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I have 15 yr old Maltipoo. Having trouble walking seems to

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I have 15 yr old Maltipoo. Having trouble walking seems to prop on right side. Has trouble seeing.keeps jerking head as if he's running into something. How do you know when it's time to let them go? He can still eat and gets out for potty trips most of the time
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 3 months ago.

Hello and thank you for using this site to help you.

When did this start?

Do the eyes dart back and forth?

Does he seem off balance or drunk/ dizzy?

does he walk in circles at times?

Expert:  Sally G. replied 3 months ago.

It seems like you are offline at this time. When it comes to aged dogs they sometimes get what is known as old age disease or vestibular disease which is a problem with the inner ear. You may see head tilting , circling , eye twitching or darting. drunken gait, loss of appetite, and nausea. The good news is that it usually subsides within a few weeks. However if there is an ear infection causing this then you want to get that treated by your vet.

Some dogs also have strokes , but it does not affect dogs the same way it does humans and again it can be over within weeks. So it is best not to panic at this point but a good idea to have your dog get a hands on exam.

Here is a good video that goes over Vestibular disease https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUWRXUinWBY

Also if you google vestibular disease in youtube you will see many uploads of dogs going through this which is a good way to compare if this is what you are seeing. Not all dogs are as extreme as others so keep that in mind.