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Q.    My 11 year old cross bred dog has recently started to lose his balance and is holding his head to one side all the time.  What could this be and what should I do?

A.    The most common cause of these symptoms is a middle ear infection.   He needs to go to the vet to have antibiotics and anti-inflammatories prescribed.   The prognosis for and infection such as this is usually good though dogs may take a few weeks in some cases to recover fully.  The external ear may or may not show signs of infection.  The other possibility is what is commonly referred to as a “stroke” – damage to part of the brain that controls balance.  This is much less common but must be considered a possibility in an 11 year old.  These cases also commonly improve with time but it is hard to predict how far.

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