Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Charlie.
What you are describing sounds consistent with possible vestibular disease.
The most common symptoms can occur in any combination and include: head tilting, walking
in circles, vomiting,
movements back and forth (nystagmus) or the eyes pinned to one direction (strabismus), and/or drunk-like walkingVestibular Disease in Dogs
Generally, vestibular disease is caused by either:
1. Central disease which includes anything within the brain
2. Peripheral disease which includes problems outside the brain like inner ear
infections, toxin exposure, organ problems
3. Old Dog Vestibular Disease. No known cause found on any tests and possibly attributed to having a stroke
Initial testing usually includes a basic blood profile, which should be done immediately. To help with nausea and motion sickness, many vets will recommend giving Meclizine:Meclizine Dramamine
If a blood test does not reveal any abnormalities, additional testing would possibly include:MRICSF TAP
- to check for evidence of inflammation or infection within the spinal cord or brain.
So, yes, a stroke would have to be one consideration for what is going on, but I would not assume it. Some dogs do have idiopathic vestibular disease, and we find nothing on testing.
Definitely, well worth a immediate vet visit for evaluation.
Very sorry to hear about this complication for Charlie and will hope for a speedy recovery.
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