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Canada Lynx with serious problem

Paloszoo
October 19th, 2010, 04:03 PM
I run a USDA licensed facility and have a one year old Canada lynx that has been walking around like he's drunk since December. He has a slight head tilt and falls over on his right side when he walks. Appetite is normal. Stool is normal. MRI and spinal tap are normal. All blood work is normal, including test for cryptococcus. We thought it might be Horner's Syndrome and treated for an inner ear infection for months with multiple antibiotics with no improvement. My vet and the neurologist are at a loss. We have a call into the zoo vet and the university vet school. I figured posting here wouldn't hurt either. Anyone? :wall: Thanks. Kim

Marty11
October 19th, 2010, 04:12 PM
Can it get Vestibular Disease like in dogs?

catlover2
October 19th, 2010, 04:23 PM
Just a wild guess. Has Lynx been tested for Lyme Disease? Can be transmitted by deer ticks.

Paloszoo
October 19th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Can it get Vestibular Disease like in dogs?

Yes, cats can get it, but it usually goes away in a few weeks. Also, depending on the type, it might show up on an MRI, which it didn't in our case. So frustrating.....

Paloszoo
October 19th, 2010, 04:30 PM
Just a wild guess. Has Lynx been tested for Lyme Disease? Can be transmitted by deer ticks.

No, now that's a thought. He has had ticks, though the symptoms started in December and I never noticed a tick until this Spring. Not to say he didn't have one last Spring. Thanks!

hazelrunpack
October 20th, 2010, 05:15 PM
We've had cases of anaplasmosis without ever finding an attached tick, Paloszoo. Make sure you check for more than Lyme's--we also get anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis infections here. I've also heard that Rocky Mountain spotted fever is on the increase... Have you checked for leptospirosis? (Not sure if a lynx can get that, though.)

I hope you find some answers soon! :goodvibes:

Laurissa
December 1st, 2010, 02:59 AM
Severe ear mites can cause that in house cats. I'd think the same might be possible for a Lynx? Hope he gets better soon!