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Stroke In Dogs Or Vestibular Disease In Dogs?

Updated on January 7, 2015

Did My Dog Have A Stroke?

Hi, this is my dog Elly in the picture on the left. She's almost 14 yrs old now. For her age she's been doing really great .

Several years ago, after she started experiencing some health challenges, we decided to start giving her a high quality dog food.

Her health drastically improved over the years after that plus we have always made sure she got plenty of exercise too.

So for almost 14, we've been very thankful. Recently though, my husband and I found ourselves asking the question, "Did my dog have a stroke?"

It was quite a helpless feeling when just a few hours earlier Elly seemed perfectly fine. She had gone out for a potty break after eating her morning dog food and everything seemed fine.

Next thing we know, she comes up to us and lays down and when she goes to get up she can hardly stand......and when she does she loses her balance and falls down.

Your first thoughts are that your dog has had a stroke. What we found out later is that what she had just experienced was Vestibular disease. Hopefully by sharing this it will help someone else if they are dealing with a similar situation. Please know our hearts go out to you as it can be very upsetting.

The good news is as they say, "with knowledge comes power",................ once we found out what she had, it made things a little more reassuring. Vestibular disease in dogs is very common and below you will find some helpful information.

Vestibular syndrome can happen to any dog and why it happens is still not completely known.It seems to have something to do with the inner ear. Dog owners need to be aware of this condition so that if it does happen to their dog they will be prepared.

Vestibular Disease Symptoms

Vestibular Disease in Dogs.....What We Experienced With Elly

As we found out, Vestibular disease in dogs is very common. I don't know the formal definition but I would call it, "dog vertigo".

I can only say what we actually experienced with our dog as far as symptoms go. Here are a few.......

loss of balance

tilted head

falling down easily

fine motor skills like chewing were hard for her

eyes jerking back and forth

circling and not able to control direction

hard to get outside to potty if it was dark outside

hard to stand up and eat

did not want to get up

fearful of moving forward....unsure

I have also heard that dogs experiencing Vestibular syndrome can be nauseated, Fortunately Elly did not experience this symptom.

Vestibular Syndrome Comes On Fast

What Happened To Us

It happened on a Sunday (seems like everything happens on a Sunday, doesn't it?) so we called our vet and she got right back with us.

We described what Elly was experiencing and she immediately told us she was pretty confident that it was Vestibular syndrome.

She did ease our minds by telling us that stroke in dogs is very rare and not likely because of their diet.

Vestibular syndrome happens a lot in older dogs but can be experienced by middle aged dogs too. It comes on very fast and hard. One minute they are fine, the next minute they're not.

Our vet told us she needed a lot of rest and to do whatever we could to make things easier for her. She said if anything got worse to call her.

She also told us to give her Benedryl. She said,"don't think I'm crazy, but you can give her three 25 mg capsules of Benedryl for her body weight of 75lb" (Note* I am not saying for you to do this with your dog just sharing our experience........you need to talk with your vet)

The Benedryl helps with the vertigo like symptoms and also helps them rest. It really worked well for Elly.

Vestibular Syndrome

Our First 24 Hours.....

The first day was very hard. We were still unsettled even though we were pretty sure now what it was. Elly is 75 lbs and needless to say it was hard coaxing a dog that large to go outside to potty. They don't want to move.

The first time or so we had to put her favorite treat just within her reach to get her to follow us outside. It definitely was an ordeal. She was very hesitant and unsure of herself.

We started feeding her smaller amounts of her dog food more often and we even moistened it to make it easier to chew. We noticed prior to this that she seemed to be swallowing her food (small kibbles) rather than chewing them.

Once we moistened it, she ate just fine. We let her lay down to eat in the beginning and brought her water bowl to her. We wanted to make sure she kept hydrated.

Once she started getting more mobile, we elevated her water bowl and feeding bowl to make it easier on her. We also read that it was helpful to massage her neck down to her shoulders as they say there are pressure points in that area that if massaged could help her. So we did that too.

Vestibular Syndrome.....How Long Does It Last?

Fortunately for us, Elly was doing much better within 48 hours, but it can last from a few days to a few weeks. I'll have to say it was hard on us even after we found out what it was.

It comes on so fast and you really do think your dog has had something terrible happen to them like a stroke or something. At the time, it seems impossible to believe that they could ever recover from it.

The good news is that it will NOT get progressively worse if it is Vestibular syndrome. The worst happens right in the beginning and then they gradually get better over time. How long it will take, well each dog is different. The most important thing is to call your vet immediately and tell them what your dog is experiencing.

Vestibular Disease In Dogs

48 Hours Later..........A Drastic Improvement

About 48 hours later Elly started showing a drastic improvement. The morning prior (which was about 24 hours) she wouldn't even come in to our room to wake us up to feed her like she always does.

She was just laying in the kitchen by the pantry door. But,by the next morning, (48 hours later) we were awakened to that familiar howl letting us know she was up and ready to get her dog food.

She came all the way down the hall to our bedroom as was her daily routine. That was so great to see, believe me! She's seems to be back to her old self now, thank goodness! (a little wobble now and again but for 14 yrs old, not bad at all!)

Now just because we saw improvement that soon does not necessarily mean that you will, but it can happen that fast. It could take a few weeks so just be patient and keep in touch with your vet.

I still can't believe how they can go from being so helpless to improving so quickly.

Unfortunately, some dogs experiencing this are put to sleep because it appears to be the end. That's why I am writing this........to let dog owners know what happened to us and to let them know what we have learned. Remember this.........Most ALL dog's will recover from Vestibular syndrome given time and care.

How To Prevent Vestibular Syndrome in Dogs

So how do you prevent Vestibular syndrome in dogs? Well, the best thing you can possibly do is to make sure they have a healthy immune system.

Feeding them the best holistic dog food, giving them regular exercise and keeping them clean and well groomed, are great ways to keep your dog healthy.

But even all that, in and of itself, might not keep your dog from having an episode of Vestibular syndrome. We feel like because Elly had a healthy immune system that it did contribute to her quick recovery. But that is just our opinion.

Hopefully by sharing this information, it will help many dog owners to be informed, and if they are going through this right now with their own dog, that they will be comforted and encouraged.

Let's face it, our dogs are our best friends.When they are hurting we are hurting. It's up to us to be proactive and keep them in good health and be there if and when they need us for support.

