Children playing in a grassy area on warm day will often twirl around and around until they get so dizzy they fall down laughing. If you watch a puppy chasing his tail, the movements are similar, yet the pup doesnít ever fall down. So dogs must not get dizzy, right? Wrong.
Dogs donít get dizzy from that type of movement, but they can get dizzy. Some signs your dog is dizzy include losing his balance and falling over, tilting his head, nausea, vomiting, and eyes flicking from side to side. Walking in circles can be another sign your dog is dizzy.
Dogs get dizzy from a variety of reasons, including:
Though strokes in dogs are rare, they can happen from blood clots, a head injury, some types of illness, and even worms. They are more common in older dogs.
The vestibular system gives dogs (and many other mammals) their sense of balance. If this system is out of whack, your dog can get dizzy. Often these symptoms come on suddenly and can be mistaken for a stroke. Ear infections are often an underlying cause of this affliction.
Inner ear infections are a common cause of dizziness in dogs. Along with tilting their heads and walking in circles, a dog with an ear infection may shake his head a lot. He may also paw at or scratch his ears. The inside of one or both of his ears may be very red, there may be a discharge, and you may smell an odor coming from his ear or ears.
Your dog may have had an injury either to his head or inner ear thatís causing the dizziness. Since your dog canít tell you in words that he hurts, you need to watch for symptoms. Some doggy pain signals include heavy panting, enlarged pupils, a change in appetite, not wanting to lie down, slower reflexes, and licking or biting the affected area. He may want more attention from you or may even wag his tail more than usual.