Vestibular Syndrome – strokes in dogs

My twelve year-old collie, Juno had an attack of Vestibular Syndrome this week. These are what we used to call Strokes, but advances in imaging and investigation have led us to realise that they’re not quite the same, even though they appear just as suddenly and with some of the same symptoms.

Dogs can and occasionally do have Strokes, but they tend to be less serious than in humans. In humans, Strokes – or Cerebrovascular Accidents – refer to a bleed in the brain, so that an area loses its blood supply and is starved of oxygen. Damage quickly becomes irreversible and we all know how variable and tough the aftermath can be, for the sufferer and carers alike. Dogs can, rarely, go through the same events, but are more likely to have an episode where, instead of bursting, the blood vessel spasms and shuts down for a short period. Whilst there can still be damage, recovery tends to be quicker and more complete.

Juno
Juno

Vestibular events are slightly different again, but often something of a mystery. The vestibular system – the inner ear – is about balance and so problems lead to classic signs of dizziness. There is staggering (ataxia), flicking of the eyes (nystagmus) from side to side, up and down or even rotationally, and a head tilt to one side. Facial nerve tics or paralysis are sometimes present. Motion sickness can be obvious, or may present as reduced appetite, which is hardly helped by the confusion and anxiety that most patients experience.

Juno had a sudden onset of these symptoms about four days ago, accompanied by a bit of leaking urine, and has been gradually improving for the last 48 hours. As of today, she’s not too bad when walking in a straight line, but getting out of her basket is still a bit hit and miss and sharp turns tend to become handbrake slides. She’s still eating her food, but for the first time ever seems full up before the bowl is empty. Life isn’t all bad, though – her basket has been moved in front of the fire and with the TLC she’s getting from the whole family, she’s more likely to die of happiness than from dizziness. And hopefully, over the next few days to weeks, she’ll gradually return to normal.

Vestibular disease can have a number of causes: infections, from the brain itself or from the middle ear, cancer, poisonings, parasitism, immune disorders, occasionally as a sign of Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), and commonly as an idiopathic event. Idiopathic basically means that we don’t know the cause, but know that it isn’t due to anything else. Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome is something that comes on unexpectedly, for unknown reason, and then usually goes away on its own, albeit often with some residual signs like a minor head tilt.

Currently, it appears that Juno’s condition is the idiopathic version, and not due to something nasty lurking underneath, or else possibly thyroid-related, which is easily treated with thyroid supplements. Juno’s not otherwise ill, has no history of ear disease (although it can sometimes be silent), and doesn’t have any progressing symptoms. I ran some bloods the day after it all started, which were entirely normal. However, if she should relapse, I’ll be looking at more investigation, which may be a lot more complicated.

Testing for brain disease can be very difficult: to make a definitive diagnosis, we generally need to look at sampling the fluid around the brain – the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) – and/or performing an MRI. Both require a general anaesthetic, are potentially risky procedures and can be very expensive. Right now, for Juno they’re not a priority as things are looking OK, but remain as options.

In the meantime, I’m supporting Juno as much as possible, whilst waiting for the results of thyroid tests. Even though we don’t usually know the cause of Vestibular Syndrome, there are a number of useful drugs which are commonly used:

  • Most vets will use anti-sickness drugs, to combat the motion sickness.
  • A fair few use steroids, a common treatment for neurological conditions, particularly when a decision has been made not to investigate further.
  • Some vets will use Vivitonin, which is often used to enhance blood flow to the brain and which we’re using more and more for heart disease. Whilst there’s no solid evidence that it works in vestibular problems, there can’t be any harm in making sure that the blood supply is topped up.
  • Sometimes we’ll prescribe a human drug called betahistine, which is used for vertigo, as it’s reported to speed up recovery.
  • In terms of general boosting of brain activity, there are supplements like Aktivait and Selgian, which are usually used to combat signs of senility in older patients, and essential fatty acids.

Equally, though, nursing and TLC is all-important for these patients:

  • Reassurance
  • Palatable and digestible food
  • Help with movement, but only enough to make up for what’s lacking – if all she needs is a hand under the bum to get up, then she gets it, but that’s all she gets.
  • Promoting the idea of ‘horizontal’ by providing strong visual cues in the house. Juno’s basket is in front of the wide, flat sofa and thin, tall objects have been removed. In severe cases, horizontal masking tape on the walls and doors may help
  • Frequent trips to the garden for balance and urination
  • Keeping pathways through the house clear of clutter, to reduce bump hazards
  • Gentle and short walks in straight lines
  • A nappy, to reduce the anxiety of leaks: purpose-made wraps are available for longer term conditions, but for now we’re using large disposables with a hole ripped for her tail.

