was fine right after in a matter of minutes. I am not sure what this is? and how to cure it? Could this be due to the vaccines given by the new vet? This never happened before the vaccines and now he has had 3 episodes. Please advise, its such a scary thing to see my dog have to go through this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Reactions to vaccines are uncommon and when they occur they are usually mild. The vaccination which your new Veterinarian gave would have been the same brand or same standard given by your old Veterinarian (there are not any significant differences between the same vaccines from different brands). Inflammation of the brain may occur after vaccination with the distemper vaccine, but you would see more prolonged symptoms compared to episodes in short duration. I would visit your Veterinarian for a neurological examination and a general check to see if the cause is due to something more sinister. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Beagle
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Vomiting
Balance Loss
Head Tilt
nystagmus

Our 6 year old beagle got up from his bed last night and vomited. I then noticed he had nystagmus and a slight head tilt. We took him to the ER, the symptoms stopped and then returned in the car. Symptoms stopped again when we got to ER but returned again. He seemed his happy self in between episodes. His ears are squeaky clean and blood work was perfect. They had us take him home and watch him. He was worse when we got home, with more rapid eye movement and unable to control his head movement. He was drooling and breathing very fast. Gave him the meclizine and watched him all night. MRI was recommended if he doesn't improve. Wanted to see what you thought. The symptoms came and went so quickly, but stuck around later in the night. He is normally a happy healthy beagle.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Disorientation in dogs maybe caused by a few different causes including trauma, poisoning, brain tumours, stroke, infection or brain inflammation; sometimes the cause is just idiopathic and even on occasions resolves itself within ten days, other times when a symptom of another primary condition, the disorientation may become more frequent or permanent. If Bailey is otherwise in good health (the vomiting maybe caused by the disorientation), a wait and see approach is taken. Further diagnostic tests would need to be taken (like CT, MRI or CSF) to aid in the diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
American Pit Bull Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Head shaking, difficul

My dog Max is 7, 6 months ago started having dizziness. Head shakes not tilt, no rapid eye movement just focus difficulties and difficulty walking standing, last less than five minutes. Have had about six of these attacks with them lasting a little longer with last two. Tonight had another but this time lasted 30 minutes with great difficulty using back legs. If u call him he's alert can come to u but after not being able to properly use back legs crawled to me. It seems not just dizzy spells now,
any suggestions? Thank you so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are various possible causes for the symptoms you are describing including infections, parasites, trauma, tumours or idiopathic disease. These types of conditions can be difficult to diagnose and would require a physical examination, neurological examination as well as blood tests to help determine the underlying condition; you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Sometimes, it isn’t possible to determine a cause for the symptoms so symptomatic treatment would be given to lessen the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Copper
Mix breed
15
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Balance Loss

My dog who is 15 years old all of a sudden has some balance issues, he's eating and drinking, goes outside as usual but he's not steady, he walks up the stairs sideways, and when he's at a stand still he's has a slight rock.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Disorientation in older dogs maybe caused by idiopathic vestibular disease, infection, tumours, poisoning, trauma or liver disease. Some cases of disorientation in old dogs resolve spontaneously within ten days; while other cases are progressive and may display other symptoms. If Copper doesn’t display any other symptoms, keep an eye on him; but if you notice fever, twitching, seizures, eye darting, facial paralysis, circling or vomiting visit your Veteirnarian immediately; otherwise if the unsteadiness doesn’t resolve within ten days visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scarlet
Mixed
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Weight Loss
Weakness
Disorientation
Loss of Appetite

My 13+ year old Lab mix has had trouble walking, keeping her balance the last few days. She's had vestibular disease in the past so we sort of knew how to handle things. Along with the disorientation, she is experiencing loss of appetite so we have tried to supplement with some canned dog food. She has lost so much weight, her ribs are protruding. Her episodes seem to worsen immediately after eating, she can barely walk, she lays down and grunts, tonight she started foaming at the mouth. She does this for about 5 minutes until she can get to sleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

 

Disorientation is commonly attributed to Vestibular Disease especially in older dogs; other causes of disorientation are infections, tumours, neurological disease, poisoning, stroke, head trauma or idiopathic. Given the progression of symptoms, weight loss and the loss of appetite I would strongly suggest visiting your Veterinarian as there are many possible causes in an aging dog and Scarlet would benefit from an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Killian
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Head Shaking

Killian is a chihuahua who weighs 7 lbs. we got him from a humane society so we don't have any medical history previous to the point where we got him. Suddenly about a week ago he seemed very off balance. His head began to twirl in a circle when sitting down. The next day everything was fine. Well now his symptoms are back. They started yesterday and have continued through today.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are various different causes for the symptoms Killian is experiencing including vestibular problems, tumours, infections, heart conditions or poisoning. Due to the numerous possible causes, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian as some conditions may resolve spontaneously without treatment (idiopathic vestibular disease) and others will require antibiotics or other medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lazy
Miniature Schnauzer
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Seperation Anxiety
Head Tremors
Unfamiliarity to surroundings
Inability to walk
Loss of Balance
Weakness
Circling
Seizure

Medication Used

20 Amoxi Drops 50mg/ml
1 Liquid Hepato Chicken Flavor
1 Dexamethasone SP
1 SQ Fluids

Please help:

My dog suffered from a seizure and from there deteriorated quickly. She became very confused and did not eat/drink. She would over sleep, constant trembling and when I would touch her she would have head tremors. She would bump into everything in her way and at times was unable to find her way out it. I switched her to canned food because she was swallowing her dry food whole without biting. I had lab work done which showed elevated WBCs and liver enzymes. Vet prescribed medications which I've listed and she was able to regain her strength and walk. Day 4 of her TX she wagged her tail and greeted the other dogs but afterwards she went back to her disoriented stage. With canned food she would eat very quickly but her water intake has gone down. I cannot keep her with the other dogs because she will pace herself tired and is unable to find her food/water bowl. What else can I do for her? What is her prognosis?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There numerous different causes for an increase in white blood cells including infection or inflammation; an increase in liver enzymes may be cause again by infection or inflammation of the liver as well as cancer, poisoning, metabolic disease, hormonal conditions, medications blood flow problems to the liver (shunt). The seizures and head tremors may be caused by cancer, liver disease, kidney disease, poisoning and heart conditions. There are many different possible causes and further investigation would be needed. Currently, the treatment prescribed covers a wide range of different conditions, but I am unable to suggest anything else without further investigation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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tink
chihuahua
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

unable to stand
Disorientation
vomiting,loss of urine,stiff front legs

I have a 4 yr old chihuahua { tink } that is for the most part very healthy,except for bad teeth. i think its gingivitis,cause her teeth are green. this morning she lost control of her moter skills,she could not stand up and kept rolling over on her side,pee ed all over self and her little front legs were kinda stiff. I picked her up and that seemed to bring her out of it a little and layed in bed with me. I just rubed her gently and told her it was ok and she calmed down,fell right to sleep for about 5 min and then throw up very little yellow liquid. she slept again for 10 min and then appears to be fine..walking ok like nothing happen..she is now sleeping,with no more vomiting. could this be her teeth causing this or poisoning or toxic some thing ????? any info would help

thank you very much
sammie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Firstly, visit your Veterinarian to get Tink’s teeth seen to as numerous problems may occur due to poor oral hygiene and shouldn’t be seen in such a young dog. Feeding kibbles and weekly (or monthly) brushing is usually enough to give a dog pearly white smile. For a one off episode I wouldn’t be so concerned about, but if it happens again note the duration, eye position, limb rigidity and whether Tink responds to her name. But please visit your Veterinarian about her teeth to have the cleaned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rosie
English Mastiff
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

I have a 5 year old 160lb English Mastiff and she has had symptoms of disorientation. The first time this happened was when she was sleeping in the sun, for a small amount of time maybe 15 minutes. When I woke her up to go in because it was too hot outside, her eyes were darting back and forth and she was almost in a panicked state. This happened again last night while she was sleeping under the covers, I assume she got over-heated again. Although this time she was in bed, but still had the same panicked reaction. The disorientation only lasted about 30 -40 seconds, and all I did was talk to her and pet her so she wasn't so panicked. Is this a normal reaction to being over-heated or is there something else going on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

