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Symptoms of Vestibular Disease in Dogs

Updated on August 19, 2015

An uncoordinated drunk like gait may suggest vestibular disease

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As a dog owner have you ever wondered how your dog is able to move about, run, jump and play without falling to the ground? Ever wondered how your dog can run around in circles without getting dizzy? Perhaps not, because we tend to take these things for granted.

However, all of this is accomplished thanks to the dog's vestibular system, a complex and effective mechanism that originates in the dog's inner ear allowing the dog (and even us humans) to have good orientation skills. In particular the vestibular system allows dogs to well balance themselves and coordinate their eye movements with their head.

All these great features that allows dogs and humans to walk and lead everyday normal lives go unnoticed generally until problems start to take place. When this happens, often dog owners are therefore quite startled and often really cannot get a grasp of what is going on.

The most common reactions to vestibular disorder in dogs are:

''I think my dog just had a stroke''.

''Something is really wrong with my dog''

''I think my dog is having some sort of seizure''.

Indeed vestibular disease can be quite scary in dogs often producing the following symptoms:

  • Head tilt
  • Eyes darting side to side (nystagmus)
  • Strabismus
  • Vertigo
  • Falling to one side
  • Rolling
  • Staggering Gait
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Salivation
  • Pain Chewing or Yawning



Causes of Vestibular Disease in Dogs


Owners of dogs affected by vestibular disease of course are very alarmed when their dog starts exhibiting these scary symptoms. More often than not, they will rush their dog to the emergency room thinking their dog just had a stroke and imagining him paralyze for the rest of his life.
Fortunately, often the causes of vestibular disease are not so grim most of the time. In most cases, vestibular disease is due to some problem located in the inner ear (peripheral vestibular disease). However, it is best to have the dog checked out by a veterinarian to rule out problems located in the brain (central vestibular disease).

Here are some potential causes:

  • Ear Infection

Because the inner ear is responsible for a variety of important functions such as balance and coordination, when a dog develops an ear infection he or she may start exhibiting symptoms of vestibular diseases. This is because in some severe ear infections, the infection may spread from the external ear to the middle ear and then into the inner ear, negatively affecting all these important balancing functions.

  • Canine idiopathic vestibular syndrome

Unfortunately, in some cases the cause remains unknown (idiopathic). This often takes place when the dog reaches its senior years, indeed often it is called ''geriatric vestibular syndrome''.In this case, for unknown reason the nerves connecting the inner ear to the cerebellum become inflamed often resolving on their own after a few days or a few weeks.

  • Hypothyroidism

In some cases, low thyroid levels may cause vestibular disease issues.

  • Toxins

Sometimes medications placed in the dog's ears may cause sudden acute vestibular disorders. Known culprits may be the following products: gentamycin, streptomycin, neomycin, erythromycin, polymyxin and ear products containing alcohol. Metronidazole has also been know to be a culprit.

  • Tumors

Tumors in the inner ear or in the brain may cause vestibular disease symptoms.

  • Encephalitis

This term depicts brain infection and may cause symptoms of vestibular disease. Causes may be canine distemper, toxoplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Erlichiosis, blastomycosis, coccidiomycosis .


Treatment

In order for the treatment to be effective it must take care of the underlying cause.Thyroid medicine may be prescribed for hypothyroidism, ear infections must be cleared and the administration of toxic ear drops must be stopped.
In most cases, vestibular disease resolves within two months. Often after 4-5 days the nystagmus episodes should subside. However, in some cases the head tilt will remain. Dogs are often prescribed medications that reduce dizziness such as Diphenidramine (Benadryl) or Meclizine (Antivert).


-Affected dogs should be helped to eat, because of disabled motor skills they may be unable to eat from the food bowl. Hand feeding therefore is helpful.

-Dogs with vestibular disease should be kept away from stairs and safe from bumping into furniture.



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      ellen mazzara 7 years ago

      Thank you for giving me the information. My dog has this and it really scared me. She is 14 and I am hopeful.

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      James 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for providing free and accurate information and advice.

      My dog and I had went for our nightly walk last night and this morning. I had to go to town for maybe 35 minutes, when I came home I smelled feces which is very, very uncommon, only once in his life before today in his room, for my 15-16 yr old mix. I went to his room and found him laying face first in a pool of yellow bile. He had vomited so hard he had passed his feces also.

      It scared me to death because this is basically my truest friend for almost over a decade and a half. My fear wasn't helping him so I tried to regain my composure which seemed to help calm him down.

      Then I seen him stumbling drunkenly and falling down, he had the left to right eye movements. I first thought stroke, then I thought distemper but he doesn't come into any other contact with dogs unless a coyote is peeing through the fence which isn't very likely. I had noticed a possum on the porch with him about a week ago and was concerned he may have contracted distemper virus but read that possum is unlikely to have it.

      Everything I have read about vestibular disease seems to pinpoint to a tee exactly how he is acting plus he has had to have ear surgery about 4 years ago which nearly broke me because he has discharge from his left ear, recently he has had discharge from his right as well and I suspect this is the problem.

      At his age and with my vets prices for just minor things such as being 20$ higher just for vaccines than other vets I'm pretty sure I'll be taken to the cleaners, with a smile of course if I have to take him in.

      I love that old dog more than I do myself so I'm guessing if he doesn't get well soon I'm going to be highjacked for mega-dollars to have him treated. How much money is really enough??

      One thing I have found out is that, as long as I stay relaxed and calm so does he. That's the cheapest, easiest advice I can give anyone going through this with an old friend.

      Now if I can just get him to eat and drink in the morning maybe he will get some strength back. I feel so guilty for not being here when it first hit him I'm pretty sure it terrified him. I know it broke my heart and didn't do my nerves any good either. I mean, this animal has stayed with me when no-one else cared, like he had a choice...still he deserves the best for being so faithful all these years.

      Thank you for your information,

      Signed,

      Two Grumpy Old Men, well one's actually a dog but yeah...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      I am happy to hear my article has been helpful to you. It is hard to give a straight answer as to how much a visit may cost. A regular vet visit is generally around 35 to 50 dollars. The everything on top of that is added. He may want to take some x-rays I assume plus if vestibular disease is found he will likely prescribe medications such as Antivert according to:

      http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/meclizine-bon...

      It may all sum up to 150-200 dollars I guess. If your dog is uncomfortable eating or drinking it is likely due to the nausea due to dizziness. I still recommend the vet visit though to rule out other more serious disorders. Best wishes to both of you.

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      coady327 6 years ago

      Hiya.my 4 year old german shepard has this.Is this not unusal this young.

      Kind regards

      tom

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 years ago from USA

      Well, it is a bit unusual but your vets should investigate the underlying cause since it can be due to an ear infection or other systemic illnesses.

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      angelina 6 years ago

      thank you for this article ,it has been so informative ,my 14 year old tibetan suddenly developed all these symptons 3 weeks ago ,and i was so alarmed ,she is making a full recovery ,there was so much more information on here than any info i received from the vets ,,,

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      Janice  6 years ago

      we think our dog has vestibular syndrome. He's got all the symptoms. Because he got to a point where he couldn't stand up, he has been prescribed prednisone. He was able to get around for 3 days, but once dosage was lowered, he got worse and now is once again not able to get on his feet. With this latest setback, he doesn't seem to urinate as often, it's been 15 hours since he last went. Has anyone else had their pet experience the inability to stand at all? If so, did your dog get better-how long did it take?

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      Chris 6 years ago

      I have had the same experience with my cockatoo. When it hit her, she could not stand at all and when we took her outside and held her up to urinate, she basically folded up and would fall over. It has been a slow process but was treated with prednisone and has improved...slowly. Gradually able to stand again for short periods still circling and bumping into things. Then better but still easily tipped over. It has been two weeks and I don't think she is dizzy anymore. Much steadier on her feet although she now "shuffles" when she walks and is left with head tilt. She seems to have suffered some damage to left eye which she squints. I don't believe she is or has been in any real pain. Although she still gets excited about having a " cookie" and is happy to eat and drink, I am saddened by her condition.

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      Janice Smart 6 years ago

      Thanks Chris for your comments. Even the slightest of improvements give us hope! Yesterday I purchased a special harness that wraps around Bandits chest (below neckline and above front legs, and then there's a connector on top that goes slightly down his back and a 4" wide nylon/fabric harness that wraps around his belly. There is a hook on top for his leash, or sometimes I just grab it with my hand. Since yesterday, he is walking (anywhere from 10-50 feet) but is not steady, is wobbly, circles and slips; with the harness we are able to guide him and give him some support/strength. When he has to pee we pull up on the harness to help support him, if we didn't he would fall to the ground, it takes so long for him to squat and pee. At least he knows its better to squat than try and lift a leg! So here's a summary of what's going on: he is back on prednisone but every other day. Yesterday (Monday) he had 1 pill at 4am, and the last one at 10:30pm, today (TUES) NO pill. Then tomorrow we will do the same as Monday, until pills are gone, so hopefully by then he won't need any more. He eats very good, drinks well (possibly side effects of pill), yesterday he went pee during the day 4 or 5 times, then went 12 hours without, and today he finally had a bowel movement (48 hours since last one). Small improvements, hopefully not another setback again. I know he's feeling better, tonight when I walked in the back door (coming home from work) he actually came to greet me! It was slow going but I'll take it. I've heard that gentle massage behind the ears might alleviate the dizziness a bit, so I try to do that and he enjoys it. I'll keep an eye out for more updates on your cockatoo! Good luck and "here's a wish for improvement to all our vestibular sufferers!"

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      Janice  6 years ago

      much improvement in Bandit. He is walking a bit farther, although he still tends to walk in circles and is wobbly. When you go to pet him his face really seems to "jump", like he's startled. So I think his eyesight might be a bit blurry.

      He's eating like a horse. I think it's the Prednisone, or he's making up for lost time. We are going to cut down on his Prednisone, and hopefully he will be off of it soon. We are encouraged at his improvement. A week ago we thought he was done with, I'm glad we gave it time, TLC, and hope everyone with this problem will do the same. I hope things will just keep getting better-closer to normal.

