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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear your boy is having these signs
May I ask does he also have a head tilt?
What this sounds like is vestibular syndrome...causes can include an inner ear infection or more commonly ideopathic which essentially means we really do not know why it occurs in older pets
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yes a little and he does ongoing ear infection
Is he having any vomiting or wobbliness on his feet?
yes feet are wobbliness no vomiting
OK good there is no vomiting because this can be a little bit more difficult on them
I would definitely get him to your veterinarian tomorrow for an evaluation of his ears
If it is not related to the ears typically we see an improvement within 3-5 days of clinical signs
In the meanwhile it is supportive care, meaning taking him food/ water and helping him outside to go to the bathroom
Some veterinarians will give antivert or meclizine to help with the signs of dizziness
If there is no vomiting then essentially allowing the body a chance to respond to this issue and improve
Most dogs will show an improvement but since we really do not know the underlying cause in most cases it is a tincture of time
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I got it thanks so much what do you think they will do for him and is this expensive
As I mentioned typically it is a tincture of time and supportive care at home, meaning bringing him his food/ water and assisting him to get outside and go to the bathroom and back into the house
If it is an inner ear infection there would be medications to treat this, often similar to the treatments you likely have already used in the past to treat him
So in these cases that are not vomiting I will do an examination and give information on how to keep him comfortable while awaiting for improvement. This is the only charge, the examination
But some vets will prescribe meclizine as well or have you use the over the counter formula at your local pharmacy
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this makes alot of sense so exam I pay for a Should I bring the ear stuff i have used before and it worked for him?
Yes I would bring your previous prescription with you, perhaps if they do a cytology or ear swab and the medication you have will still be effective and can treat him for this as well...
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thank u so much
im taking him in
You are very welcome
Well I wish you both luck in getting him comfortable...
yes got a appointment tomorrow
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