If a dog is overheated, disorientation may occur especially if dehydrated as well. It is difficult to say whether the disorientation is caused by overheating or another cause. This would be a case of observing Rosie over a period of time to see if there are any other episodes to help your Veterinarian with the diagnosis. Causes of eye darting may be due to vestibular disease, infections, head trauma, dehydration, hormonal conditions or poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dexter
Collie Stafforshire cross.
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Circling

Medication Used

None

Our dog has had funny turn s for the last three nights. He has 'awakened' from sleep,seemed confused, roamed around, bashed into things, lip smacking, only partial awareness that we are there. The first time I thought he had got a fright. It lasted for 4 hrs, 2 nd night lasted an hour, and again he was in the same confused state, and the last time it lasted half an hour. All awakened from sleep. I am a doc, and in a human I'd be asking myself about a parasomnia, or temporal lobe epilepsy/ fugue state. What do you think

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

One of the problems with Veterinary Medicine is that many conditions like sleep disorders and other neurological impairments don’t receive as much research and attention as in Human Medicine. Generally, conditions are usually grouped into seizures, vestibular disorders, other neurological disorders, behavioural, pain or poisoning / toxins for example. REM sleep behavior disorder is a possible cause, but I am not so knowledgeable about this as sleeping disorders are not covered so much in Veterinary Medicine. Since we cannot ask Dexter how he is feeling or how he felt after an episode, a neurological examination is usually performed to see if there are any anomalies that can be detected with reflexes and general health. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pasquale
Chihuahua
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Hard time focusing

I have a 8 year old chihuahua/shitzu and a month ago got a 4 month old Maltese/havenese., which has all his shots. The last couple day our 8 year old is having a hard time focusing.when you call him he looks to the side and seems to try and find you. Within a couple days they have both developed diarrhea, which I have read to be what sounds like the squirts? We r in Arizona on vacation from California and in the morning looking for a vet. I am worried Parvovirus , any thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Your 8 year old may have vestibular disease, neurological inflammation, tumour or poisoning. Both of your dogs may have picked up an infection in a new environment leading to the diarrhoea, best to visit a Veterinarian to check them both over to be safe (possibly to get some antibiotics to prevent secondary infection). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sammy
Part shitzu, part terrier
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Whinning
No muscle control
jerking

Came home from work today and puppy(10 weeks) I just roll around on her head, not able to get up on front legs at all. She feels warm, I have been giving her drinks of water with a syringe. She had her 1st puppy shots on Friday. She was acting normal this morning before I left, not sure what has happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are various different causes of disorientation in a puppy, but I would be concerned about a possible poisoning event. Other possible causes may be neurological, severe dehydration, hormonal, infections or internal (liver or kidney). Visit your Veterinarian for a full physical examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willis
Miniature Schnauzer
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Falling down

Medication Used

none

My dog will randomly just fall, he will do it maybe once a week. He's 13 years old miniature schnauzer I've never had issues with him before. He still eats drinks plays everything but that episode every once in a while.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

A fall in a geriatric dog may be caused by neurological problems or musculoskeletal problems. When Willis has an episode: check his eye position, response to name being called, rigidity of limbs, flexion of limbs and jaw movements as this information would be useful for your Veterinarian during a visit (a physical examination and neurological examination would be needed). It is possible that Willis is dizzy, having joint or muscle trouble as well as other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barney
LABRADORE
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Clumsy
Head Shaking
Not drinking
high temperature
Lethargy

Our usual happy, bouncy dog has displayed the listed symptoms over the last week. We took him to the vet 30/03 - they sedated him, took xrays and blood and gave him a slow release pain patch as they said his stomach was very sore. They also prescribed him an antacid. We brought him home that night - he ate a small amount of food (usually he downs his dinner in 20 seconds flat), didn't drink any water (as hard as we tried), just laid there staring at nothing at times his eyes rolling back into his head (we didnt get much sleep that night). The next morning we took him back to the vet, his temperature was at 39.9. They gave him antibiotics and fluids via IV. We again picked him up that afternoon. Three days later, he has improved slightly, however still not wanting to get out of bed this morning. He is still clumsy and not willing to drink water (usually he'd down a large bowl every day). If he doesn't show improvements by tonight, we'll take him back to the vet. Very worried about him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few different possible causes for the symptoms that Barney is displaying including poisoning, brain inflammation, tumours, hormonal conditions, liver / kidney disease etc… The temperature of 39.9°c is at the higher end of physiological (depending on the textbook). The blood tests didn’t reveal anything? Pupil reflexes etc…? Due to the varied possible causes, I am unable to recommend a course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

jummpy
Circling
Wobbly
Confusion/Anxiety

my dog, who was perfectly fine yesterday and earlier today suddenly became disoriented. she wouldn't come when called but would instead walk towards me before bolting a little then stopping completely. at first it seemed like she was paralyzed with fear but when we got her inside she started to stagger and walk in circles before laying down in areas she wouldn't before. she seems jumpy and confused. I had to hold her for a few minutes before she calmed down. is there something wrong with her or am I over reacting?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds like Daisy may have vestibular disease (or old dog disease) where the balance apparatus in the ear causes disorientation. This may resolve itself within ten days or may be part of a more serious disease process. I would keep an eye on Daisy, but would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to rule out other possible causes like: infection, trauma, poisoning or liver disease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog had Vestibular syndrome last October due to an inner ear infection, he had his inner ear removed. The head tilt is still slightly there and he never 100% got his balance back but it has been most of the way there, however over the last two days his balance has been very bad, he's eating, drinking and happy other then that, his eyes aren't darting like last October and while he's unsteady on his feet he is able to walk. Could he just be having a bad few days and his balance will return?

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Han Solo
Pug
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Off balance

My dog had Vestibular syndrome last October due to an inner ear infection, he had his inner ear removed. The head tilt is still slightly there and he never 100% got his balance back but it has been most of the way there, however over the last two days his balance has been very bad, he's eating, drinking and happy other then that, his eyes aren't darting like last October and while he's unsteady on his feet he is able to walk. Could he just be having a bad few days and his balance will return?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Han Solo is having a bad few days or there may be something else going on; there are many different causes for unbalanced and unsteady gait in dogs including infections, trauma, tumours, inflammation and liver or kidney disease. Keep an eye on Han Solo and if you don’t see an improvement over the weekend, visit your Veterinarian on Monday. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zorro
Rat Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dazed
Diabetics

Hi, My 7 year old rat terrier got diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago. I suspected he had something wrong for the past year but he's vet was not taking my concerns seriously, till I demand to get a blood work and check for diabetics . He's glucose was 460, and a week later after giving insulin I woke up and found him laying on the floor, he couldn't walk he was very disoriented. He had throw up everywhere. Took him to different vet, glucose was 650. They suggested two shots of insulin a day instead of one, same amount. For the past three days he's been drinking a lot of water again, this morning he woke up and he's beginning to loose he's balance. I'm afraid he'll have another episode. We spend almost $1,000 in two weeks already. We can't afford to keep taking him to vet when he gets disoriented. I'm giving him insulting every morning and every night, feeding him three small meals instead of one. What can I do ? Would this be cause by diabetics ? I don't understand how he seem to get worse when he started taking insulin instead of getting better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Diabetes can cause many complications in dogs due to fluctuations in blood glucose, electrolytes and the buildup of waste products in the blood stream. I understand your concern regarding cost, but stabilising the condition is important; glucose curves are useful to determine dosing and efficacy of insulin, balancing feeding and insulin can be a long process. I would advise you to visit your Veterinarian again to make sure that there are no complications from the diabetes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cherry
German Spitz
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Darting eyes
Unable to Eat
Unsteady gait
Disorientation
Difficulty Walking
No barking at a