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      janice 6 years ago

      well I'm writing again about Bandit. It is now officially a month since he first exhibited symptoms of not feeling well. As good as he seems one day, the next he seems to regress. He is on prednisone and every other day he doesn't get any dosage. By the end of that day he seems to have more trouble staying standing/balanced. He has lost some weight since this started, but have noticed how he seems to be losing weight from the shoulders upward, including his face. His skull bones especially by the eyes really seem to be more prominent. Has anyone else seen this in their dog with Vestibular disease/syndrome? I'm going to do a bit more reading up on stuff, and then see if we can get a referral to a veterinary neurologist, it's difficult to see him so off balance all the time. How long did some of your pets exhibit symptoms before they got better, did you do anything special or just "wait it out"?

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      Janice 6 years ago

      It turns out Bandit does not have vestibular disease. He has myasthenia gravis.

      He still has head tilt, walks in circles, and has problems with his hind legs supporting his weight most of the time. He is still on Prednisone, and additionally is on Tremadol for pain. He is taking this because he got to a point where he could not stand at all. It has now been about 8 weeks since the first symptoms started of what we thought was vestibular disease/syndrome. The combination of medications unfortunately has left him incontinent. He has to be taken outside to pee every 45 minutes to hour. We have resorted to lining the utility room with training pads, towels etc, for overnight and during the day in case we don't get him outside soon enough.

      We have tried really hard with Bandit hoping for that miracle of healing, but it doesn't look like it will happen. I believe it is imminent (within the next week if current conditions of incontinence persist) to have him put down. It breaks our hearts but the life Bandit is living is not one of quality. Who ever would of thought this 4.5 year doggie would have this happen to him, certainly none of us.

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      D. Shatin 6 years ago

      URGENT 4 Janice:

      Don't put Bandit down just yet.

      You might seek out a veterinarian who is trained in neurology but also other forms of healing. Your dog should not be put down yet. I don't know where you live but you might try checking online and/or investigate Universities with Vet Hospitals etc. around your area for recommendations.

      I had a horrible shock with my Ruby, 11 yr old Dal Mix

      who was diagnosed with a ruptured disk in her spine.

      Without going into details, surgery was pushed but I said, "not so fast". Where I work I found out sheerly by kismet about an alternative vet south of Philadelphia who trained in cardiology and neurology and also homeopathy and prescribes not only medications as in vet medications fda, but supplements if warranted and so on.

      The treatment she provides from what I understand, is specific to the illness or condition of the animal.

      Please give it a try. Also, I have found simpling finding a vet who is an excellent diagnostician can be very difficult. They tend to jump to conclusions and insist on testing such as MRI which can cost upward $2,000.00. There are cases where diagnostic testing is essential but please, before tossing in the towel, see if you can't find a reasonably priced highly recommended healing veterinarian for Bandit.......

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      gary - denver, co 5 years ago

      Thank you so much. My dog is 14 and this article helped pinpoint what it was. A 35.00 vet bill and got her some meclizinhe. LEts keep our fingers crossed.

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      Boxxie 5 years ago

      My grandmas 14 year old dog has this , he just got back from the vet , he still has the head tilt but can now stand straight

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      momma9 5 years ago

      Well your article is still helping us humans. But when this happened to our beloved 14 year old lab/border collie mix Parker we rushed him to the emergency vet at 9 pm thinking it was a stroke. $900 later and the next day I took him home. It's been 9 days now and he is doing much better but there is still lots of room for improvement. I only wish I had seen this article sooner. I am more optimistic after reading it that Parker could make a full recovery or close to it. And I also think that the calmer I am the calmer Parker stays. Fingers and toes are crossed. He is so special to us.

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      Bluestreak2113 5 years ago

      my golden of 14 yrs is just going thru this for the 2nd time,,,not sure if i can go thru it again,ishe is such a good patient, i love her with all my heart, but its so hard

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      Lovemydog 5 years ago

      My dog is 15 years and 3 months old today. He had seizures a little over a year ago. We have had him on meds for that since and has not had any that I know of. Today, he couldn't get up and had all these scary symptons. I just had him to the vet last week and he was doing great. Today, I called the vet and she did inform me of this disease. I have him resting comfortably on a tarp and blanket in case he has an accident. Now that I have read some comments and researched the disease a little bit, I do feel better and have hope for him. He is a larger dog, heeler mix. Thanks for the videos and info...there is always hope.

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      Christine Wiesmueller 5 years ago

      Hi, very interesting and helpful. My 13 year old german shorthaired pointer was fine yesterday and then poof, all of the above symptoms, minus the eye darting. Rushed him to Emergency Vet and cam up with this diagnosis. Seems a bit better today, but is on motion sickness meds. Getting in and out of his chair ok, but walks kind of drunken. Hand feeding is interesting, as he has a hard time finding the food, which was my first clue yesterday when I gave him a snack...thanks again for this article. I don't feel so doomed...

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      Ann 5 years ago

      Well I woke this morning to my 14yo Collie mix showing all these signs...he was just diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral vestibular disease (also know as "Old Man disease"). It was very scary-can't lie! Since this morning I have come to understand the disease and will handle it WAY better should it happen again. His eyes have stopped jerking and all he is left with is the unsure footing. Poor thing. And least I believe there was no pain involved for him-just a lot of confusion and uncertainity of which he is such a scaredy cat all the time anyway so that didn't help. I love that "old man" so much and didn't freak too much when I got the 240 dollar bill. He's worth that and a lot more:)

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      Kerrie 5 years ago

      Hello - this condition struck our 14.5 year-old bichon/shih-tzu last Thursday night. She was very wobbly and staggering. She vomited once and was holding her head tilted to the left. I took her to the vet on Fri. am and was given Cerenia tablets (4 days worth). She has been drinking ok on her own, but getting her to eat has been a struggle. She took her last Cerenia tablet yesterday. I believed she was getting steadily better until today when she had a 'spell' worse than the initial one. She was trying to walk and kept falling down, when I picked her up, she was leaning so far to the left she nearly flipped out of my arms! I put her on her bed - it passed very quickly and within a few minutes she was prancing across the living room floor like nothing had happened. Just wondering if anyone has experienced these setbacks on the road to recovery? Although I know what is causing it, it still scares me so much! Reading the stories here have given me hope!

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      George 5 years ago

      Just today my best friend of 16 years came down with this. His eyes are darting, he cant walk, his head and body are doing this twisting thing and worst of all I can see hes scared. I am sick to my stomach sad for him and have been holding back the tears all day. Hes already been thru a near death exp thanks to laringial paralisis and now this. I know theres hope he will recover but its killing me to see him so helpless. He cant even shift his hips to get comfortable. Well, I have an appt with the vet at 9 am to check him for causes and do tests if need be. Would have done them today but this happened so late in the day that the vet couldn't do much more than diag the problem. Wish my "little buddy" luck.

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      George 5 years ago

      Its been about 11 days since Ralph was struck with this. Every day I have spent all my time helping him eat, drink and carrying him outside to "do his busness". It has been so hard. Not on me, I dont care about the loss of sleep or time at work, I just care about how hard its been on him. And then it happened, I fell asleep on the couch at 4 am and when I awoke at 6 he was gone. "Where did he go?" I asked myself while freaking out. Well after running around the house I found him sleeping on his bed in my bedroom, his favorite spot.

      Well over the last few days hes started getting upmand taking steps on his own. He wobbles pretty bad and falls over a bit but if I walk with him and steady him he can make it outside to pee. I am overjoyed. Hes getting better!!!! Every moment that passes Ralph is coming back. He even wanted his favorite toy today.

      To all of you who are struggling thru this and feeling the incredible sadness that comes with watching your best friend go thru this all I have to say is dont give up. Be there for them, dont let them see how sad or tired you are, encourage them and show them that you love them and everything will be alright. And when you least expect it something great will happen. It may only be a look or a movement but no matter how small it is you will know. Your friend is starting to get better. He or she is coming back and that is the greatest feeling ever!!!!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      It's been a week since my dog Emma came down with this problem. She experienced all of the symptoms mentioned on this page. She is much much better now with the exception of severe incontinence. She is very wet all the time. I take her out so often and she goes 3-4 times while out. But still her diapers fill up and overflow in an hour to soak the blanket she is laying on. With no diaper it is even worse. I have tried both. We made a room for her on the tile floor with kiddie gates so that we can contain the mess. It breaks my heart to find her laying in a puddle of urine. I can't keep up with it. I have limited her water intake now and it hasn't helped. She is wet all the time and I don't know what to do. Does this get better over time? Is it temporary? I am coming home at lunch to mop the floor, wash the blanket and put a clean diaper on her. Sometimes I bath her at lunch too and then again at night. She is always wet and that must feel awful. It's been really difficult. I can see that she is uncomfortable. Will she get better?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Was Emma treated for the disorder? This urinating as you describe warrants a vet visit. It may be hormone related, if she is spayed it could likely be a weakening of the sphincter, it could be a urinary tract infection, or a kidney problem. Please take a fresh urine sample and have it tested by your vet. Most of these urinary problems are easily treated.

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      Martine 5 years ago

      My 13.5 yr old Border/lab came down with what I believe to be Vestibular a week ago. I heard him thumping against the wall outside my bedroom door early am, initially I thought he was just scratching and hitting the wall with his foot but then I heard him crashing down the stairs. I shot out of bed and found a huge spot of vomit on the carpet in front of my door. ( the only carpet in the house I might add)

      I had a frightening vision of finding him dead on the stairs but he wasn't there. I looked over the landing and found him on the second section of stairs with front paws out straight in front and back legs straight out behind basically doing a belly slide trying to navigate down the steps.

      I freaked out naturally!

      He managed to make it to the door so I let him out and watched in horror as he wobbled and crashed his way to the back yard for a pee. Unfortunately I was committed to work that day so he came with me like he always does but he would not get out of the truck, nor would he drink.

      I did some research while at work and figured this was the culprit. Got him to the vet for 7pm who said it was likely Vestibular and put him on a round of antibiotics for inner ear infection. I am hoping and praying this will fix it up but it's good to read others experiences in case the root cause is not an ear infection. At least now I have something to go on.

      At some points he seems to be getting better then he goes right back to stumbling around like a drunken sot. He loves to run and oddly enough he can run in a fairly straight line but then something catches his nose and he literally takes a nose dive cuz his brain doesn't compute that he can't just stop on a dime any more.