It’s important to note that because, by definition, we don’t know what causes Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome, treatments and care are largely based on common sense and logic. It’s true that if left alone, many patients recover by themselves, although this can take several weeks, but anything which reduces the recovery time, and makes it more bearable, must be a good thing. So far, Juno is responding well and I’m hopeful that we’ll be out of the woods before too long, but in the meantime I’m giving her every chance that I can.

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302 thoughts on “Vestibular Syndrome – strokes in dogs

  1. Dear Sir,
    Our dog is recovering from a severe attack of vestibular disease with great benefit from betahistine. The hospital vet says that 14 days are enough, but she deteriorates in every way when I stop it.Given that she is 14 yrs old what is the problem with continuing?
    Would be so grateful for a reply.
    Yours faithfully,
    V Howell

  2. Dear Sir,
    Our dog is recovering from a severe attack of vestibular disease with great benefit from betahistine. The hospital vet says that 14 days are enough, but she deteriorates in every way when I stop it.Given that she is 14 yrs old what is the problem with continuing?
    Would be so grateful for a reply.
    Yours faithfully,
    V Howell

  3. Many apologies for the delay in replying – I’ve just been in the wilds of Cornwall for a weekend on call.

    Sorry to hear about the vestibular attack, but really good that the betahistine is working for you – it is a great drug, isn’t it? To be honest, there aren’t any drug-related problems to continuing, apart from the fact that all drugs can have some side effects, as betahistine is usually used long-term in human patients with a condition called Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo.

    I think that what your vet was referring to was that we like our patients to not need the betahistine for too long, because then we know they’re getting better. My dog Juno is off all drugs now, and we get the odd day when the head tilt seems worse, but on the whole, she’s doing well. Not perfect, but slowly getting there.

    When you get relapses if you come off the drug, it isn’t an absolute disaster, although it might be a sign that something is happening underneath it all that’s still there – on the other hand, there’s every chance that your dog will recover, but is just taking a little while to get there. We don’t expect people in their seventies and eighties to bounce back, so a little leeway for age is perfectly allowable.

    I would say, talk to your vet about long term meds and any worries that they might have, but if you do find that you need to be on the betahistine for a while, don’t necessarily despair. It might be a good idea to talk about any further investigations that your vet might have in mind, but it sounds like they’re taking a sensible, treatment-based approach which is helping you.

    Hope this helps

    Martin

  4. Many apologies for the delay in replying – I’ve just been in the wilds of Cornwall for a weekend on call.

    Sorry to hear about the vestibular attack, but really good that the betahistine is working for you – it is a great drug, isn’t it? To be honest, there aren’t any drug-related problems to continuing, apart from the fact that all drugs can have some side effects, as betahistine is usually used long-term in human patients with a condition called Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo.

    I think that what your vet was referring to was that we like our patients to not need the betahistine for too long, because then we know they’re getting better. My dog Juno is off all drugs now, and we get the odd day when the head tilt seems worse, but on the whole, she’s doing well. Not perfect, but slowly getting there.

    When you get relapses if you come off the drug, it isn’t an absolute disaster, although it might be a sign that something is happening underneath it all that’s still there – on the other hand, there’s every chance that your dog will recover, but is just taking a little while to get there. We don’t expect people in their seventies and eighties to bounce back, so a little leeway for age is perfectly allowable.

    I would say, talk to your vet about long term meds and any worries that they might have, but if you do find that you need to be on the betahistine for a while, don’t necessarily despair. It might be a good idea to talk about any further investigations that your vet might have in mind, but it sounds like they’re taking a sensible, treatment-based approach which is helping you.

    Hope this helps

    Martin

  5. Many apologies for the delay in replying – I’ve just been in the wilds of Cornwall for a weekend on call.

    Sorry to hear about the vestibular attack, but really good that the betahistine is working for you – it is a great drug, isn’t it? To be honest, there aren’t any drug-related problems to continuing, apart from the fact that all drugs can have some side effects, as betahistine is usually used long-term in human patients with a condition called Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo.

    I think that what your vet was referring to was that we like our patients to not need the betahistine for too long, because then we know they’re getting better. My dog Juno is off all drugs now, and we get the odd day when the head tilt seems worse, but on the whole, she’s doing well. Not perfect, but slowly getting there.

    When you get relapses if you come off the drug, it isn’t an absolute disaster, although it might be a sign that something is happening underneath it all that’s still there – on the other hand, there’s every chance that your dog will recover, but is just taking a little while to get there. We don’t expect people in their seventies and eighties to bounce back, so a little leeway for age is perfectly allowable.

    I would say, talk to your vet about long term meds and any worries that they might have, but if you do find that you need to be on the betahistine for a while, don’t necessarily despair. It might be a good idea to talk about any further investigations that your vet might have in mind, but it sounds like they’re taking a sensible, treatment-based approach which is helping you.