Watch This Video

Be sure and watch this informative video below by Dr. Sarah Wooten on Vestibular disease in dogs.

http://bestholisticdogfood.com/vestibular-disease-in-dogs/

Vestibular Syndrome..............Share your Story With Us

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      Cynthia 9 months ago

      My Yorkshire bure breed is coming up 3yrs this Xmas day and has all these symptoms, I have paid over $600 so far her blood test have come back as normal and they have given her Redipred ,is this safe or should I stop giving her this,it has made me feel like there is hope for her reading this and hopefully she will come right over the next few days or weeks,was sadly thinking of putting her down until I read this site,has been emotional rollercoaster the last few days

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      Karen 3 years ago

      My 9 year old white boxer has been at the vet for 2 days now and I am so glad that I found this site. The eye rolling and twitching, circling and being unable to walk was definitely scary. But he was also drooling (unusual for him) from the left side of his mouth. After the Vet saw him 2 days ago he did all sorts of blood work and urine/fecal test and the last test he did was a TSH for thyroid function, which turns out was less than .5. Almost not functioning at all. So now my dog will be on synthroid for the rest of his days. I am okay with that. But he is still with the Vet for one more day for observation. I am positive that Vestibular syndrome is what he has. Are there any other medications besides dramamine and benedryl that we could give him to help the dizziness? Are there any medications out there to help prevent this from happening again? Concerned in Carolina

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @timelue: I would definitely take your dog to the vet. Tell them the symptoms you are seeing and ask about vestibular syndrome. It usually happens with older dogs but you never know. But definitely get to your vet. Wishing you the best.......

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      timelue 3 years ago

      @frankielonglegs: My one year old blue heeler is doing the same thing did you did the source of the probelm Please help I am so scared.

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @camoult412: Its hard to say. We just gave Elly Benadryl and a lot of rest and she came out of it eventually. You just never know. Talk to your vet about your concerns. It takes time and we want them to get better fast but that's not the case with this. Wish you the best with your dog:-)

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      camoult412 3 years ago

      I had no idea this was so common in dogs! My 13 year old mix breed experienced all of these symptoms except for the rapid eye movement and head tilt....until we went to the vet and she prescribed meclizine and an anti-inflammatory. I just witnessed the rapid eye movement and head tilt. She was getting a little better each day and now seems to be getting a little worse. I hope the meds aren't doing more damage. Any thoughts?

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I would get your dog to the vet as soon as possible. It could be something else entirely so I would get it checked out right away. Wishing you the best with your dog.........

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My dog having the same problem(vestibular syndrome). He is a mix breed and 12 year old. This happen last Thursday where his head tilt and lost balance. So we treated him with care and i found out that he do not sleep for 3 days(eye open). He do not eat or drink which make me very worried. He is breathing hard and fast and he bark in pain which i don"t event know why. He vomit allot and he looks tired. I need help ASAP.

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @jolene-mccuaig: I would definitely get your dog checked out to be on the safe side and to make you feel better. Be sure and tell your vet all the symptoms you observed and make sure your vet knows about vestibular syndrome(which they should) Wishing you the best:-)

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      marinesdaughter 3 years ago

      My Elkhound, Cassie, will be 15 in July. I am an EMT and former veterinary assistant, so I am pretty well-versed on most emergency medical issues. I came back from hiking Easter Sunday evening to find her unable to stand with her back legs and a terrified look in her eyes. I sat with her until I felt I could try to get her onto the porch. She weighs 70 # and I have a bad right shoulder and zilch for upper body strength. I said my prayers and was able to carry her onto the porch and put her in her comfy bed. Her eyes kept jerking back and forth. She was also drooling excessively. I, too, thought it was a stroke. She laid in her bed with me beside her for a couple of hours. I didn't call the vet because I thought she was dying and, at 14, knew each day brings us closer to that inevitable day. She didn't seem to be in any pain. She couldn't use her back legs, but could feel me touching them. So, I prayed that she'd either recover or that Heavenly Father would gently take her home. I also prayed for her to not be afraid. She wasn't. She hates the indoors more than I do and it's always been a fight to get her inside in bitter temperatures. The only time she willingly comes inside is the 4th of July or during a thunderstorm. So, I thought if she was going to die, I wanted her to die where she wanted to be, not where she dreaded being. Finally, I had to go inside for a little while and when I came back, she was just plain gone! Well, I found her in the front yard. Long story short, she kept taking off from me, but she was walking on all fours! More like staggering, actually. But, I managed to herd her back onto the porch. She went into her dog house and sacked out. I kept checking on her. After about half an hour, she was standing up drinking. Later, I noticed she'd eaten. And, she was walking and acting perfectly normal! She's been normal since. I'd heard of this syndrome, but couldn't recall what it was. I was worried that she might have a brain tumor. Her sister, who belonged to a friend of mine, died at age 10 of a tumor in her lung. That sister's son died of cancer, too, but I couldn't recall what type. This gives me a lot of explanation and hope. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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      jolene-mccuaig 3 years ago

      hi

      I came across your story while researching this morning. My 12 year old rough collie woke me up at 6:30 am, he was suck half way down the stairs, he was disoriented, eyes shut, blind for the most part, unsteady and whining, constantly whining and circling around and around :( I know of vestibular but had not heard of dogs whining through an episode. His episode lasted about 20 minutes. It is now 9:13 am, he is resting, has drank and eaten, I see my vet at 2:15, wondering if I really need to see her at all, the other thing is there is no head tilt, in my experience most dogs will develop a tilt to their heads after, do you know of this?

      thank you for sharing your story

      Jolene

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @marinesdaughter: You're more than welcome! So glad that Cassie is doing much better!

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      frankielonglegs 3 years ago

      Our male Boston is 3.5 years old and can outrun a horse..almost on an 5/8th mile grass track. (Point being..he is very healthy), along with regular checkups, top dog food, great home environment, etc.

      Two days ago he started looking inquisitively at me with his tilted head. Then he started walking rather odd, a little bit in circles, and we noticed suddenly that his right eye seemed to be buggier than usual(he's a Boston) with lots of white underneath the eyeball. Whereas his left was looking normal. Then he started stumbling and we knew it was time to get him to the vet. Vestibular syndrome immediately was the vet's diagnoses after a sight/feel exam. He had some black bb sized ball of wax in the left ear tilted down, that she removed and then tested. Negative results, BUT since most VS cases involve an ear infection, she out him on Baytril, also Rimadyl and a Motion Sickness pill. He is still panting and circling, pacing around, walking wobbly, falling down some..it's been now 48 hours. Hoping to see a marked improvement by tomorrow at this time. We think that it might be on both sides now as he's walking with his legs wide apart in the back, sstiff legged in front, and both eyes appear to look abnormal now..nstygmus.

      We're hoping to wait until Monday to go back to the vet, voted the top vet in the city..(of over 3 million) so, not a small town operation. We asked and were told Benedryl could also be used, so..1/2 pill for this 21 pound Boston once a day. It seemed to help him sleep last night.

      I'm doing everything possible to avoid the ER vet, especially in this case, as there seems to be nothing one can do to speed the recovery along. He's pacing all over the place....anyone have suggestions on any aspect of this as I would love to hear them.

