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Old 03-23-2017, 10:29 PM
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Episodes of unwillingness to walk or move

i have a 9 year old Mal-Shi, named Rio.

About a month ago one night out of the blue Rio was not willing to walk, his tail was down, and seemed like he is in pain. When i called him he would walk a step or two and then just freeze there without moving his body. We took him to the Vet 3 times and did a full blood test, urine test, and a xray. Everything was normal and the Vet said he is not sure what is happening and gave pain killers. This lasted about 3-4 days and Rio started feeling better and by the fourth day he was fine playing and jumping. A week ago (about 3 weeks after the first episode) same thing suddenly happened but this time it didnít last 4-5 days, it literally took 5-6 hours and he was feeling fine again. Now yesterday same thing happened and it lasted 4 hours and now again tonight he is feeling unwell.

Below is a video of him when he starts feeling unwell. What could this be? canít be a seizure because it takes lasts a long time. Canít be his spine because everything in the xray was fine. Any idea what this might be?

https://youtu.be/vlMCKMaE3tA

Iím desperate for an answer. It hurts not knowing what I can do to help him and not knowing what is wrong with him.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:22 AM
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Had a look at the video, did the vet check his ears? I've seen that sort of movement when people experience vertigo or have a really hard time with balance.
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Agreed with Chas, I just went through something like this. Ask your vet about Vestibular disease and also have his inner ear checked. My dog had 2 episodes that lasted about a week or so. My dogs eyes twitched back and forth too and he was extremely dizzy to the point I had to carry him to go outside and hold him up so he could potty. It was very scary when it first happened and I didn't know what was going on. I almost had him put down it was so bad and he lost so much weight. I'm glad I gave him some time to come out of it though! He was treated for an ear infection, given antibiotics and an anti inflammatory though the second episode there was no sign of an ear infection (I believe they aren't exactly sure what causes vestibular). So far his hasn't came back since December.

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I thought about it having to do with the ear. But last month when we took him to the Vet the Vet looked at his ears and said it looks fine. But again if it is the ear why does his body freeze. He also seems to be looking down when this happens. I took Rio to the vet today and he sent me to the hospital to be seen by one of the best neurologists here in Canada. The neurologist was unable to make a diagnosis but said she thinks this a prolapsed disk in the neck. He said we should consider CT scan, and a few other tests and said we most probably need to have a surgery on Rio which would cost around $8000. I just finished school and there is no way I could pay for the surgery. I don't want Rio to suffer. She prescribed Tramadol and Gabapentin for Rio and said we should wait a few days. Today Rio seems all wobbly and dizzy and he is not able to walk without slipping or falling. This happened after we brought him home so now I'm not even sure if the diagnosis is correct. Because from my research I don't think a dog with prolapsed disk in the neck gets all wobbly and dizzy. This all happened before I gave him the Tramadol and Gabapentin so it's not a side effect of the medication. Even the neurologist isn't sure what is happening and she only guessed it is a prolapsed disk.
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When my dog had his episodes the vet also said his inner ear looked fine but still treated it as an ear infection. She actually thought he had a brain tumor but with his age, health issues, and anxiety at the vet I didn't take him to a specialist to check for a brain tumor. When a friend of mine suggested vestibular disorder I researched it and I think most likely that's what was going on. I found that vets misdiagnose it sometimes and they aren't really sure what causes it. It sounds like it can be recurring but it usually only lasts a couple days at a time. My dog was given previcox and baytril, not sure if he responded well to the meds or if it was something that just went away after awhile but he did improve, might be something worth asking your vet about and giving a try. It was really awful seeing him like that, and I'm sure had to be very scary and confusing for him. Your dog sounds similar but I am no vet and I'm sure it could be a number of things.

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