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    vestibular disease
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    Oxipligatz posted:
    Hello,
    Two weeks ago my 13 year old Italian Greyhound x Chihuahua experienced the following symptoms:
    * nausea
    * vomiting
    * losing balance & tumbling over, standing with rear legs widely set apart
    * eyes flickering left and right at rapid speed
    * head movement "wobbling"
    I took her to the vet and they said she had Vestibular disease and diagnosed her with a middle ear infection from the left ear. This is the side she was tumbling to. Fortunately the vomiting was not repeated and she was able to go to the toilet by herself while supervised and would eat. She refused water, and I had to syringe water into her mouth and tempt her with coconut water. After two days she began drinking water on her own and literally improved daily. By 2 weeks she was all good except for the odd misstep. We followed up with two more vet visits, now totalling three.
    Also her urine sample came back clear and her bloods showed higher than usual enzymes for the liver, but apparently within the bandwidth of an elderly dog.
    Sadly yesterday her condition took a step backwards. We took her to the vet again and luckily her ear infection had cleared up. The vet ruled out a tumour as she had improved so much so quickly, but we feel terrible that she is back to where she started with the following symptoms:
    * losing balance & tumbling over, standing with rear legs widely set apart, worse than before, she now drags her rear right paw
    * walking in circles
    * wandering around the house restlessly and standing in corners
    Although she has a healthy appetite and is drinking. Throughout the entire ordeal she has maintained her sweet and affectionate demeanour.
    The vet prescribed 5mg prednidale for inflammation. Twice daily first week, once daily second week and once every second day for the third week.
    Is it normal for this condition to regress? Or are we still in the normal window of time where things take time? If it's a normal "old dog syndrome" we are happy to nurse her back to health. We are worried if her condition will deteriorate worse or if she will improve. Can it be something worse?
    Thank you for your time


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