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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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My dog is having the same problems (loss of her balance,

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My dog is having the same problems (loss of her balance, head kept turned toward one side). She uses her front legs to support her head when she is laying down (she doesn't rest her head like is in a vertical position with nose facing downward). Her blood work is normal. I am waiting on test results. They took some cells from her head to get looked at. Part of the top of her head underneath the skin there is some sort of build up (not sure how to really describe it or what to call it).
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Ataxia ("drunken sailor") and head tilt are pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of vestibular (balance) disorders. We need to clarify if a peripheral (involving the inner/middle ear(s)), central (involving the cerebellum and/or brain stem), or idiopathic (unknown cause) vestibular disorder is present and that will involve a thorough physical and neurologic exam. It isn't clear to me why cells were obtained or what "some sort of build up" implies. Please return to our conversation with additional information, questions or concerns.