    Hope this helps

    Martin

  6. Many apologies for the delay in replying – I’ve just been in the wilds of Cornwall for a weekend on call.

    Sorry to hear about the vestibular attack, but really good that the betahistine is working for you – it is a great drug, isn’t it? To be honest, there aren’t any drug-related problems to continuing, apart from the fact that all drugs can have some side effects, as betahistine is usually used long-term in human patients with a condition called Meniere’s disease, which causes vertigo.

    I think that what your vet was referring to was that we like our patients to not need the betahistine for too long, because then we know they’re getting better. My dog Juno is off all drugs now, and we get the odd day when the head tilt seems worse, but on the whole, she’s doing well. Not perfect, but slowly getting there.

    When you get relapses if you come off the drug, it isn’t an absolute disaster, although it might be a sign that something is happening underneath it all that’s still there – on the other hand, there’s every chance that your dog will recover, but is just taking a little while to get there. We don’t expect people in their seventies and eighties to bounce back, so a little leeway for age is perfectly allowable.

    I would say, talk to your vet about long term meds and any worries that they might have, but if you do find that you need to be on the betahistine for a while, don’t necessarily despair. It might be a good idea to talk about any further investigations that your vet might have in mind, but it sounds like they’re taking a sensible, treatment-based approach which is helping you.

    Hope this helps

    Martin

  7. My 14 and 1/2 year old Retriever is currently recovering from a Vestibular syndrome attack. His recovery, after eight days is quite good, very little head tilt, and balance nearly normal. He has been given Vivitonin. However, we are worried that he appears to have very little appetite. Prior to the attack he was eating Hills Science Plan JD to reduce the inflammation of his arthritis, but as he is eating very little we are concerned. We have handfed him fish, scrambled egg, chicken and rice, but he only takes very small quantities and only with a lot of patience. Will his appetite improve over time and do you have any advice on what he could eat please?

  8. My 14 and 1/2 year old Retriever is currently recovering from a Vestibular syndrome attack. His recovery, after eight days is quite good, very little head tilt, and balance nearly normal. He has been given Vivitonin. However, we are worried that he appears to have very little appetite. Prior to the attack he was eating Hills Science Plan JD to reduce the inflammation of his arthritis, but as he is eating very little we are concerned. We have handfed him fish, scrambled egg, chicken and rice, but he only takes very small quantities and only with a lot of patience. Will his appetite improve over time and do you have any advice on what he could eat please?

  9. Thank you for posting this information.

    Our 8 year old Collie/staffy… ‘Molly’ suddenly and without warning began to stagger around the house with all the symptoms you describe above, two days ago. Very upsetting to observe, especially for the children who have grown up with her.

    Our Vet says that all we need do is offer Molly lots of nursing and care. She seems to be recovering quickly. She is enjoying all the extra attention. We noticed an improvement almost overnight and two days later she seems her old self again (eating like a pig). Her head is tilting to one side. Will she stay like this or will the condition also get better with time?

  10. Thank you for posting this information.

    Our 8 year old Collie/staffy… ‘Molly’ suddenly and without warning began to stagger around the house with all the symptoms you describe above, two days ago. Very upsetting to observe, especially for the children who have grown up with her.

    Our Vet says that all we need do is offer Molly lots of nursing and care. She seems to be recovering quickly. She is enjoying all the extra attention. We noticed an improvement almost overnight and two days later she seems her old self again (eating like a pig). Her head is tilting to one side. Will she stay like this or will the condition also get better with time?

  11. Dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for publishing your experience.

    During the last 6 days, our 7-year-old Maltese appears to have all the symptoms described by everyone here. In addition to these, she cannot eat or drink (she has tried 2-3 times, even with our help, but were unsuccessful). After visiting 2 vets and a vet clinic -and after having heard many “possibilities”, from fake pregnancies to psychological factors and malfunctions of the nervous system- just today we have been told that “perhaps it would be better to perform an euthanasia, since the situation is irreversible”!
    All tests (bloods and X-rays) were clear. She is currently nursed in the a clinic, where none of the vets we visited mentioned anything about the vestibular syndrome.

    We are really frightened and not knowing what to do… We consider taking our dog back home, since the idea of her being with vets that talk about euthanasia and that most likely do not care at all, is highly irritating. On the other hand, we do not know for sure that vestibular syndrome is the case, since no doctor has mentioned anything about that…

    Would you advise us to take any particular action? If we take her back home, how can we overcome the problem of not eating or drinking at all?

    We would highly appreciate any help on the matter.

    Yours faithfully,
    Roula

  12. Dear Sir,

    Thank you very much for publishing your experience.

