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Boston Terrier: healthy..active..circles and staggering, she also fell

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I have an 8 y/o Boston Terrier that is very healthy and active. Last night she had a strange episode. I heard a noise and looked down and she was turning in circles and staggering, she also fell down. I sat on the floor and called her name and she staggered her way to me. I got her to sit on her haunches and I held her head still and talked to her for a few seconds at which time the episode passed and she seemed fine. She was ready to play again and wanted me to throw her ball. This seems neurological or could it be her ears. She has had one ear infection previous years and is otherwise healthy.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Yes this could be an inner ear problem.
Vestibular disease is not uncommon in older dogs particularly ones that have had ear infections.
You can read about this problem here
www.marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html
I would suggest getting the dog in to see if it is a middle ear infection and if you can take care of it with antibiotics before the dog has a more serious issue with it.
Hope this helps!

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