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Cinder, our old mutt, had it when he was about 12 (he lived to be 17). The worst of it lasted for about a week. As I recall, he spent most of the time lying down but, would begin to roll over and struggle to get up. Once up he'd stagger and walk "like a drunk" bumping into things. Our vet had us give him Dramamine, which kept him sleepy. It was difficult to see him like that. The dog is extremely dizzy and can't figure out "which way is up". After the worst was over his head was always tilted a bit (they told us to expect it) It was tilted till the day he died.
My suggestion to your friend is to try to keep the dog quiet and lying down (not easy unless they're "drugged" because they continue to try to get up and/or keep rolling over), keep it safe from running/bumping/rolling into things that could hurt it. I wouldn't even try to put it in a car. As for leaving it alone, that's tough, maybe try to secure an expen so it won't fall if rolled/walked into? I remember I just took time off to stay w/Cinder.
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Last edited by Leslie; 08-25-2009 at 10:38 AM.