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if you have an old dog who has suddenly
started to stumble and act drunk if they’ve developed a head tilt or even if
they can’t get up then there is a real chance that they are suffering from a
condition known as old dog vestibular disease in dogs this can come on very quickly
and the symptoms can appear to be very dramatic is vestibular disease as
serious as it appears though what is the treatment and what is the recovery time
well keep watching as I answer all of these questions and more hi I’m dr. Alex
the veterinarian behind and on this channel you’ll find pet
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life so make sure you subscribe if you’re not already so what causes for
stipler disease in dogs well let’s start with what vestibular disease actually is
and what the known causes of this condition are so the name of the disease
reflects the involvement of the vestibular system and this is the group
of structures and nerves that are responsible for balance they’re found
next to the middle ear and they relay information about which way is up to the
brain as well as balance the vestibular system also helps with the control of
posture and it helps keep the body and head horizontal or at least know which
way is up so there are lots of potential causes of vestibular disease some will
affect young dogs others just old dogs some causes are very rare and others are
much more common causes of vestibular disease and dogs include men in Gon sefa
lightest and cancer thymine or between b1 deficiency a brain bleed or a clot
head trauma hormonal abnormalities like an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism
drug toxicity middle ear infection congenital disease and finally
idiopathic disease now thankfully the vast majority of old dogs that develop
vestibular disease are suffering from the idiopathic form an idiopathic simply
means that we don’t yet know why it happens or what the cause is but this
cause is so common that the condition is also known as old dog vestibular disease
this disease can affect all old dogs of any breed and any gender and it can also
affect cats but this is actually very rare so what’s the difference
between vestibular disease and strokes and old dogs well we are all aware of
the signs of strokes and people and the devastating effect that it can have it
is pretty common for worried owners to believe that their old dog has suffered
a similar catastrophic stroke now it used to be thought that dogs didn’t
actually get strokes but with MRI scans now being available we know that this
isn’t true and they actually can suffer from a stroke now while they can be due
to a bleed within the brain most are actually due to a blood vessel becoming
blocked either due to a blood clot or another form of M Billy and that cuts
off the blood supply to parts of the brain very often a dog who suffers a
stroke will actually be suffering from a condition that makes blood clot
development much more likely and that might be something like Cushing’s
disease cancer or heart disease now unfortunately the signs of stroke
and those of idiopathic vestibular disease can be almost identical but
history examination findings and testing might very well give a clue as to which
is the more likely diagnosis in reality though true strokes are much less common
in dogs and the prognosis for vestibular disease is normally much better as I’ll
discuss in just a little bit so what are the symptoms of vestibular disease well
as you can imagine the symptoms of vestibular disease and dogs really
relate to a lot of balance and effectively not knowing which way is up
it might even appear like your dog is drunk or seasick so let’s break down the
symptoms that you might see in your dog and then discuss them in more detail so
the main symptoms of vestibular disease and dogs include a head tilt a taxi or a
wobbliness nystagmus or flicking eyes falling rolling leaning to one side a
really wide based stance your dog might be drooling or vomiting they might be
circling so walking in circles there might be signs of other nerve
dysfunction and there might be an inability to stand so the severity of
signs can actually vary quite a lot some dogs may only develop a slight head tilt
holding the head to one side lower than the other while others will have their
head they’re almost 90 degrees to normal and be completely unable to stand along
with a head tilt affected dogs will have something known as nystagmus and this is
the flicking of the eyes like I mentioned before and typically it’s from
side to side with the moving quickly in one direction and then
more slowly returning the other way as I’ve mentioned the degree of wobbliness
can really vary it might just be a subtle stumble or a dragging or catching
of a leg instead it could be a complete inability to stand up to compensate for
this instability you might find that your dog spreads their legs further
apart than normal to try and prevent falling well they might actually lean
against a wall for support so walking in circles and always walking in one
direction in the same direction is another possibility as well as falling
over and rolling at all other symptoms that might be seen and that’s really as
well a result of loss of balance and reflect the vestibular system just not
working properly you might also see your dog drooling
they might appear nauseous or actually vomit and in effect your dog has
developed motion sickness or vertigo and if you’ve never had that then I’m sure
you’ll sympathize with what your dog is going through and then finally if there
is a different cause of your dog’s vestibular disease then it might be that
there are other symptoms that your dog is showing that are not typical for a
normal idiopathic old dog vestibular disease okay so how do we go about
diagnosing this condition well because we’re stipulate disease can be caused by
a real large number of different underlying conditions there are a number
of tests that need to be reached to diagnose idiopathic vestibular disease
and that’s because this condition is in itself the diagnosis of exclusion which
means that we need to rule out all of the other causes before specific
diagnosis can be made a detailed history is absolutely vital as is a thorough
physical exam blood and urine testing is generally the first thing to be run and
then depending on the results and clinical picture imaging might be next
so x-rays can show the presence of middle ear disease and that could be
either infection or a mass but it can’t give an indication of the presence of
abnormalities actually within the brain itself only CT or preferably MRI scans
can do this but the obvious problem with this is that they’re both a lack of
availability potentially and also a high cost
so other tests might include sampling of the fluid around the brain or fluid
within the middle ear and then additional specific blood tests might
also be needed to rule out potential conditions when there is a suspicion
that they might be responsible so referral to a neurologist and in far
expensive imaging thankfully will not be needed in the majority of dogs those
dogs that are older and they’re showing appropriate onset of symptoms where
there’s no evidence of middle ear disease or any other disease and where
there is no history of trauma or potential for drug toxicity that you
know could be causing this problem then these dogs will quite appropriately have
a presumptive diagnosis of old dog vestibular disease response to treatment
is the final factor in diagnosis and if a dog is not progressing as expected
then definitely the diagnosis should be reevaluated so what is the treatment for
idiopathic vestibular disease well in reality time is the biggest treatment
for this condition time and supportive care so this might include anti sickness
medication IV fluids supportive bedding with regular turning for our patients
that can’t get up and move themselves anti anxiety or sedative medication if
the dog is becoming distressed anti-inflammatories in the form of
nonsteroidals or steroids may also be given although whether they make a
difference or not it’s not really clear but the bottom line is that because we
don’t really know what the cause of idiopathic disease is there is not a
specific treatments and instead we were relying on good support of nursing care
and time and in the dog who’s only mildly affected actually TLC at home may
be all that is prescribed so that being said what’s the prognosis and recovery
time well as you might have guessed by now the actual prognosis for dogs
suffering from vestibular disease is generally really good most will go on to
make a full recovery some might be left with a permanent head tilt but they’ll
otherwise adapt really well and be able to live a really full and happy life
it’s important that we give our pets enough time to recover it is all too
easy to see a dog that seems to be suffering from really severe upsetting
symptoms and make the irreversible decision to euthanize we need to give
them time the general course of disease is that the symptoms are worse about 24
to 48 hours after they start some dogs will then recover as rapidly as the
disease started for others the recovery time will be longer and instead it might
take seven to ten days before a significant improvement is seen and two
to three or even four weeks before they’re back to normal in my
personal experience most dogs will show significant improvement after only a few
days and most will recover fully if your dog is not recovering as expected
then the diagnosis should be revisited if possible and this might mean running
repeated tests it might mean running new tests or even referral to a neurologist
for assessment alongside advanced brain imaging and MRI scans now this might be
out of reach for you but if things aren’t progressing as we’d expect then
certainly it would offer the best chance for your dog to have the right diagnosis
and successful treatment carried out now I’ve got another video that I’ll link to
down below and just on the end screen there is a personal story from a friend
of mine Dan from the YouTube channel parent pacifier and he went through
having an older dog developed vestibular disease he didn’t know what was going on
the recovery was it may be as straightforward as it can be and I
thought it’d be really useful for you to hear a first-hand account of just what
vestibular disease is like what concerns that you’re likely to have as an owner
what the progression of the disease might be if you’ve got an old dog
suffering from investing bili disease then you should definitely check out the
video that’s just linked in the card over here but until next time i’m dr.
alex from our pets health because they’re family