    During the last 6 days, our 7-year-old Maltese appears to have all the symptoms described by everyone here. In addition to these, she cannot eat or drink (she has tried 2-3 times, even with our help, but were unsuccessful). After visiting 2 vets and a vet clinic -and after having heard many “possibilities”, from fake pregnancies to psychological factors and malfunctions of the nervous system- just today we have been told that “perhaps it would be better to perform an euthanasia, since the situation is irreversible”!
    All tests (bloods and X-rays) were clear. She is currently nursed in the a clinic, where none of the vets we visited mentioned anything about the vestibular syndrome.

    We are really frightened and not knowing what to do… We consider taking our dog back home, since the idea of her being with vets that talk about euthanasia and that most likely do not care at all, is highly irritating. On the other hand, we do not know for sure that vestibular syndrome is the case, since no doctor has mentioned anything about that…

    Would you advise us to take any particular action? If we take her back home, how can we overcome the problem of not eating or drinking at all?

    We would highly appreciate any help on the matter.

    Yours faithfully,
    Roula

  13. Hi, my 17 year old dog Paddy (mixed breed Australian cattle dog) has just had a second bout of vestibular syndrome. The first was a year ago. He recovered from it with no treatment. But I am very keen to try betahistine this time. What dose should he be on? He weighs about 25kg.
    Thanks,
    Frances

  14. Hi, my 17 year old dog Paddy (mixed breed Australian cattle dog) has just had a second bout of vestibular syndrome. The first was a year ago. He recovered from it with no treatment. But I am very keen to try betahistine this time. What dose should he be on? He weighs about 25kg.
    Thanks,
    Frances

  15. Thank you for sharing your experiences of this upsetting condition. Martin is currently unavailable but I would like to offer you some response in the mean time.
    @Frances the dose rate is not clearly established, its used ‘off license’ which means it hasn’t been subjected to the rounds of clinical trials etc a licensed drug has been. Your vet will make a judgement as to if it is appropriate and dose based on weight, severity of the symptoms, concurrent medication, body condition etc.
    @Roula sorry to hear your story, it sounds as though there has been a break down in the relationship with your vets so it may be worth seeking a second opinion, either within the clinic, or from another vet clinic.
    @Tweed Trevor its very hard to predict, there will almost certainly be some improvement but dogs readjust and can live normally and very happily with a permanent head tilt.

  16. Thank you for sharing your experiences of this upsetting condition. Martin is currently unavailable but I would like to offer you some response in the mean time.
    @Frances the dose rate is not clearly established, its used ‘off license’ which means it hasn’t been subjected to the rounds of clinical trials etc a licensed drug has been. Your vet will make a judgement as to if it is appropriate and dose based on weight, severity of the symptoms, concurrent medication, body condition etc.
    @Roula sorry to hear your story, it sounds as though there has been a break down in the relationship with your vets so it may be worth seeking a second opinion, either within the clinic, or from another vet clinic.
    @Tweed Trevor its very hard to predict, there will almost certainly be some improvement but dogs readjust and can live normally and very happily with a permanent head tilt.

  17. My 12 year old retriever suffered what can all be described as Vestibular syndrome today. Molly’s symptoms are exactly what has been described above. She had a mild stroke in February of this year and she was given Vivitonin and responded rapidly. She was given the same drug today but there has been minimal improvement. It is really distressing to see her struggling to even stand up, her head is also tilting to the left, she has lost her appetite and her eyes are flicking from one side to the other rapidly.

    After giving her Vivitonin she was very distressed so the vet gave her a sedative to try and calm her down. We have brought her home tonight as she is most definitely a ‘homely’ dog.

    In regards to Vivitonin, is there a maximum timeframe for it to work or should it work quickly? Also is there anything else we can do for her (e.g. keep her moving or just let her rest)?

    We would really appreciate any help that you can give us.

    Yours gfaithfully

    Kaye

  18. My 12 year old retriever suffered what can all be described as Vestibular syndrome today. Molly’s symptoms are exactly what has been described above. She had a mild stroke in February of this year and she was given Vivitonin and responded rapidly. She was given the same drug today but there has been minimal improvement. It is really distressing to see her struggling to even stand up, her head is also tilting to the left, she has lost her appetite and her eyes are flicking from one side to the other rapidly.

    After giving her Vivitonin she was very distressed so the vet gave her a sedative to try and calm her down. We have brought her home tonight as she is most definitely a ‘homely’ dog.

    In regards to Vivitonin, is there a maximum timeframe for it to work or should it work quickly? Also is there anything else we can do for her (e.g. keep her moving or just let her rest)?

    We would really appreciate any help that you can give us.

    Yours gfaithfully

    Kaye

  19. My dog was diagnosed with Idiopathic Vestibular syndrome about a month to 6 weeks ago. His nystagmus and symptoms went away. However, he still has a head tilt and his balance is still a little off. He walks fine on walks around the neighborhood, but stumbles over things like shoes on the ground, and when jumping on furniture over shoots his landing. He’s no longer walking in circles or having trouble walking at all. He is happy as can be! Is this a common lasting symptom of Vestibular syndrome? Would chiropractic care or acupunture help?

