Hi Dr. G. Thank you so much for responding! Her head does seem to tilt to one side a little. She stood up and walked a few minutes ago to her water bowl-- she was wobbly but not rolling on her paws or dragging her back legs. Her gait seems to go to one side a little.
Her eyes aren't really going back and forth-- she will move her eyes to look at me but not her head.
She has had seizures fairly regularly over the last couple years. She has a hard lump on her head right below her ear that is about the size of a walnut. I asked the vet about it over a year ago and she said that it was just a fat tumor. It has gotten bigger over time. Are there anti-emetics I can get over the counter for her?
She has had some blood in her stools-- but I was guessing that it may have been from the diet change.
Unfortunately, there are no anti-emetics available over the counter. She would be best served by a drug called cerenia. If there was a recent diet change, then it is likely the blood in the stool is due to that, however if it persists I would have her stool checked to rule out any other problems like intestinal worms or bacterial overgrowth
If the lump under her ear was aspirated (needle was used to suck out cells and your vet looked at it under a microscope), then i would not be concerned with the diagnosis of a lipoma (benign fatty tumor). If there has been no aspirate, I would have your vet do that. Your vet should be able to get you some cerenia without an appointment if you explain what has been going on
the lump was aspirated by the vet at the time. I will give her a call about getting some cerenia. What is the average lifespan of a westie? Thanks so much for all of your help.
The average lifespan of a smaller breed dog is typically in the 12-16 year range. I hope that helps. Have a great weekend!
Thanks you too!!
Dr. G-- Thanks so much for your help. On Monday, I had a feeling my time with her was short. She hadn't eaten since thursday, seemed extremely confused and tired. I drove her to Richmond to be with my family. She passed on Wednesday morning. When my long time vet checked her chart I realized that I was a year off of her age-- she was going to be 16 in October.
Thank you again for your help.
Best wishes to you,