Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

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blades
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Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

Post by blades » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:39 pm

We have a 5 month old castrated boy, very friendly, eats well, grazes well and we see him drinking. Just this morning when he came out of the ark for breakfast we noticed a slight tilt to his head and a slight imbalance as he walked... Still full of life and very bubbly but just this balance issue?

Checked in his ears... Thought perhaps a beastie had crawled in and was bothering him but cannot see or feel anything. His ears were a bit 'black waxy' but this seemed normal and had no smell.

I'd be most grateful for your thoughts or advice.

Thanks in advance
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claire86
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Re: Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

Post by claire86 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:24 pm

Have a look at his eyes - are they flicking from side to side or up and down? Is he able to walk in a straight line or does he go in a circle? If you put his feet in odd positions, does he return them to normal?
It may be an ear problem as first suspected (the ear canals go down quite far, and especially if he has wax down there, it can obscure foreign bodies), or a neurological problem, either vestibular (to do with the inner & middle ear) or central (to do with the brain). There are many causes for these, from toxic to idiopathic (ie. we have no idea!).
If he is otherwise well, eating and drinking and mentally bright, just do the above tests. If all these are ok, I would watch him over the next 24-48 hours to see the progression (can give a really good idea of the cause). If, at any point, he gets worse, develops further symptoms or the initial test show problems, then call the vet.

blades
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Re: Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

Post by blades » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:17 pm

claire86 wrote:Have a look at his eyes - are they flicking from side to side or up and down? Is he able to walk in a straight line or does he go in a circle? If you put his feet in odd positions, does he return them to normal?
It may be an ear problem as first suspected (the ear canals go down quite far, and especially if he has wax down there, it can obscure foreign bodies), or a neurological problem, either vestibular (to do with the inner & middle ear) or central (to do with the brain). There are many causes for these, from toxic to idiopathic (ie. we have no idea!).
If he is otherwise well, eating and drinking and mentally bright, just do the above tests. If all these are ok, I would watch him over the next 24-48 hours to see the progression (can give a really good idea of the cause). If, at any point, he gets worse, develops further symptoms or the initial test show problems, then call the vet.
Thank you Claire, we did check his eyes today and all appeared as normal. Walking and running wise he is managing straight lines although you do notice his head tilted slightly for some of te time as he does this. He's certainly not walking in circles.
Eating and drinking as normal I would say mentally bright but perhaps very slightly subdued? Since noticing him like this first thing this morning I would say he has not worsened in anyway. We'll certainly monitor him and if no different by Monday am we'll call the vet.
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Re: Castrated boy, tilted head / balance

Post by blades » Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:46 am

Just to update I'm pleased to say 'Walter' our castrated boy has totally recovered. Still not sure what the problem was, but I'm thinking ear infection of some kind.

Thanks for the kind wishes I received wishing him well.
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