      My boy has had seizures in the past, they started when he was about 9 just out of the blue, so initially I thought he was having a seizure. I have noticed that others have posted here & elsewhere that their dogs also have had seizures as well as vestibular at some point. Wondering if there's a connection?

      Although I do have reason to believe his seizures are food related. He had about 5 or 6 per year for over 2 years, then I decided to put him on a raw diet and low and behold not a single seizure until well over a year later when I couldn't get any cheap meat and gave him kibble. Within 2 weeks he had another seizure, so back to raw and once again no more seizures. So far no vet can explain that one!

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      landgrM 5 years ago

      My 13 year Border Collie developed all the symptoms 3 days ago. I'm hoping for a recovery. I know from having vetibular disease myself a few times that the more you move the better you feel. It's sort of movement therapy. usually though when you stop you fell really bad for about 30 minutes. I wonder if any of you have found this in your dogs?

      Thanks

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      Heather 5 years ago

      @Jennifer-my dog who has this currently for the second time became incontinent from the meclizine that we gave him for the dizziness. Literally the day we stopped the meclizine administration, he stopped being incontinent. No idea why, but perhaps this has something to do with why your dog is urinating so much? Just a thought. Hope things have improved.

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      Melissa 5 years ago

      My 11 month old Frenchie has been acting funny lately, I thought she may have an ear infection. I took her to the vet last week and they swabbed her ears, they found nothing. On Sunday, I found her laying in the strangest postion. When I went to pick her up, she stiffened up and her head went to the left, while her body went to the right. I tried putting her down, but she frantically could not get her balance, nor stand up. :( Took her to the emergency vet and they really could not tell me what is wrong with her. I basically diagnosed her with Vestibular Disease myself and asked the vet to prescribe her some strong antibitoics and have been giving her dramamine to help with the dizziness. Needless to say, it's been 2 days since the symptoms occurred and I just want my puppy back to normal. I hate seeing her like this, it makes me cry. I've been researching ways to help her fully recover and was hoping to hear some positive feedback. My baby isn't even a hear old and should not have to deal with this. :'(

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      Tina 5 years ago

      My dog is 1 year old and having a lot of problems with his head tilting and barely walking. Im so sadden by this. He looks like he in a lot of pain he now is on a antibiotics n steroids it has been two days now. When will he get better.when I took him to the very they couldn't find what's wrong. They suggest him to get test ran by a neurologist. That would cost anywhere from 800 to 1500 dollars which I don't have. I how these pills is there anything else I can do to help him please somebody help

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      diana 5 years ago

      Our 11 year old golden doodle was first diagnosed with peripheral vestibular disease then she was diagnosed with central vestibular. she can not support herself/ not ambulatory. Her back legs do not hold her wait and her right side has proprioceptive problems. She must eat/drink with her head turned to the right. How long do you wait to see improvement. I hate seeing her like this. It has been 48 hours. One vet had little hope, another had a bit of hope. Thank you.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      If your vet diagnosed her with this disorder did he prescribe meclizine or dimenhydrinate? this should help with the dizziness which should gradually make her feel better. Generally it gets better within 72 hours and should resolve by 1-2 weeks. Some dogs however have the head tilt permanently but they can compensate this. Best wishes!

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      Mary 5 years ago

      My dog has this... The problem is.. Even when I hand feed him he will hardly eat??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Did your vet prescribe any medications for the vertigo? This should help him feel better. If he has vertigo he is very likely nauseous,which takes his appetite away.

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      Karina 5 years ago

      Hi there, my dog had everything on this page, 48 hours ago, my 13 year old Bermese couldn't get up fell over, the eye dart, head tilt and he was so scared. Thought the same thing that it was a stroke and raced him to the vet in the middle of the night. He is so old and already has trouble walking from arthritic hips and only 1 good eye. Can I expect him to be able to walk again? He has not been able to hoist himself up, nevertheless stand or walk ...

      Breaks my heart, I just don't want to give up too early on him ... Any advice is appreciated

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Karina, if the inability to walk is due to dizziness, he should be able to walk again once this disorder is treated. Have they prescribed him anything for the dizziness?

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      maria 5 years ago

      we have a puppy and he always fallsover when he walks and sometimes cant get up, he cant feel his frunt paws properly i took him to the vet today and she basically said shes going to check his ears tomorrow and its severe.and basically its the same problems as everyone else has on this page but maybe not as severe. hes only three months old, how is this fixed? is he in pain?what do they need to do to help him?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Did your vet actually diagnose your pup with this condition? There are many other conditions that mimic this condition. My article above addresses treatment for this condition. Affected dogs are not really in pain in the real sense of the word, but may be miserable and feel queasy, dizzy, prone to vomiting and lose their appetite. Imagine getting motion sick on rough seas, this may be how a dog with this disorder may feel.

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      tessa 5 years ago

      I have had my Maltese to the vet twice for ear infections and the Vet gave him ear drops asteroid and antibiotic.while hes on the Meds he improves a little.But he has all the signs that are listed. the vet told me to keep giving him the ear drops to keep infection from coming back,but he is now at the point that I have to hold him up to go to bathroom.its seems he was getting worse instead of better.He now just lays in his bed and when we go to move him or he tries to move on his own yelps and whines.The Vestibular has been going on for 3 weeks now the yelping and not being able to stand has been for 2 days now.someone please help he's my baby.He's only six.It breaks my heart to see him like this.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You said your vet treated for an ear infection but did he actually diagnose him with vestibular disease? If so, did he prescribe anything to help him cope with dizziness? I would contact the vet and ask for meclizine (antivert) to help him with the dizziness. Best wishes

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      Tamara mckeown 5 years ago

      my 9 yr old shih tzu got this on new years day 2012 he was diagnosed with it and a middle ear infection in his left ear hense the left head tilt, he has been on 3 lots of antibiotics steroids and ear cream he seems to have good and bad days still rubbing his ear, my vet has been great and he says it can take several months in some cases for it to go altogether he has a head tilt some days still

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      Rita R. 5 years ago

      My dog Bella, a boxer who is 3 years old started out with pneumonia. Was put on antibiotics and got better.Three days after she stopped the antibiotics she started twitching her ears. Put ear mite medicine in her ears because she had just gotten over earmites two weeks before. the very next day she was wobbling very bad. since then she has gotten worse. I have had her to the vet numerous times and she does not know what is wrong with her said it possibly could be distemper or vestibular disease. She wanted to wait 10 days to let the earmite medicine to come out of her to see if that was what caused it. Everyday she got worse and worse to she could bearly stand. took her back to vet and she prescribed prednisone and antibiotics which was three days ago. Today Bella is up and walking but still staggering but so much better. I am so afraid that when she comes off the medicine she will start again. Am praying that whatever she had will be gone by then.

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      Carol 5 years ago

      My 7 yr. old female chocolate lab displayed all these symptoms very acutely. One of the scariest things I have ever seen. Profuse drooling, unable to stand, and abvious neurological symptoms. After a 1000.00 vet bill...including IV antibiotics, xrays, blood work, and an overnight stay, we are picking her up today. Thanks for bracing me for a period of convalescence. Will keep you posted.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Sending best wishes your way, did the vet diagnose her with this disorder?

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Thank you alexadry for your wishes. The diagnosis was not definitive. He couldn't confirm vestibular disease. His secondary diagnosis was just seizures, which doesn't make me feel great. The only thing that makes me feel better is that she did present with all the "hallmark" features. She did have a "slight" ear infection, so we are going forward with antibiotic ear drops, and antiemetics for 4 days. She appears to have no residual side effects, which is a blessing, but I and walking on pins and needles. Time will tell. Thanks again.

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      Dayna 5 years ago

      My soon to be 15 year old Border Collie looked as if he was having a seizure like moment 5 days ago and it really freaked me out. The second "episode" happened 20 minutes later. I rushed to him to an emergency vet and they watched it happen again and sent me to a special emergency vet that had a neurologist on staff. On the way there, he had the 4th episode. They kept him over night and I felt awful for him to go through this without me, because even though he didn't seem in pain, it appeared he was very confused.

      Needless to say after the specialist witnessing an episode and an MRI of his brain and spinal tap, he was diagnosed with vestibular disease. He is on meclizine and I have stayed home with him since he got out of the hospital 3 days ago. I hope he doesn't have an episode when I return to work next week, but I hope this gives everyone some kind of piece of mind. We've gone through a lot of little health issues and I really thought I was going to lose him. Luckily, he has no head tilt, and is walking just fine. No matter what health issue he has had he never lost his appetite. I am not ready to say goodbye and I'm grateful with the diagnosis.

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      My shih Tzu Max still has it, keeps getting better not totally and then all of a sudden it is coming back.

      I find it so hard to cope with it is now 2 months since it all started, he is on steroids and phenabarbitil I just dont like him being on these meds, should i seek a second opinion, he has been diagnosed with it

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Hi Tammy, I am so sorry this is still continuing for you. My vet explained to me that one of the presentations of this is due to an ear infection. Was your Max ever treated for ear infection? Hang in there...I know how hard it is to see your family member like this. He is lucky to have you. Best wishes.

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      thank you he has been on antibiotics for 5 days on 3 occasions, vet only did an ear swab on thrusday and we are waiting for the results to come back, I asked him if he would do an incision in the ear to let the infection out but he said no he did not want to do that. he took him off the phenabarbatil now but the head tilt is really quite bad today, I am so worried I will not the get the life and soul of our house back to normal.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tammy, I hope it clears off soon, hopefully the swab will brings some news so to identify the trigger and get it cured once and for all, best wishes

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      tammy 5 years ago

      Really bad today, just lying there wanting to sleep, can they die from this

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tammy keep in touch with your vet or ask another vet's opinion if it is getting so bad. Did they give something for the dizziness? it must feel awful to walk or do anything when everything spins..

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      thank you for your help.

      my cousin is a vet and lives about 300 miles from me, we are bringing him there on saturday, he is going to keep him for a week and observe him he said if he needs to he will go into the ear canal and see what is going on, he said he will make just a small incisiion and look.

      my own vet said he can do no more for him and if he comes of the steroids it is bad news for him as they are the only thing making him survive he said without me saying anything if I wanted to seek a second opinion by all means do so. I may have been a bit annoyed with him on the phone when the ear swabs came back with the results if only he had done that in the first place. I have spent about 500 euro trying to get him better and nothing has workded, i do not really have a choice now so please pray for Max and us

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Dear Tammy and Max...I will keep you in good thoughts and wish you all the best! Glad you are seeking a second opinion. When a vet says he can do no more, its time to move on! Best wishes.