62 thoughts on “Old Dog Vestibular Disease: signs, treatment and recovery

  1. Have you got a dog showing signs of vestibular disease? Let us know your story in the comments.
    If you want to hear a first hand experience of this condition make sure you check out Buddy's story:

  2. My dog, poodle mix, 2 almost 3 years old male. Once in a while, currently happening as I’m typing this sways side to side, he’ll get sick, he won’t eat or drink anything as this is happening but after a few hours he fine. What could this be??

  3. Hi doctor. I have a otherwise healthy playful active yorkipoo who just two days ago suddenly started leaning his head to his left side, trembling, stumbling and falling, and his eyes flicker. Although he’s 13 years old he acts 2. He only has a slight heart murmur which requires no medication and has never seemed to affect his activity level. My Veteranarian suspects vestibular disease. However I’m so very worried. First, his eyes first day flickered up and down, not side to side as you indicate in your video. Also the first day he wasn’t this bad. Now his head rotates in a circle while still mainly leaning to the left and his eyes are flickering all over the place, sort of up and down and left and right seemingly. I’m terrified he may have central vestibular disease instead of peripheral disease as the symptoms suddenly appeared after my foster son hit him with a door while attempting to open the door to let him out. I should point out other than the symptoms I mentioned, everything else about him remains the same, drinking water, and he’s still begging for treats and eating a lot. He urinated on himself the first day several times. What do you make of all of this? Anxious to hear your opinion.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to put this video up. It was very comforting to know some facts after a REALLY scary experience of this in an ageing yet otherwise very healthy much loved member of the family. Happily, she made a speedy recovery almost as fast as the onset and probably wonders what all the fuss was about sitting up with her ALL night comforting and supporting her….whilst she snored!!! Thanks again!