My dog for the past two weeks,is unable to walk properly,she finds it difficult to get up from the place she is lying, seems disoriented,when disturbed in sleep, she urinates there itself,goes round in circles,finds ut difficult to go towards the doors,prefers to hide in dark places,eats when fed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are two or three main possible causes for Cherry’s symptoms including vestibular disease, hepatic encephalitis or poisoning; a visit to your Veterinarian for an examination and blood test would confirm a diagnosis and treatment. For each condition the treatment is different. Other causes may be head trauma, infections, parasites and hormonal disease. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Cavachon
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Disorientation
Head Tilt
Difficulty Walking

When I got home from work, my dog greeted me but seemed very disoriented. He usually is super hyper and barks like crazy when I get home. Today, he greeted me at the door and went to lay on the couch. When he held his head up, it moved around as if he was dizzy. I checked his food bowl and it was all there. I walked around to see if he would follow me and didn't move from the couch. I noted this behavior for about two hours. I carried him outside to check his behavior. When standing, he would tilt to the side and end up laying down on the grass. He didn't seem in pain. He kept moving his head when held up and seems very disoriented, dizzy, and imbalanced. I finally got him to run around but when stopped he tilted to the side again and His head continued to slightly tremble.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

This type of disorientation may be caused by multiple different causes including: head trauma (falling from furniture), poisoning, infection, liver disease, vestibular disorders, nutritional deficiency and other causes. This would be something to visit your Veterinarian about as the underlying cause can be very serious and each cause would require a different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gotham
Blue Nose Pitbull
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

head to the right
not liking electronic noises
circling owners feet
off balance

Medication Used

none

I have an 8 month old blue nose pit and we think he was either born blind or there was a head trauma. We took him to the vet the first day I think he was 4 or5 weeks old because he had a huge soft lump on his head. The vet said it was brain fluid and pulled some out with a syringe. His lump went down but his "knot" on his head is now to the left and should be in the middle. He has some balance issues and will not stop circling our legs, just my husband and I. He tilts his head to the right but I'm thinking that is because he is blind. Please help[ the internet is scaring me!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It sounds more like a vestibular problem (balance organ in the ear) or there may be some brain inflammation from the head trauma. Has your Veterinarian confirmed that he is blind? With severe head trauma, retinal detachment is a possible cause of blindness; Gotham requires a neurological examination and an examination of his eyes to determine the extent of any blindness or nervous system disorder. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mercury
Blue Heeler
Unknown
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Mercury is blue healer mix with husky I think. She is usually playful, strong, and energetic. But since yesterday she's been calm and seems tiring for no reason. Today she is just not eating the snack nor dog food, but she does drink water. She tried to vomit, but only clear saliva comes out. Usually she would bark loud and constantly, but today she doesn't bark as loud nor as much. What is wrong with my dog?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are many possible causes for the symptoms you have described some of which are transient and will pass and others which may need Veterinary attention; infections, foreign bodies, tumours, parasites, hormonal conditions among other causes may be to blame. I would keep a close eye on Mercury and if there isn’t an improvement in a day or so visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Mixed (yorkie x pug possibly)
5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dizziness
Darting eyes
Wobbly
Lethargic
Twitching
Vomiting
unstable; weak legs

Dog is dizzy, lethargic (very slow blinks and heavy eyelids), vomited, weak (can't stand without falling)..?

No, she hasn't eaten anything strange.
She had breakfast at 9am, no dinner yet as this started and I'm unsure if I should give her dinner (it's 630pm).
This has happened quite a number of times to her now. Vets keep saying she's ingested marijuana (no she hasn't.. and certainly not 6+ times in varying circumstances). Haven't taken her this time.. monitoring currently. Seems to be getting worse each time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Poisoning is the usual diagnosis of choice in cases like this; however these symptoms may be part of a more complex condition including head trauma, tumour, hormonal conditions, infections, heart disease (reduced blood flow to brain) among other conditions. If these symptoms are presenting themselves with no obvious pattern, a comprehensive examination along with blood tests etc… would be needed to help assist with a diagnosis; without examining Cali, I cannot give you much more help however a second opinion from another Veterinarian in your area may be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beatrix
Bloodhound
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Disoriented

Our six-month old Bloodhound, Beatrix, has appeared disoriented and dizzy on two separate occasions in the past two weeks. She looks like she is dancing with her head, but her balance is clearly off. She does not have a temperature, in fact, it was a bit low... She did vomit once this week, but we had a number of guests at the house for the holiday, perhaps stress? Dizziness occurred two days later. Wondering if you have any advice?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Dizziness or disorientation may be caused by a few different causes which may include vestibular disorders, congenital disorders, heart condition (not pumping enough blood to the brain especially when excited), poisoning among other causes. You should have your Veterinarian give Beatrix a once over on Monday to be on the safe side if there have been two incidents already. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chuckie Howard
Min-Pin
13-15 years old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation
Falling down
Normal pupil reaction to light
No irregular eye movement
No rapid eye movement
Normal ear appearance
Excessive clumsiness
Normal eating and drinking
Drugged like state
Drunken behavior

My husband and I have a Min-Pin who is approximately 13-15 years old (he was a rescue, and they weren't sure about his age.

In the last month, or so, he's been having more and more problems with his balance. His ears are clear, no irritation, and he has no head tilt, nor does he seem to have any problems with his eyes.

He eats and drinks VERY WELL, is not obese in any way however. Our main concern is his balance.

He does vomit from time to time, however, my husband and I have noticed that this usually happens after he has eatten grass.

The ONLY other symptoms that are abnormal with him is that he has SEVERE separation anxiety whenever my husband leaves the house. May it be a simple trip like to take out the garbage or to get the mail. His other abnormal symptom is that at times he has VERY LOUD gurgling sounds coming from his digestive tract. Our last vet said that it was simply gas, but after the "gurgling" stops, there is no "release" of this gas in any normal way that we can detect. Because, when he DOES release, the whole household is made aware of it. No matter what room they may be in!!! LOL!!!

We love our dog very much, and will do everything in our power to keep him as comfortable as possible. His demeanor has NOT changed with his loss of balance.

His gums have always been the bright pink of good health. And to our knowledge, he has NOT been bitten by any ticks. I always make a very thorough inspection when we bring him in after his daily walks. And, never once did I ever find any ticks on him!!!

It's almost as if he were drunk, or drugged. Both of which I can assure you is NOT the case!!!

Thank you in advance for your quick and timely response to this matter.

Lisa and Mark Howard

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

In dogs of Chuckie’s age, the most common cause of disorientation is vestibular disease which may occur without any apparent reason and may resolve itself within ten or so days without medical intervention; other times the there is a primary cause such as head trauma, poisoning, tumours or liver disease and the primary cause would need to be treated in order to reverse the symptoms. I would keep a close eye on Chuckie over the next week and if there is no improvement or you see a development of other neurological symptoms visit your Veterinarian. As for his gas problem, not all gas is released when in the house; most often the gas is released just before defecation so I wouldn’t be too concerned about it at this point unless it started to cause him abdominal pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Just as an addendum, Chuckie's dizziness and disorientation happens 1-2 times a week. And these events usually only last between 15-30 minutes.

How many cases of vestibular disease have you seen/treated where there was NO head tilt or eye (for lack of better words, ticks or flutters....)???? While he's having these episodes, I am constantly checking his pupils every 3-5 minutes, whether he lets me or not (LOL). So far, his pupils AND eye movements are completely normal.

I'm obviously looking for signs of stroke, and thankfully, I have found none. And I also think that without the the traditional head tilt, and eye reactions that it is unlikely for Chuckie to be suffering from vestibular disease.

Due to Chuckie's advanced age, if any tumor's were found, the chances of him surviving the surgery is very low... And even worse, if we DID find any tumors, AND then DID do biopsy's, and DID find cancer.... Our hands would be tied due to a combination of Chuckie's age and our financial situation.

