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my dogs eyes move side to side

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my dogs eyes move side to side

Hi Neil,


How old is your dog?


How long are his eyes doing this?




Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I have just submitted some info...

Over night they was fine yesterday.

My dog's back legs are very unsteady. This happened after a walk where she was fine until she got home.
After seeing a vet and having an anti inflammatory and strong pain killer injection. I brought her home where she panted none stop and would not drink or eat.
The following day she has taken some water but will not eat.
She now has a problem where her eyes move from side to side as if she was blind, but she appears to see ok and responds ok through each eye.
This sudden eye problem has only occurred over night.

I am really worried about her and wondered what this extra problem with her eyes could be.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Just to add to this.. My dog saw a vet yesterday afternoon.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
MY dog is 13 in may

Dear Neil,


I am so sorry your dog is not feeling well.


It sounds like she has vestibular syndrome:


This is common in older dogs and often mistaken for a stroke or seizure. It is usually caused by an ear infection and resembles human motionn sickness. It is usually NOT serious!!


It can be treated with antibiotics and steroids and sometimes even resolves on its own.


Try a small amount of boiled chicken with all fat drained off, chop meat , or baby food with no onion, beef, turkey, etc add cooked white rice or infant rice cereal.

Go very slow so she does not throw it up.

Dogs get dehydrated and hypoglycemic very easily

Add unflavored pedialyte to her water 50/50 to hydrate her and balance her electrolytes.

Put a drop of pancake syrup on her tongue to raise her blood sugar in case she is a bit hypoglycemic. That should perk her up.


Please let me know how she is doing. I will always be here for you

I hope your baby feels better very soon..

Best wishes,




Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Problem is she won't eat anything.

Poor girl.................she may be nauseated.


You want to offer her food she cannot refuse like boiled chicken, chop meat, cottage cheese or baby food.


Make she she is well hydrated


Let me know how she is doing.


Good luck,


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you very much for your help and advice.
I will try what you have recommended.

People like your good self are a real blessing.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Do you happen to know if pedialyte is known as the same thing here in the UK?

Lloyds Pharmacy does not list it at all.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Is Dioralyte an alternative that can be used ?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Would the natural version listed here be ok?

Hi Neil,


Pedialye is called lectade or dioralyte in the UK.


It is sold in the baby dept of stores.


Please let me know how she is doing.


Thanks for your accpt. Sending as an I R so U R not charged again.


Kindest regards,




Customer: replied 8 years ago.
sorry to ask another Q you know the eye movement. is this only connected with ear infections?

This only happened since she come home from the vets yesterday and has been panting really heavy.. without water. up till them there was no problems with her ears.

I did think it might be something to do with her been hot and not taking water all night.

Hi Neil,


Usually it is due to an ear issue but it could be related to dehydration so get her started on the diaralyte straight away.

Good luck,'