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Doxie pup with head sway and stumbling
04-14-2018, 11:11 AM,
#1
Doxie pup with head sway and stumbling
2 year old male doxie pup
Head sway and stumbling on all legs
3 vet visits and no diagnosis 
Being treated for ear infection and was since given anti inflammatory 
Baseline blood work normal
Diet and everything else is fine
He did hit his head hard day before episode 
He tries to play ( and even tries to hump his sister! )
We are at wits end
It’s been 5 days
The scan we probably need is $2400
Please help
Thanks
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04-14-2018, 12:58 PM,
#2
RE: Doxie pup with head sway and stumbling
So sorry your dog is going through this. It sounds very coincidental that the head swaying and loss of balance came at the same time. Are the pupils dilated at all? If you use a flashlight and shine in his eyes will they constrict at all? Was an x-ray of the skull done? That may be a good starting point. It sounds as if the nerve that controls balance has been somewhat injured. If that's a case, your dog may need a dexamethasone injection and oral prednisone. This would be important to prevent things from getting worse and preventing permanent damage. Other conditions that may need to be checked out for that come to mind is atypical addison disease, intervertebral disc disease (which is very common in doxies) and vestibular/neurological syndromes.
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04-14-2018, 01:08 PM,
#3
RE: Doxie pup with head sway and stumbling
Thank you so very much Daisy
Your post gives me some hope
It’s been a terrible week
His pupils will dilate
No X-rays yet
We are on our way back to the vet clinic in about 30 minutes
I am going to ask specifically about the steroid treatment
Thanks again...
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04-15-2018, 05:18 PM,
#4
RE: Doxie pup with head sway and stumbling
Vet prescribed prednisone
Started it today
Hoping and praying it helps because his symptoms are gradually getting worse
Vet basically ruled out IVDD and Addison’s
Hasn’t ruled out Meningitis, brain tumor , stroke or brain trauma
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