11-29-2014, 10:25 PM
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When I had my elderly dog he was one month shy of 16 yrs old when he developed very similar symptoms. He was out in the yard with me and I glance over to see what he was up to and he was running in a very tight circle like he was chasing his tail. He couldn't stop and barely acknowledged me. He didn't want to eat or drink, and when he finally stopped the circling his balance was bad. I also noticed his head was tilting.
The vet diagnosed stroke. He called my attention to the rapid darting of his eyes, and said that, the circling, and nausea (not wanting to eat or drink) were all because he was very dizzy. He also told me Shadow was blind. He sent us home with some medicine, and told me to keep him as quiet as possible, that he should recover over the course of a month, and whatever was still not right by then was likely permanent. He did well for the next week, stopped the circling, appetite was better, balance was better, and eyes stopped darting back and forth. Almost a week after the stroke I got up in the morning to find him dizzy again, and his eyes darting back and forth. We went back to the vet and he said he had had another milder stroke, which was very rare to have happen. He told me that when I finished the medicine to start him on baby aspirin to help prevent any more strokes. Over the following month Shadow recovered everything but his sight. The stroke left him permanently blind, but he lived for nearly two more years without any other strokes.
Here's two articles, ones on vestibular disease, and the other strokes. http://blog.vetdepot.com/the-differe...isease-in-dogs Dog Stroke| Symptoms and Signs
Good luck to you and your girl, I hope that she makes a full recovery.