      Thanks.

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      Iruffu 3 years ago

      @Iruffu: Update week three~Much have improved! Still struggles to climb steps but we'll continue to carry her up and down. Still isn't playing, but eats, drinks and goes potty on her own. Not much dizziness left, but still not herself. Vet is pretty impressed with progress and says it can take weeks/months to fully recover. DON'T GIVE UP! I'm glad we didn't :)

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      CandiceE 3 years ago

      @Iruffu: I am so happy that she is getting better............Glad you found this site too!

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      Iruffu 3 years ago

      I'm soooo glad I found this sight! I too thought this was the end for our 11 yr. old Brittney Spaniel, this was so hard to watch and the panic I felt was overwhelming. I had to make a decision at the emergency vet. (of course it happened on a Sunday night) leave her hooked up to iv overnight for a cost of 1100.00 or take a chance that she may die if I took her home. I said, if she's going to die, she's going to die at home, not here alone and in a cage! Here we are on day number 4 and she's doing so much better, not nearly normal, but hey she's eating, drinking, and "walking" drunk! She's on antibotic and anti-dizzy/nausea pills, she's getting rest and lov'in all the attention! She's certainly determined to walk & I'm certainly NOT giving up on her :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Reference my Lassie from 4 weeks ago. She is able to work on her own, head it almost upright. It has taken a lot of TLC, but she will be around for a while longer. If she didn't get the presidone, she would not have made it. That was a good decision that was made by my vet.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: So glad to hear that!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh yes I forgot to add that my boxer threw up continuously through this so they do throw up.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: My boxer at age 12 went through this last year from her left ear. It comes from a deep ear infection and unfortunately for her her eardrum burst from the pressure which allowed the infection to come out. She was very very sick and totally off balance for 6 days. She refused food and water for 5 of those days and then I told her she was going to eat no matter what--I made her hamburger and rice and I hand fed her. she then was able to drink some water. Believe me she was bad and I was scared I would lose her so I stayed with her 24/7. It took what seemed like months for her to regain her balance and to help her walk I fashioned a beach towel as a sling to walk her with so I had control over her. We got over that and all was well when suddenly 2 months later she got in the right ear, but this time I got her to the vet on time and her eardrum did not rupture - she got an antibiotic shot both times to make sure the infection didn't spread.

      This came on so suddenly and it takes a lot out of them. Yes it is like vertigo in humans and most dogs get it around age 10 to 12. Both times she had it she got hand fed and the 2nd time I made her eat within 24 hrs.

      Now antioxidants and glucosamine chondroitin was her new lifelong pills. Kept her healthy. Make sure you talk to your vet about vestibular aka old dog syndrome and pass the info along so other people know not to put their dog to sleep. They will get better even though while they have it it appears they won't.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: Day 4. Said I would keep you all posted, on the twelve year old standard poodle. She is now laying with head upright, alert, and has control of her legs.. Can now turn by herself from side to side and lick her own behind. OMG, my husband just called me to come by the door. he took her out while I was writing this. She is standing by herself in the yard, a little wobbly but standing there wagging her tail. I have to admit, was really starting to get worried, huge improvement today.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh I am so happy for you! I am so glad I was able to help:-) Give Alex a great big hug and treat from me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your article saved my dogs life. We were ready to let him go until I found this. 3 weeks after the onset of symptoms, he is slowly but steadily recovering. Our vet and others encouraged us to "put him down", but reading this site gave me hope and altho we did not get this diagnosis from our vet, I am confident this is what he has had. Every symptom fits and his quality of life has returned.

      Alex thanks you!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If it were my dog, I would definitely get him in to the vet to be checked out especially since Bentley is only 3 years old. Hope he gets better soon:-)

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Have not heard of that so I really don't know. I would keep an eye on her like the vet said and if she gets worse get her back in to the vet. Hope Gypsy feels better soon:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I am hoping that the symptoms are cureable,here we go... Sunday night my 3yr had a similar episode. He was outside and usually when coming in he is a punk n will bite at my feet and sound aggressive and barking. While Bentley is barking his bark suddenly stops in middle of his bark and just walked to the door instead of biting at my feet the whole time,brought him inside and he almost seemed as if he were stoned. Looking through me when spoken to. Then kept whimpering which is normal when he wants to go to bed and Im not ready to so I open my door for him and he didn't go in. When I was ready for bed,looks at me like he needed help into bed. Soon as I lifted him into bed he started shaking or trembling for under a minute... Than he wouldn't lay down as if something was hurting,I finally got him to lay and he had this look in his eyes almost as if he had cadaracks but the grey was clear and he looked thru me not at me. And had no emotion when I talked to him which is not my Bentley. Today noticed him walking as if he were drunk and his bark is like he has a sore throat and when he first gets up he favors 1 side,but is fine to jump in my jeep and run with other dog though I wouldn't let him push it too far.,but I now know he is not hurt where I thought he was. I am praying that he will wake up and be the 3 year old boxer he is. It seems like he don't remember a lot of stuff like his name and/or different words that would make him excited,treat ,walk ,ride , etc... He has no emotion to these words. I saw nothing about them reverting back mentally in this blog, With this being said does this sound as if it were Vestibular Syndrome or something else? But all the other symptoms are similar. Thanks a lot. I pray that Bentley wakes back up. Again,he is still active as far as mobile,just not the boxer he was Saturday night. Thanks again, your input is greatly appreciated.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: We are not big on vets, or animal emergency hospitals. Too long of a story to go into. but after thousands of dollars, and our dog being sent home, basically with no functioning liver. Oh, they did give us a bottle of water pills. Twelve hours later she was dead. Filled with fluid and I think drowned to death. Kinda hard to find a vet after 9pm in our area, Thought about shooting her, couldn't bring myself to do it. wish i did.

      Now our 12 yr old standard poodle is going through her second bout of vestibular. Not as scary as the last one, but still disturbing. She was flopping around when we came home from shopping yesterday. This morning when we checked her out, her legs were very stiff like rigor mortis had set in, also seemed like her breathing was heavy. started thinking stroke. Gave her dramamine, decided to take advantage of the situation and groom her, clipped her cleaned out feet and pads,. ears, and face. read about massage in one of the posts. Was letting the clippers run on her neck and back. She is still laying, but very relaxed, breathing normal, legs not stiff at all. She always loves to be clipped, will jump up on the grooming table as soon as she sees the clippers and blades getting pulled out. Had to do this while she was laying in her bed, but think it helped. Took a couple days the last time. She is looking a hell of a lot better since doing this. will keep you posted

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi our Dauchshund is 16 she is called Gypsy and was on antibiotics for an abscess the vet drained it last Saturday but she was on metronidazole and it says on various web links that it can make this come on. she walks in circles and falls over sometimes. We took her to the vet this morning and they did blood tests which were fine. She is eating but very distressed at night crying. We carry her into the garden to wee and she does . We just wondered if you have heard if an abscess can make this come on. Our vet has told us just to keep an eye on her and help her as much as she needs. Any information would be gratefully taken.

