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Old 05-07-2016, 08:20 PM
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Dog's head is swaying

Hi,
Sorry to start a new thread on this one, but I took a video and am hoping that someone else might recognize this odd symptom and be able to give me some idea of where to start in helping my dog.

He is a nine and a half year old Italian Greyhound. About 48 hours ago now, he suddenly developed a head sway and has had it ever since. The symptom looks a bit like Parkinsons in a human. He is constantly swaying.

This is accompanied by some unsteadiness when walking. He staggers a little bit and loses his balance.

We have been to the vet. The vet took a blood panel and said it was normal. He suggests that we wait and see if the problem resolves itself. If not, he says we will need to see a neurologist.

Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

Thanks in advance for any help. (The sway is most apparent around 7 seconds when he changes his head position to look at me and his head bobs around a bit afterward.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH_D...ature=youtu.be

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Old 05-07-2016, 08:45 PM
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Another video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq5dazetPgw
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That is strange. I can't imagine what that is. Please let us know if you find out.
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It almost looks as though he is very weak. Any other symptoms? Let us know what the Vet says.
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It almost looks as though he is very weak. Any other symptoms? Let us know what the Vet says.
The vet has diagnosed him with mild hypothyroidism, which I think makes sense as one of the symptoms is muscle or generalised weakness. He doesn't have ALL the symptoms, but I guess that is normal to have some but not all. His symptoms include:
thirst
diarrhea (which seems to have improved with different food)
swaying/trembling/staggering
shivering
isolating himself away from other dogs
sleepiness




He has started a low dose of thyroid medication today and I am hoping we will see some improvments - although he has improved quite a bit in the last two days with no treatment at all. Very very strange!
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The vet has diagnosed him with mild hypothyroidism, which I think makes sense as one of the symptoms is muscle or generalised weakness. He doesn't have ALL the symptoms, but I guess that is normal to have some but not all. His symptoms include:
thirst
diarrhea (which seems to have improved with different food)
swaying/trembling/staggering
shivering
isolating himself away from other dogs
sleepiness




He has started a low dose of thyroid medication today and I am hoping we will see some improvments - although he has improved quite a bit in the last two days with no treatment at all. Very very strange!

Was hypothyroidism confirmed through the T4 blood test? If it is hypo, a couple of days on Synthroid will tell the tale. What dose is the dog on?
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Yes, T3 and T4, I believe. He has been prescribed .3 mg daily divided into two doses, one morning and one night.
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Yes, T3 and T4, I believe. He has been prescribed .3 mg daily divided into two doses, one morning and one night.
Sounds about right for dose. Is your dog fearful or unsure at all?
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Sounds about right for dose. Is your dog fearful or unsure at all?

And I only ask because that was the trigger for me. I suspected thyroid, vets didn't until he became fearful.
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Yes, but it's hard to know for sure if that's related to the thyroid because he has the typical Italian Greyhound personality, very skittish and shy. More so lately, I think, which could be related to the thyroid!
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