  20. My dog was diagnosed with Idiopathic Vestibular syndrome about a month to 6 weeks ago. His nystagmus and symptoms went away. However, he still has a head tilt and his balance is still a little off. He walks fine on walks around the neighborhood, but stumbles over things like shoes on the ground, and when jumping on furniture over shoots his landing. He’s no longer walking in circles or having trouble walking at all. He is happy as can be! Is this a common lasting symptom of Vestibular syndrome? Would chiropractic care or acupunture help?

  21. My heart goes out to anyone who is experiencing their furbabies having vestibular episodes. I have 2 furbabies, Flint a German Shepherd (15yrs) and Kenya a Belgian Shepherd Tervuren (13yrs) My Belgian Shepherd Tervuren Kenya had her first attack 2years ago, it was heartbreaking to watch, I thought she was having a stroke and thought she was dying in my arms :~( She was admitted to the hospital where she had numerous anti sickness injections, she was put on a drip for rehydration, given intravenous antibiotics and started on stemetil tablets. She got very distressed being in the vets and 2 days later we were asked to go and collect her, we were told she needed to be around people she loved and to be pampered and nursed by us. This seemed to work wonders, she recovered very quickly and was back to her normal self within 72 hrs (apart from a very slight head tilt) Yesterday when I got in from work I found Kenya stumbling all over the house, her eyes were flicking side to side vigorously, she had vomited all over and was obviously very distressed. I rushed her straight to the vets, they again wanted to admit her but I refused, after giving her 2 injections and prescribing stemetil again I brought my wobbly baby home. Under strict instructions, if i couldn’t get fluids into her and she continued vomiting, i took her straight back to be admitted. She couldn’t stand, eat or go to the toilet, she fell about all over. I stayed up with her all night, syringing water into her mouth and giving her lots of love attention and support. Today she is a little brighter, she has managed to go to the toilet, she has ate some chicken and rice and her eye movement has slowed down considerably. She is still a little wobbly, but no where near as bad as yesterday. I strongly think your dog is best at home with loved ones, unless they are seriously dehydrated and vomiting uncontrollably, that’s when they need to be put on drips and monitored very closely. We have been told once again Kenya might not fully recover from this, she is a strong fighting girl though, so we are praying a little harder than usual that she does

  22. My heart goes out to anyone who is experiencing their furbabies having vestibular episodes. I have 2 furbabies, Flint a German Shepherd (15yrs) and Kenya a Belgian Shepherd Tervuren (13yrs) My Belgian Shepherd Tervuren Kenya had her first attack 2years ago, it was heartbreaking to watch, I thought she was having a stroke and thought she was dying in my arms :~( She was admitted to the hospital where she had numerous anti sickness injections, she was put on a drip for rehydration, given intravenous antibiotics and started on stemetil tablets. She got very distressed being in the vets and 2 days later we were asked to go and collect her, we were told she needed to be around people she loved and to be pampered and nursed by us. This seemed to work wonders, she recovered very quickly and was back to her normal self within 72 hrs (apart from a very slight head tilt) Yesterday when I got in from work I found Kenya stumbling all over the house, her eyes were flicking side to side vigorously, she had vomited all over and was obviously very distressed. I rushed her straight to the vets, they again wanted to admit her but I refused, after giving her 2 injections and prescribing stemetil again I brought my wobbly baby home. Under strict instructions, if i couldn’t get fluids into her and she continued vomiting, i took her straight back to be admitted. She couldn’t stand, eat or go to the toilet, she fell about all over. I stayed up with her all night, syringing water into her mouth and giving her lots of love attention and support. Today she is a little brighter, she has managed to go to the toilet, she has ate some chicken and rice and her eye movement has slowed down considerably. She is still a little wobbly, but no where near as bad as yesterday. I strongly think your dog is best at home with loved ones, unless they are seriously dehydrated and vomiting uncontrollably, that’s when they need to be put on drips and monitored very closely. We have been told once again Kenya might not fully recover from this, she is a strong fighting girl though, so we are praying a little harder than usual that she does

  23. My old boy collie cross Rufus is approximately 12-14 years old, he had a ‘Vestibular attack’ just 40hours ago. It came on suddenly at 4am, and at the time was terrifying to us and to him. The same sort of symptoms; rapid eye movement from side to side, unable to stand, head tilt, however he was also sick. Yesterday he had blood tests, which came back all clear, and we brought him home with a prescription of Metolopramide 10mg twice a day and 1.5mg/ml of Meloxidyl once a day. Martin I would be really interested top hear your thoughts on this?