  5. My dog suddenly began to wobble and lose lots of balance, he wants to sleep. It makes me really scared because he’s almost 11 years old. Hopefully this goes away and goes back to the happy old puppers that I know. He was hit by a car and thankfully survived it and seems fine. I dont know why this would affect him now

  6. I think this is what my German shepherd got a couple dAys ago, disoriented, head tilt, is it bad to hope this is what he has and nothing more?

  7. My dog is constantly tilting his head to one side like something is inside his ear, I’m wondering if it Vestibular disease?

  8. My dog is close to a 100% recovered from vestibular disease. It happened a month ago. It was horrifying at first….when you realize it's vestibular and not a stroke you need to not be scared and just be prepared to be a fulltime nurse for a few days.

    Day 2 of total loss of equillibrium she could sleep briefly even though her eyes were darting. I would pick her up and move her around whenever she wanted to change rooms. I finally got her to go outside to do her business by proping her up with a towel under her chest. It took a lot of work. She wasn't interested in water or dog food. At the end of day 2 i got sone warm broth down her. Day 3 i got her to eat a little pizza(pizza is better for a starved dog than nothing) and she started to really enjoy broth.

    It was around day 4 that she started making progress. Her eye movement slowed down. All she could do all day was rest and sleep. It was around day 6 that she was able to walk freely without falling over. She has coasted at 99% for the last 3 weeks. Im hoping she progresses from 99 to a 100% soon. But overall her quality of life was great after 7 days.

    The worst part is when it first happens. It's shocking. You don't know what's going on and your dog is even more scared than you are. It can be so horrific. You just need to be patient and make your dog comfortable with pillows that prevent the head tilt. Dont try to force drugs or try to make them pee drink or eat. They need rest the first 12 hours

  9. My 18 year old dog was just diagnosed with this. Three days later she is much better. Still wobbling and requires assistance to walk, but she's eating again and can stand on her own now, and can go for short assisted walks outdoors. In addition to our incredible vet, Dr. Stancil, here is what helped:

    – 1-2 DROPS of CBD OIL so she could relax, sleep, heal, and not fall over and crash into things. Vet said to ensure it was lab tested to contain no THC.

    – PADDED HARNESS and handle. This was essential because without it I had to carry her outside and she is large.


    – EPLEY MANEUVER. If your dog is too large to turn over on her back, just do this with the dog standing or lying down as best you can. There are YT videos on this for dogs.

    – NATURAL ANTI INFLAMMATORY: I had boswelia on hand, one of the most potent I have found. More natural anti inflammatories are fish oil, ginger, vitamin C, bromelain and devil's claw. Egg shell membrane is also a highly potent anti inflammatory. I will start giving her this too.

    – PATIENCE: Bringing her bowls of water and holding them for her to drink, hand feeding small amounts of food.

    – ACUPUNCTURE by the vet

    – ANTI-NAUSEA SHOT by the vet

    I have learned that if the dog's eyes are darting side to side it's vestibular disease and if they are darting up and down it's likely a stroke.

    I also only feed my dog meat (no pork ever) and vegetables, no grains, and she gets chicken broth every day. I believe this contributes to her excellent health at 18 years of age. She also gets a lot of exercise as we hike as much as possible.

    This was one of the scariest things I have experienced and I have had many dogs. If you have any questions just post and I will do my best to answer.

  10. Parents went out of state, and I'm dog-sitting. That night, or the next day, he was standing still, and back legs wobbled, then he fell on one side. No eye darting, though. He's been a finicky eater, but he still drinks water. After a few moments, he's able to get up and walk normally. He still likes going for walks. He also has a few other issues – a heart murmur, and had ear problems within the past year or so. It's scary to see him wobble and fall, but since it's been a few days and while he still occasionally wobbles, he gets up, my parents suggested wait until they get back for a vet appointment with the vet they like. This video helped me calm my worry, so thanks, and here's hoping something this simple is the cause. 🙂

