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The Vet can't figure it out.... Help

June 12th, 2006, 06:40 PM
My Aunt's 7 year old male Shih Tzu has been having disturbing syptoms over the past year. We have taken him to the vet and they have run every test imaginable, but we can not come up with a clear diagnosis. We were hoping you may have some Ideas to help.

From time to time it will appear that Busicut is having a seziure, however the vet has confirmed they are not sezures. He gets very dizzy and shaky. His eyes roll about in circles, kinda like he's dizzy and is try to find a fixed object to look at. His head tips back and forth and he can not stand of sit. His legs become very stiff and his body ridged. He sometimes also loses control of his bowel and bladder. After about 30 to 40 mins he will be able to sit up, although his head is still tipped and his eyes roll. About 30mins later he can stand. After about an hour and a half he gives him self a good shake and his better, although he's more quite and avoids the stairs for several hours.

When he first had this happen we took him to the emergancy vet and they suggested he had canine Vestibular Disease. However the vet has ruled this out becuase Canine Vestibular Disease only happens once and this keeps happening. When it started this happened several times of the course of a couple of months, every two to three weeks. It did not happen again for some time but he has had two attacks in the last little while and of course we are worried.

Busicut has also had trouble with is digestion, he vomits on analmost daily basis. along with the vet we have tried every thing, changing his food, wet food, avoinding treats etc. Nothing seams to help.

Recently we have noticed that he licks his lips a lot and has started sitting with his tongue sticking slightly out and rolled. Are not sure what any of this means or what we can do. If you have any suggestions or thoughts please let us know.

****And yes we have taken him to the vet (we still do). The vet does not know what is wrong and has run thousands of dollars worth of tests. They do not suggest putting him down as his over all quality of life is still good.****

June 12th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Was he tested for Cushings Disease or Epilepsy?

Both can cause seizures.


June 12th, 2006, 06:53 PM
Yes he was tested for both. The vet is postive he does not have epilepsy as he is not actually having sezures, they just look like sezures. Thanks for the quick reply. ANyone else have ideas?