      Thankyou

      Jerry

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: So glad to hear that Zeus is doing better!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It's really hard to know. Maybe try a little darker place and see how he does. We had to carry Elly some as she would not go out in the beginning. Maybe just let him decide and follow his lead. If he acts like he needs help, then help him:-) Also remember it can take a little time so be patience:-) Which is easier said than done.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My dog Zeus in going into his second week with this. I took him to the vet after one week. He was dehydrated so I left him overnight at the vet office. The next 3 days I gave him an IV bag (easy) and his appetite really increased as well as his spirit. He is moving around much better now. He is still shaky on the left side of his body, but he is improving.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, thanks for posting this.

      My Buddies name is Fred and I have had him for 15 years.

      Fred' symptoms happened overnight and it really has me heartbroken.

      Hes a Border Collie and i am afraid this will drive him insane.

      I know there is no treatment, but what do you suggest i do until things get

      better? I would think that darkness would help releive the dizziness. Should I keep him in the light or dark?

      Is it ok to carry him or should walking be his therapy?

      Appreciate your advise.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome..........so glad she's better:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 9 year old Cavalier had one of these episodes last night & we were really worried to say the least. She seems perfectly fine again this morning. I was so relieved to have found this website, your comments have really helped reassure us that it may not be as serious as we'd first though. We're going to monitor her before rushing off to the vets as pills & potions & their side effects on our already diabetic pooch in my experience are not always the best course of action. We're feeding prescribed diabetic wet & dry food for info.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Carol,

      I hope Spencer is still on the road to recovery. My dog Zeus just had his first episode 4 days ago. He has slowly lost his appetite. However, Chicken broth over some rice or chick dipped in chicken broth has renewed his taste buds. Try this if Spencer still has not appetite.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing, and I agree with you, you should never overlook the obvious. You never know and especially with all the dog food recalls lately:-( I am sorry to hear about what happened to your dog. I used this dog food for years with Elly as it was a quality food and had never been recalled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If everyone is having problems with their dog at the same general time, July and August 2013, maybe we should be comparing what dog food and treats are being given to each. Having been through a dog passing away from dog poisoning problems in 2007, I am just wondering and thought i would comment.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: If it were me I would have checked out by your vet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our 14 yr old Miniature Schnauzer, Spencer, came down with this last Friday. It happened late in the afternoon and I rushed him to our vet right away. The vet diagnosed this as vestibular problem and explained it could last a couple of weeks. He was not keeping even water down so we switched to Ice and he is doing just fine with that.. He also would not eat anything I tried. Finally, tonight I cooked some rice and he ate a small amount. I am hoping that we are turning a corner...he is such a sweet and patient dog...just sleeps in his kennel with never a complaint. In the mean time, we are giving him all the support he needs and hope this ordeal is over soon.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my names Christie

      My girl is 4 and was jumping around being her normal energetic self then after jumping up to catch a ball she landed with no cause for concern. She trotted back over to me rather slowly and that's when I noticed she was a little in easy. She flopped to the floor panting heavily. I moved to wards her and she stood up but not properly she wasn't standing on her pads but on the top if her foot and flopping all over the place. Then the back just flopped in my arms and she had no control of her back end she even let me pick her up being 17kg border collie. Did not struggle to be out down. I placed her back down to be sure I wasn't just imagining it and her front started to do the same as her back end was. I ended up pushing her home in friends push chair with her lying legs flopped over the edge with no attempt to get jump out. We were home and she started to get up and walk but not for long it's been a good 3 hrs and she fine walking fine, eating going toilet happy as before. Is this the same thing I was lost for words not a nice thing to see or go through. Xxx

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome............glad your dog is back to her old self!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My 14 year old beagle had one 6 days ago. It is so scary. She was given ear drops and told me to give her dramamine every 8 hours to help with the seasick feeling. I read a link from a person that said it took about 2 months for their dog.

      Do you see any improvement at all each day? Mine sleeps all the time and i have to wake her up to go outside. Then she lays back down. now she is just starting to sit with her head up. (almost a week later) My vet said to try greek yogurt, chick broth in her water, baby food to get her to eat. so far the only thing she is eating is peanut butter on bread. 3 or 4 bites.. at least its something. good luck to you. and get well soon puppy :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for this posting! Our 16yr old Chihauhau had this same thing happen a week ago Thursday. It happened so suddenly. For three days I thought we were going to lose her, she was not in pain, so did not want to take her to the vet as we were afraid they would say due to her age to put her down. She did not bark for several days and her eyesight seemed to be compromised. But now after a week, she is back to her normal self. What you describe is exactly what happened to her. I will definitely be passing this information along! It makes me feel much better to have a idea of what may have happened!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a little old dog. His name is Rudy. I think He's probably 17 or 18. He was a foundling in 1997. Rat Terrier Mix and full grown when he found me. I believe he has had this old dog vestibular syndrom at least 3 times since July of 2012. Each time he has recovered but his recovery is a little less complete each time. Today of course is Sunday and I am currently unemployed so emergency veterinary service is out of the question. He's had a 4th occurrence as of this morning. I feel so bad for him. He's so nauseous, won't eat or drink, can't stand without falling, spastic eye movement. I will take him to the regular vet but I think this time I will let him go. It is heartbreaking but the reason I am posting this is because I am so grateful for this last year I have had with him and if you can nurse them back to health you will have buddy back. Don't give up.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing Brian! So glad your dog is better:-)

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      joannh 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Connie, please read my story on my Lassie.

