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    One of our dogs, a choc lab X was sleeping, he got up suddenly and dad said his back legs were splayed a bit and his eyes were ticking from side to side uncontrolably. We got him to walk to the kitchen and he could walk, but the eyes just kept ticking. He seemed in control of himself. The ears would perk, he'd look where we were talking. We took him to the emergency vet (this was Sat. night 11 pm). They kept him over and gave him fluids and stuff. The next morning, mom called and they didn't know what it was. His eyes were better, but had an ocassional tick. By the time we took him home that evening, the ticking had stopped and he seemed normal. If it were a seizure, he'd have been on the floor and unresponsive, right? He's never done it before and had been fine earlier that day playing with toys. Tonight he just threw up his dinner and refused any more when we offered a few hours later. I'm worried that it's something neuralogical, but a visit to a neurologist would be hugely expensive and I doubt we could afford it.
    What would the cost to visit one be?

    Has anyone else seen this in a dog?
    I'm really worried. He's only 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevWind View Post
    If it were a seizure, he'd have been on the floor and unresponsive, right? He's never done it before and had been fine earlier that day playing with toys. Tonight he just threw up his dinner and refused any more when we offered a few hours later. I'm worried that it's something neuralogical, but a visit to a neurologist would be hugely expensive and I doubt we could afford it.
    What would the cost to visit one be?

    Has anyone else seen this in a dog?
    I'm really worried. He's only 6.

    Not necessarily. Seizures come in different forms, from what is called petite mal; something like you described, or a dog who just suddenly stares off into space, very subtle things like that; to grand mal, which is the seizure that most people think of when they think of seizures (on the floor, rigid, shaking, etc)

    Neurologists and specialists vary in their fees according to the area, around here, expect to pay around $75+ for the office visit, and the meter running for any tests or treatments.

    That said, I think you get the most "bang for your buck" from a specialist. If your regular vet is unsure of a diagnosis, you can easily rack up as much or more in "trying this, testing that" than you would have at a specialist.

    It does sound like possibly something neurological with your boy. I hope you can get some answers and some treatment or peace of mind for him. Sending healing thoughts your way

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    Sounds like he could have had a minor stroke. Is there any head tilt at all or uncoordinated movements?

    An event like this could completely resolve itself without any ill effects OR it could have lasting effects that can impair mobility, but in a yound dog, it's usually the former.

    Anyother thing you might want to consider is if there is ANY chance he could have gotten into something poisonous. The vomiting would concern me.

    Maybe take him to his regular vet or seek a second opinion.

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    He seems normal, no tilting or weakness of one side. He's just vomited a 2nd time, a little food left and mostly water. He usually drinks a fair bit, but could it maybe be after effects from whatever they did at the ER? Though that was a couple of nights ago. Even after he just vomited, he heard a noise and came out and barked and wagged his tail. It's hard to tell how bad he's feeling because he usually looks "sad" with his droopy face and he expends energy when he needs to. He's not a high energy or crazy dog and he does sometimes have a sensitive stomach sometimes. I don't know, maybe I'm over reacting? I'm just paranoid when it comes to our pets being ill. If it were just the vomiting I'd probably think he ate something he shouldn't have (though the other 2 dogs are usually the culprits), but it's the eye twitch from Saturday that scares me.

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    Ask the vet about peripheral vestibular syndrome. At 6 he's a little young, but it's not out of the question. Nystagmus (the eye movements you describe), head tilt, balance upset, and nausea/vomiting are classic symptoms. It comes on quickly, and usually resolves in a few days. In some dogs the condition resolves almost as quickly as it came on, and then they have a recurrance or two before it resolves completelly. It's a benign condition, the cause is unknown, it's self limiting, and you just wait for it to go away.

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