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      Will keep you posted, thanks for all the replies has really helped me cope

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      Johnny 5 years ago

      My shepard has all these symptoms. Shes 7 years old.After the first week, she couldn't stand at all and would just stay curled into a ball to the right.Ive been giving her Dramamine for the seasickness and dizzyness.I had feed her and give her water.Its been 17 days and no real improvement.Has anyone ever experienced a longer duration of immobility? What's the average lifespan of vestibular syndrome? If anyone has some answers to these questions, I appreciate it.

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      Kathy 5 years ago

      It breaks my heart to see my Buddy in this condition. I too thought he had a stroke because all the symptoms are so much alike. I took him to the vets and he was given oral meds and full blood work was completed, he is physically healthy in every other way except for this disease. I have him home now but he is not, and expect he never will be, the same. How long does it take before he will start using his legs? Right now he can't even stand on his own, I have to use a sling to pick him up and take him outside to pee. I had to hand feed him some plain cooked chicken because he will not eat. He is drinking water on his own. I feel so bad for him. It has only been 2.5 days and I know I must be patient, but this is so heartbreaking. Thank you for this site and all the comments that are posted, you know you are not alone with this.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Life expectancy is based on the cause of the vestibular disease. For "old dog vestibular syndrome" it usually resolves within two weeks If vestibular disease is secondary to malignancy, of course the life expectancy would vary based on the nature of the malignancy.

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      tammy 5 years ago

      Well we took toby to my cousing it took us 4 hours there and 4 hours back, they found a massive apses in his eardrum leaning on the vestibular nerve to the brain. they drained it and have left a drain in for a few days, they are doing a culture to see what meds to put him on.

      he has an enlarged liver due to the excessive amount of steroids my own vet had put him on. I just cant understand how my own vet refused to do anything with his ear, just stuffed him with meds. if i did not care about my dogs and relied on everything my vet said my dog would have been in dreadful pain and eventually the posion in the abses would have gone through his system.

      How do some vets get away with it. Max is there till the week my oher little shih tzu misses him terribly

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      sorry above post should read we Max not toby, toby is the one here at home

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Well good for you Tammy!! Thank goodness you relied on your "little voice". Let's hope for a speedy recovery!

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      thank you, going back to collect him this weekend, we can't wait

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      I wanted to post my story here so people would know how important it is to get a second opinion if you feel your vet can do nothing to help your pet

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you Tsmmy, yes, a second opinion can really make a difference!

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      Well Max is home today, still ill but slowly improving, he will be on antibiotics for 3 months. he is not eating very much and it is really difficult to get him to swallow the antibiotics he keeps spitting it out any tips on this would be great. his stiches come out in about 10 days head is only slightly tilted compared to being almost on the ground, toby is thrilled to have his baby brother home they keep rubbing noses as Shih Tzu do

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Tammy for the pills try to follow the tips in this hub:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-give-your-dog-...

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Hi Tammy, Thanks for the update! We have been thinking of you, and your family. Glad to hear Max is home. He is very lucky to have you! Hang in there...at least now there is an answer, and you are moving in a more positive direction! Slow and steady wins the pace!

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      due to the excessive steroids he has an ulcer not a bleeding one or anything but stopping him eating, he is on liquid meds for it but just has eaten nothing today, this is such a hassle as we are weaning him of the steroids that wont end till the middle of june so giving meds with no food is not good but hoping it improves soon thanks for the link

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      Flexsoft 5 years ago

      Yes I knnow how the dog feels I myself have vestibular deisease (meneieres) and It sucks. Watching the dog reminds me of how I walk on a bad day.

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      I have to heartbreakingly tell you Max died today

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      So sorry to hear that:( Sending you a virtual hug and my deepest sympathies. That's so sad and heart breaking:(

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      Tammy 5 years ago

      his liver collapsed suddenly from the steroids there was no hope for him, i cant describe how heartbroken i am cause this should not have happened, but I am not letting it lie

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      Jaime 5 years ago

      My 13 year old Sheppard mix was diagnosed with this yesterday. I was told to give him ciprofloxacin twice a day and meclizine (Dramamine) once a day. I know it will take time, but he will not move and won’t go outside to go potty. In fact, I’m not sure if he has gone potty in over 24 hours. He does drink water and will eat dog treats and bacon. He refuses to touch his dog food. In general, how long before I start to see some improvement? I just want an idea of how long I should give the medicine before I take him back to the vet.

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      Carol 5 years ago

      Dear Tammy and family,

      My sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear Max. Hoping your heart ache today is replaced with the years of happy memories he gave to you. He was lucky to have you!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It really varies from one dog and another, generally results are seen within 2 weeks, however, if there is an underlying cause for this the time frame may vary, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      Elissa 5 years ago

      My 10 year old yorkie began to display mayn of the symptoms described in submited comments. It was extremely upsetting to see her list toward her left side, frequently lose her balance & fall over when she attempted to relieve herself. She was incapable of climbing the stairs and I had to support her while she ate. My Vet told me she might have a brain tumor as he had checked her ears and found no sign of infection. I was devastated and thought she would never recover and was considering euthanizing her. Fortunately I investigated and found very much info on line. I want to thank all of the contributors for sharing their experience with me. Today 3 weeks after initial episode Shana walked with me independently for 3 blocks. she responded well to rest small meals fluids and massage. I also gave her dog aspirin 1/4 a pill to relieve the muscle pain she must have been suffering with all of her efforts to balance herself. Thank you all and to those experiencing this problem don't give up. This dysfunction can resolve itself.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Great to hear a happy story, thank you for sharing!

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      Jas 5 years ago

      My 6.5yr Boxer Tyler has displayed a lot of the symptoms described. I appreciate you are dealing with the early part of the illness and are making those comments here. Has anyone's dog fully recovered from this ? Can they fully recover from this ? Tyler is a little wobbly, still has his appetite and drinks well, can cock a leg and his bowel movement is normal and regular. He is sleeping/lying down more than he normally does, and he holds his head at an angle. From your comments it appears he is better than some dogs are experiencing. He has helped me through my divorce and I need him to be good and back to normal for a little while longer. What are the realistic prospects for dogs with this problem ? I appreciate everyone's pet will be in a different level of suffering and that you do not wish to alarm/worry or overly concern people but the full extent of the illness needs to be understood and it is difficult to find it !

      Also from the varying responses it seems some vets are taking a variable response to the problem - hopefully NOT to take advantage of people financially but I have heard of this sort of behaviour !

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Jas, at the clinic I worked for we saw plenty of dogs with this condition, many recovered nicely, especially when it was caused by an ear problem. The others that did not recover too well were those that had other underlying conditions that required treatment or that an exact cause could not be found (idiopathic)Did they prescribe meds such as meclizine (antivert) for the vertigo? did they find an underlying cause?

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      sue 5 years ago

      My basil (chiuahua) has this. Stumbling in the beginning...now..head tilt and can not walk. X-rays at vets say normal...I believe he has this . How long does this last? andyone know?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      It can last days to weeks, but generally you should see improvement in 3-4 days, however, sometimes it does not improve at all and this depends on the dog's age and underlying cause.Did the vet prescribe anything?

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      My 5.5yr Rottie has just suffered this on Fri, like most of the comments i ran into the vets thinking she had had a stroke. She is on the mend now but she is still vomiting now and then, which we are keeping an eye on and she is to be treated for incontinence once she improves. I had never heard of this condition before but have found help in reading these comments. Thank you

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I am happy this hub has helped you and as well as the support from the people commenting. Vestibular disease in dogs is not too common and not known much. It is mostly seen in older dogs. I hope your Rottie recovers fast!

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      Therese 5 years ago

      I was very happy to have found this site. I've been so upset since my little 13 yr old Yorkie Chance was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and put on Hydrocodone, Prednisone and Terbutaline to help his breathing. But then 2 weeks later he started staggering and stumbling just like everyone else is describing. The vet suggested Vestibular disease and gave us Clavamox for an ear infection. Little Chance has been on this med for 4 days now but I don't really see any improvement although I'll wait the full 10 days before I start seriously freaking out again.

      It just breaks my heart because Chance is such an independent little guy. He is still eating, drinking and doing his business but he can't go outside without me helping him go across the deck and down to the yard. If these antibiotics don't work, I dont' know what I'll do. The vet says his collapsed trachea is really bad and that if he has a coughing fit, it could collapse completely and there is nothing they can do about it. The stumbling sometimes starts a coughing episode and it just breaks my heart. I think if we can get the stumbling under control, we can keep the coughing under control for a while longer hopefully. He is a little fighter and doesn't want to quit.

      I do appreciate reading all of your stories. Many of them give me hope that maybe Chance can recover from this Vestibular disease

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Did the vet prescribe anything to help for the dizziness?

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      Therese 5 years ago

      No he didn't and after watching him this weekend, I don't think the antibiotics are helping. His is still stumbling and he looks dizzy. The article suggest Diphenidramine or Meclizine so I will ask about that. Is the Benadryl the same as for people. I have some and could give it if I knew the right dose.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, it is the same as long as it just the plain version. You should always ask your vet before giving any OTC meds. Here is a link about benadryl use in dogs.

      http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydrami...

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      Ivy's Mom 5 years ago

      Thank you for this great info, we have just gone through this with our 7+ yr old Boxer Ivy, I truly thought she had a stroke, when she would fall down it broke my heart. Thank God we have a vet who figured out the same day after giving her a full once over what may be wrong and started her on Meclizine. We have seen improvement everyday, the only side effect from the med seems to be dry mouth so she requires more outside time, with her increased water inatke but I will gladly do it,to have her healthy again is sooo worth every bit of it.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Great! I hope Ivy gets better fast, best wishes!

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Just to say my Rottie is well on the road to recovery, took a week for her to eat anything and another dose of anti-biotics but she's back to her usual happy self, just very skinny but is on three meals a day until she reaches her normal weight again, so many thanks again for all the info on your site and people dont give up hope, the vet says it'll take time and i know its very frustrating but worth it.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Happy to hear your Rottie is recovering from vestibular disease! Best wishes!