  11. morning doctor
    9 days ago our dog fall of the bed up stairs when we was down stairs but she fall with such a bang but after that she seem to be ok last sat night 22.30 i was feeding her a couple of treats with in 2 mins of feeding the treats she start acting waired so thought at that time she had a block with the treats, but then come aware it was a siezure which was very scury to witness she then came around after that but 1 hour after she had a futher 5 siezure and takeing her to the vets she has had a futher 3 siezure the nexts night,that was a sunday night .she has not had any more since ,but the proplem being she has lost he balance this only happens when is is standing STILL she either just falls backward or forwards on her legswhen having a drink of water she just falls forward face head first in to the bowel, when falling backwards she then fall back while at the same time she is having a poo or wee ,SO THIS ONLY HAPPENS WHEN SHE IS STANDING STILL she is ok when walking . she has a bit of flicking of the face and eyes and like her mind is in another place ,,,,we could do we some help on this as the vet is still unsure i would loved to show you the videos but not sure how
    thanks for your time

  12. We have experienced this with our 10-year-old Shihtzu over the last few days.  Oddly, however, about 30 minutes after each episode of this, he is completely fine (normal movement, walking, running, etc.).  He has never had nausea and has never stopped eating or drinking.  Emergency Vet (we see regular vet shortly) diagnosed it as Vestibular syndrome, but I am doubting this, as his has happened multiple times (sporadic) and symptoms disappear each time shortly after.  Is that typical with Vestibular disease?

  13. My 12 yr 8 month old registered English cocker spaniel began showing signs of this disease about 7 1/2 hours ago and your information is helpful in dealing with his stumbling and lack of energy. He vomited all his supper about 7 hours after eating – is this also a sign of the disease??

  14. I have a 17 1/2 year old Bohemian Shepherd who has been diagnosed with vestibular disease nearly a year ago. He started out turning to the right only. He was put on valium which did not seem to affect it. He was like this for probably the first 6 months and then overnight he started going to the left. He still eats well but has lost his inhibition of where he dedicates and pees. He used to be super sensitive about his bowel habits, opting to always go away from the property to poop. he now will just poop or pee upon going outside so we are living in high sewage just outside the door. He still doesn't have accidents in the house but it does worry me about all the germs he could be bringing in. This is the least of my worries as I hope it isn't vanity to keep him alive. He still enjoys a cuddle and he east and drinks well. Strange that the circling flipped overnight. Any advice would be great as I cant seem to get much out of my vet and I don' know if Im doing the right thing in keeping him alive. He is on 5 to 10 mg of valium and a anti-flam twice a day. Symptoms are worse when the moon goes full and storms come in.

  15. Here is a FB post I made on my experience yesterday. Could this have been vestibular disease instead of a stroke?

    God gave me a true miracle today.

    Has anyone had an experience with their dog having a stroke? My dog had one today. She was in the car with me, on our way to get a filter for the furnace, when she jumped in my lap, shivering with fear. Minutes later, she collapsed into my arms. I raced to Banfield, just minutes away, pulled up to the curb and ran in with her asking for help. The vet took her in the back and came back with her after what felt like an eternity, but was really only about 10 minutes.

    She told me Kandi had had a massive stroke, and that the prognosis was grim. Her eyes were darting back and forth, she didn't have feeling in her paws, and she was wobbly, unable to sit up, and unfocused. The vet advised euthanasia, and I had to make the impossible decision to have her put down. The vets put us in a private room with a couch, and I had her wrapped up in a blanket in my arms. They said she wasn't in pain, and to take whatever time we needed. I called my sister, and we prayed together for her in tears. Her fur was drenched with them.

    From my FB posts you can see that she is my entire world. I said the hardest goodbye I've had to say since my father and sister-in-law died. We sat together, and I prayed for God to keep her safe until we could be together again. I could go on and on about all the things I thought and prayed about, but this is already a long post.

    But then…slowly, she raised her head. She got more inquisitive about her surroundings. Eventually she wanted to get up, so I steadied her, and within about 20 minutes, she was up and walking and wagging her tail. She is 100 percent herself again. I brought her home! I had paid for her cremation and the whole nine yards–they had to refund me. It was the sweetest refund I ever received, on multiple levels. The entire staff was astonished. I am in awe, and so incredibly grateful to God for this unmistakable miracle.

    She isn't out of the woods. I have to take her for an MRI to see what caused this. The vet said once it happens once, it could happen again and be more frequent. If you pray, please keep her in mind. If anyone has had an experience with canine strokes and had their dog come back from the episode, please let me know of any advice. ??

  16. My 15 year old dog experienced this a day after treating an ear infection with a prescribed ear drop medicine. It was a nightmare to see his eyes darting side to side, walking in circles, into walls & not been able to get up. I brought him food & water & he would never ever go to the toilet inside, I knew this so I carried him outside and held him up (he's 40kg's) then he would immediately go. He kept getting better day after day & after a week he was walking on his own (into walls) but he wanted to walk… Now he's 100% back to normal. But now it's 4 moths later & his ear infection is back & now I need to take him to the vet which I can't do for five day's (w8 4 pay day) so I really want to use a home remedy but I'm not sure if his ear drum is perforated. If I use a chemical or vinegar on the perforated ear it might trigger Nystagmus again, how do u treat a dogs ear infection if the dog has a perforated ear drum?

