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Chiwawa terrier mix. 8 years old. Eating well going to the

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Chiwawa terrier mix. 8 years old. Eating well going to the bathroom well. We just got up because we herd her moving more than usual. When we looked at her, her eyes are going side to side and has loss of blance when we put her on the floor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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. 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
Strokes can also lead to similar behavior which you can read about on the site below. With a stroke, you often see improvement within a week or so.
http://www.vetspecialists.co.uk/06_Animal_Welfare/Neurology_Facts/Stroke.html
Dogs with organ dysfunction can also have similar symptoms though we often see vomiting with this, so I would try and have your dog seen by your vet in the morning so treatment can be started.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.