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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog been crying lately he slates s head like crooked

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Hello, my dog been crying lately he slates his head like crooked seems like he bumped into something because when i try to touch his ear he slates it and sometimes cry, also when he eats something hard he crys i think he probably has a inflam nerve ? I dont know tho can you help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ello, my dog been crying lately he slantes his head like crooked seems like he bumped into something because when i try to touch his ear he slates it and sometimes cry, also when he eats something hard he crys i think he probably has a inflam nerve ? I dont know tho can you help.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that I'm not allowed to communicate with customers by phone. Thank you for the photo! His head tilt does suggest a painful ear or perhaps pain in his oral cavity or neck and I'm handicapped to tell you from here where that pain is present. Nikki's vet will need to carefully examine Nikki's head and neck. There are "nerve" problems as you mentioned - mainly vestibular (balance) disorders arising in the inner/middle ear - that can cause a head tilt. They're not usually painful, however, and so rather than diagnosing the "old dog vestibular syndrome" - a common cause of head tilt - I'm more concerned that infection or perhaps a tumor in Nikki's ear (or oral cavity) is present. Nikki's neck also needs to be carefully palpated and hyperflexed and hyperextended to see if his neck is the source of his pain.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Nikki. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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