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      joannh 4 years ago

      My older dog that is a mixed breed got diagnosed with vestibular disease about 2 weeks ago. She got worse as the week went by. She was on an antibiotic and a pill for dizziness. After 5 days my vet put her on prednisone and that has really helped her as she is able to walk by not falling to the side, eat her food, drink her water and now she is able to walk on tile. I still have to take her forward by lifting her as she still has the fear of moving forward and her head is still turned to the left. This is the last day for the prednisone so I will see what happens in the next week. She becomes restless at times and I might try Benadryl to ease her nerves.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, my dog Oscar, 14, has had this since last Thursday. I rushed him to the vet fearing the worst. Since then he is improving a bit day by day. He can now get around (unsteadily) is eating and going to the bathroom outside. Last night he even wanted to play ball. The problem is when it's time for him to come in at night he will walk as far as the house and refuses to come in. He gets very anxious (we all do) and it's as though he is afraid to walk through the doorway. If we try to pick him up he panics and starts flailing and if we try to move him when he is laying down he starts to roll and his body gets very contorted. We are afraid he will break his spine or something. I am calling the vet today to see about getting him some anti-anxiety medication. I am hoping this will pass as it is very disturbing to see and extremely stressful for the dog as well as us. If this is to be an ongoing problem I can't see it being fair to the dog to let it continue. . Does anyone have any suggestions/encouragement on what to do to get him over this.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Last night, Thursday the 8th August at about 9pm our 11 year old dog, without warning, slumped to the floor and looked helpless and limp. Through the next few hours he couldn't stand without leaning on us, and when he walked he was all ovr the place. He would veer to the left, his body wasn't straight and his legs would just drop away from him. It was awful to watch. His eyes didn't flicker as its reported some dogs do but in all other ays he was displaying vestibular (inner ear) problems. We decided to let him rest through the night and see how he was this morning. Coincidentally and fortunately we had an appointment with our vet already booked for this morning at 8:30. When we woke this morning our dog was fine, waking OK, back to normal. We went to the vet and described what had happened, straight away our vet (who has been vet of the year so really nows his stuff) said vestibular problem. He went on to say it could be as simple as a little blood clot or similar that has passed through. He said that these problems can come without warning, can happen just once and never reappear or can occur again in the future. He said it can last for days, possibly but infrequently a week or more. So my message to all of you is dont instantly think its a stroke or anything as serious. It is not nice to see your dog in this way but having this ear problem is far better than other things you might think of it being. In our case our dog is better today and it disappeared as fast as it appeared.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Connie,

      First, take a deep breath:-) I would agree that if she was fine and then all of a sudden started acting this way that it very well could be Vestibular. When it comes on it takes you by surprise. Having said that, I am not a vet, just giving my opinion. Give her a little time and see how she does, trying not to jump to conclusions and thinking the worst. I shared all the symptoms that Elly had but other dogs might not have all the symptoms like eye twitching. Remember you can always get a second opinion too. Help her get plenty of rest. Hang in there and I hope she starts improving soon!

      All the best,

      Candice

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Connie,

      First, take a breath:-) Try to calm yourself and try not to think the worst. I am not a vet, but I would agree that if she was fine and then all of a sudden (that's how vestibular does) now she is displaying many of the symptoms, then there is a very good chance this is what it is. I listed all the symptoms Elly had but every dog might not necessarily have them all. Help her get as much rest as you can and watch her and maybe give it just a little time or get a 2nd opinion from another vet. It sounds like the chances are good this is what it is but I am only giving my opinion. Again I am NOT a vet. Let us know how she does.............

      All the best,

      Candice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: BLESS YOU FOR POSTING THIS ARTICLE I FEEL OUR 13 YO MADDIE( RESCUE LAST YEAR ) SHES 13 DEAF AND BLIND LASTNIGHT SHE WAS HERSELF THEN NO MORE THAN 1 MIN LATER SHE HAD ALL THESE SYMPTOMS ACCEPT THE EYE TWITCHING WE TOOK HER TO VET TODAY THEY HAD A FILL IN SHE NEVER MENTIONED THIS BUT I REALLY BELIEVE BY ALL THE SYMPTOMS SHE HAS THIS SHE EATS MCDEES BURGERS AND DRINKS WATER ( NO EYE TWITCHING) IT SCARED ME TO DEATH HER HEAD WAS TILTED TO THE LEFT AND SHE STRUGGLED TO GO RIGHT BUT ALWAYS WENT LEFT SAME WAY AS HER HEAD AND SHE GOES IN CIRCLES SOMEWHAT AND FALLS .. THE FILL IN SAID ITS NUROLIGICAL LIKE TUMOR OR LESION BUT I WOULD THINK THIS WOULD BE GRADUAL NOT IN 1 MIN FINE NEXT MIN WALING LIKE SHES DRUNK !!! I AM SO THANKFUL FOR ALL THE STORIES OF THESE PPLS DOGS IT HELPS IM GOING TO TRY THE BENEDRYL TONIGHT... I AM SO STRESSED I DONT WANT TO LOSE HER SHES PART OF OUR FAMILY PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR HER IM JUST ABOUT A BASKET CASE OUR LIL BICHON 4 YO LAST 2 WEEKS HAD BLADDER STONES SHES FINE NOW HAD SURGERY THANK GOD. I DONT BELIVE THE FILL IN VET SHE SAID WE NEED TO TAKE HER TO A SPECIALTY VET NEUROLOGIST BUT WE DONT HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY NOT AFTER ANGELS SURGERY WE LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK I PRAY TO GOD ITS THE SYNDROME IT SURE SOUNDS LIKE IT .. THANK YOU FOR HELPING

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      we adopted a long haired terrier 13 yo deaf and blind . yesterday we celebrated our anniv. came home ate some chicken maddie was fine she had chicken ( no bones) about 1 hr later she was walking like shes drunk head tilted to left and wanting to go that direction today shes same way but eats and drinks no eyes twitching we took her to vet they had a fill in vet she said it sounds like nurilicgacal prob and said take her to a place that has a nurologist we dont have that kind of money... it sounds like this that you guys are talking about she does eat a lil and drinks only diff is no eye twitching... i'm going to try the benidril i feel if she has a brain tumor or lesion she would have progressing symtoms not just fine one sec and acting like this the next....is there anyway she could have this without the eye twitching i cant believe its a brain lesion or tumor wouldnt she have slowly progressed over time to this point im sick from worry i have 6 dogs that are my life .. i cannot euthinize her im not ready someone please give me some good news pleaseeeeeeee. i recently had a kidney transplant and angel my soul mate bichon was diagnosed with bladder stones ugh she had surgery and is fine now , now its maddie im in hell here need encouraging words pleaseeeeeeeee!!!!! thank you connie bennington ohio

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am so glad I found this site - it has given me hope that my 13 year old flat coated retriever might actually be ok! The last three days have been heartwrenching having to watch her with this illness but having read some of these posts I can finally understand what my vet has been trying to say, that she will get better. That is very hard to believe when my darling little dog can't evern stand up to say hello to me but I now do feel a big of hope - thank you!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome, wishing the best for Heart!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My 12 year old blue heeler mix, Rocky, had the eye twitching back and forth uncontrollably and that made it hard for him to walk. It was Vestibular Disease and it took a few days to get him back to normal. Now, 6 months later, my older dog, Heart, a Borzoi, has the tilted head and unsteady back legs but she seems to be able to go out if I walk next to her, letting her lean on my as she walks to go outside and still has her appetite so I gave her some Benedryl this morning to help her rest and hoping it too is Vestibular Disease over a stroke. She's a lovely old lady but we'll wait to see if she gets any better and report back soon.