Because of Chuckie's advanced age, the last time I had a dog in the same age, I was advised by my vet at that time that, "As long as they're eating, drinking, don t seem to be in pain, and have a good quality of life, keep on going as normal. HOWEVER, if my dog (ESPECIALLY) stops drinking. And/Or will not eat, even if handfed. And/Or is obviously in severe pain.... Then it is time for it's trip over the "Rainbow Bridge.

If there is anything that you can add, please do not hesitate to do so. I can only imagine how difficult it has to be to give Veterinary advice over the internet about animals that you cannot physically examine, and only going on their "Guardians" expression of the symptoms. And I am sure at times it has to be frustrating for you at times as well.

So, Dr. Calling Turner, you are in my thankful prayers each night, for giving us so much of your free time. And letting us know if a condition is urgently needing of veterinary care. Or if it is something that can wait. Or, even better yet, you at times give advice to how "Guardians" can take care of their "Fur Babies" at home without having to pay the, sometimes ridiculous, veterinary care fees.

So, again, may G-d bless you, your family, and your practice. I greatly appreciate the time that you take out of your busy day to help complete strangers take care of their "Furry Baby's".

Lisa L. Howard

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Riley
Chihuahua
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Our 9 week old puppy had a very scary "episode" last night...he was completely fine, then suddenly he began to tremor and became very lethargic with dizziness and disorientation. He was unable to stand and when he tried to walk, he fell over. Almost like he was intoxicated or drugged. He would not eat or drink, but we were able to give him water via syringe and this seemed to bring him around. Now he's back to being the playful happy puppy he was with no signs or symptoms of anything. Could he be diabetic or possible epileptic?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

From what I read it sound that Riley was conscious during this episode and had signs of tremor (not convulsions), dizziness, lethargy and disorientation. Epilepsy usually presents between one and five years of age. For a one off episode, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. The cause could be due to a variety of factors (genetics, toxins, low blood sugar, systemic disease, idiopathic among a few). I would keep Riley under observation at home and if he shows signs of another episode take note of: length of episode, did he lose consciousness, any incontinence, limb involvement and if he has two in succession, the time between episodes. I know that the time during an episode is a stressful time, but these observations will allow your Veterinarian to make a diagnosis after a physical exam. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My chiahuahua, Annie, had had these episodes since she was about 3 months old. She is now 10 months old, just had one that lasted all day yesterday, and had a short one today. It's frustrating to not know what causes this. A couple of months ago we had an MRI at the unitveristy of Washington, she got a clean bill of Heath, nothing wrong, they even said they did not see some of the things that they usually see wrong in chiahuahuas. Annie's can last and hour to most of the day and she usually vomits once, within an hour or so of the start. I had a chiahuahua, my dog soul mate, who passed last November or cancer. She as well, had these episodes from puppy through ugh adulthood. Annie had a lot of tests when she was in for her MRI, everything looked good so it is still a mystery.

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Zac
Labradoodle
7 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

Our 7 month old labradoodle has been having disorientation issues lately. These episodes always take place in the morning when he wakes up. He is disoriented, unsteady on his feet (walks with heavy paws) no eye darting but I am not sure his vision is good, doesn't want to manage the stairs. This lasts for 30-45 minutes and then the rest of the day he is fine. This has happened once a week for the last 3 weeks. We have seen our local vet , he thinks it is something neurological. He put him on phenobarbital for 10 days but that was not effective.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few different causes for dizziness in dogs; usually in older dogs prolonged dizziness with a head tilt is indicative of vestibular disease which usually lasts for around fourteen days and generally resolves itself. In Zac’s case, intermittent dizzy spells may be difficult to diagnose; a neurological issue is the most probable cause, other causes of disorientation are inner ear infections, toxins, tumours, stroke (would be more consistent signs), liver disease and nerve inflammation. Further diagnostic tests would include examination of cerebrospinal fluid (to check protein and white blood cells) and an MRI (to visualise the brain, middle and inner ear). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 4 years old Sheltie has weird episodes usually every 10 days where he begins to drool, lift the head, walk slowly and tries to hide behind courtains and sofas. The episodes lasts for few hours and then he goes back to normal. Its been this way for years and all the vets I tried could not find an explanation. Thanks for any help.

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Pluto
Indian Spitz
16 1/2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

My male pet Pluto - a Spitz is 16 Year sold. He was in good health bud suddenly got up with a unsteady gait and his head slightly tilted to the left and he was also as if falling on his left side.He had been disoriented for a few weeks previous to this.
He is not eating at all since 2 days though drinking water.
He had a ear infection a month ago but was cleared off 2 weeks ago with antibiotics.
Please advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is possible that Pluto has vestibular disease (old dog disease) which presents as disorientation, unsteady gait and head tilting; whilst there is no treatment for vestibular disease, symptoms usually subside within a few days with resolution within two weeks. There are other causes for the symptoms you’re describing including infections, tumours, nerve degeneration, trauma, poisoning and systemic disease. If the symptoms persist, a visit to your Veterinarian would be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Full Recovery
Treatment Cost: $150.00
Pluto was given antibiotics foe 3 days and he showed remarkable recovery. His gait straightened up and his head tilt and shifting eyes too became normal. He did not eat for 3 days hence was given IV saline drips with Vitamins. His appetite returned slowly and he is consuming water too normally. Thanks for your advise.

My dog is experiencing the same as Pluto, my vet put her on Prednisone.

Did Pluto have vestibular disease?
If not what did they say was wrong?
My old dog is having some of the same signs.
He's not eating or drinking anything! He's very dizzy and vomited twice. Wide stance and so confused.😢

My cat is on prednisone and we put it in his tuna everyday but there's always leftovers and my old dog eats it.
It's been about 3 weeks of him eating the leftovers with prednisone in it. I'm afraid that's hurt him. But I have no idea.

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Aja
Mixed
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Movement
Weakness
Shaking hind legs
Drunken behavior
Disorientation
Vomiting

On Thursday we picked up our dog from my grandma's place and she seemed fine. Friday morning she started vomiting uncontrollably, refused food, vomited whenever she drank. We took her to the vet's office and she concluded that grandma seemed to feed the dog way too much and thus made her sick. She was given antibiotics, had an enema, a complete blood work and was given medication to stop the vomiting. She did not get any better, continued to vomit and felt extremely weak. She could not stand properly anymore, her hind legs shook, refused food and began feeling extremely thirsty. We took her to the vet today again and she seemed to have a fever so she was given more antibiotics and another set of anti vomiting meds. We were also given homeopathic medication to help with the vomiting. She stopped vomiting, but continued being depressed and weak. After a few hours she stood up and started walking but kept stumbling, was very disoriented, her eyes kept twitching and she seemed to have no idea where she was. Because I live in a country where we have very few emergency vets I decided to turn to you. What could be causing this and do we need to get her to the vet again? Is she having a stroke?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

The symptoms you are describing may be due to a few different causes including stroke, infections, tumours, liver failure, inflammatory disease or poisoning. Poisoning is quite plausible, especially in a different environment which isn’t dog friendly for example; some poisoning events can have delayed onset of symptoms as well. In this instance, if there aren’t any diagnostic test available (blood and biochemistry) symptomatic treatment to control symptoms as well as keeping Aja hydrated and fed is the best course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Treatment Cost: $0.00
She passed away. She was poisoned

She was poisoned and has now passed away.

I appreciate your response. Thank you very much, we shall try our best.

I apologize for commenting again, but I must add this.
Her vomit smells like a wet dirty rag. She cannot use any of her muscles, she is completely lax. She is attempting to kick and stand, she is also moaning very loud. We are giving her Hartmann's infusion as prescribed by the vet as she cannot drink on her own anymore.

She is now completely unresponsive, lying completely still but breathing normally.

