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My dog is just walking around, going in circles, is not ...

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My dog is just walking around, going in circles, is not staying in one place. She is not herself. Staying under the table or just starring in space. What could this be?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

How old is your girl?
Has she or is she prone to ear infections?
Does she have an odor to her ears?
Are your dog’s eyes moving back and forth?
Is your dog standing with its legs further apart then normal?
Is your dog swaying?
Is your dog walking on an angle and can’t walk a straight line?
Is your dog holding its head at a tilt?
Is your dog nausea or eating less?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: Holly is 9
no ear infection
no odor
eyes are ok
Holly is just standing
walking on slight angle,
her head is down
eating less
when she did lay down, it was toward a wall, or in my closet, which I never seen her do.under the table
when I call her she moves away from me.
her tail has not come up at all.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

It’s possible your dog is suffering from vestibular disease though a seizure or stroke is also a possibility. Symptoms of vestibular include standing with legs spread out, swaying, head tilt, abnormal eye movement, walking sideways, falling over and may include vomiting. There are a few things that can cause this condition such as an ear infection, some medications and old age. Have your Vet check your dog for this condition.

Here are some great sites on this condition:

The good news is that if this is the problem and it is due to old age, the condition normally resolves itself over a few weeks. Your vet will most likely prescribe dramamine or bonine to help with the symptoms. You can read about dramamine and bonine usage, precautions and dosage here:

You can read about seizures here:
And possible hypothyroidism.

And about strokes here:

I hope this information is helpful to you.
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