Q. Loss of balance vomiting muscle tightening

Dec 12, 2022

He becomes very clingy then starts to fall over and very unbalanced. He eventually throws up constantly licking. His body tightens up like it gets stuck for a moment. He is very sensitive and has extreme anxiety already and this is only happened about 5 or 6 times in the last 2 years. The first couple times it seemed to last a little longer but the whole ordeal lasts about 15 minutes. He is unable to stand and it like I said his muscles seem to tighten up and freeze for a moment then he throws up and clings to us for about 20 minutes scared to death. We have not found any connection to a food or flea and tick medicine or anything that could cause it at that time. And it's been all different hours in the morning late at night middle of the night. And then after it's all done he goes back to normal like it never happened.

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We appreciate you reaching out to us. If he suddenly loses their sense of balance, they may be suffering from one of the following health problems. Loss of balance symptoms should not be ignored because they can indicate a serious medical emergency. If he exhibits any of the following symptoms, you should take him to the vet right away.

Ataxia is a sensory dysfunction condition that causes a loss of coordination in the back end, head, or limbs. Ataxia symptoms include staggering, stumbling, and falling over, as well as eye flicking from side to side, head tilt, walking in circles, vomiting, and nausea.

Inner ear infections are a common cause of balance loss. You may notice additional symptoms such as head shaking and scratching, walking in circles, and eye flicking if he has an ear infection, as well as redness, swelling, discharge, and odor in or around the affected ear.

Balance problems can be caused by head trauma, injury, or damage to the inner ear. Because pets are very good at masking pain, it can be difficult to tell if a pet is injured. Heavy panting, slowed reflexes, change in appetite, enlarged pupils, biting or licking the injured area, reluctance to lie down, and anxiety are all signs and symptoms of pain in pets.

Strokes in pets are relatively uncommon, but they do occur. Blood clots, high blood pressure, hemorrhage, head trauma, kidney disease, or migrating worms can all cause a stroke. Loss of balance, head tilt, circling, loss of vision, and collapse are all symptoms of a stroke in him.

Brain tumors can occur in pets, especially senior pets, and can cause a general loss of balance, staggering, and stumbling. Other symptoms of a brain tumor include changes in behavior and/or appetite, seizures, signs of pain, head tilt, swaying, a wide stance, lack of coordination, head tremors, pacing, and eye flickering.

Please do not hesitate to ask any further questions you may have. Thank you.