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      jlc 5 years ago

      My dog was diagnosed with vestibular disease last Thursday. She is a lab mix w/ rotweiler. We have had her for 11 1/2 years. Never had any health issues. The vet says to just nurse her and wait it out and see if she comes out of it. He gave her a few ear drops and a cortizone or predisone shot in the office treating her for an inner ear infection. Sent us home with antibotics which she is still taking, doxycycline, 3 pills twice a day. Since Friday morning she is still unable to even get up (going on 5th day today of no movement). Is this normal? She hasn't pooped in 4 days. She is only eating wet food which we have to spoon feed her and give her water through a syringe. All of that sounds about what everyone else is doing but I'm just wondering...she hasn't even attempted to get up in 5 days..I don't hear anyone saying anything here like that. I just hope there isn't something else wrong. I know it depends on the dog and the severity on how soon a recovery, I just don't see any improvement. She wasn't able to keep anything down the first two days (which I interpret that she didn't get her meds those days because she threw it back up) but has been able to keep the food down since. I guess that is an improvement. I"m trying to stay positive..it's just so hard :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      I would call the vet about this. Perhaps your dog may need something for the dizziness such as antivert, (meclizine). I am not sure why many vets fail to prescribe something for the vertigo. Perhaps they believe that once treated the underlying cause (ear problem) the dog feels better, but what about the days it takes to treat the underlying cause? Your dog's symptoms sound like she is still dizzy. Dizziness takes away the appetite (causes nausea) and also the will to move around (which may explain why she is not getting up to poop). I wound discuss with the vet possibly giving something for the vertigo if that is what she has and consider other possibilities if the ear infection is clearing. Best wishes!

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      jlc 5 years ago

      So we went back today for a one week follow up. She has meclizine for 3 days now and finished her first cycle of doxycycline. He believes she has central vestibular due to the fact she is not walking at all. He informed us that if she is not walking by next week, she probably will never walk again. He noticed her other ear red today so gave her some drops, gave her some predisone and more doxycycline. She is starting to eat and drink more and seems a little more alert than last week, but she is still just laying. I'm afraid we could be just prolonging the inevatable. We see her lift her head up a little now and that gives us some hope, but then when I remember what the doctor says about her not ever walking again, I can't help but be upset. Is this normal for dog with vestibular to still be laying after 7 days? With no movement other than a head lift and when we put her on the "other" side she doesn't like she will lay up straight for a little bit and eventually roll to the other side. There is no eye movements at all, even if you lay her on her back. She has not lost any weight from her visit last week. So that is a good sign. I'm just confused....and sad....

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      Greetings, thank you for the update. Doctors and vets always prepare patients for the worst; it is their duty. Hopefully, the meclizine will help her feel less dizzy and will encourage her to move about more. Generally, improvement is seen within 14 days, past that, I would be concerned about something affecting the brain. It is good you are seeing slight improvement, but all the rest sounds like a more wait and see approach. Here is a link of somebody in a similar situation:

      http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/5yc8w-dog-diagno...

      My best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Satya 5 years ago

      Hi, thank you for this information thought it is late now as my dog passed away 2 years back after a surgery for removing a lump of tumour (very big) over her belly subsequently having the above mentioned symptoms like tilting of head, partial paralysis, etc. The doctors could not ascertain the cause of it as in india finding a good doctor for animals is hard. But I am happy that I had the pleasure of having such a friend with me for 14 years.That really was some thing special to me and my family.

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      Clarissa 5 years ago

      thanks for the info. my dog recently had a "drunken episode" & he scared me so much I broke out in tears. he's like family & to see him like that hurt me. he's getting old & I was worried we might have to put him to sleep :(

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 years ago from USA

      You are very welcome, I hope it is just a temporary problem, and your dog feels better soon, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      I was wondering if an Auto-immune disease could cause this. My dog doesn't have an infection or any of the other causes. Every now and then my dog will look as if he's having a seizure. His eyes dart back and forth and he looks as if he can't move

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      There is a form of canine autoimmune thyroid disease which may cause seizures in affected dogs. However, keep in mind that many forms of vestibular disease remain idiopathic, in other words no cause can be found.

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      Jamie 4 years ago

      All I can say is Thankyou for this amazing site, as you have given me so much needed info on my dog as well as greatly needed HOPE....

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      Carol 4 years ago

      Hang in there Jamie...hopefully you and your dog will be as lucky as we were. This website is a blessing...good luck!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Awww.. thank you! It really makes me happy when I hear my articles help out dog owners in need, best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Carol 4 years ago

      What is the incidence of re-occurrence of this happening? Once again, 6 months later, although much more subtle, my 8 yr. old lab is not "herself". Uninterested in food (which is her life stay), and laying around. She is trying so hard, and it's obvious she is not herself. With thanks...as always

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      What was the vet's diagnosis the first time around? Was is it an ear issue?

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      Carol 4 years ago

      Nothing definitive...we went on the assumption of vestibular disease because the presenting symptoms were "textbook", and there was evidence of an ear infection. The secondary diagnosis was "seizures", not yet diagnosed, but I am assuming because she responded to the treatment of vestibular disease, with antibiotics, and anti-emetics, that was the diagnosis. She has had no sequeli up until yesterday when she became very lethargic. Although her presentation this time has been not as dramatic, I am seeing similar, yet vague symptoms. We were on your site here six months ago, thankfully.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Ear infections are reoccurring in many cases, so if this was the trigger the first time, it can happen again if this is the culprit. I would consult with the vet and see if this demands further testing.

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      Carol 4 years ago

      Thanks Alexadry...we did go, and otitis media was diagnosed in both ears. We rec'd ear drops, and oral antibiotics. The next day she was much improved. Day 3, more lethargy, and looked like a relapse. Called the vet, put her on antiemetics...holding our breath.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hoping the best, it's good you know what is causing this (the ear problem), many cases remain idiopathic (no known reason). Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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      Paul Brown 4 years ago

      Our border collie dog had to be put to sleep a few months back she had all the same symptoms as mentioned above she was nearly 14. She woke up fine in the morning full of energy then just suddenly her legs went and her head and body became like twisted she was vomiting with lots of saliva. For a number of years we had her back and fourth to the vets with ear problems they never could really get it sorted out she would get better then a few months later same thing again with ear trouble. We rushed her to the vets the day it happened and they told us something had went wrong in her brain and she was in alot of discomfort and the best thing to do would be to let her go. I feel so bad and guilty reading here that lots of dogs get better with this condition and not once did the vet say this is what it could have been. We had her since being a puppy and was the hardest thing i have done in my life. She could not walk at all buti just feel so guilty now.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Paul, please don't feel bad, from your description it sounds like she was really suffering and many older dogs that develop this condition are also put to sleep because some of them do not get better and there could also be an underlying brain disorder causing similar symptoms.

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      Karen 4 years ago

      Hi all,

      My dog has already had two episodes of vestibular disease. The first was in January of this year and the last one was 6 weeks ago.

      He has just had his third attack tonight. The vet couldn't find the cause for the past two episodes so I'm not sure why it is re-occurring.

      I will take him to the vet tomorrow morning first thing. I'm so worried about him. He has only just got over his last episode of this disease and now he is unwell again.

      Has anyone experienced a dog having two attacks within 6 weeks of each other?

      Thanks

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      Carol 4 years ago

      Hi Karen,

      All I can tell you is that my dog experienced 2 attacks, six months apart. The first attack was unexplained, but the second attack coincided with a confirmed ear infection. Since she is a lab, and I can't keep her out of the water swimming, I am assuming it was from that. Hoping Alexandry can provide you with more info. Best wishes for answers, and a speedy recovery.

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      Karen 4 years ago

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your advice and best wishes.

      Update from today:

      This third attack has been the worst so far. I spent the night monitoring my dog and I gave him Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) but he was still no better in the morning. He was crying and thrashing about. I took him to the vet first thing this morning and they have decided to keep him in. I called for a check up after two hours and they said they had been able to calm him down but every time they try to examine him he was thrashing about again so they have put him in a padded cage.

      I pray that I will be able to bring him home soon and that he will make another full recovery.

      Thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Karen, I really hope your vet was able to pinpoint the problem and your dog is recovering by now. Usually, when it re-occurs like that there is an underlying issue that needs to be diagnosed by a vet with some tests. Unfortunately, at times a cause cannot be found and when this happens it falls under the term 'idiopathic vestibular disease".

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      Brenda Roszell 4 years ago

      Our 14 year old Golden was diagnosed with vestibular disease last summer. We thought she had a stroke because of the symptoms. She was very sick but she made a full recovery within about three weeks. She is still doing well without any of the symptoms except a slight head tilt when she is very tired.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It's easy to confuse it with stroke as the symptoms are similar, but in most cases it turns out to be a vestibular issue. I'm happy to hear your dog is doing better, best wishes!

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      PeteK 4 years ago from Yorkshire England

      My 8 year old Border Collie Bailey has just had his 4th very short incident. Typically these last up to a couple of minutes, his eyes seem to be rolled down, his head tilts backwards over one shoulder, he loses his balance, and has a confused/frightened expression on his face. He is fine immediately after each incident. He has no loss of appetite or incontinence. He has only had 4 incidents to our knowledge over a period of @ 10 months, but they are very frightening when he has them. Could this be Vestibular Disease? We did ask our vet after his first incident, but at the time Bailey was having serious health problems (Rectal diverticulum, enlarged prostate, bilateral perineal hernia & prolapse bladder) he had to have two emergency operations, so to be honest, the vet wasn't really that interested in this. As this now seems to be getting more frequent, we are getting increasingly concerned, and we have a vets appointment for 7th March. It is just that these event only last a few minutes at most, so we don't know if this fits the Vestibular profile, or whether this points to something else. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      It would help if you could keep a recording camera ready and record these episodes on tape. Then show them to your vet, this should help your vet tremendously as he can determine if what you're seeing is seizure activity or something else. Let me know what he/she thinks it is. Best wishes for the upcoming appointment.

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      PeteK 4 years ago from Yorkshire England

      Thanks, we will try, I had suggested the same thing, but we are always so concerned when it happens, logic goes out of the window & we just hold him & comfort him until he recovers.

