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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:
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. Many vets miss this but the ones that do not often will prescribe dramamine or bonine to help with the symptoms. You can read about dramamine and bonine usage, precautions and dosage here:
An ear infection can also disrupt the vestibular system as well. I do have to mention that often organ failure will also cause a dog to have problems with coordination and even collapse.
The following site has a recipe for a home remedy for ear infections that may provide some relief though I would have preferred your vet to have given her something.
Zymox with cortisone has been used by some experts to clear ear infections as well. You can read about it here:
I would call the vet and ask about vestibular disease and if he would recommend one of the medications I mentioned. However, if there is no improvement, I would have her reseen before the weekend . If you are no longer confident in your vet, I would see another one.
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I will check her eyes tonight - I don't recall seeing them moving differently. I will also check her teeth - one of the articles suggested an abscessed tooth could cause a problem. I will most likely check back with you tomorrow. Thank you!
Good morning! Zoe had blood work done this morning. If you would like me to email it to you, I can. I found out that Zoe had a 103.3 fever on Tuesday (the kid that took it told me it was normal). It was 103.7 this morning. The vet said he couldn't tell what it was by the blood work, but that it could be a virus - he mentioned parvo and west nile as possibilities. I don't know anything about them. I requested he re-check her ears and he said they were very clean all the way down to the ear drum. He put her on Clavamox (sp?) because of her ongoing fever and just in case she has an underlying infection somewhere. He said if that didn't clear it up in 7-10 days, I should take her to the neurologist for a scan. Well, inasmuch as I would do ANYTHING for my "babies," I'm guessing I won't be able to afford that. I did ask him to check for Peripheral Vestibular Disorder and I explained the symptoms she does and does not have (i.e. no nausea, no eye movement). He didn't come right out and SAY he didn't know what that was, but he DID say, "there are so many disorders nowadays that I can't keep up with all of them." I gave her the first Clavamox this morning. Her teeth don't look great, but they're not too bad. There is one that has a little thin line of red where the gum meets the tooth. Maybe the antibiotics will at least clear that up.