    As for food, I can only get him to eat chicken at the moment, which is unusual as he loves his (and everyone else’s) food. I more concerned that today he wont drink. I’m hoping this is just early days stuff.

    I would also be interested in anyone who has seen the benefit of acupuncture??

  24. My old boy collie cross Rufus is approximately 12-14 years old, he had a ‘Vestibular attack’ just 40hours ago. It came on suddenly at 4am, and at the time was terrifying to us and to him. The same sort of symptoms; rapid eye movement from side to side, unable to stand, head tilt, however he was also sick. Yesterday he had blood tests, which came back all clear, and we brought him home with a prescription of Metolopramide 10mg twice a day and 1.5mg/ml of Meloxidyl once a day. Martin I would be really interested top hear your thoughts on this?

    As for food, I can only get him to eat chicken at the moment, which is unusual as he loves his (and everyone else’s) food. I more concerned that today he wont drink. I’m hoping this is just early days stuff.

    I would also be interested in anyone who has seen the benefit of acupuncture??

  25. What a relief to find this blog! I came home last night to find my husband in a panic saying “there’s something wrong with the dog”. When I saw our 14 year old Springer (who had been charging around the fields that morning, shouting his head off at the pigeons) barely able to stand and shaking his head like he had Parkinsons, I just burst into tears. He had also vomited quite violently. We rushed him to the vets who told us he’d had a stroke and gave him an anti-inflammatory injection. By the time we got back home, the dog was able to get out of the car himself and walk in a vaguely straight line but his eyes were still flicking side to side quite rapidly. Having read this blog, I’m not so sure he had a stroke but has developed this syndrome. Our other dog is going in for a procedure on Monday so I shall definitely be raising this issue with the vet and get the old boy looked at again.

  26. What a relief to find this blog! I came home last night to find my husband in a panic saying “there’s something wrong with the dog”. When I saw our 14 year old Springer (who had been charging around the fields that morning, shouting his head off at the pigeons) barely able to stand and shaking his head like he had Parkinsons, I just burst into tears. He had also vomited quite violently. We rushed him to the vets who told us he’d had a stroke and gave him an anti-inflammatory injection. By the time we got back home, the dog was able to get out of the car himself and walk in a vaguely straight line but his eyes were still flicking side to side quite rapidly. Having read this blog, I’m not so sure he had a stroke but has developed this syndrome. Our other dog is going in for a procedure on Monday so I shall definitely be raising this issue with the vet and get the old boy looked at again.

  27. Thank you to all who have contributed to this blog. It is such a relief to me to read that there are good outcomes following these vestibular attacks. I rushed my possibly 13 year old lab X (not too certain, as she is a rescue dog) to the vets this morning after discovering her slumped on the floor with flickering eyes, head to one side and unable to stand. She had been to the toilet in the house, which she has never done, and had vomited. I was absolutely terrified and distraught, as you are when your dog reaches old age and is very unwell. She has been prescribed anti sickness tablets and Vivitonin, as a number of the pets in this blog have had, so here’s hoping for a similarly good outcome. The vet was lovely and did spend a lot of time explaining everything to me, but at the time I was so fearful for my dog that I didn’t take it all in. This blog has helped to reiterate what I was told.

  28. Thank you to all who have contributed to this blog. It is such a relief to me to read that there are good outcomes following these vestibular attacks. I rushed my possibly 13 year old lab X (not too certain, as she is a rescue dog) to the vets this morning after discovering her slumped on the floor with flickering eyes, head to one side and unable to stand. She had been to the toilet in the house, which she has never done, and had vomited. I was absolutely terrified and distraught, as you are when your dog reaches old age and is very unwell. She has been prescribed anti sickness tablets and Vivitonin, as a number of the pets in this blog have had, so here’s hoping for a similarly good outcome. The vet was lovely and did spend a lot of time explaining everything to me, but at the time I was so fearful for my dog that I didn’t take it all in. This blog has helped to reiterate what I was told.

  29. I am in desperate need of any help or any advice.

    We have a 9 month old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

    About 3 months ago she suffered a type of seizure and was brought into the animal emergency services.

    The vet tested for: Meningitis, lead poisoning, shunt of the liver, DNA genetic conditions, thiamine deficiency. In the last 3 months she has had 2 MRIs and 2 Spinal Taps, along with many blood, bile and smear tests. The vets confirmed that all these tests came back perfectly normal; meaning they have no idea what is wrong with her. The vet advised it was degenerative and would only get worse, and there was nothing they could do for her.