      Worryingly, he had another small episode last night, no eye roll or head tilt apparent this time, but he overbalanced when he stood up & you could see in his face the confusion. It was a very small attack this time, @ 30 seconds, but a worry that it was only 24 hours after the last one. It seems to be his back legs that he loses control over when it happens, and we have noticed his back legs shaking a little on occasion, which is unusal for Bailey.

      We will of course tell the vet everything - but the appointment was actually made as a follow up to the major surgery he had.

      Fingers crossed

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I hope they can find a cause so your dog can be treated accordingly. Let me know how it goes, sending best wishes your way!

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      PeteK 4 years ago from Yorkshire England

      Thanks for your best wishes. The vet gave Bailey a full examination,everything from the operations is now fine, we still have to continue with 6ml Lactulose 3 times daily, as for the current issues, the vet said the same as you regarding doing a video when he has another episode. They did full range blood tests, and everything was fine. Slightly raised blood count (56) but nothing to worry about. She thought it might be a petite Mal which apparently is not as common as Grande Mal, but also not as worrying. She said if he continues only to have no more than one episode a month it's probably better to leave well alone, rather than resorting to the type of drugs required to treat this type of event, however, if they become more frequent, or more severe, then she will refer us to see a specialist (neurologist) for further investigation and treatment.

      So don't really know any more than before really, except we know Bailey is doing well after his ops, and his bloods show everything is working as it should, which is all good.

      Still fingers crossed that his wobbles stay as infrequent as before, and don't get any more severe.

      We don't have insurance, and we have already paid out over 2500 GBP including 158 GBP yesterday for the blood tests & consultation. We would NEVER take a cheaper option, but it's still stretching us financially, so if for nothing more than that we really need him to stay healthy for as long as possible.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the update PeteK! I really hope those episodes subside. I am sharing with you a website about canine epilepsy that has turned helpful for many, here's the link:

      http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/sit...

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      debzen 4 years ago

      After having 3 weeks of seizure type fits (he conscious), several blood, urine tests, and an ear infection, I decided to take my 8 yr old boxer to an ear specialist. He had blockage. He underwent anesthesia and had both ears flushed to remove the hair/wax ear plugs. BUT, one ear had a little hole in the membrane and the canal was so restricted, he said it was the size of a poodle's. It's been 5 days so far of giving Finchy syringes of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs to his ear. All has been well. He's been eating with me spoon feeding him. No seizures, no twitches, no stumbling, no loss of balance, no whining, no excessive drool or runny nose, until today. I was only able to do one ear with the anti-inflammatory, but could not do the other as he would not allow it. He started growling and showing teeth, which is extremely odd, so I read the signs and backed off. That night, I was able to do the antibiotics in both ears because my boyfriend was there to hold him down. So tonight, he had another seizure. I feel I failing his treatment because I didn't do the other ear, and giving him these ear treatments is becoming harder and harder. I'm at a loss as far as treating him goes. I'm afraid I'll have to do more flushes, and I cannot afford the $450 for each of these flushes, after spending nearly $1,000 so far. I make just over minimum wage. I'm afraid the signs of this disease are going to come back if I don't somehow get his ears taken care of.. Any advice/tips on treating his ears and handling his neurological symptoms in the mean time would be much appreciated before I take him back to the vet once again.

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      ClaraSue 4 years ago

      Thank you for the informative article. When my dog (age 14 next month) had these very symptoms a few months ago, I immediately though "stroke"! After rushing her to the vet, who didn't help us in the least, I came upon a few articles on the web. Her symptoms cleared up on their own after a week or so. This morning she started exhibiting the same symptoms. Since she came through it just fine the first time, I'm hopeful that she'll come through them again, although is scares both her and me when it occurs. She acts exactly like the dog in the above video. In your opinion, do geriatric dogs go through this more than once?

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      Anna 3 years ago

      I've got a 15 year old Jack Russel, and today she started having the eye twitching. I noticed it first, but needless to say my mom and I were freaking out. She's been having problems walking, and has been throwing up the past few days. The amount of detail in this article is reassuring, but sadly not comforting if there's nothing we can do but wait and hope she gets better again.

      Thanks for the info anyway, it's helped us feel a little more at ease.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Have you seen the vet for this? There are meds to reduce the nausea and vertigo if your dog is suffering from a vestibular disorder.

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      Samantha Hornsey 3 years ago

      I have a 13 and a 1/2 old staffordshire x that started with this bk in mid oct the bet diagnosed vestibular and put him on pedisone he was on it a while then they weaned him off. As soon as they weaned him off the steroids it came back. So bk the vets we went and the vet put him bk on 2 pedisone daily for a month and we have to go back to see if vet is to wean him down to 1 or put him to sleep. Is there anything anyone can suggest as I really don't want my dog put to sleep :( xx

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a second opinion may be helpful, perhaps more tests need to be run to see what is causing this.

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      Samantha Hornsey 3 years ago

      Ty Alexadry we take him to the pdsa as we r on a low income n can't afford a private vet. I don't think they will do tests as the only option they gave us was the steroids or to be put to sleep. I wish they would do tests as he has a strong heart and is healthy apart from that xxx

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Look up a free vet visit from Banfield, that's how I got a second opinion for almost free.

      https://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-Get-a-Free-Vet...

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      Samantha Hornsey 3 years ago

      Ty alexadry I will certainly look into this info xxx

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      You're very welcome, good luck.

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      winnie 3 years ago

      My 15 year old beagle is having a very bad attack of vertigo as diagnosed by my vet who is wonderful. He won't eat or drink as a result of the nauseau. Any ideas on what I can feed him temporarily just to get something in his system. His regular diet is a prescription food for dogs with kidney problems and he won't go near it. I want to get liquids and food in him (it's been 4 days with just a couple of sips per day), but I don't want to destroy his fragile kidneys in the process.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      Many dogs do better licking ice cubes rather than gulping water. To reduce nausea, some vets may prescribe Cerenia http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=279... meclizine http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&a... some may prescribe dramamine; however, because of your dog's age perhaps he was concerned about side effects? Many dogs will refuse regular food, but will be more likely to accept canned food. You can ask your vet for a prescription canned food that is good for dogs with kidney problems. Otherwise, you can try meat- based baby food with no onion or garlic in it as this vet recommends--see also his other suggestions...http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/5ozrg-dogs-ea... Prescription canned food for dogs with kidney problems or baby food is a good choice as the dog gets more fluid intake versus a dry food, also you can warm it up with some warm water so to increase water absorption. Warming the food up also entices a dog to eat it more as it's more pleasant to eat and the aroma gets them hungry.

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      Debbie 2 years ago

      My 16 year old silky terrier had two episodes of what looked like falling on her right side within minutes of each other. These episodes didn't last long at all and haven't recurred. She hasn't shown any other symptoms other than sleeping lots. Could this be the onset of vestibular disease? She has a gall bladder issue for which she takes ursodiol. Other than that, she's been very healthy.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Your vet is the best person to determine what is going on. It could be she had a seizure or she could even have an underlying heart problem.

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      Alexandra 2 years ago

      My 12 year old German pointer is having a really hard time walking. It seems as though she's drunk. She tries to get up and walk but falls back down. This happened twice before in the last 2 years and it goes away within a day or 2. Her eyes aren't doing any rolling however she keeps shaking her head. She loves having her ears massaged and last night I woke up with her pressing her ear against my hand. After massaging her ears this seemed to happen. It breaks my heart in a million pieces. She is my very best friend in this whole world and I can't imagine my life without her. I've been on the floor with her for the last 6 hours watching her sleep and praying that when she wakes up she'll be ok again. Could this be vestibular disease? The last time this happened, we took her to the vet and she told us it could be a neurological issue but wasn't certain. I'm so confused and lost.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Sounds like an ear issue. Diagnostic tests will help you feel less confused and lost. Find a good vet that will go through your pet's medical history (was she on any medications known for causing toxicity to the ear, any recent injuries or accidents?) then perhaps the vet will suggest to run tests to help pinpoint the problem. Blood work, x-rays of the head to check the middle and inner ears, and in some cases, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans are sometimes needed to further investigate.

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      Christi 2 years ago

      I am sick to my stomach to learn that my little guy could have had a ear infection! He had been in to the vet for loose stool and low appetite. They told me he should stay so I left him for 4 days; then they told me he had a brain problem because he tilted his head up sometime at a 45 degree angle. They said I should let him rest because of it; the thing is he never had any symptoms other than lifting his head straight up when he laid down. I felt like they didn't even try after this. They didn't even check his ears! They took him off his heart medicine and diuretics and put him on medicine to treat what they believed to be a problem with his brain and didn't test him for it! We went back for the checkup 5 days later and they released him then they called me in the car and said to come back that his kidney levels were high. He was there another 4 days after I insisted they help him, released again, then I had him back in 5 days later! They had the nerve to tell me that "if it was their pet they wouldn't spend the money" after our first visit!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I don't like how they are handling the situation. Maybe see another vet for a second opinion?

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      Carol 2 years ago

      This is a great site for sharing...A couple of years ago my 10 year old lab developed vestibular disease and was treated successfully twice. (not having dealt with this previously, it was very scary). Just recently my 8 year old lab developed the same, although, not as severe symptoms with being unable to stand up, and having a few "head tilts". After an emergency visit, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism!! She did have a small ear infection, that we treated, and started her on thyroid supplements!! She has since thrived, losing 15 pounds and gaining a ton of energy!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Glad to hear the vets went to the bottom of this and were able to help your dog get better. Vestibular disease in dogs can be scary.

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      Chris 2 years ago

      Hi truth is this article was very informative to me and my girlfriend we have a nine year old doxie named Kiera and today was the first day she showed the more alarming symtoms and it scared us to death we are praying that this is what she is going through cause this is what she has been showing us all day and nitems Thank you so much for everyone's experience and information

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      I hope your vet can pinpoint the problem so your dog has a speedy recovery.

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      Carol 2 years ago

      Hi Chris,

      This site was a life saver for me and my dogs!! Alexadry has provided a site and information that all of us can share and use to support each other and our companions. Hope Doxie recovers, and gives you many more years of love and laughter.

