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 Gabby.
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
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.
Very sorry to hear that Gabby is not doing well. With vestibular issues, I would not expect any pain, but it can cause nausea, which would support the appetite being declined.
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