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My dog is unable to stand. When she tries her legs wobble and

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My dog is unable to stand. When she tries her legs wobble and she falls over. She is also holding her head to one side. Her eyelids are twitching rapidly. She has been like this for several hours. She is 14 years old.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.
Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

Thank you for the thorough history and so sorry she is having such difficulties

Dr. Altman :

What you describe is vestibular syndrome, CLICK HERE for more information on this condition in dogs

Dr. Altman :

Often if you are able to get them through the acute phase of the first few days (if they are not nauseous and vomiting this is easier) then most dogs do show some improvement and resolution in signs

Dr. Altman :

The only known reason for this in dogs is an ear infection but unfortunately in most cases it is called idiopathic or we simply do not know what causes it

Dr. Altman :

In more severe cases where there is nausea and vomiting there might be a need to have some intensive care the first week after signs show up such as fluids and injectable medication to control the signs

Dr. Altman :

But if there is no vomiting and they have an appetite supportive care includes assistance to go outside to the bathroom, keeping food/ water nearby, limiting access to areas of the home where they might injure themselves

Dr. Altman :

But in 75+% of cases I have seen dogs do have moderate improvement of signs in the first week. Unfortunately if there is no change within the first days to week then likely there will be little improvement after this point

Dr. Altman :

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with or anything I can clarify for you both today

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.
Hopefully this format is more readily accessible to you and you can review my responses. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.
i apologize, I have an e-mai you have responded yet so no response. If you have additional questions or comments would you mind restating them? Thank you for your patience...
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.
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