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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Older golden - thought he had a stroke today - possible

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older golden - thought he had a stroke today - possible inflammation of inner ear nerve - he vomits when standing up and tilts his head to right side - doesn't show any adverse pain - I gave him Pepto Bismal for nausea - decided to check his earn for inflammation or redness - there is none but he had blood in his right ear canal, not a lot but easily shows up on paper towel
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?
Customer: no
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: roscoe. he is 18
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about roscoe?
Customer: just his advanced age
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Roscoe's head tilt is the clue that a vestibular (balance) disorder exists rather than his having suffered a stroke. You might also see nystagmus (eyes flicking back and forth) and ataxia ("drunken sailor"). The blood you're seeing indicates a peripheral vestibular disorder (involving his inner/middle ear(s)). Geriatric dogs also suffer from an idiopathic form of vestibular disease often called "old dog vestibular disorder". Treatment is directed to the cause of that bleeding. Tumor must be an important differential in an 18 year old golden.

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