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Vestibular Syndrome – foxtail in ear?
Posted By tdomf_d6e07 On October 17, 2013 @ 11:41 PM In Ask the Vet,Tumors & Cancer | 1 Comment
My 8 yr old terrier mix has the exact symptoms of vestibular syndrome. Vet thought she saw a foxtail lodged way in the middle ear. But after anesthetizing him, whatever she saw is too deep for her to get too. She wonders now if it was just his own hair she saw. Also, he has a ruptured ear drum and is being treated for an ear infection but was unable to test for that b/c the guck in his ear was too deep in for her to get too. Overall his ear is clean. I get him groomed every month!
Vet told me if he isn’t better after these antibiotics, then I have to get him a CT or video otoscopy to see whether or not there is a foxtail (or foreign object) in there.
My question is, IF this is a foxtail, can a specialist get to it? If it’s in so deep, are there instruments to get to it? I suppose if it’s not a foxtail in there, then I’ll know it’s some brain issue. But to spend that much more money and then perhaps not be able to save him? I don’t know. If there is a foxtail way in there that no one can get too, I can’t imagine keeping him on pain meds 24/7. But what do I know??
He is on day 4 of antibiotics for his ear infection. I see he is stronger, but still cocks head to left & loses his balance enough times to still be concerned.
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