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      susan morrison 2 years ago

      Our 13 year old Nellie, a Terrier Bassett mix spent all last night vomiting - completely out of the blue. We thought it might be due to her obsessively licking our wood floors after I had mopped with Mop and Glo and possibly been poisoned. I called the 800 emergency number on the bottle and spoke with a representative who thought the licking of the Mop and Glo was not serious - but the inability to balance while walking was concerning. Now after reading all these helpful comments, I think it might be vestibular disease instead. Her eyes are darting back and forth and she is unable to stand or walk easily without almost falling over. She has not eaten or drunk water since - but luckily she responds very well to eating ice cubes and hopefully she is not too dehydrated. We have her comfortably propped up for the night with blankets and pillows and are taking her to the vet first thing tomorrow (today was Sunday and only very expensive emergency care available) to see what she diagnoses. So scared to think it might be something worse that an inner ear infection. The ironic thing is that for the past month - I have been experiencing the same symptoms as inner ear infection as well - with dizziness and nausea while sleeping and getting out of bed in the mornings...so I completely sympathize with the poor girl.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Keep up updated on your vet's findings! Wishing it's something minor that can be easily treated.

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      Craig 2 years ago

      just put my 15yr old lab bailey to sleep second bout of vestibular disease 7weeks suffering severe arthritis could walk and eat but the vertigo was the worst could not sleep lay head down jump back all night long.2hrs sleep at most exhausted.quality of life gone.Just wanted to post. Thanks

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      So sorry to hear about your dog. It seems that once dogs reach a certain age their body just succumbs to something eventually. The say that old age is not a disease, but at some point it just seems that some health condition will affect them and their body will give up. 15 years is a remarkable age for a lab, she sure must have left wonderful memories for your to rejoice.

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      Craig 2 years ago

      Thanks for your kind words.Bailey was a great dog was so friendly would greet everyone even the mailman and meter reader.It was so hard to let her go but I know it was the right thing to do and I have lots of great memories and stories to share.

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      Elsie Anne Owings 2 years ago

      Alexadry, thank you so very much for this post, and thanks also to all the readers who have shared their experiences. This page has given us hope on a very difficult night.

      Teddy is a 12-year-old Shih-Tzu/Schnauzer mix. (The dog groomer jokingly calls him a "Schnau-Zoo.") I adopted him and another dog 2 1/2 years ago after their original owner, who was a close friend of mine, died unexpectedly. The adjustment was difficult for the dogs (and for us) but after Teddy got used to our home in the country, he decided he loved country living! He does have a food allergy to beef and bison, and some problems with gastroparesis (inactive stomach muscle) but after we figured it all out, corrected his diet and got him on some prednisolone and reglan, he has been eating well and doing just fine. For the past year, he has been a zooming bundle of energy and the picture of health.

      Until tonight. We fed the dogs and took him out for his walk. As he walked toward my husband, Teddy unexpectedly fell down. Then he started walking in circles. When we got him into the house, he was running in circles, shaking, and his eyes were darting from side to side. He also scratched the sides of his head.

      Like so many other dog owners, I thought this was the end of my Teddy. I had a Beagle years ago who died from inflammatory brain disease, and I was afraid Teddy was doing the same. Or, at the very least, I thought it was a seizure. Although those problems remain a possibility, I now suspect that Teddy has canine vestibular disease. An hour after his episode started, it ended, and he looks okay now. It is early Sunday morning, and I will get him into the vet on Monday to try to find a cause and treatment for this problem. Thanks very much to all of you for providing me with knowledge and hope! I will post again after Teddy and I have been to the vet.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      Hello Elsie Anne Owings, I hope your Teddy recovers from the episode you describe. He's surely fortunate to have a dedicated owner like you. Yes, please keep us posted on how he does. Fingers crossed it's nothing serious.

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      Elsie Anne Owings 2 years ago

      Thanks, Alexadry. Teddy's appointment with the veterinarian is scheduled for Friday afternoon. I will let you know what we find out. So far, Teddy has had no further incidents since the one that occurred late Saturday night. That incident lasted only a couple of hours, and he has been fine ever since. I can't think of anything that could have brought it on; nothing was different from his usual routine. It just came out of the blue. Teddy, who tends to be a nervous type anyway, was terrified when it happened, and we discovered, as others have, that the best thing we could do was keep him calm and comfortable until the event passed. Our next step, if at all possible, will be to try to find out what brings it on and how to prevent or treat it in the future. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 24 months ago from USA

      You're very welcome. I hope all gets sorted out well for your dog's vet visit. Sometimes an exact causes cannot be found.

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      Elsie Anne Owings 24 months ago

      As we expected, our veterinarian was not able to determine an exact cause for Teddy's vertigo episode. He checked Teddy's ears and found only a minor problem with one outer ear; nothing that was likely to cause an inner ear problem. Low thyroid is unlikely, since Teddy is very active and thin. The doctor did find that Teddy's teeth need cleaning, so when the doctor cleans them, I'll ask him to check Teddy's jaw hinge and mastoid area more carefully while the dog is out, since Teddy has been eating more slowly lately. But overall, the doctor said that Teddy's episode sounded like a classic age-related vestibular episode, with one exception: usually these episodes take days or weeks to resolve, and Teddy's was over in an hour or two. Nevertheless, the doctor didn't lean toward any other diagnosis.

      He said if it happens again, try to bring Teddy in during the episode, unless it happens at 4 a.m. again like the last one. :D But since it hasn't happened again within a week, he said it might not happen again at all.

      We'll see. I'll definitely keep an eye on Teddy, because his balance/orientation still aren't quite what they used to be. For example, he got carsick after the drive to the vet and threw up in the vet's office, which he has never done before. Then again, my 96-year-old father gets carsick now, too, and he never got sick during his years in the Navy on a destroyer in the Pacific. Dad's doctor said it's age related, and probably Teddy's problem falls into the same category. We'll hope for no more scary episodes, but thanks very much for getting us through this one!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 24 months ago from USA

      Thanks so kindly for Teddy's update!. Your observations about the carsickness are very interesting. Idiopathic (of unknown cause) vestibular disease is quite common, and can be frustrating to deal with because there's really nothing to treat for. .It sounds like you have a great vet and Teddy is blessed to have such caring owners! Paws crossed then that it was only an isolated episode

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      Elsie Anne Owings 24 months ago

      Thank you so very much, Alexadry!

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      Cheri 24 months ago

      Our lab went in to the vet for a lethargy and weakness in his rear legs. We initially were told, after blood work, that his platelets were low and he was running a bit of a temperature. They had us take him back 2 days later for follow up blood test and the platelet count had come up a bit and they gave us Deramaxx for what was thought to be arthritis. Last night I took his took his temp when it seemed he was feeling poorly and found it to be 104.9. The on-call vet said to go ahead and give him some additional Deramaxx and check his temp again in the morning. Next morning the temp was 103.2. We took him into the vet and they did chest xrays to rule out that as a source of infection. When we went back to pick him up they told us his eyes were jerking and asked if we had noticed them doing this before, which we had not.They explained to us that it was vestibular disease. Our lab, TJ, was weak in his rear legs to begin with and with and now with the dizziness it's almost impossible for him to walk and potty. I'm not a very big person and I've found it's very difficult to manage him on my own to potty (he is 79 lbs). It's breaking my heart seeing him like this. He already had problems and now this. Our vet put him on 2 different anitbiotics, and something for nausea. I'm hoping that he might show some improvement quickly. The comments from others here have been encouraging.

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      Elsie Anne Owings 23 months ago

      Cheri, we wish the best for you and your Lab. Please keep us posted. Whatever happens, we hope to learn from it, as well as encourage and support each other.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 23 months ago from USA

      Cheri, your vet didn't give anything for the dizziness, if not, maybe worth asking for something? Also, for the walking issues, you can look online for special slings and harnesses to help support their back end while walking. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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      Kerry 23 months ago

      I need advice. My yorkie who is 6yrs old seems to be experiencing this. She walks like she is drunk and has the head tilt and the eyes that dart back and forth. I'm low on money and can't afford another vet bill. Still paying the one for her epileptic seizures and her knee that pops in and out of place. Is there anything I can do at home to help her get through this. She's my baby and has helped me get through everything and I hate I can't afford the vet.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 23 months ago from USA

      Look for a free exam by VCA by Googling VCA free first vet visit, this can cut the price of the office visit, leaving you to pay for any exams or medications. Call them to check if they still offer this before going. Best of luck!

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      LoriF 22 months ago

      Our dog Dexter a Spinger Spaniel Was acting fine on Saturday night woke up to a different Dog on Sunday morning.he had an accident in the house which he never does and was walking of balance and bumped into things fell over a few time had little or no appetite Took him to Vet on Monday did blood and stool test all came back normal she looked in his ears said only could see very little inflammation puzzled has put him on prednisone and Enrofloxacin Today saw little on know improvement he ate when I hand feed him this Am but would not eat this evening. doesn't seem to want to move around a lot I am feeling very worried and stressed.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 22 months ago from USA

      Have you asked your vet for any meds to help with the possible dizziness/nausea? Dogs who are dizzy are often uncomfortable and don't like to move around and can get nausea. Depending on the underlying cause, it may take some time to recover.

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      LoriF 22 months ago

      Just was given Cerenia(maropitant citrate) 60mg Only was give 4 Really did not tell me if I need to give it every day or ? I gave him one waiting to see how it may help She still seems puzzled what may have caused this He was fine up until this Past S Saturday When we got up Sunday is when all of this started .

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      LoriF 22 months ago

      Just was given Cerenia(maropitant citrate) 60mg Only was give 4 Really did not tell me if I need to give it every day or ? I gave him one waiting to see how it may help She our Vet still seems puzzled what may have caused this. He was fine up until this Past Saturday night When we got up Sunday is when all of this started . He doesn't seem to be any worse If anything he is moving around a bit less than on Sunday,that is when we really noticed it because we went up into the mountains and he was not him self and was off balance and not wanting to eat started Took him in Monday and the rest I have mention. He is only 3 Years old Has always been health,we feed him good food and he gets plenty of exercise .

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      RichardMn 22 months ago

      Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all vital infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 22 months ago from USA

      Lori F, many cases remain "idiopathic" meaning the cause is often unknown. How is your dog doing now?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 22 months ago from USA

      Thanks, I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed reading my article on vestibular disease in dogs.

