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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a couple of questions to see if I can better assess you situation, though.
Is he able to get up at all?
Are his eyes still moving from side to side quickly?
Does his head seem tilted to the side?
Are you able to extend his back legs out completely?
Thanks for the information. It sounds very much like he has developed a condition called Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome. This balance is thrown off. There are many things that can cause it, such as an inner ear infection, middle ear tumor or polyp, brain tumor, inflammation or infection around the brain (encephalitis), certain medications (metronidazole) and thiamine deficiency. Unfortunately, with most cases we never find the cause, so it is usually termed Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome. We will typically see it in geriatric dogs. There is not really anything that can be done for it, though. The symptoms go away on their own, but it can take a few days to a week. Medications such as Benadryl and Dramamine can be used to help with dizziness, but nothing will cause the symptoms to go away any faster. The biggest problem is making sure they can eat and drink during this time. In most cases, owners have to bring their food and water to them and probably clean up after them, until they are at least able enough to go to the bathroom outside with your assistance. In some cases, if they cannot eat or drink well, they need to be put on intravenous fluid therapy by your vet until the symptoms get better. The website below will have more information on his problem. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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