Ask the Veterinarian/Stroke?


I wonder whether you can help me. My cat is an eight year old moggy rescued from a cattery. He's not had many health issues over the time we've had him, excepting a peculiar eating disorder, which, thankfully, has now passed. It was when I came down to my kitchen this morning that I saw him sitting on my doormat with his head tilted to the side. Originally, I presumed he was looking at something, though when I called him over, he obliged but with his head still tilted to the side. It looks like he has something wrong with his neck, though when you touch it he doesn't seem to mind. This Has continued throughout the day, and has affected his sense of balance. He seems content- He is eating, drinking and grooming himself as usual and his eyes are fine from what I can tell. We are also taking him to the vet tomorrow.
I hope not to be wasting your time, but I am willing to know whether to expect the worst. Having done some research, he does not seem to have most of the symptoms of a stroke, but I cannot think what else it could be.
I hope you can help, and thank you very much for your time.
Harriet Chamberlain-Webber

I only have my cell phone so this must be short. Please read other questions for the 7 keys to health and other general info.
I am sure your cat has vestibular syndrome. This is not life threatening. Conventionally there is little treatment to be offered.
The condition usually resolves on its own. Going to a holistically trained vet can improve health overall and shorten the time till resolution
Of the head tilt. In UK there are many options.
Read other of my answers to see how to select and work with holistic vets.  

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Dr. Christina Chambreau


I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.


I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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