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      Tisha 20 months ago

      My 11.5yr old cavalier spaniel has an vestibular disease episode nearly 2 months ago and is also suffering from a horribly severe case of yeast infection in her paws (for probably about 6 months). She hasnt wagged her tail or eaten in her own for weeks. She lays in her bed all day long except when I carry outside to potty. Tonight it seems like the vestibular systems are back because she can't even look in my eyes and doesn't seem to be comforted by my cuddling. She shakes while breathing. I'm going to try to get her into the vet again (4th time) tomorrow. We've done all the blood & urine tests but don't plan on doing an MRI. I'm losing hope that she will recover. I'm just so sad.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 20 months ago from USA

      I am so sorry to hear your dog is having these symptoms. Hopefully your vet can sort it out, sometimes it's an ear problem and some dogs may get better with medications that control the dizziness.

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      deanna 18 months ago

      when my lab woke up this morning she put her head into my sons closet. i had to physically remove her from that spot, then i got her to walk down the hallway while she kind of slid across the wall. at the end of the hall is when she started to walk in circles. i couldn't calm her down or stop her at all. she just kept pacing and going in circles. she wouldn't respond to me calling her. i tried to feed her with a no go. i then was able to get her outside and she continued to walk in large circles and paced back and forth. no head tilting that i have seen just walking in circles and kind of walking like a sailor that has been out to sea for awhile. she tripped on holes in the yard and the one step to get outside but didn't fall. after 15 mins. she is fine. she peed and ate a full meal (actually gulping her food like she hasn't eaten in over a month, which she never did before) now she acts like nothing happened. do you think it might be this vestibule disease?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 16 months ago from USA

      Only your vet can tell with a physical exam and tests. I hope it's an isolated episode, but if it happens again, record the behavior and take your dog to vet.

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      marleyrose 13 months ago

      My 13 year old lab has been having spells of unsteadyness for about 10 months now. She will twitch, and suddenly keels over as if she is drunk. She soon rights herself again. The only way I can describe it looks like the feeling you get when you get off a boat and your legs go! She has no head tilt or eye problem just this twitching (usually of her head but can be her body too) and falling over. Her appetite is normal as is her toileting. On a walk she will occasionally stumble but not too bad. The unsteadyness mainly seems to happen when she is standing still? I have had her to my vets on numerous occasions and she has had several blood tests for all sorts, they have also checked thyroid function, but everything came back within normal limits. I think my vet thinks I am neurotic now! I video'd her having a funny turn, she was just standing and suddenly started swaying-she then shook herself and was fine afterwards. Am I missing something?

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      Ginger 13 months ago

      Hello there hope someone can help. I have a 15th year old mini Yorkie and we have recently moved from Europe to Thailand is been over a month now and she's been having issues with the warmth weather she was diagnosed with collapsed trachea since she's 6th but is under control. 3 months ago I discovered on her a swollen node in her neck and I took her to the vet the try to take a sample from the node and only puss came out of it and after a blood work the vet said that the node can stay there or disappear at any time and if not it could de puncture or remove because of the node she's been drooling a bit but the vet put her twice on antibiotics and it has remain something minor. She has always suffer from her tummy as well and last Sunday after our morning walk she vomited and made diarrhea in 3 different spots I gave some liquid and removed her food and that same night her head was tilting for a few moments and she was stumbling around. I got really worry and opened a pack of flagyl (antibiotics) that her vet back in Europe gave in case of emergency is been 3 days and head is not tilting but she still walking unbalanced. She's eating,drinking and doing her stuff but normally but her energy is lower than usual. I'm kind of afraid of the vets here in Asia and I wonder if maybe this episode could be related to the node or worse.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 13 months ago from USA

      I don't think you are neurotic at all! Maybe you should see another vet or a specialist as this is not normal at all. Has your vet prescribed anything for your dog?

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      Traci Hosler 9 months ago

      I am freaking out! But reading your article made me feel a little better.. my poor baby, Carlos, an almost 5 year old Chihuahua, is going through these symptoms right now. He is kind of teetering around like the dog in your vide, he has weird , leaky eyes, tilted head, and he cannot go up and down stairs without falling. But he is eating, drinking, peeing, and defecating just fine. The vet just did blood panels and all came back o.k., except the thyroids were a little low. They ran the test twice and it was still a little low. They are sending it out to a specialist to see if they are low enough to be causing all of these symptoms. If not, the next step would be x-rays and blood pressure. And if they would come back o.k., the following step would be an MRI of the brain. This is going to kill us monetarily! UGHHHH!!!!!! But this is my "son"! I want to help him!!! I don't know where I am going to get this money from, but I NEED to HELP my baby! I am a hot mess through all of this...

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      Eileen 9 months ago

      My 7 year old golden has been exhibiting these signs for awhile now. He had what we thought was an ear infection in July, his ear was red and irritated. Our vet put him on antibiotics, amoxicillin, I think and an antibiotic pack in his ear. He got better, but then the head tilting, leaning left and going in circles, falling over started, he had not had these symptoms previously. We again took him to the vet and he got another round of antibiotics. After that course, he improved, but soon worsened again. Back to the vet for another round of antibiotics, this time Baytril for 3 weeks. Again he showed improvement until the course was done, then the symptoms returned. The vet then put him under and cleaned out his ears, there was debris in there-cheat grass, etc. Antibiotic packs were put into both ears and he once again showed improvement. It's been 3 weeks and I assume the antibiotics have worn off and now he is back to the symptoms, this time more sever than the previous returns. Would vestibular disease respond to antibiotics, then come back or are we dealing with something completely different? I'm taking him back to the vet on Monday with little hope of them being able to help-any insights??

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 months ago from USA

      Traci, what did your vet suggest? What were their findings? I hope by now a diagnosis was made and that your dog is on the mend.

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      Rebecca 7 months ago

      My 6 1/2 year old Beagle mix has been exhibiting similar signs and symptoms as Eileen's dog. We have been to the vet numerous times, spent about $1000, he's been on several different steroids, antibiotics, ear drops as well as Dramamine. We have played the roller coaster game. Same days are better than others and there's days or weeks that have just been bad. This last time he went to the vet they performed a myringotamy in his left ear. Pulled out a bunch of debris and junk. Said that he had fluid on the other side of his eardrum. Said that he would probably get way worse before he got better. That's been 2 weeks ago and we've just seen him get worse. We are at a loss. Talked to the vet and they said based on everything that they've done there's nothing else they can do. Said that we should've seen improvements at this point. We can't afford an MRI. I'm at a loss...does anybody have any suggestions?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 7 months ago from USA

      Perhaps it may be worth a try to see a specialist, such as a vet specializing in neurology.

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      Wendy 6 months ago

      my dog keeps crying and falling asleep standing up

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 6 months ago from USA

      Wendy, has your dog seen a vet? It could also be a spinal issue or neck issue causing pain when trying to lie down.

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      Lin 5 months ago

      We have a 10 year old Chihuahua mix who is having the same symptoms. How much of the antivert should be given, what dosage?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 5 months ago from USA

      Lin, you will have to see a vet for dosages of antivert and to determine if your dog is actually dealing with this condition and would benefit from it.

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      BrunosHuman 3 months ago

      Hi. I have a 13 and a half year old pug. 3 weeks ago, I thought he had a stroke. He couldn't even attempt to walk. Head tilt, rapid eye movement etc. Took him to vet, and the first thing the vet pointed out was the rapid eye movement, and said he was sure it was vestibular disease. He also had blood work done to rule out any underlying issues, and everything was normal. The vet said it was most likely ideopathic. He gave me some medicated ear drops and antibiotics just in case it was an inner ear infection. Also was given motion sickness medicine, and anti vomiting medication. He said that Bruno would probably show signs of improving within a few days. Much to my surprise, by the time we got home from the vet, he was vastly improved, with just some unsteady gait, and slight head tilt. By that evening (3-4 hrs after vet) he seemed perfectly fine. I found it odd he would recover so quickly if it was vestibular disease. I gave him the full course of meds as prescribed, but 8 days later, the same thing happened again, with the same symptoms. I called the vet, and he assured me it was possible to recover that quickly, and then have another episode. He felt maybe if it was an inner ear infection, that maybe there was still residual bacteria in the inner ear, and gave me more antibiotics. 9 days later, during the night, he awoke and seemed startled. A few minutes later he was shaking, and trembling, as if he was shivering. His gait was unsteady, but not as severe as the first 2 episodes. I also did not notice the rapid eye movement. This episode only lasted about 15 minutes, and then he was fine, and went back to sleep. Today 2 days after that last episode, it happened again. He seemed startled, and sat up on the bed. He began trembling all over. He did not have the rapid eye movement, his head was only slightly tilted, and his gait was unsteady, but again, not nearly as severe as the first 2 episodes. Again, this lasted about 15 minutes, then seemed fine. I also noticed yesterday, that he had much darker than usual stool, but with a normal consistency. I thought it may be from all the medication he has taken. He hasn't had a BM since then so no idea if it is still dark.

      I was under the impression, that vestibular disease should not cause these sudden, and short lasting episodes, so it has me worried that it may be something more serious.

      Also, his appetite has been hit or miss since the first episode. I assumed it was from the nausea associated with this disorder. For some reason, he wont eat the food out of his bowl. He sniffs it, and seems uninterested. However, if I then scoop the food out of the bowl, and feed him from my hand, he'll eat it. Also, he'll eat it off a plate on the floor. Once I start him off with the plate, or out of my hand, and get him eating, I'll dump it back in the bowl, and he will then continue eating it.

      I feel like if I take him to the vet again, he'll just reassure me it's ideopathic vestibular disease. He did bloodwork to rule out anything more serious, and seems so sure about the diagnosis. What's your take? Is it possible to have these multiple, short lasting attacks if it is vestibular disease?

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 months ago from USA

      Brunoshuman, Sounds like in a case like this, it may be helpful to get a second opinion by another vet or even better, a specialist, a veterinary neurologist. Record the behavior on camera and have the vet see it. It could be a petit mal seizure and dogs look startled because they cannot control their bodies and don't understand what's happening to them.

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      Brooklynn 4 weeks ago

      My puppy is doing this. He's a month old it's happened twice now. Lasts for maybe 1-5 minutes..

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      Patty Adams 3 weeks ago

      It seemed out of the blue that my dog just started walking in circles and circles in the medicine that the doctor gives a darn thing to be doing a whole lot and we're going on about almost 2 weeks and they're saying he has seizures so I don't know what to believe

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