View Full Version : Rapid head movement and eye twitching in 7 yr old

Ali and Oscar
1st April 2010, 11:33 PM
sorry I haven't been to the introduction bit yet but I will, but I have two cavliers 5 & 7, have been in pretty good health apart from the younger one having breathing problems every so often, but yesterday night Ali the 7 yr old had a really bad asmath or laboured breathing attack and after she came out of it she started shaking her head rapidly and her eyes were twitching in random directions, I called her and she responded and tried to walk over, it only lasted about 30 seconds and she stopped when I picked her up and talked to her for a while but I'm concerned because she's never done anything like that before, she hasn't done it since either but does anyone know what it could be?

4th April 2010, 02:30 AM
From the description you give it sounds like Vestibulitis, very frightening for both dog and owner the first time it happens.
Check with you vet but usually there is nothing much you can do but wait till it passes. Sometimes the dog is left with a head tilt.

Have a read of this.



Love my Cavaliers
4th April 2010, 03:53 PM
Here's another link to vestibular disorders in dogs. http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/vestibular.html (http://www.canine-epilepsy.com/vestibular.html)
Riley, my SM dog, also has a severe vestibular disorder caused by the SM. She has periods similar to Ali's, but without the labored breathing.

Ali and Oscar
5th April 2010, 12:44 PM
thankyou, we're taking her to the vet tommorow, its been closed all easter weekend so hopefully she'll be ok. thanks for your help

6th April 2010, 01:58 AM
nothing constructive to add, but I wanted to say good luck at the visit!

Claire L
6th April 2010, 12:19 PM
Good luck at the Vets today. Hope it's nothing serious and Ali is OK :xfngr:

Zoe bowie
6th April 2010, 01:33 PM
Best of luck today, nothing worse when one of your beloved family members are ill, I look forward to hearing how she got on cavtiny

Ali and Oscar
6th April 2010, 02:06 PM
Vet visit moved to tommorow, we're in the country at the moment but my dads driving up to our house in dub to take her to the vet but it'll be closed by the time he gets there so she'll be going in tommorow.. hopefully she'll be ok as I havn't noticed it happening again

Ali and Oscar
7th April 2010, 01:04 PM
She's going in for a seizure test soon but she's on antibiotics for a cough she caught first and after shes finished the anti biotics the vet is taking her in for a seizure test. Not sure what a seizure test is though...