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One of my cats third eye lid is showing and today she's

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tilting her head and has...
One of my cats third eye lid is showing and today she's tilting her head and has a little lost of balance. What can I do?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Missing and about eight months.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Missing?
Customer: Sorry Missy. She was fine till today with the balance thing. She's had the eye problem about a week.
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

The concurrence of a head tilt - a vestibular (balance) sign - and third eyelid prolapse is strongly suspicious of a peripheral (involving the inner/middle ear) vestibular syndrome with concomitant Horner's syndrome which can cause third eyelid prolapse, a miotic (smaller than usual) pupil, ptosis (upper eyelid droop), and absence of the blink reflex. Both infection in the inner/middle ear and an inflammatory polyp originating in the middle ear are important differential diagnoses for Missy. Missy's vet will need to perform a thorough physical and neurologic exam on Missy which might necessitate X-rays of Missy's middle ear(s) in order to clarify the diagnosis and prescribe the correct treatment.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Will she be alright?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

The conditions I mentioned are treatable and when treated appropriately are curable with some combination of systemic and otic (ear) antibiotics and /or surgical removal of a polyp.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Thank you very much!!
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

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