  17. our 13 yr old dog had Vesibular Disease in December, recovered really well, but recently she has started collapsing after going toilet. She recovers very quickly, but obviously we are worried. She is alert, wants food and to play for short spells. Our vet said we should take her back if these bouts happen more often and last longer. Anyone else had this experience?

  18. My dog has been having occasional wobbly episodes over the last 3 weeks but in the last week they have gotten a lot more regular, happening multiple times a day.
    It most usually happens in the evenings when she tries to get up from laying down, her head wobbles from side to side and she uses a wide stance to stabilize herself then completely loses control of her back legs and falls back down and i'll have to sit with her until it passes ( anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes ) then afterwards she seems completely fine, no head tilt or loss of appetite and shes walking around as if nothings happened.
    She's a 14 year old Collie Lab Cross and our Vet says she is in really good health for her age, she has a strong heart and her bloods were fine and yet this is happening multiple times a day now and I have no clue what to do aside from trying to comfort her when it happens. Any direction on what this could be and what further action I can take would be greatly received.
    Many Thanks

  19. I caught my dog laying on the rug and she usually doesn’t I saw her leg twitching, and her eyes acting crazy, I picked her up quickly and shook her, her head fell back and I rushed her to the bathtub where I put her head under water, nothing happen, she loves to go at the front so I took her out the front, I noticed a little change but still very much the same, I put some music on & started dancing and she stood up ?

  20. My dog has been walking around aimlessly knocking into things, when I comfort him you can feel him shaking and visibly anxious. Every few steps his back legs will do a little side step. He is also crossing his legs as he walks, he is a 16 y/o corgi/queensland heeler mix. Should I be worried?

  21. Thank you this is very helpful!
    It would be much apreciated if you could spend some time on my case, it would mean the world to me!
    Some family members already suggested giving up 🙁 but i will do my best no matter what!
    My beloved 15 year old dog named Maggie had her womb removed last year as she was diagnosed of purulent genital discharge and vaginal cancer ,as she never had the chance to become a mother in her lifetime. Exams like urine , blood, and ultrasound exams acording to the vets' were too altered due to the condition at the moment but the exams did not show any other case of disease other than that. Few weeks after the surgery she lost most of her hearing ability but was fine and looked hella healthy.
    Only lately she had a few stokes(it's been like a month since the first happened) but seemed healthy days and even weeks afer the strokes happen. It've been only a few days now since we noticed some changes in behavior and in general that look alot like it could be Vestibular Disease: Weakness and tilt in the back of the body part and legs, tiled tail(no head tilt though), cycling, standing still looking at the wall, wobbliness, partial blindness, pettin her from the back caughts her off guard ,walking near the walls (not leaning on them though), walking everywhere around the house without a reason, most of the time she won't lay down or sleep by herself (i have to lull her to sleep few times per day) and shaking in sleep when inhaling. Although these symptoms show up it seems that her consciousness and realization of what happens around is pretty good since she realizes the routines of her everyday life she had before like when it's time to eat, time for a walk(or go out doing her need in general) ,like waiting near by the door so you notice her and open the door. although she shows no exctment, except when she sees/smells snacks…
    Talking a note here: today i was eating marmalade biscuits and when i gave her some to smell, she got so excited she almost started jumping; while she cound't even stand straight(maybe hypoglycemia as well?)
    I took the dog to the vet to see her yesterday and the vet told me that this condition might be the cause of the strokes and that the dog probably have an urinal infection that she detected by the smell of the urin,as well as she told me that because of the dog's age we should do ALL the exams(like 4 of them) to be sure in what the dog suffers from..and the prices she told me for the exams were so crazy that if we agreed to do the exams we wouldn't be able to pay the rent this month. freaking thieves
    Right now it seems that she's getting better,slowly,but better. doesn't seems like she's in pain, just looks worried
    It would be very helpfull to hear your opinion as well, so we would know if we should eventually take the dog to do the exams if we won't see any improvement in some time. even if it means that i would have to sell my laptop or something

  22. We have a Yorkie that is about 7 years old and our vet does not know what happened to him. He sudden started acting drunk and failing over all of a sudden one morning. The symptoms came on fast and we took him to the vet about 90 minutes later but the vet did not find the cause. The vet did blood work, x-rays, urine, and cleaned and treated his ears for fungus. All the tests were fine. We took him for a follow-up 48 hours later. Now he cannot get up like his rear legs don't work. He had some the signs disgusted here with the tilted head, sleeping next to the wall and eyes at time seems a bit widened from each other. He's had skin issues and ear infections his whole life but never where it effected him falling over or unable to stand up. He has not lost his appetite or seem to be in real pain. just seems frustrated he cannot get up. Hate to have him put down if he just needs time. It all just came on suddenly. He was fine in the morning and about 90 minutes later failing over.

