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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My 14 year old Scottie is walking sideways with a head tilt.

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My 14 year old Scottie is walking sideways with a head tilt. She also threw up.
JA: IÂ’m sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: She does have some fatty rumors but my vet felt them and did not feel they were anything to worry about at the time. This just started a few hours ago the walking issue and she acts a little out of it.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 months ago.
Hi Jacustomer, 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. 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 Now organ dysfunction and poisoning can also cause similar symptoms and a stroke can also lead to a head tilt and walking sideways. You can read about strokes below. With strokes you often see some improvement within a week or so though not all dogs recover completely. If there is the possibility that she got into something toxic, have her seen immediately. If she has any other signs of liver or kidney failure, also have her seen as soon as possible. Here are some sites that describe kidney and liver failure symptoms.http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/hepatic-failure-in-dogshttp://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/kidneys-bladder-urinary-system/chronic-renal-kidney-failure-in-dogs I do think vestibular disease is a strong possibility if you see some abnormal eye movement. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.