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Dr. Altman, Veterinarian
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Experience:  Practicing small animal veterinarian for 18 years.
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15 year old mongrel.lost balance and was slightly sick.twitching

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15 year old mongrel.lost balance and was slightly sick.twitching movement above eyes.that was a 8 this morning,just lying in his bed a moment.has eaten a few pieces of chicken and taken water.been told it could be a stroke but not by a vet.will take to vets in the morning
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear that Max is showing these symptoms. Yes, it does sound like he is having an episode similar to a stroke in people called vestibular disease...This can be confirmed if there is a head tilt and/ or eyes dart side to sideHere is a link to more information on this condition: in most dogs they will improve within a week of having this event. We don't fully understand the reason this happens in pets unless there is an overt ear infection that is the cause but in most cases this is not the issueSupportive care is often the best treatment for vestibular disease which means keeping quiet, minimizing the ability to cause injury such as stairs, fluids under the skin to maintain hydration until this passes if there is vomiting, anti nausea medication if there are symptoms of nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass) or vomiting and medication to help with dizziness if there is difficulty getting around or a reduction in appetiteIf there is improvement within the first few days to a week that is a great sign. Some dogs will have a residual head tilt to some degree while others will relapse but until we have a better understanding why this happens in dogs we really support their quality of life in hopes of getting through to where they were before this occurred.Other causes unfortunately do include a brain aneurism, tumor, a real stroke to name a fewI hope this information makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
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