HI, this is Dr Beverly Chevallier, and I am a veterinarian for JustAnswer and I will try to help you with Sophie and her sudden loss of balance.
I certainly understand your concern.
I have been a practicing mixed animal veterinarian for 39 years in NW Arkansas. I practice Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine.
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If you look closely, are her eyes jerking?
Do her ears appear infected?
I would say she either has an inner ear infection or Idiopathic Vestibular Disease.
I will send you some information about that disorder that might be helpful. But their eyes usually jerk when they have that.
Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome is a condition of adult dogs and cats that has a sudden onset and the dog is unable to retain its balance and rolls or falls to one side. It happens out of nowhere and is very alarming to see. The dog or cat suddenly loses balance and the animal can’t stand or walk properly. Upon closer inspection, the eyes are jerking and the animal is very frightened. The cause is unknown (idiopathic). Sometimes there will be some nausea because of the dizziness. If this is the condition, the animal always gets better within 48 hours and is usually completely back to normal in 2 weeks. Sometimes there is a residual head tilt, but it is never fatal. It just looks very alarming and it’s scary to the dog or cat.
Anything that messes up their vestibular apparatus in their inner ear can cause this type of vertigo.
You might take her in to her vet this morning just to be sure.
Also, could she have gotten into any medications or drugs that could cause this?
It only takes one oleander leaf to kill a dog. It makes their heart stop. It does not affect their balance.
No, if it's an inner ear infection she will need systemic antibiotics. The drops probably won't help.
She's probably very frightened from the sudden disorientation. That could be why she is breathing like that.
If she has Vestibular Syndrome, she will be way better in 48 hours.
The drops won't hurt anything, but they probably won't do any good either. It won't hurt to try them.
Oh, wow. That sounds good.
No. You will just have to hold her still to do this.
Please keep me updated, and I hope I have answered your questions. Let me know if I need to clarify anything.
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Dr Beverly Chevallier
You are welcome.
You won't be able to buy the antibiotics OTC. Your vet will need to prescribe them.
No, you will need to take Sophie to the vet to get antibiotics.
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