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I have 9 year old Rottweiler she is having trouble keeping

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I have 9 year old Rottweiler she is having trouble keeping her balance at times she seems
disoriented. she falls down if she has to make sudden movement, sometimes she rocks back and forth trying to regain her balance
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she had these signs?

Any circling, head tilt, head pressing into walls?

Any ear issues?

Any toxic exposures?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
there is some head tilting. No other issues and she has been like this for two weeks
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

First, I have to say that I am quite concerned to hear that she has had this balance issue for 2 weeks already.

This is because while we can see benign vestibular episodes in older dogs (which usually come and go over a few days) to see this linger raises other concerns. Specifically, especially with the head tilt, we'd have to be wary of an inner or middle ear but also brain based issues. In regard to those, we can see imbalance and head tilts with diffuse brain issues (bacterial or viral infection, protozoal infections, or even immune mediated meningitis). As well, we can see it with more focal brain disease like bleeds, swellings, cysts, and tumors.

With this in mind, there isn't much that one can do at home and we'd want to be proactive to try and control this before it can progress. Therefore, it'd be ideal to have a check with her local vet. They can perform a neurological exam to tell us which issues are most likely for her. Based on that (+/- blood testing or MRI if brain issues are confirmed), then can start her on treatment to treat as many of the treatable ones as possible (ie antibiotics for middle ear disease, anti-protozoals for those, steroids to reduce brain inflammation, etc) to give her the best chance of settling her signs and regaining her balance.

All the best,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.


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