    Her conditions are:
    – dizziness (always falling to her right side, and walking constantly in circles when she is trying to get somewhere)
    – she has episodes where her eyes dart back and forth uncontrollable
    – she is always (nearly every five minutes) ‘lip/tongue smacking’ which I have read is a sign of nausea
    – it takes her a very long time to jump off our front step, which is only 10 cm high (it’s as though she thinks it’s incredibly high and is scared to jump) (she takes giant leaps when jumping over the garden hose
    – she takes a long time to sit down and lower her butt on the ground, as if she doesn’t know where the ground is and wait until she touches it before she relaxes and sits down
    – she always lays down on her right hand side (rarely does she lay flat like normal dogs)
    – sometimes she has gets lots of energy and will play for 30 seconds or so, and then she needs to lay down on her right hand side for about a minute or two, and then she gets up and plays a little more.
    – she eats ok, but has a hard time drinking water – she slowly approaches her water and it’s almost like she gets a big shock when her mouth actually touches the water
    – she’s very jumpy, especially when her front paws are touched
    – she always had tremor like symptoms
    – she sometimes is falling back, and she scrambles with her front legs to stay standing up – she eventually falls back.
    – she had a yeast infection in both ears and was given drops, about 1 month ago – not as much discharge in her ears since, but symptoms have stayed the same
    – she was an normal puppy for the first few months, however we started to notice her walking weird when she was about 4 months old or so – she started to walk like a crab, sideways, but this would sometimes go away and she would walk normally

    I’m no vet, but in all my research I have done, vestibular syndrome seems to be the best match, however I have not read a story where a puppy was affected; it seems to only affect older dogs. We are thinking of getting a second opinion however.

    What are your thoughts? As we are just trying to find something, ANYTHING, that will help her lead a somewhat normal life. She gets plenty of TLC and rest, however the symptoms do not go away as with the other stories I have read.

  30. I am in desperate need of any help or any advice.

    We have a 9 month old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

    About 3 months ago she suffered a type of seizure and was brought into the animal emergency services.

    The vet tested for: Meningitis, lead poisoning, shunt of the liver, DNA genetic conditions, thiamine deficiency. In the last 3 months she has had 2 MRIs and 2 Spinal Taps, along with many blood, bile and smear tests. The vets confirmed that all these tests came back perfectly normal; meaning they have no idea what is wrong with her. The vet advised it was degenerative and would only get worse, and there was nothing they could do for her.

    Her conditions are:
    – dizziness (always falling to her right side, and walking constantly in circles when she is trying to get somewhere)
    – she has episodes where her eyes dart back and forth uncontrollable
    – she is always (nearly every five minutes) ‘lip/tongue smacking’ which I have read is a sign of nausea
    – it takes her a very long time to jump off our front step, which is only 10 cm high (it’s as though she thinks it’s incredibly high and is scared to jump) (she takes giant leaps when jumping over the garden hose
    – she takes a long time to sit down and lower her butt on the ground, as if she doesn’t know where the ground is and wait until she touches it before she relaxes and sits down
    – she always lays down on her right hand side (rarely does she lay flat like normal dogs)
    – sometimes she has gets lots of energy and will play for 30 seconds or so, and then she needs to lay down on her right hand side for about a minute or two, and then she gets up and plays a little more.
    – she eats ok, but has a hard time drinking water – she slowly approaches her water and it’s almost like she gets a big shock when her mouth actually touches the water
    – she’s very jumpy, especially when her front paws are touched
    – she always had tremor like symptoms
    – she sometimes is falling back, and she scrambles with her front legs to stay standing up – she eventually falls back.
    – she had a yeast infection in both ears and was given drops, about 1 month ago – not as much discharge in her ears since, but symptoms have stayed the same
    – she was an normal puppy for the first few months, however we started to notice her walking weird when she was about 4 months old or so – she started to walk like a crab, sideways, but this would sometimes go away and she would walk normally

    I’m no vet, but in all my research I have done, vestibular syndrome seems to be the best match, however I have not read a story where a puppy was affected; it seems to only affect older dogs. We are thinking of getting a second opinion however.

    What are your thoughts? As we are just trying to find something, ANYTHING, that will help her lead a somewhat normal life. She gets plenty of TLC and rest, however the symptoms do not go away as with the other stories I have read.

  31. Thanks for the information, my 13 1/2 year old border collie was diagnosed a few days ago after an episode, he exhibited all the symptoms expect for vomiting and the vet said he should make a full recovery on his own When you visit the vet you’re so worried that half the stuff he tells you is missed and I’m glad to be reassured that loss of appetite is natural, thankfully today it has improved and I’m doing all the right things for his recovery. My vet spotted it straight away as I was worried his back legs had given way due to arthritis.

  32. Thanks for the information, my 13 1/2 year old border collie was diagnosed a few days ago after an episode, he exhibited all the symptoms expect for vomiting and the vet said he should make a full recovery on his own When you visit the vet you’re so worried that half the stuff he tells you is missed and I’m glad to be reassured that loss of appetite is natural, thankfully today it has improved and I’m doing all the right things for his recovery. My vet spotted it straight away as I was worried his back legs had given way due to arthritis.