      Thanks!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Some people have shared that it has taken up to a month to see a turn around ...keep in touch with your vet. Hopefully things will improve:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog is also experiencing the same symptoms but this has been going on for over 2 weeks. The vet hasn't come up with a diagnosis yet, she doesn't seem to know what is going on with him. I am at the point of losing hope because he isn't getting better..just worse.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you so much for this information! i'm not sure this is what my dog has but it gives me an the idea he might get better.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome...........hope Moby feels better soon:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Julie S - Christine, my beagle developed this on July 1st, and is very slow to recover (now July 29). She will have a good couple of days, then a bad day, then a good one, then a bad one. We will go on a bit longer, but need to see if she ends up with less good, beagle days ahead, then it will get hard. Hate seeing her endure the bad days.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Tonight (again, a Sunday) my 13 year old standard dachshund started drooling and fell over. I picked him up, he was totally limp and his eyes rolled back and he was panting. I called the emergency vet to let them know we were on our way. I offered Moby water and he drank quite a bit, laid back in my arms. While on the way to the vet he perked right up to his old self. He could stand just fine and wanted to look out the window. Back home he drank and ate and is tucked in bed. Skipped the ER and am taking him to our regular very tomorrow. Had he not perked up we would have continued to the ER. Thank you for this article.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh I am so happy that I was able to help! Take it a day at a time and make sure they get lots of rest and love:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thank you so much for this information! i was crying the whole time we brought our dog to the clinic. anxieted out! i'm glad to hear things will get better. i jsut feel so helpless but with this article you have helped a lot!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog will be 14 in December. The first time that I had noticed something strange was when she was sick, vomiting, and loose bowels. I went to take her out for a walk and she tilted over and fell down. She just looked up at me as to say what is happenning to me. Well I was concerned because I really thought that this was it and that she was having a seizure or stroke. Needless to say, I carried her in and laid her down. By the next day she was back to herself and I was so happy. Then tonight, her head started to shake or tremble. I also noticed that she held out her left paw and then her right paw. Again, I was in panic mode. I tried to take her out and she was walking funny. So I lifted her up and put her on the grass. After a few seconds, she seemed to be coming back to normal. Thank you so much for this helpful information. It makes so much sense now. We are going on vacation and I can now tell the pet sitter her condition and not to be alarmed. So grateful and happy to have read your story, thank you for sharing!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome........I'm so glad it helped.........all the best to you and your dog:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this story. I just h ad the same exact experience with my dog last night. She is almost 14 like your dog, aleays been healthy till a couple years ago and was recovered when this happened last night. I found out a lot more from you than the vet.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh Shirley I am so happy! Thank you for sharing this as I know it will be an encouragement to others! Give Champ a hug from me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: Hi Candace! Finally, good news to report with Champ! Tomorrow will be two weeks since he was stricken with Vestibular Disease. He is recovering wonderfully! Eating and drinking, alert and oriented...once again watching the kitten play. He can get up and go outside to the bathroom...still extremely wobbly and fearful of falling, but he's getting better with it daily. I want to reassure others that patience, dedicated nursing care, and lots of love and prayers brought him through. It wasn't easy. I had to rely on that "gut" instinct that I've listened to over several decades of Nursing. I've had patients so weak they wanted to give up, but with love and encouragement and HOPE they beat the odds and overcame the obstacles and lived! Yes, there were times when the end was eminent and I had to pray families through their grief...but there were also those times when everyone else, including the doctors, said there was no hope...but God had other plans. Faith is a wonderful gift. I learned a long time ago concerning healing ..."It's my job to pray...it's God's job to do the rest." And you don't stop...you don't give up...you persevere until it's actually over." I'm glad I didn't give up on Champ...He deserved that from me.. I got up every 3 hrs through the night for two weeks and hydrated him (syringing pedialyte and chicken broth into his mouth) I had to lift and pull and tug this 120 lb animal to reposition him and constantly change and wash his comfortor/bedding (he couldn't get up to go to the bathroom) I medicated him with Benadryl, antibiotic ear and eye drops, and gave him Penicillin shots every day. And I went to work everyday caring for sick people. Nursing Champ was like taking care of a sick child...totally dependent on you...He would look up at me when I held his face in my hands with trusting eyes and I knew what I had to do...regardless if it meant sleepless nights and a lot of work. By the way...my vet did suggest I put him to sleep because of his age...I told him....not today...thank you...not today.

      It's just something you feel in your spirit and I felt it in mine with Champ. He was not in pain or suffering...He was looking to me...trustingly for help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Christine, my name is Cliff K. (see my post on 6/30/13) my dog Pono (16yrs) went through that terrifying episode on 6/22/13. I really thought I had lost him that day but luckily the emergency vet hospital did diagnose it as a Vestibular Syndrome and he was recovering quite well as he was walking steadily and eating and drinking on his own and I was very relieved and happy, but on July 3 he had a slight relapse with a very pronounce head tilt to the right and could not walk or just stand. Fortunately it was not as terrifying as the 1st episode and understanding now about Vestibular Disease I did not panic and gave Pono Meclizine 25mg and just had him sleep. I had to hand feed him food and water and to this day I still have to but he has improved quite significantly as since his relapse he would just walk in circles and could not even get up on his own but now he only has a slight head tilt and he is a lot stronger and able to walk straight but he still has a long way to go. It has been a month now but as I had mentioned I still have to hand feed him food and water but he is able to do his daily business on his own. I know now to help my Pono with his recovery requires a lot of work and patience. He is improving every day, gaining back his weight he lost and slowly getting back to normal. Please don't give up!

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm so sorry.......I can only share what happened to Elly so I really don't know. Hers lasted about a week total I would say.Maybe someone else might share their story. Hope you see improvement soon:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My dog has all of these symptoms. I took him to the vet. The first time we took him to the vet know one said anything about VSD, I took him again and they did blood work & xrays. They said everything looks good but the liver count. So they did a urine test. That came out negative. So then they flushed his inner ear and he had atibotics. We didn't see any improvement. It has been about 3 weeks now. I am so scared. What is the longest anyone has seen it take to get better. They want me to do a MRI next. Need to know what the best thing to do is. Please let me know your story. My heart is broken :(

