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Hey guys, it's my first post on this forum.
I have a 16 week german australian shepherd. We recently moved to a rent house, which was a bad idea. It has no fence. Our puppy went missing for 12 hours. We found her on the road, bleeding. Immediately, we took her to an emergency vet. She couldn't walk, seemed to be paralyzed on one side, and had to stay at the vet overnight. Well, she made leaps and bounds in her recovery overnight. It seemed to the vet that she had received an impact to her head. He said that a nerve in her ear was damaged.
We don't have 1600 for a ct. Fast forward to 7 days later she is 100 percent normal, except for one thing. Her ear. On the side I believed was paralyzed, droops. It's very noticeable. It doesn't matter to us, just wondering if it is something to be worried about. Thanks.
 

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Ears go up and down naturally without head trauma. You could tape it up if u want to show later. But its purely beauty in eye of beholder thing. Poor pup! Not a great start in life. But young enough brain to re route around damage?
 

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Yikes.

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I'd be much-more concerned abt "walking in circles" than a drooping ear. :(

I'd see the same vet again, & if they didn't know what the prognosis of her brain trauma might be, ask for a referral.
Yes, a CT might be a good idea, too.

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Your vet should be able to answer your questions as to whether the symptoms you are seeing are cause for greater concern. I would imagine the circling could be due to the head trauma, but if the doctor said nerves in her ear were affected, that could maybe cause vestibular issues, which could cause circling. Definitely let him know, and maybe even try to show him what exactly she is doing, either by taking her to see him, or videoing it. Regarding the ear drooping, I had a dog who had facial nerve paralysis, and her lip on that side of her face drooped, as did her lower eyelid (slightly less so, and eventually both more or less resolved). Again, your vet might better be able to guess whether it's that, or something unrelated. The circling sounds like the more serious of the two, as that could indicate something related to the central nervous system. It might be worthwhile to see a veterinary neurologist, even if you can't afford the imaging right now, as they have much more experience with neuro issues than your vet will, and may have seen a similar case before.
 
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