  23. I was told my dog has it. She walks like if she sprained her neck or her vertebrae. It looks scary and it’s scary if my doctor did not diagnose correctly. It’s been 3 days. It’s scary. I too was thinking of a stroke. She goes in circles with her head tilted to a side. Wish you had a video of it or if I can send you a video

  24. My vet has seen my girl since birth and very often. He looked At ear and he said it looked inflamed and hardened.

  25. He gave her anti inflammatory. She does not want to eat yet. On top of that she has cataracs. Mine got sick overnight

  26. I had commented on your video a couple of months ago(Gibkel-changed channel to Prewar strumming). My shepherd is nearly 18 and has been in circles for over a year now. First he went to the left then was only able to go to the right. As spring has started, albeit slowly due to Montana's resistance to warm, my old boy has all of a sudden righted himself. The symptoms are somedays nowhere to be found but when these cold fronts appear he falls back into these old circling habits. Strange to watch this unfold as he was nearly incapacitated by it and overnight, he's walking straight and going in and out of the house on his own. He hasn't been able to be able to do this in months. No question really but an puzzling observation.

  27. My dog is struggling with balance. She’s almost 2 years old and is supposedly a pit bull/Akita. She pants a lot and doesn’t want to eat (she only eats canned food, she won’t eat her dry food) but she drinks plenty of water. I don’t know what it is and I can’t really pay for a vet. Should I give her nausea medicine?

  28. thank you – immensely. My poor dog is in the middle of his first episode. Plenty of great tips given. So appreciative.

    Any daily/weekly tips, ie cleaning ears, that are recommended?

  29. My 14th year old Shihpoo was diagnosed 2 days ago, she's improved a bit already! 🙂 What's the best level of "activity" for them? I figure rest is always of course good. But does recovery also come from them relearning their sense of balance? Meaning I should allow her to try and walk around the house a bit and re-coordinate herself?

  30. My dog was 14 and suddenly developed a massive head tilt and was falling on the ground… completely unable to get up and was twirling and struggling to get up.
    The vet said he had Vestibular disease.
    Although, I was told he'd recover within a few days… I decided to put him to rest as he already was experiencing dementia and massive hind leg issues….I didnt think he'd be able to handle the recovery. I'm feeling very devastated about my decision but in the moment I felt it was the right thing to do.
    Note that while watching some videos I do actually wonder if it was vestibular disease as his symptoms were very severe.

  31. Is something that can get better overnight? My dog is 8 suddenly was tilting his head leaning to the side and just looked miserable but was better the next day.

  32. I have an 8 yr old mongrel. she can walk, eat, drink, and all, like her regular routine. however she has episodes of being wobbly and similar symptoms of old dog vestibular disease without the head tilt. its difficult to go to a vet who does have the means to do the neurologic test as Im living in the Philippines. what do you think are causing these? what advice can you give me. thanks in advance.

  33. My dog was diagnosed with Lyme Disease almost two weeks ago. She was given the usual treatment. In the first few days, she started to improve. Then two days ago I got up, and shook her leg and I thought she was dead. She finally got up and went out and peed, but didn't go #2. I watched her but she pretty much laid in the same spot till sometime after I left for a five hour shift at my job. I came home, and she had pooped, knocked a fan over, and was lying on the couch. I took her to my parents where she has had a range of difficulty.
    1. She eats when I help her hold her head up and feed her.
    2. She drinks water, ranging from holding a shallow bowl sideways to a squirting bottle to drink.
    3. She was getting up.

    1. She has gone from the first day in which she scared me thinking she was dead to.
    A: Was getting up, was letting me move her, walking around unsteadily.
    B. Eating/Drinking–she ate dinner but I had to feed her basically with a bottle.
    C. Also when I went to try to get her up to take her out, she yelped in pay and showed her teeth.
    I have done all the wrong things for my dog. I don't want her to suffer. My heart is broken. I've had her since she was 3 months old. I think I failed not flipping her over. She's been on the same side like all day. I didn't even think to do that. I've rubbed her legs and sides.

    Other stories: I never knew OVDB was a thing in dogs and that strokes were rare. I had another dog who now I think had OVDB and recovered from it on her own. She did not have this much trouble though. I mean she was an outside dog but she got up when I went out to check on her.

