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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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I think my roxy has had a stroke yesterday she's 9 she can't

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I think my roxy has had a stroke yesterday she's 9 she can't walk properly we took her out as we were not sure but we are now I have disabled kids one is very heartbroken
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Dog
JA: Do the dog's eyes move from side to side? Or do they stay focused straight ahead?
Customer: Shes not focusing properly She is all over the place
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: No medications she hasn't seen a vet in a couple of years
JA: What's the dog's name?
Customer: Roxy
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: Her birthday is *****
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

Dogs do suffer from strokes but what caretakers describe as a stroke often turns out to be vestibular disease.

Any combination of head tilt, ataxia ("drunken sailor"), nystagmus - eyes flicking back and forth, as well as circling/pacing are signs of a vestibular (balance) disorder in our pets. Roxy's vet needs to clarify if the idiopathic (unknown cause) vestibular disorder has arisen (most common), a peripheral vestibular disorder involving his inner/middle ear(s)/otitis interna/otitis media) is present, or a more serious central vestibular disorder involving her cerebellum or brainstem exists. This will take a thorough physical and neurologic exam.

Dogs suffering from the idiopathic vestibular disorder generally have a good prognosis for recovery. Improvement is usually seen within a few days and dogs can normalize within a couple of weeks although some are left with a persistent head tilt. There's no specific therapy for these dogs but an attending might prescribe an antiemetic/anti-motion sickness drug if nausea is preventing normal eating and drinking.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Her eyes aren't flickering back just abit wobbley and she seems to be giving up
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 days ago.

If she appears to be worsening, she requires hospitalized supportive and symptomatic care. Treatment is parenteral (not oral) in form of intravenous feeding and injections.

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