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Hi My golden retriever dog bday was celebrated by giving him fries and steak on Sunday. Last night he was acting weak and he puked, drinked a little water and nibble on his food and this morning he is leaning on the left, his front paw is weak and he has no energy. He shakes his tail when i call his name but thats it.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

If you help him stand or walk, is he consistently falling or circling to the left?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He can stand up but he is acting "drunk".
He is leaning to the left side of the wall or table when he stands.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Is his head tilted also?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not really.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

OK, this could be due to a number of different things.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

We can see signs like this from vestibular disease (which can be due to ear infections or start for no apparent reason), stroke, or a tumor. Although we could see problems from the steak and fries (gastroenteritis, pancreatitis), I would not expect him to consistently fall to the same side if that were his only issue.

Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

I recommend having him seen by your local vet to confirm that he has a neurologic issue. If it is something as simple as an ear infection, it can resolve with treatment of the ear problem.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What are other symptoms for an ear infection? Also he is yawning a lot
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

Head shaking, pawing at the ear, a smell or discharge from the ear - this things are not always consistent though. It is important to have an exam with an otoscope to see down to the ear drum, and we can also check ear discharge under the microscope.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about him not eating?
He did is business normally this morning.
It really happened overnight.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.

If he is having vestibular problems, it is basically vertigo. These dogs are very dizzy; that's why they fall over when trying to stand or walk. This makes them very nauseous, and anorexia and vomiting are quite common to see.