  34. My 9 year old lab mix can stand and get around almost normal. He stumbles a little and that's it. He hasn't fallen over yet. The right side of his face is paralyzed. He can't close his right eye, move his right ear, or close his mouth all the way now and the right side of his mouth is really droopy and he is drooling out of it. He also cant move his tongue to the right either. Vet put him on some antibiotics and I got him some food with more vitamins and stuff it. We are going almost 24 hours since I first noticed the symptoms.

  35. Got told that the reason this happened vets said that this happen to my dog because she is blind having a hard time dealing with it she means the world to us, they also said stress would make it worse . to me he seems more stressed out she’s constantly whining. Would love to know how I can make it easier for her so she feels less stressed

  36. I have a miniature Dachshund who lost his hearing 2 years ago and was diagnosed at the age of 15 with early onset renal failure in early Oct 2018, he didn't like the kidney support foods so I've been making him food (I always joke that he eats better than I do), and in Feb 2019 his vet did a blood test & said his kidneys were the same as last year when he was diagnosed.

    Fast forward to 3-1/2 weeks ago, I left him at home while grocery shopping and when came home he did some projectile vomiting and then I notice he was wobbling, stumbling and walking in circles. I saw his eyes and noticed them darting back & forth. I first thought he had a stroke but googled his symptoms and found info on Nystagmus and then Old Dog Vestibular Disease. After a while everything stopped but I took him to his vet. She examined him, check his ears, etc., and said everything looked fine, that his ears were good but asked if I noticed if he ever tilted his head because she couldn't noticed any head tilting. I told her no, he did not tilt his head at all. She said that to really find out she would have to do an MRI but did not recommend it as it was costly and with his age and his renal failure didn't want me wasting my money. She prescribed half a tablet of Cerenia for 8 days which seemed to help but one, was costly, and two gave him diahrrea which he gets off & on from the renal failure. He still gets the Nystagmus off and on, walks in circles, and stumbles when this happens but no more vomiting. He at least eats and drinks as well. His vet doesn't want him to really be on Cerenia too much because of his kidneys. This week he has had 4 episodes of the darting eyes & dizziness and 2 were on the same day, Aug 7, his 16th birthday.

    I have read several things online from other vets that if there is no rhyme or reason as to why a dog is experiencing this (I can relate to his doggy vertigo as I have vertigo) then it could be hypothyroidism. My dog has also been for about 4 to 5 weeks been licking the heck out of my arms if I've been sweating even just a tiny bit which he never did before. What are you thoughts on the hypothroidism?

    He's getting his blood & urine drawn tomorrow morning at 9:15am pacific time, Aug 10, 2019 and they are going to test for hypothroidism and recheck his kidneys. I know this is short noticed but I was wondering what your thoughts were on what to test for? I was just now loading the YouTube app on my Fire TV Stick and your videos regarding Vestibular Disease were the first things that popped up when I opened the app so that is why I am asking with very little time before his tests in the morning.

    Thank you so much for your videos and your time.


  37. hi my dog has been having 3 episodes of vastibular disease in the last month. He has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. He has been on thyroid medication and nerve supplements. He was improving and beginning to walk. Only the last two days i stopped the nerve supplements as it was causing heavy breathing while he was sleeping. So the vastibular disease recurred. Do you reckon I continue with the nerve supplements. His thyroid dosage is around 175microgram per day

  38. Thank you SO much for this video. Four days ago, my 15 year old dog developed a head tilt and staggering. I was terribly afraid he had suffered a stroke and feared that euthanasia was likely. Before I called my vet, I decided to do a quick internet check and fortunately, I found your video. Your description of the disease was identical to what my dog exhibited. He got worse yesterday and couldn't stand at all, but I'm happy to report that today has been a very good day. His balance is better, he can stand on his own. I cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge. You were certainly a blessing for my dog, Roscoe and I.

  39. Can the dog have this disease without the rapid eye movements? My dog is 7yr old Shorkie, her balance and gait is off, she rolls around if she lays a certain way, her back legs are stiff when she walks. She’s exhibiting every sign of vestibular disease except nystagmus.

  40. Take your pet to the veterinary. My dog was check by the ears , clean up (too much stuff inside her ears). And weird was that start over night. They medicate her for one week (inflammation and antibiotics) . She getting better, we changer her diet to royal canine ($25 ) to boost her appetite and strength . Don't wait for dog get 2 days with this just run to vets, if love your pet. DO NOT SLEEP YOUR PET!. my dog was check and some blood labs and physical check($144.00 USD) they ask for more stuff (x rays) , i did not say ''yes'' because, each one cost $80-$120 , name of medication ($22.00 more) Prednisone 5mg and Clavamox 500mg tabs..and i change her diet for boosting her appetite and energy. Put a lot water (change it) Also you need to stay with the dog in some place save to clean him (urine) and check him each time. (she 15 years old) With ears infection not pure german shepherd