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Franky
Rottweiler
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Unsteady gait
Lethargic

Hello I have a Rottweiler 6 years old. He is been unwell since last Saturday. He had eye congestion initially , and we thought it was due to the hot weather. However, he started to lose his appetite, and vomited after each meal. His vomitus is very thick yellowish in colour. Associated with eye congestion as well. We brought him to the vet on Monday, did full biochemistry tests and X-ray, everything was normal except for slightly raised total white count. However, since Monday, he seems to be disorientated with head tilt, stumbles whenever he walks, circling and has excessive salivation with some weird mouth movements. Whenever that happens, he would not even look at us. He appears very lethargic as well as he doesn't want to eat anything. We brought him to the vet again today, but we were told to complete the course of antibiotics for 5 days with some anti emetics. I am very worried. What should I do? Thank you .Kindly advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many causes of disorientation, vomiting and lethargy; these include poisoning, liver disease, kidney failure, infections, parasites, nerve damage, tumours etc… It is difficult to determine a cause when there is just a slight elevation in white blood cell count which may indicate infection or inflammation. The first step would be to treat with antibiotics to see if there would be an improvement in the condition; giving Franky small meals at regular intervals (something bland like boiled chicken and rice) may help him keep down his food. If the symptoms persist after the course of antibiotics, a referral to a specialist may be required to help determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much Dr Turner.

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Carlos
Morky
8 yrs
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow Rapid Breathing

I have an eight-year-old Maltese Yorky who has been shaking and disorientated and unsteady on his feet for10 or 15 minutes .... then he snaps out of it and seems fine but these are occurring more often often what does this mean ???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Disorientation may occur for a variety of reasons including ear infections, heart problems (not pumping enough to the brain), tumours, vestibular problems etc… Also, musculoskeletal pain and abdominal pain can cause pain, confusion and shaking. This would be something that your Veterinarian would need to see as a neurological exam would be useful in determining a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you

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Dutchess
Chihuahua
15 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Circling
Disorientation
Head Tilt

My dog has vestibular disease and we started noticing symptoms a little over a week ago. We took her to the vet and everything checked out as being vestibular disease. It has been roughly 9 days and her symptoms have gotten much better. She still has a head tilt and walks a little funny but overall she was getting better. Today when we let her walk around the backyard we noticed that she was circling, which she hadn't done in about 3 days. Is this normal? I feel as though she has taken a step backwards and don't know if I should be worried.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Typically symptoms of (old dog) vestibular disease may last seven to ten days but may last longer in some cases. Given Dutchess’ age, keep an eye on her for another two or so days and if there is no improvement visit your Veterinarian again for another check up. The circling may just be a one off or it may be a worsening of symptoms, this would be a wait and see approach to see the course of the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Meeka
Siberian Husky
3 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

does not drink water
Dizzy
exhausted
Vomiting

I have a 3 year old Siberian Husky and she just had worms in her stool which my boyfriend and I cured. During this time, as well as now, we've noticed that she'll stumble down the stairs, run into doors or if she jumps off the bed, she'll lose her balance and hit the wall. We also noticed that her eyes were heavily dilated and we figured it's because she was indoors but I couldn't really even see her blue eyes which was concerning and I've never seen them that dilated before. She has not drank any water but she'll eat. We take her for walks and she is ok. My boyfriend and I started to get concerned that it's heart worms or some sort of disorientation. She also threw up in the early morning which she only had her dog food the night before and she never throws that up. Her stool is not liquidy at all. She also sleeps a lot and for a 3 year old Siberian Husky, that's not normal. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are many different causes for the symptoms that you’re describing including trauma, infections, parasites, tumours, canine distemper, poisoning, liver disease or meningitis (and other causes). Due to the variety of possible causes it would be best to have your Veterinarian examine Meeka, especially if her eyes are fully dilated and don’t respond to light. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocco
Mixed
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid eye movement
Unbalanced
Disorientation

Our 15 year old lab/pit mix has had short episodes (usually under a minute) of disorientation, rapid eye darting and unbalanced (looks like he's trying to brace himself, but waivers side to side) It doesn't happen often, but happened twice this morning, within about 5 minutes of each other. He is fairly deaf (unless someone is opening a bag of chips :)), and does have poor eyesight. In the past year, it's probably happened about 5-6 times. He has been treated previously for lyme disease and has been diagnosed with a substantial heart murmur.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

Idiopathic vestibular disease would normally be a persistent problem over a short period of time; however the intermittent nature of the problem and the ‘substantial’ heart murmur may mean that Rocco’s heart may not be pumping blood efficiently to the brain leading to dizziness and weakness, especially if there is a change of activity or during times of increased activity. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for a comprehensive cardiology examination or to visit a Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buck
Chihuahua
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not coordinate like a Chihuahua.
Not coordinate like a Chihuahua

My 9 month old Chihuahua "Buck" recently started bumping into stuff. The first time was a pretty hard header into a desk. Now he is miss judging his jump. At first it was funny when he tripped up the stairs or fell off the couch after trying to hop up. He is still spunky, eats and drinks but he slips slightly when he is standing on his back legs or when he navigates opsticals. He is super fast and agile. For the last few hours he has been putzy. I am worried about him. We live in the country and he is allowed to run around in the yard with our other pets. I can't afford to bring him to the vet for every scare. What do you think I should do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
If Buck is having these episodes as being more than a one off, it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look; Chihuahua’s are prone to some disorders like hydrocephalus which may cause high pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in the brain which can cause neurological symptoms like this. Given Buck’s still young age, I would advise to see your Veterinarian for a quick once over to check him over (shouldn’t cost too much) to see if it is a problem; there is medical management options available, but I cannot comment unless a diagnosis is made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marley
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unbalance
Disorientation
Pacing
Temporary paralysis of hind legs

Medication Used

antibiotic

Our dog Marley has been diagnosed with "old dog syndrome". He is 14 years old and over the past week seems to be "absent" often paces around the house getting stuck in corners, has had issues with balance (has often fallen over) and decreased usage of his hind legs (especially after waking). He still eats/drinks although often need assistance to balance. We have seen no improvements of these conditions over the past 6 days, how long is it typically before we will see improvements if it is vestibular disease. Unfortunately I am not sure we can afford MRI or too much additional testing but we want to give him the best chance to recover if the impact to quality of life is only temporary. Any insight would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Generally, idiopathic old dog disease or vestibular disease normally lasts from ten to fourteen days and resolves itself spontaneously; other issues like inner ear infection, tumours, poisoning and other issues with the inner ear need to be ruled out in order to confirm idiopathic old dog disease. I would give it two weeks, if there is no improvement, I would return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gypsy
German Shepard/Pit-bull/Labrador Mix
10 Months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Falling Over
Stumble
Disorientation
delayed reaction
Excessive Thirst

My Dog Gypsy is a German Shepard, Pit-bull, Lab mix, and she is barely 10 months old. Yesterday she was acting her usual self. She ate food just fine, drank water just fine, and she was the same this morning, when my mom and I left for work. When we came home from work 7 hours later, however; she ran to the truck and immediately attempted to jump in, never done before, and when I got out of the vehicle, she was unalbe to stand straight, hips and back feet in a splayed position, front feet shoulder width apart. Whenever she turned she fell down, rear first, and when she walked, it was with a awkward lurching gait. When she would go to move around objects, it seemed like she had a delayed response, running head first, side-first, or even being unable to move her hind end around the object successfully. Now I own a horse, and so thinking she got kicked, checked for broken bones, swelling, and dilation of eyes, finding none. We also had just brought home a puppy, but she acted like that when approaching the truck. She does have a problem with eating anything she can get her paws on, plastic, metal, rubber, and even tore up her bed to get to the stuffing, Could it be something she ate? I went and checked her water, found it empty, and immediately filled it, it was full this morning with about 6 cups of water, and when I gave her more, she drank nearly 8-10 cups in 8 minutes. could dehydration have played a role? she continues now, even at 10:16 PM, but it seems slightly better, but she still hits objects, and hits the slider and screen constantly. She also lives outside, what could be wrong.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are many possible issues which may be causing these symptoms like head trauma (still cannot be ruled out), dehydration, poisoning (numerous different possible poisons may be around your property), infections, parasites among other less likely conditions. It is important to ensure that Gypsy is hydrated, but in some cases of poisoning (like salt poisoning) too much water can cause brain swelling so caution should be taken. Given the severity of the symptoms, you should visit your Veterinarian to be on the safe side (or Emergency Veterinary at this time of night) to check her blood counts, hydration etc… Possibly something during a physical examination will give your Veterinarian an indication to a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you Doctor Turner.

