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    I dont know if anyne can help me with this query, I bought my puppy TK after doing alot of research and I really thought I had found a good breeder, I saw all the paperwork, saw the parents, all the scans etc etc, did everything right and to be fair to the breeder they did everything right on their part, however after having TK home for a couple of days I noticed that his eyes were wobbling, particually when looking in a certain direction and it did not do it all of the time. He was, as expected nervous, so I put it down to nerves to begin with, then after a week it still had not settled even though he seemed to be settling. I took him to my vet and discussed it with her and she was really worried. She didnt seem to know exactly what it was but that it probably wasnt good.

    To cut a long story shot, TK is now nearly 5mths old, he is fully settled with us, no nerves now, however his eyes still wobble terrible, the vet still does not know what it really is, it does not seem to affect him in anyway, his eyesight seems fine, balance is fine, he is in no pain but none of us know why it is happening. She does not really want to do any invasive testing on him unless he displays some other type of symptom, so I am just wondering if anyone has ever experinced this or heard of it or know what it could be and if it is a precoursor to something more lifethreatening. The vet is thnking that it could possibly lead onto one of the life threatening problems that cavvys have but she is just really unsure, when she first examined him she suggested we had him put to sleep but there is no way I would do that, he is not in pain and whether he has 3 years with us or another 3 months I want him to enjoy it and I want to have it with him.

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    Can you describe in more detail what this wobbling entails? does it happen in both eyes?

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    Does it look like this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nystagmus

    and this one explains it more in dogs. http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/...s#.Tw3_q6X86sY

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    There lots of vidoes on you tube. Looks like it can be verticle or horizontle.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeXT0Sss0Hg
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    I would ask for a referral to a neurologist. Worse comes to worse you meet your local vet neuro, not a bad thing when buying a cavalier.

    I certainly would not have him put to sleep if it isn't inconveniencing him. Plenty of animals live very happy lives with quirks like this.

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    I'd be looking into something neurological since this breed has so many neurological issues. Can your vet refer you to a neurologist? My one Cavalier would have episodes of rapid eye movement during SM pain episodes. He would refuse to move and his eyes would blink and flicker all around very rapidly for several minutes. Or as mentioned above Canine Vestibular Disease can cause Nystagmus.

    Does your pup scratch a lot? Rub his head? Tilt his head? Stumble? Have balance problems?
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    Sounds like nystagmus.
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    Yes definitely get a neurologist to check him out. It certainly sounds like nystagmus. I treat humans with vestibuar issues and nystagmus is something I see frequently. Now determining if it is of central or peripheral etiology is something the neuro vet can help you figure out.
    Perhaps as someone mentioned it is just a "quirk". I had a cockatiel (well still have, he lives with my mother) that I acquired as a child who constantly twitched his neck, the vet said he had neurological issues and that he would probably die soon. Well it's been 26 years and he is still going strong, so one never knows with these things

    Please do post an update when you get a chance.
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    Hi, yes it does happen in both eyes

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    It kinda looks like the wikipedia one but alot faster, it does not happen all of the time, it's almost as though they are vibrating, I am scared for him, in the future will it mean a shorter life span? I am def going to ask to be referred to a neurologist, I think I have known that it was prob something like that but didnt want it to be if that makes sense, I just wanted it to be a 'quirk', I am concerned that my vet does not seem to have known what this all is, is this normal?

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