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MY DOG KEEPS FALLING, CANT SEEM TO STAY ON HER ...

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MY DOG KEEPS FALLING, CAN'T SEEM TO STAY ON HER FEET. hAS NOT BEEN EATING RIGHT OR SLEEPING. sHE DOES NOT WANT TO LAY DOWN EVEN THOUGH SHE KEEPS FALLING STRAIGHT DOWN ON THE FLOOR.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Vince,

How old is your dog?
Is she keeping some food down?
Is she drinking?
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: She is 12 years old.
The little she eats she's keeping down.
She is drinking.
She is swaying.
She is holding her head at a tilt.
She's eating much less, almost nill.
Has problems staying on her feet.
Looks like she does not want to lay down.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Vince,

It’s possible your dog is suffering from vestibular disease. Symptoms 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:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html
http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/vestibular.html

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:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dimenhydrinate-dramamine/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/meclizine-bonine-antivert/page1.aspx

However, at 12 years of age, a senior checkup should be done to ensure her organs are all functioning properly. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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