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1- How long has this been going on?
2- Does he have a head tilt?
3- How old is Tank?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Did he get into anything?
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Friend, I am sorry Tank is not feeling well. In response to your question, I believe what you are seeing is a condition called "Vestibular Disease." This is when the system that controls balance in the brain goes off. The patient is basically seeing the surrounding environment as if drunk. Possible causes could be an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), brain tumors, ear infections, idiopathic (unknown); a very common cause is Idiopathic Vestibular Disease. The good news is that most dogs with idiopathic vestibular disease will get better within 1-2 weeks. Other possible causes could be thromboembolic episode (stroke like), infections of the central nervous system, tumors, liver disease, etc. I would strongly recommend having Tanked checked by a veterinarian as soon as you can. If possible, I would have him checked tonight by ER veterinarian. If you do not have access to ER veterinarian start him on Meclizine 25mg once a day. You can buy Meclizine over the counter in any pharmacy. Keep him in a room where he can not hurt himself, no stairs.
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