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Dog was kicked by a horse with resultant bleeding from her right ear, it seems that she was kicked in the head on the

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She was kicked by a...
She was kicked by a horse with resultant bleeding from her right ear, it seems that she was kicked in the head on the right side. When found she was lying on the ground, conscious, breathing with rapid eye twitching. Bleeding stopped, he is unable to support herself completely on the right side and lists to the right and her head wants to fall to the right, she has had 4 seizures since the accident 2 hours ago, although she has not had one for about an hour now. She is no longer rapidly breathing and there is no cyanosis. She is now relaxed and I have managed to keep her head elevated. She was able to drink water when offered and was rather thirsty. She is still symptomatic of right sided weakness and her eyes are still twitching, although not as rapid, and currently much more relaxed.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the horse's name and age?
Customer: dog, Bella
JA: How old is Bella?
Customer: 7
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bella?
Customer: 8 pound papillon
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bella who should be treated with intravenous mannitol which can rapidly reduce brain swelling which has arisen. While she has improved, brain swelling can result in lasting/recurrent symptoms (seizures, tremors, ataxia/"drunken sailor") if not managed promptly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I'm at the vet now and upon examination of her right ear, her ear drum is split open. They want to give her anti inflammatorys and dexamerhasone along with IV fluids. She has continued to improve but still has the ataxia. Voided on her own.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm pleased to hear that she's being attended to. Please note that glucocorticoids (steroids) such as dexamethasone are contraindicated in treatment of head trauma. Mannitol should be considered. Please feel free to share our conversation with Bella's vet.

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