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sending a big hug your way..............hopefully you'll know something soon. Wishing you all the best:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I came home last night from a 3- day camping trip to find my 14-1/2 year old cocker spaniel with all these symptoms. And my house sitter said she hadn't been that way in the morning. So I suspect this may be vestibular syndrome. Of course it was a Sunday and my vet refers weekend cases to the local oet emergency hospital, which charges 3 times as much. If this is her time, I didn't want to go to a stranger. So I'm waiting for my vet's office to open up this morning. She can still get around with difficulty and paced all night. She is also panting incessantly, which no one else has mentioned as a symptom, and vomits all the water she drinks. I wish I'd seen this last night so I could have tried the Benedryl. I did try Rescue Remedy thinking that might calm her, but it didn't do a thing. She won't eat a thing and the house sitter said she hadn't all weekend and that preceding this her whole body was shaking as she walked, which it is still. She's gotten very skinny over the past several months and I suspect more is going on and this is her time. She's had such a long life that I don't want to make her hold on for my sake. But if this really is a passing thing, maybe she's got more life in her. Happily I have a vet I trust completely to give me the guidance I need.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Sherry,

      I can't really make any suggestions as it would be considered "prescribing", I can just share my testimony about my dog. I would contact your vet and ask them. Tell them what you are thinking it is. I would schedule an appointment with them as soon as possible so they can evaluate her. There might be some info online concerning benedryl, amounts and frequency for dogs. Hope she gets better soon!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This happened early this am to our 13 year old 75 pound Shepard/lab/retriever named Bear. She has all the symptoms i see on here except I do not see any eye movement/twitching yet. She is drinking water and eating food as long as i bring it to her. My question is since its Sunday I gave her benedryl about 10:00 am, should I give her another dose tonight before bed or only the one dose per day. This sight has answered a lot of my questions thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I just came across this post as I was researching this condition. I to have a Cane Corso who just turned 3 last week. He also was diagnosed with VS. Everything you posted is spot on with regards to my Boy. I was just curious to fine out how your guy was doing. We are going on to day 5. He is getting around, but losing balance. His facial abnormalities have improved some but still noticeable. We are also still having a hard time feeding him, and as a result, he has lost about 10 to 12 lbs, and he seems very depressed. hope all is well with your guy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Given his ear drainage and his lack of improvement, I would RUSH him to a vet, rather than relying on an online forum. As a nurse, I am sure you know that it is not fair to any person or animal to let them suffer.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: First of all, the titre for most vaccinations shows immunity for AT LEAST six years after immunization. Many dogs and cats have terrible reactions to vaccines, including immune system disorders. Some effects are temporary, and others permanent. At this age, I would never vaccinate your dog again! The American Veterinary Medical Assoc. recommends vaccinating no more than every three years, after the initial vaccination and the booster a year later. Unfortunately, many vets still follow the yearly protocol, in large part because it ensures that pet owners do a yearly check-up. Even if they don't need to be vaccinated, a yearly check is a good idea. Did the vet use the Fort Dodge vaccine? That is far more likely to cause problems.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our thirteen old Belgian had her first Vestibular episode last February. It really scared me- she woke up in the middle of the night shaking and unable to stand. I helped her off the bed in the morning and she headed unsteadily to the stairs. She made it down halfway and then fell the rest of the way- we managed to get her out to do her business and then I called the emergency service for our vet. I had to leave her there because I was moving a loved one that day to a long term care facility. My vet called me to reassure me it was CVS and that she would improve...no ear infection or other obvious reasons for the attack but we didn't do a MRI for brain tumor. She still had the head tilt and stumbled occasionally but was much better in 10 days. Unfortunately she has had a recurrence and it is very stressful for her. I have been giving her children's gravol for the nausea and it seems to help. Our "Desi" is really dizzy but we'll keep trying to make her comfortable.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 6 year old Doberman who had an ear infection that triggered it. She stumbles and her face is sunken in a little on the side. It is hard for her to eat and drink but she does with assistance. She has a droopy eye but doesn't have the eye movement. My vet insists that it is most likely not a stroke, (he says they are rare at her age). We have cleared the infection, done the blood work and it has been almost three weeks now. I returned to the vet to get advice and all I could get was to have an MRI done, and wait and see. I keep reading that it sometimes takes this long, but I don't see much improvement. Anyone have advice on good results with therapy? She can walk but have to assist at times, she has to wear a halter all the time lately so we can help her.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, Elly had the eye movement back and forth.............ask your vet about Vestibular and if he thinks it could be a possibility.........hope he's better soon:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 14 year old lab woke up at 2am last night and couldn't walk therefore unrinated in the house. Then barked to go outside. He seemed confused. So i went back to bed and heard him getting sick. Then i went to see him and his head going back and forth with his eyes left to right can walk. Very unsteady. Took him to the vet and said thinks he might have had a mini stroke. They are doing blood work today 7/15/2013. Anyone else have the eye movement.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Shirley, I would get him to a vet as soon as possible. There could be other things going on.........You don't want him to be suffering and your vet should know what to give him to make him comfortable. Above all, you need to think about what is best for him:-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: Hi Candace! Thanks for the prayers. Champ was able to eat some cooked chicken and chicken broth yesterday morning then start throwing up. He hasn't eaten or drank since then. I've tried chicken broth, chicken rice soup, canned dog food, scrambled eggs yet nothing make him want to eat I'm more worried because he isn't drinking at all. I gave him a Zofran last night and started syringing pedialyte into his mouth again. He still can't get up and when I lift him under his front arms to change his bedding(remember he's a big boy) he acts like he's falling and panics. Continuing the penicillin shots and switched to Benadryl instead of meclizine as an anti emetic, as well as for the dizziness. I got up every few hours last night to keep him hydrated with the pedialyte and went to church in tears. I even tucked a prayer cloth in his collar before I left. His head is still tilted, but the right ear and eye have stopped draining. How long can this last and how often do I give the Benadryl (gave him 100mg. this AM) ? I feel like I'm fighting for his life and he doesn't have the strength himself.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Excellent advice Guardian..............wishing you the best.............

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Keep in mind, it isn't always Vestibular Disease. Dogs showing these symptoms and not improving are likely afflicted with another illness or cancer. It's highly emotional for the owner, but we should always weigh the quality of life first. Get an second opinion from a Vet who is KNOWLEDGEABLE. If you have confidence in the Vet, you'll make the right decision. My boy is going on four days with very little improvement and I've been through this with him once before. I am hopeful, but I need to remain a realist for his benefit. Godspeed.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome:-) Will definitely keep the prayers going...................Champ is awful lucky to have a great Mom like you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CandiceE: Thank you for your prayers. Champ seems some what better tonight. My daughter gave him pedialite throughout the day to keep him hydrated. He is able to lap it up now rather than us having to use a syringe. His ear is still draining so I have given him a penicillin injection and will continue for a week to try and clear the ear infection. He still cannot get up or walk. He is urinating ( as he lays on a comforter. Just washed and changed the bedding and keep the pillow for his head which is still tilted. I also instilled pain relieving ear drops and gave him 2 baby aspirins, as well as another meclizine. He seems comfortable...but still not out of the woods. continue to pray that God will heal him. He is a remarkable beautiful German Police Dog who loves children and cats. His best friend, my Great Pyrenese, Annabelle seems to know he isn't well and even the cats are spending a vigil close by. Thank you again for your encouragement.