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Maggiee
Mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Restless
twitching,
Lethargy

I have a 9 year old terrier mix who is diabetic. She started acting a bit strange tonight and stumbling when she walks. She has had her insulin shots and had had no trauma. She feels warm to the touch and her breathing is a bit heavy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various possible causes which may be causing Maggie to stumble which could include complications of diabetes (ketoacidosis), trauma (a fall from a sofa is enough), poisoning, vestibular disorders among other causes. I would keep a close eye on her, but it would be best to seek advice from your Veterinarian given that she is receiving insulin for diabetes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Border Collie
Two Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking
Disorientation

I have a two year old dog named Lucy. Usually she’s the happiest most energetic dog. But today out of nowhere she started having head tremors, shaking from side to side. Then when she tried to jump on the couch her legs slipped out from underneath her. Usually when she goes outside she barks when she wants in, and today she has not barked one time. I also noticed she hasn’t touched her food or water. I’m super worried. I hope I can get some comforting advice.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Lucy or knowing more about her history, I'm not able to diagnose anything for her. She may be having a neurologic problem, or may have gotten into something toxic. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, as they will be able to assess her neurologic status, determine what might be going on, and recommend the best course of treatment for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Sunshine
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Fair condition
2 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
Head Shaking

I have an almost 11 yr old Golden Retriever. A few months ago I noticed that when she stands up and begins to walk, her front legs go out from under her. I thought it was due to the hair between her pads that was causing her to slip on the kitchen floor so I trimmed the hair. She was fine for a few days then back to slipping. Yesterday morning, I got up to put both dogs outside and she hesitated. She stood up, shook her head like she was dizzy, started to walk and her front legs gave out. She did the same thing this morning. The shaking of the head doesn't happen frequently but the balance in her front legs is getting more apparent.

She was just at the vet for her shots and had an office exam. Dr checked her ears but didn't say anything about an ear infection. She doesn't walk in circles, has a normal appetite for water, food and treats. When she's outside, she still chases squirrels and lets the neighbors know she's out there.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for why Sunshine may be having difficulty standing up, as dogs age (like humans) they may be a little stiff or unsteady when they stand up; I would be looking more into skeletal issues than vestibular issues as a vestibular issue would be typically longer in duration whereas skeletal/spine/muscular issue may be walked off. When you visit your Veterinarian next, bring it up with them so they can pay particular attention to the forelimbs; if the problem becomes more severe, visit earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Balto
German Shepherd/huskey/lab
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stumbling
Dizzy
Collapse
Disorientation

My dog is a German shepher/husky/lab mix and is almost 3 years old. We live in Florida so it is pretty hot for him down here. I only take him out early in the morning and late in the afternoon so he is not in direct sunlight. Lately, when I take him out he fetches the ball about 5 times and then starts to get dizzy and stumbles (kind of looks like he's drunk). At first I thought it was because he was overheating, but it has happened almost every time we go out now even if its not hot out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
It sounds like Balto is having some issues with exercise intolerance which may be caused by narrow airways, a heart condition, a respiratory condition among other causes. It would be best to have Balto checked by your Veterinarian to look out for a possible cause for these symptoms, I would be more leaning towards a heart condition but without examining Balto I cannot sure for 100%. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Darcie
Chihuahua
3 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Giddy
Loss of absence
Dizziness
Loss of Balance
sick
Vomiting
Shaking

Hi,
My three year old chihuahua Darcie has developed some very strange episodes that normally last about 10 minutes. She acts as though she’s drunk or on some sort of hallucinogenic. When you call her name out she will turn her whole body to try and find where you are calling from but when she looks at you she looks as though she’s looking straight through you. She can’t walk and will tip either way. She tries to hold her front paws up to her face and her rear left leg she will try and keep close to her body when she tries to walk too. Normally she will come back around after 5/10 mins if we call her name, stroke her and let her lick us. The first time she did this she did it two days in a row just the one time each. We took her to the vet and she gave darcie a lower back scan as we had recorded a video and shown it to her. She prescribed painkillers incase she was in pain and the results came back with nothing. Since then Darcie has been perfectly fine except for last night she had another episode but this time twice in a row, both lasting 5/10 mins with about a 5/10 min gap inbetween. Apparently the night before she was sick and then last night after her episodes she was sick again. She is now resuming her normal life as though nothing has happened. Any ideas,

Many thanks!

Jack

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
This is very strange behaviour and it is difficult to explain, I’ve not seen anything like this before; it sounds like some cases of poisoning where a dog may get disorientated so will try to lower their centre of gravity or a neurological issue. I am unable to think of a specific cause for this behaviour and it may be worth consulting with a Neurologist to see if they know anything from their experience. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Pug
4 Years
Mild condition
2 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head starts twitching
Staring at the ground

Medication Used

None

My 4 year old female pug has started doing this strange thing. She stared at the floor and her head starts twitching. She doesn't do it all the time. I can yell her name and it takes a minutes but she will snap out of it. Any idea what could be causing this? Thank You

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

There are a few possible cause for this type of behaviour including eyesight problems, stress or a type of seizure; given that Bella doesn’t respond to being called and has some head twitching, it may be a focal seizure or partial seizure. If these events are infrequent and don’t cause any pain or distress, no treatment is needed; but it would be worth visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and a chat. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank YOU So very much!

Mercury is a blue healer mixed with husky I think. She is usually hyper and energetic and strong. Last night she was very calm and tiring. Today she refuse to intake dog food or snack, except water. She doesn't bark as much or as loud as she usually does. She kind of tried to vomit but only clear saliva comes out. What is wrong with her?

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Rennie
Mixed
9 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog has recently had watery eyes and has become disoriented when walking. He trembles a lot also and his head bobbles from side to side when he walks as well. He's eating okay, but not drinking water (as far as I know). What does this sound like to you?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Trembling and disorientation may be caused by poisoning, other toxins, liver or kidney disease, vestibular disorders, head trauma, tumours among other causes; the water eyes may be due to increased tear production or irritants etc… If Rennie isn’t drinking water, dehydration is a possible cause for the symptoms as well; either way a visit to your Veterinarian would be best to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Enzo
Yorkshire Terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 5 year old 3lb male tea cup yorkie. He has been stumbling, having a hard time balancing and he has a hard time focusing, constantly his eyes move from side to side. I noticed it a few days ago but it seems to be getting worse. He never has been a big eater, his appetite seems to be the same. Is there anything I can do to help him feel more comfortable. I have read that fish oils may help with brain development. What do you suggest.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few different causes for disorientation which may include inner ear infection, tumours, head trauma, hydrocephalus (may occur in small breeds like Teacup Yorkies), vestibular disease (usually occurs in older dogs) or poisoning. There is no real over the counter treatment I could recommend apart from making sure he is eating and drinking; a physical examination would be the best course of action by his Veterinarian to make sure that there is no underlying cause which is concerning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bettina
Papillon
10 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stiffness
Disorientation

I have an older Papillon (10+ years) that has recently starting having brief episodes of disorientation. Usually after waking up in the AM. She will suddenly have some trouble walking, then lays down on the ground and is clearly disoriented for 30 seconds to a minute. While this is happening, she will sometimes also urinate.

She will then regain her balance, stand up, and is fine – going about her day like nothing happened. Her appetite is good, and she's eating normally. There's no signs of any injuries, strange growths, etc.

On a side note: Recently, she did develop a lump under her right eye that appeared to be from an insect bite or sting. It eventually ruptured and drained fluid, and a little puss. I cleaned it up and applied some antibiotic ointment.