  41. My 16 y.o. dog shows signs every few months it seems. I have noticed adding cooked eggs and ground beef or turkey meat into her breakfast has helped tremendously with walking straighter and staying balanced. And and stays on Vet's Best ache and pain pills. 1.5 in the a.m. and 1.5 before bed because she is 60lbs. Days after when she seems alot stronger (Please do NOT force them to walk while they are still weak), I have her follow me around the house and yard for treats for about 10 Minutes, like she is on an obstacle course, so she builds up strength in her legs and keeps her brain focused on those treats haha. She gets a bunch along the way. While your dog is weak, be the best caregiver to them. Baby them. Help them walk. Don't get upset over mistakes. They cannot help it. I put a leash under her hind legs area to help support her, if needed. (They also sell actual leg harness supports online if they get to that level of needing one more often). All the best to those seeing their animals suffer. I know it isn't easy to watch. Please don't give up on your dog because they usually bounce back! Sometimes it even takes WEEKS. Please have patience with them. ???????

  42. BE PATIENT! It’s looks pitiful and your heart breaks! But it clears up! My 10 plus year old schnauzer got it it was a very rough week , but yesterday I saw a drastic improvement!shes back to playing and wagging her tail! She’s %80 normal slight head tilt yet and very mild stumbling but improving!!! Just love them make them comfortable.

  43. I rescued a beautiful golden shepherd border collie mix, and 5 months after suddenly he started staggering around, drooling and terrified me, i rushed him to the er vet, and they took care of him gave him iv plasma etc, and 2 days later they him go home w me but i had to help him walk to pee for several days
    i was prescribed benadryl tabs 2 dye free 2x daily. i had to hand feed him bits of chicken and could barely drink but they gave me injection to give him orally to help him get his appetite back. They did full bloodwork urine test and follow up and everything was normal so they told me this was vd. I was surprised since he is only 7.
    he still has head tilt but is nearly normal now.
    I watch him like a hawk now.
    im grateful regardless of cost that he made it thru,,

  44. I have a Pomeranian who is about 7 years old, she has a lot of these symptoms but it only lasts about 10 minutes and then she’s fine. Any ideas?

  45. I have half German Shepard half Labrador and this is his second bout of Nystagymus. Its an inner ear thing, make sure they have clean ears and if it happened due to a new or sudden change in medicine that could be the cause. Dont put ure animal down. Mine could barely stand and or walk, eyes darted side to side rapidly and was vomiting, I kept him in a quite safe comfortable, cool room where I would pat him and talk to him and make sure I roll him every few hours. Toileting was when he tried to stand, I would hold him steady and walk him outside, he would otherwise walk into the wall or in a circle so I steadied him, hed go to the bathroom then id walk him back. for food I gave pieces of a cooked chicken little by little and would encourage him to drink when hestood but he made a full recovery

  46. Thank you so much for this important information! I have a 15 year old English Springer Spaniel who was having trouble walking around today, decided to leave him to sleep most of the day and not bother him; yet I always checked on him to see if he was okay. I was getting worried as while he is an old dog, he had great energy for his age and was able to still get on chairs at a certain height, and it wasn't until in the night he started to moves his eyes that my mom and I were able to research what he possibly might have. He does have a history of ear infections years ago since his floppy ears are magnets to the stickers on the property we live on (his space has always been weeded out, and we place a protector to prevent stickers getting into his ears on walks.) Definitely will keep an eye on him and will switch nursing roles with my mom when I have to work. I hope this isn't a painful experience for our dear loved ones 🙁

  47. My dog , a 14 year old mixed Beagle is surfering right now from what seems to be Vestibular Desease . It started about 4 days ago . She seems to be totally disoriented . I call her and doesn't respond as she normally does .
    Extremely difficult for her to even stand up and walk where she constantly stumbles . When she's walking and comes to a wall or obstacle she just stands there with her head touching the obstacle like a wall . After a while she then progresses , moves out of the obstacle and keeps on walking , sometimes sideways .

    I have to give her and prepare her food and put the dish underneath her head to get her to eat and drink water . Shes been like this for 4 days and I'm constantly monitoring her to see if any improvements in her condition .

    I haven't taken her to the vet yet because of lack of funds which are incredibily expensive . I myself have been fighting over lung cancer for 6 years and had my cycle of quimo yesterday so you can imagine my situation . My only income is SS disability so I'm always trying to make ends meet so a visit to a vet would put a huge burden on me but I have to take her to the vet , I have no other choice . Another thing I have notice is before these signs started she had started to present bloody stools . I don't know if its related in some way to her disorientation and lack of coordination . The blood in her stools seems to be getting better , less blood with more consistent stools but she is still stumbling all over the place .

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