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      jeffhargett 4 years ago

      My 14 year old cockerspanial, as of June 6, could hardly walk the morning of July 4, 2013.

      It caught me off guard as I was intrenched in the morning pre-work ritual.

      After trying to get buffie to walk straight for bout 3 or 4 times, I started to realize "Houston we have a problem", although its not as bad as being 130,000 miles from the surface of the earth, it seemed more like being 54 au's (bout where voyager one is now).

      After calling into work I decided to put to the test all my friends telling me that I have a vert bizarre analytical mind.

      The first thing I did was take her out side to the front yard because I have hard wood floors and being blind and 14, she has trouble with that anyway.

      She started circling, small circles bout 6 feet or so in dia. Then falling over to the left side. I noticed that her head was tilted and at that point started realize that this was more than a geriatric problem.

      Next I gave her some food and she would eat, so I got some can food and she ate that very quickly as normal.

      Next I checked her spine and joints which seem to b fine.

      I looked in her mouth and didn't c anything out of the ordinary.

      I looked @ her eyes cause she has been blind for couple of years now and noticed a little bit of unusual movement.

      But when I checked her ears I noticed a lot of discharge (without my glasses my on)

      So I start the h2o2 @ 1.5% going to 3% , after 2 or 3 times of that I was able to start getting the discharge out with a q-tip and ear bulb.

      I'll have to finish this up later cause its time to check on buff-n-stuff.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Shirley,

      I am so sorry about Champ. It sounds like he has stabilized some which is good. I'm glad you found this site too:-) Sounds like that storm was definitely not a coincidence...........................talk to your vet when you can but remember that Vestibular Disease can look so hopeless and then things can start to turn around. I will definitely say a prayer for him and your family. Thank you for sharing:-)

      Candice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 12 yr old german shepherd Champ had a severe ear and eye infection and has been on doxycycline. I had been treating the ear canal with tea tree oil. He has suffered with chronic ear infections his entire life with flare ups in the summer. I am a nurse and my daughter called me at work because Champ had yelled out..yelping and fell to the ground. She brought him in and when I got home tonight he was very sick. Head tilted, eyes jerking, tongue hanging out of his mouth. He wouldn't get up and when I moved him he seemed spastic. He wouldn't eat or drink. I used a syringe and got water into him. I called the vet, but they weren't in. We live in the mountains of North Carolina and the closest vet hospital is 1 1/2 hrs away. My other daughter suggested he be put to sleep because of his age, but I just can't do it. He has been at my side for all these years. Her husband offered to come over and shoot him to "put him out of his misery" He doesn't seem to be in pain.. The earache is gone. I believe his eardrum ruptured its draining serous sanguinous fluid and large clots came out when I irrigated it with saline. My 2 young grandchildren prayed for Champ as I knelt over him crying...I was sure he was dying. I agreed to get him in the car and make the trip to Asheville to have him put to sleep which by the was $130 for the shot; $150 to cremate him and another $100 if I want the ashes. He weighs 120 lbs and I couldn't get him up or lift him. I tried to put him on a blanket to drag him when a terrible thunderstorm broke out. The lightening was horrendous and a flash flood covered our road. There was no way I could get out. I decided to go on line and read about his condition when I found your sight. I gave him meclizine for the dizziness and put some warm olive oil in his ear..propped a pillow under the tilted head and he seems to be resting comfortably. I pray it is the vesticular disease and that he will get better. I reminded the Lord in prayer that he is His creation and part of our family (I live with my daughter and 7 grandchildren) and I asked for a miracle. I am thankful for the storm that stopped me from taking him to be put to sleep and thankful for all of your comments. It has given me hope. I truly love Champ and am not ready to say goodbye.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi David,

      Thanks for sharing:-) Don't get me started on vaccinations, etc in older dogs....Having said that I am NOT a vet just an avid dog lover and holistic pet food consultant. I CAN share what we did with Elly since it is a personal experience.

      When she was older we chose to only get a rabies shot which we only did every three years. I am NOT advocating this just sharing what we did:-) My personal opinion is that I don't really believe in coincidences, so I wouldn't be surprised if that did trigger the syndrome (my opinion only)

      I don't know anything about Vivitonin. I know our vet just said rest and benedryl........and Elly did come out of it.

      Glad you found this info and it was helpful.............so happy your girl is feeling better!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Candice our Jack Russel is 12 years old and was given her annual booster injection which had a very serious effect on her with her appearing to go into shock the same day after rushing re back to the vet she was given a steroid injection and put onto a drip to flush some of the booster out of her system. The next day she had an episode of Canine Vestibular Disorder which we only knew about from your information which was very reassuring at the time as many others have said you really do think that this is the end for your dog. We took her back and told them this was obviously what she was experiencing they gave her an anti sickness injection and advised against Benedryl which I can only assume was because they could get more money from us for their own drugs. I am glad to say that one week later she is fighting fit and back to normal but I am disappointed that a veterinary surgery would prey on people's insecurities and not advise that this booster could have side effects. They have insisted that she would have developed this disorder anyway as she is older but as she was fit and healthy running amock the day before the injection I really can't accept that the booster injection was not the cause. She has been prescribed Vivitonin tablets 25 mg twice daily 30 minutes before food for life, is this a safe and adviseable course to take now that she is back to normal? What is the chance of her having a repeat episode? Once again thank you so much for making this site available.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am dealing with this right now with my almost 15 year old Dal mix. I started Saturday morning around 6:30...she woke uo whining (something she never does so I knew something was wrong). She doess suffer from arthritis so I thought maybe she slept wrong or her leg was twisted in a pillow but when I went to stand her up she couldn't stand. She did not sem to improve so by noon we were at the vet. She was diagnosed with tentatively diagnosed with vestibular, given n antibiotic and prednisone and sent home. Sunday she was world's better but Monday had seemed to regress, the nystagmus started Today, Tuesday, the nystagmus has slowed considerably and she seems to be on the mend. She is still pretty wobbly but, thankfully, has never had the nausea or loss of appetite. For something that presents itself as such a serious condition it is really just ann inconvenience or the pet. What I thought was a one way trip to the vet ended up being good news. I am thankfuul to still have my girl laying next to me...head tilt, drunk and all.

      If your dog is going through the same just be sure to be patient, keep them safe and comfortable and you should see some improvement soon! . It looks much worse than it is! :)

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It could be but best to check with your vet. When Elly had her first experience with this it only lasted a few minutes and it was over. A couple years later when it happened again, it took longer for her to recover.

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      CandiceE 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome, so glad things worked out well with Casey:-)