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He fell n bumped his head now he can keep his balance

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It sounds like your dog has experienced a traumatic event by falling and bumping his head, which has led to balance issues. This could be due to a concussion or other head trauma that has affected the inner ear or brain. The inner ear is responsible for maintaining balance, and any disruption there can lead to the symptoms you're describing.

Firstly, it's important to keep your dog in a safe, quiet, and comfortable environment to prevent further injury. Limit his activity and avoid stairs or furniture he could fall off. If he's having trouble walking, assist him during his bathroom breaks and make sure he has easy access to food and water.

You can also check his eyes for any abnormal movement, such as rapid side-to-side or up-and-down motion, which could indicate vestibular dysfunction. Additionally, observe for signs of nausea like drooling or vomiting, as these can accompany balance issues.

If your dog is willing to eat, offer him a normal diet unless he shows signs of gastrointestinal upset. In that case, a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice may be easier on his stomach.

It's crucial to monitor his symptoms closely. If you notice any of the following, it would be necessary to seek immediate veterinary care: seizures, continuous vomiting, worsening of balance issues, inability to stand or walk, unusual eye movements that persist or worsen, extreme lethargy, or any changes in behavior such as aggression or confusion.

Remember, head trauma can have delayed effects, so even if your dog seems to improve and then deteriorates, it's a sign that he needs to be evaluated by a professional. Keep a close eye on him for the next 24-48 hours, as this is a critical period where symptoms can change.

Lastly, ensure that your dog is kept in a well-padded area to prevent further injury if he falls again, and consider using a harness to support him when he's moving around.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.