My Dog Foams At The Mouth, Is Off Balance And Can't Eat Right, He Chomps At The Jaws. Can Anyone Help?


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He needs to be examined by a veterinarian.  Bloodwork should be run to see if this liver disease has returned or progressed.  They can develop a hepatic encephalopathy--neurological signs develop as a side effect of liver disease.
This also sounds like it could be Idiopathic Vestibular Disease also called Old Dog Vestibular Disease.  The vestibular apparatus sits in the inner ear and controls balance.  With this disease dogs feel and act severely motion-sick.  They have trouble walking, wobble, and fall over.  Often a head tilt or circling will be present.  Some dogs will have abnormal eye movement.  Many of them are very nauseous--will drool, vomit, and not eat--secondary to the loss of balance.  Time and supportive care are the mainstays of treatment for this disease.  Your veterinarian can prescribe medication to help fight nausea.
In any older dog neoplasia or cancer has to be on the rule out list.  A tumor affecting the central nervous system is possible.  A severe inner ear infection can cause these signs too.
Your veterinarian will help rule out more serious causes and provide appropriate treatment for your friend.
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Your dog needs to see a veterinarian immediately. His liver enzymes may be way up and he needs to get immediate care for this. Also, some of the symptoms you describe could be neurological. At 16, your senior dog could be having more than just one health problem going on at the same time.
Good luck with your loyal friend, I hope he gets better. Please take him to the vet!

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