It would be healing well, when she would scratch at it and reopen the wound. This continued for a few weeks, but it has now finally healed. Could this be related in way to the disorientation she's now experiencing?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations

It is a strange occurrence that after waking up in the morning Bettina has what may be described as a mini seizure where she looses control of body function (urinary). The fact that after the episode, she gets up like nothing happened and continues on with her day makes it difficult to diagnose. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for a neurological examination and before you visit watch her during an episode and note if there is stiffness or over extension of the legs, movement of the eyes, movement of the mouth (biting at air, clenching jaws etc…) and if she is responsive to being called; all this information will be useful to your Veterinarian when determining a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We have a penkingese that for the past 2 weeks the disorientation has gotten worst she is 16 years of age. It all started with nytigmus rapid eye movement for about a day the next day her balance has been way off almost dragging her back legs she does eat and drink water but still having problems in balancing with head tilt.

My 13 yr old boxer is dizzy n walking in circles some , seems out of balance. Falling
After her lipoma and mast were removed. Had her on tramadol , prednisone and gabapentin. I took her off all of them bc she's significantly
affected in balance since surgery
What's going on ?

Thank you

Hi, my 3 year old female chihuahua has has recently started having weird moments where she acts as though she’s not in the same room and on another planet. She can’t stand up and seems as though she’s really dizzy (almost as though she’s on some kind of trippy drug). She tries to lift her legs up and the last time she did it she was going all stiff. She’s done it about three times now. The first time was two days in a row and the last time was just now (about a month on) but this time she had two ‘episodes’ in a row. After the episodes she is virtually back to normal. We took her to the vet and they thought it could be something to do with her lower back but the xrays came back with nothing. I have tried to look online and a lot of stuff about vestibular disease comes up but none of these talk about short random episodes. Any idea as to what this could be?

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Missy
Collie mix
6 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation

I have a six year old dog that over the past couple of weeks has acted a bit confused/disoriented. At first I thought she was having issues seeing, but she seems to look right at me and even come right up to me when I call her. Other times she bumps right into things. My friend came over and she ran out and nose dived right into her. Once she heard her voice and smelled her, she was fine. Her eyes have been "darted". She looks worried/nervous at times. She head bumps into things and other times seems like she gets around fine. It's almost more like her perception is off. At about the age of two she experienced a seizure like episode and came right out of it like nothing happened. She has had a few over the years that didn't last longer than maybe a couple, maybe three minutes or so and again it was like nothing happened. During the episodes, she becomes unstable on her feet. She will be wobbly and attempts to walk but I comfort her in a still position. She will clinch her teeth and drool a bit. Her eyes are wide and she seems aware of me with her. She will actually come to me as if for comfort. I sit with her and know she is fine when she licks my face. She hasn't had one in quite some time now, but over the past couple of weeks she has started with the disorientation. I'm truly worried as my pets are my family. I'm also scared to death of a vet bill I cannot afford. She is my little girl though. Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for disorientation and these episodes may not be related to the previous seizure like episodes; normal causes for disorientation are vestibular disorders, inner ear infections, head trauma, liver or kidney disease, poisoning, tumours among other causes. In this situation a hands on physical examination by your Veterinarian would be best to rule out some possible causes and to run a blood test to check liver and kidney function. I cannot really recommend anything for at home in this case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
Australian Shepherd
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Appetite
Stumbling
Dizziness
Depression
Head Tilt
Loss of Balance
Disorientation
Vomiting

Something is wrong with my dog. Sadie has been acting strange for about 16 hours now. I walked outside to go put her away, and I found throw up everywhere. I noticed that when she had gotten up, she was shaking and just fell. She is very dizzy, and drank a lot of water. She can't keep the water down, and refuses to eat food. Her head tilts to the right, and her eyes move rapidly, unable to focus on one thing. She lays, and sleeps. She doesn't go pee, unless I slowly walk her to the dirt area or just somewhere in general. She can't squat, and when she does use the bathroom, she goes a lot. I need help, because it's breaking my heart.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are various causes for what you are describing and you should have Sadie checked by your Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to receive any fluid therapy etc… as required. Poisoning, severe infections, kidney or liver disease, head trauma among other causes may be causing the symptoms you are describing; due to the severity of symptoms I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jojo
black lab/boxer mix
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Excessive Saliva
Falling Over
Disorientation
Head Tilt

Hello,

I have a 9 year old black lab/boxer mix. She has pretty bad arthritis that the vet discovered a few months ago. On top of that, she also had yeast infections in both of her ears a couple of weeks ago. However, she has had trouble walking straight as well as laying down or getting up after laying down. She sometimes falls while she is trying to walk and runs into things quite a lot. She will not eat or drink on her own. She tries to get certain food from her bowl when I hold it up for her but she acts as though she is unable to pick up the food on her own so I have to feed it directly to her. I also have to give her her water with a bottle and force it through her barred teeth as she does not like me giving her water this way.

I have talked to the vet multiple times and had many scans done as well as blood work but she is unable to find anything wrong other than the arthritis and ear infections. I am very concerned as she was a completely different dog in the summer and has been like this ever since. I don't see how arthritis can cause a dog to change so drastically in such a short time. We have also stopped giving her any medications until the ear infections clear up.

I am not sure what to do and have another appointment at the vet Wednesday but it seems like the vet really does not know what is wrong with her since she keeps telling me it is just the arthritis and ear infections.

Could there be something else that she is not finding?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Severe ear infections may cause disorientation if the middle and inner ear is affected (especially the vestibular apparatus) as well as other symptoms (Horner’s Syndrome); it may just be a combination of the arthritis, severe ear infections and age. Without examining Jojo, I cannot add anything to what may be causing these symptoms; but if you feel your Veterinarian is out of ideas, you should get another opinion from another Veterinarian in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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floyd
Boxer
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance
dizzines
Disorientation

Hello, I have a 9 year old male boxer. This last year I noticed a lot of changes on him. He was having trouble with his 2 back legs and he was also a bit overweight. I took him to our vet and he advised for me to give him glucosamine because he might have arthritis and to put him on a diet for some weight loss. He seemed to be doing a lot better but recently I started noticing some new symptoms. Lately he seems dizzy and not as aware. He seems disoriented and has been tripping or falling a lot. Every time he gets down from the couch he doesn't land correctly. He is still joining me on our daily walks but seems sideways in some way. Usually he's very playful and likes to bite the leash and pull it from me every time we walk and tonight I was encouraging for him to grab the leash I'd put it in front of his face and he didn't seem to acknowledge it. He also has this bump that to me looks like a mosquito bite around his side. Grew to the size of a dime and wont grow hair on it. Sort of soft. Doesn't seem to itch or bother him unless I touch it. Dont know if he is allergic, I'm really worried. He is still eating everyday and going out for walks its been about a week of these symptoms. Pls help. I love him :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
A loss of balance or slight disorientation may be due to a mild case of vestibular disease which may clear up on its own after ten days or so; but given Floyds age and change in behaviour, I would recommend having him checked by your Veterinarian and having a blood test done to check liver and kidney function to be on the safe side. I am not sure what the hair less patch is on his side, if it was due to an allergen we would expect some type of irritation with regular itching. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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they are named yet
peranise
9 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

trumers, difficult walking

I have three female peranise puppys, 9 weeks old. they were born with shakes. difficult walking.The mother stop feeding at for weeks. had on milk replacer until 8 wks then on puppy food. they eat good

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. I'm not familiar with that breed, but some breeds are prone to neurologic abnormalities. Since they seem to have had the problem from the time of birth, it would be a good idea to have them examined by your veterinarian. They will be able to look at the puppies, possibly do some blood work to check for electrolyte or other imbalances, and give you an idea as to whether they will be able to improve or not. They are at an age that they need to be vaccinated, regardless, so you may be able to have that done at the same time and save you another visit, if they are healthy enough.

