Q. falling over, head tilted making her lean to a side when walking

Dec 3, 2022

the past few years she’s had an issue with her back hind legs but suddenly last night she could barely walk and was falling every step and leaning to the side when she walks with her head leaning. she’s not wanting to eat she has no balance at all

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Dr. Deliman

First of all, I’m sorry that I couldn’t answer your question quickly.

If she 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 she exhibits any of the following symptoms, you should take her 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 she 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 her.

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 let me know if your pet has any new symptoms or other questions. I apologize once more for the delayed response.