How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Lisa Your Own Question

Lisa
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 13229
Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Lisa is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 4 year old Chihuahua was just to the vet 3 days ago. He

Resolved Question:

My 4 year old Chihuahua was just to the vet 3 days ago. He was only due for a heart worm test and it was discovered that he had a pretty progressed case of lymes disease. Since we left the vet, my dog has been walking slightly to the right. He shook his head like something was in his ear but only once and has not pawed at his ear. There is no discharge or odor and I cleaned his ear with four paws ear remedy to see if I could get anything out of it and I couldn't. I'm ruling out ear infection.
I believe this is serious though for 2 reasons: 1. my dog seems to run in the opposite direction when I call him to come inside and it takes him a while to realize where I am and 2. he has been walking into walls, trying to climb the stairs on the wrong side of the railing (but he realizes it and correct himself).
He seems fine other than that. I have no idea what is wrong with him and I am really worried.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Hello! My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

What medication did your vet put Domino on?

If you look right in his eyes...are his eyes still or do they sort of shimmy back and forth?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


Dompounded Doxycycline 100 mg, however I had to pick it up yesterday because they had to call me with the answer to the heartworm test so the symptoms started before he started the medication

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Are his eyes still or shimmying?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.


S

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry...your answer didn't come through. Can you try again?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.


still

Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for answering my questions. I really appreciate it.

From your description and the fact your dog has advanced Lyme Disease, I can't help but think that possibly the infection has affected his hearing ...or more specifically, the nerves affecting his ears.

It's very, very rare for a dog with Lyme disease to suffer hearing loss..but it does happen. I work/live in Northern MN, where we are on epidemic proportions of Lyme/Anaplasmosis and I've seen the disease impact a dog's hearing only once.

At this point, it might be a good idea to give your vet a call in the morning and have them just check his ears. If it comes up completely clear (no infection, ect), then odds are that this is related to Lyme disease. Unfortunately, if this is due to Lyme, there is a possibility that he won't regain his hearing...but I'd have your vet take a peek, just to be safe.

I hope this helps.
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 13229
Experience: AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Lisa and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.