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Oscar
Golden Retreiver
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Off food
Tail between legs
Shaking
Lathargic

Hi there. We have a 10 week old puppy that we have had at home for approx 2.5wks. We noticed he wouldn’t sit / lie down a couple of weeks ago and seemed a bit out of sorts so took him to the vets. No high temperature and normal heart rate but she thought his anal glands were swollen so drained them. He was then fine for a few days, but then we took him to puppy class and he seemed anxious and didn’t want to play with the other dogs / do any training. The class is at the vets so a vet saw him and was worried there could be a neurological problem but looked in his eyes / did some tests and couldn’t see anything that jumped out. We went home and had an appointment to go back in the morning. When we did, Oscar seemed fine and the vet (a different person) wasn’t worried at all and thought he must have been having an off day. A few days later (23rd Dec) he seemed off again in the morning and had his tail between his legs. He didn’t want to eat or play and was more lathargic than usual. I took him back to the vets and they took some blood that they sent off. They also took temperature, heart rate etc all of which were normal. They said to go home and bring him back if he deteriorated and they would have the blood results in a few days. He perked up that night. Then on the next morning he didn’t want to get out of bed at all. Didn’t want any food again and seemed really down. We took him back and they did some blood tests on site. He had a high level of white blood cells and high calcium in his blood. They still weren’t sure what was actually wrong with him but thought it was possibly an infection. They have him an antibiotic injection and he was on a drip for a few hours. They sent us to the animal hospital where he was admitted and on a drip for the night. We took him home the next day (24th) with some oral antibiotics (Synulox) and he seemed full of beans. Very playful and huge appetite on 24th / 25th / 26th. However, this morning he seems to have reverted back and didn’t want his food again. He seemed disoriented and wobbly. When we were holding him saying his name his eyes looked glassy and as though he wasn’t really there. We took him back to the vets and they have admitted him again but nobody seems to be able to figure out what is actually wrong with him. He was supposed to have his second set of shots today but that is on hold whilst they investigate the issues. As an aside, he was sneezing quite a lot yesterday. He is also the runt of the litter and small for his age (sorry, he is a golden retriever). He also hasn’t really got puppy fur - his fur is much shorter and he is quite skinny (you can feel his ribs quite easily when you pick him up) even though we have been trying to encourage him to eat as much as possible to help him grow. We are so worried about him and any help or any idea of what you think the problem could be would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Cameron

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. I'm sorry that Oscar is having these problems. I'm afraid that I can't offer a lot of further insight without examining him and seeing his actual blood work, I'm not sure how high his WBC and Calcium were. A couple of things that I thought of while reading your email is hypoglycemia, as that is a common cause of disorientation in puppies, and parasites, which can cause vague signs. If your veterinarian hasn't considered those things, it would be worth discussing with them. Other causes for high calcium in dogs are kidney disease, parathyroid disease, and cancer, all of which seem unlikely in a 10 week old puppy. You many need to consider a referral to an internal medicine specialist. I hope that he does well!

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Bella
Australian Shepherd
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

vertigo
Head Tilt

Our 12yo Australian Shepherd has had several bouts of Vestibular Disease over the past year. Sh'e been through the whole diagnostic screening - blood, full x-rays, ultrasound, spinal tap, and brain MRI. Nothing abnormal or definitive was found to cause her bouts, with the possible exception of some mini-strokes seen in the brain for the MRI. She is under treatment for HPB. She gets a relatively minor bout every few months and recovers in 2-3 days with the head tilt lasting a little longer and always a little present. My questions are: 1) Is this common to go on like this in her older years, and 2) we get conflicting advice over whether to give her Meclizione during these bouts to help her get over it. She's only thrown up once in one episode (and we gave her a few days of Meclizine that time), but the other times we can't tell if it helps. Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure what HPB is? You have gone through the necessary tests for her, which is great! Idiopathic vestibular disease in older dogs is just that - idiopathic, which means nobody really knows why it happens, once you rule out metabolic disease and brain lesions, which you have. It may continue to happen, yes, and she may be affected by a head tilt - sometimes those resolve, sometimes they do not. They don't tend to bother the dog that much, though, unless they are affecting their equilibrium and causing nausea and vomiting. Meclazine can be helpfl, but isn't alwasy necessary, and certainly can be given as needed for signs of nausea. Sometimes these dogs are quite nauseous, and other times not at all. I hope that she continues to do well.
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Bella is doing much better. Still a little wobbly, but no more head tilt.

Sorry, I meant to type HBP (high blood pressure). Thank you very much for the response. Each time this happens now, both her and we know how to react, and that lessens the fear and helps the recovery.

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Miki
Chihuahua
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss of Balance

My dog miki was experiencing the usual symptoms of vestibular diseases head tilt loss of balance etc. he had this going on for about 2-3 weeks than he recovered and was fine for about 3 months yesterday we took him outside and he did a lot more running around and walking than usual also the temp was about 70 outside we came home and he went to sleep but he woke up an hour later and was experiencing the same symptoms I was wondering what it could possibly be?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
511 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. There are several causes for vestibular problems in dogs - ear infections can be a cause, as can brain or neurologic abnormalities. Because it seemed to take so long to resolve previously, and he is having episodes of the same problem again, it would be a good idea to have him evaluated by your veterinarian to try and determine the underlying cause. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, assess his neurologic function, and suggest any appropriate tests or treatments. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Romeo
Chihuhua
13 Days
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Disorientation

Romeo is an 11 pound 13 year old dog with kidney disease. Last week he had a blood test and his numbers were best they have been and fairly stable . At that time last week we noticed he was unbalanced but not horribly just a little wobbly. Vet started him in broad spectrum antibiotic. A few days later he must of fell of bed and hit his head. Huge swollen eye was bruising . Vet examined and gave drops w steroid and also prednisone for any head swelling . He was very lathargic and didn’t do much but sleep that day. Yesterday was day two and he slept a lot during saybbut wanted out a few times. W assistance Bc he does fall over easily or will even tip over head first sometimes . Last night he wouldn’t cry frequently and be panicked and you couldn’t not hold him to calm him. Just seems panicked .Doesn’t appear to acknowledge me and I’m normally not his world. Seemed to have nothing but a miserable two days. If he continues we will have to put him down Bc his quality of life just dropped so bad . He’s done so goodnfibhting the kidney disease now this just won’t go away. Today is day three (his fall was Sunday night I think) and day three on prednisone. Don’t see any improvement re balance at all. He’s so wobbly he hasn’t ate one drank on his own but Bc kidney dies raw he gets subq fluids twice a day anyways and we did spoon feed him his kd diet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
Unfortunately there is no specific advice I can offer to you regarding Romeo, with a traumatic head injury from a fall the outcome is unpredictable especially in a dog his age with the existing health issues. You should continue to monitor him and continue with his supportive care, if there is no improvement you should consider visiting your Veterinarian again. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boston
Miniature Schnauzer
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking tilted head no balance

My dog is older minitcure schnauzer. This past Saturday he started to shake with tilted head as well as loss of balance with excessive panting! He seemed fine the fallowing day was just a little off I come home from work today and he’s barley got balance his head is super tilted and he just looks so confused! What do I do!?!?!?!?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few causes for a loss of balance and head tilt which include vestibular disease, inner ear infections, tumours, poisoning, head trauma among other causes; it would be wise in this case to check in with your Veterinarian to determine whether the cause is vestibular disease or something more serious and treat accordingly, without examining Boston I cannot start to point a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Summer
Bearded Collie
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Disorientation problems

My bearded collie, 14yrs, has disorientation problems. At times cannot balance. Sleeps a lot and when she wakes from a deep sleep is disorientated. She knows when she needs to relieve herself and goes to the back door to be let out. She sometimes ends up in a corner after waking. However, when it's walk time, I put her in the car and she is excited to go and just before she arrives she is barking with excitement. She has her walk without any balance problems and can walk a good hour, though of course at her age she is not bounding about, but has the odd sniff here and there. She has had all the blood tests at the vet and all is perfect, like internal organs,etc. and no ear infections. Yes, she could have an MRI, but whatever they find would you personally go further with operations etc. now that she's 14.5yrs?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2008 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes which may be causing some issues for Summer; vestibular disorders are more common and may explain why there is so much disorientation when first waking up but then improves during the day. Tumours and other serious conditions are also a possibility and I agree that surgery is not an option, but from a medical point of view confirming or ruling out a differential diagnosis is important (as a Veterinarian). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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