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Will try to make this long story short: 9 year old main ****. 2 weeks ago started walking with head tilted, off balance. Took him the next day to my vet hospital that is great. They sedated him and scoped his ear and found moderate redness and swelling. Put him on Orbox antibiotic plus antibiotic ear drops.

After 3 days he is still wobbly and not eating too much. Brought back and they admitted due to some mile dehydration.

Release after 3 days and plus put him on cephalaxin and keep taking Orbax. This has been a week and he spends most time in closet or bathtub. He drinks out of bathtub! He is drinking but only eating about 2 tablespoons a day of canned foot. Am giving him vitamin paste supplement and have call into the vet. His right ear is very clean, no dirt, oozing, etc........His right pupil is continually dialated.

I called Cornell University and got a phone consultation with a specialiist. She recommended a CAT scan or MRI.
I have researched this online and some say these bad middle ear infections cat take weeks to cure.

Have any of you had experience with this??? Im thinking possible tumor, polyps, .....I dont know. Finances are tight but will do what I must. Any input from someone that went through this would be appreciated.
Also, I live in Western Pennsylvania so If anyone could recommend a specialist. Thanks!
 

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Has anyone mentioned vestibular? The head tilt and lack of balance sound like vestibular to me. If he does have vestibular, it's important that you pick him up off the ground as little as possible, and when you do pick him up, always keep an arm under his feet. This is important because an animal suffering from vestibular loses his spatial orientation. In other words, he can't tell if he's rightside up or upside down, so he's constantly dizzy. This can really do a number on his appetite, too. Anyhow, the best way to help him regain and maintain his spatial orientation is to keep his feet on the ground, or at least keep his feet touching something solid, at all times.

If this is vestibular, he will most likely recover on his own within the next few weeks, though the head tilt may be permanent. It's important to keep him away from stairs and off of furniture on hard floors where he may injure himself if he falls off.

I hope that it is just vestibular, because vestibular by itself is not life-threatening.

I hope your boy recovers quickly and completely.

Laurie
 
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