  33. can i just say thank you my darling dog bonzo had an attack this morning took him to vet and they said it was Vestibular Disorder i didnt really know what that meant so i google it your site came up and it has really helped me understand more clearly what it is an how i can help my dog so thank you very much.

  34. can i just say thank you my darling dog bonzo had an attack this morning took him to vet and they said it was Vestibular Disorder i didnt really know what that meant so i google it your site came up and it has really helped me understand more clearly what it is an how i can help my dog so thank you very much.

  35. As all the above have said – what a relief. We brought our ?13 year old alsatian collie x (a rescue dog) back from the vets 2 hours ago after finding him unable to get off the sofa, falling sideways, twitchy eyes, poo, wee and vomit around him. The same diagnosis and the same meds. He seems more settled already – I wondered whether it was labrynthitis or a stroke (both of which appear similar and both of which affected my mother-in-law!) but the vets said it was IVS and the symptoms of all the above comments are identical. The other two dogs at the farm don’t understand where he is but today we both get to stay in the warm!!

  36. As all the above have said – what a relief. We brought our ?13 year old alsatian collie x (a rescue dog) back from the vets 2 hours ago after finding him unable to get off the sofa, falling sideways, twitchy eyes, poo, wee and vomit around him. The same diagnosis and the same meds. He seems more settled already – I wondered whether it was labrynthitis or a stroke (both of which appear similar and both of which affected my mother-in-law!) but the vets said it was IVS and the symptoms of all the above comments are identical. The other two dogs at the farm don’t understand where he is but today we both get to stay in the warm!!

  37. Thank you for the advice .. I think my 11 year old boxer has this. He was perfectly on Wednesday then yesterday morning instead of getting up he just laid on his bed. I tried to coax him up but when he did his left front poor he couldn’t even put down on the ground and his back legs just wouldn’t seem to support him. He is off his food but has had some water and we have managed to get him outside to urinate, although once done he lied down on the grass and we had to kind push/drag him back in. He has slept, laid on his bed for the last 36 hours. He just seems so very sad. He is eating chunks of cheese but not much else. He has no head tilt it just seems to be the one front leg and both back legs. He is alert when I walk around the rooma dn lufts his head to see where I am going but other than that he isn’t doing much. If anyone has any help or comments I would appreciate it. I am worried to call the vet in case they tell me he has to be euthanised, he is an 11 yr old boxer (I know this is a good age for boxers). I have sent my dad out for chicken maybe this he will eat too .. Any advice would be appreciated

  38. Thank you for the advice .. I think my 11 year old boxer has this. He was perfectly on Wednesday then yesterday morning instead of getting up he just laid on his bed. I tried to coax him up but when he did his left front poor he couldn’t even put down on the ground and his back legs just wouldn’t seem to support him. He is off his food but has had some water and we have managed to get him outside to urinate, although once done he lied down on the grass and we had to kind push/drag him back in. He has slept, laid on his bed for the last 36 hours. He just seems so very sad. He is eating chunks of cheese but not much else. He has no head tilt it just seems to be the one front leg and both back legs. He is alert when I walk around the rooma dn lufts his head to see where I am going but other than that he isn’t doing much. If anyone has any help or comments I would appreciate it. I am worried to call the vet in case they tell me he has to be euthanised, he is an 11 yr old boxer (I know this is a good age for boxers). I have sent my dad out for chicken maybe this he will eat too .. Any advice would be appreciated

  39. OMG .. it was just an infection in his right foot, causing him to have trouble with his back legs. He has been given antibiotics and painkillers .. I am sooooo relieved. He lives to fight another day!!! woot woot!

  40. OMG .. it was just an infection in his right foot, causing him to have trouble with his back legs. He has been given antibiotics and painkillers .. I am sooooo relieved. He lives to fight another day!!! woot woot!

  41. This site has been excellent I too have had a similar experience my beloved patterdale terrier Riley, aged 17 had exactly the same experience last fri, he collapsed being sick twice could’nt stand, head tilt eyes flickering unable to eat or drink he too could’nt manage to go out to the loo, I took him too my vets who to be fair knew what was wrong perscribed him clavaseptin & vivitonin twice daily said give him a few days (at home) I could’nt believe my eyes Riley being a fit 17 yr old came back to full strength from being unable to stand or walk to being able to jump back on our bed! my only worry now is wether to keep him on the drugs or not! love and attention do seem to be the key if you can get water and small amounts of food into them, my vet did say being with me would be the best treatment for him thanks for all your letters.

  42. This site has been excellent I too have had a similar experience my beloved patterdale terrier Riley, aged 17 had exactly the same experience last fri, he collapsed being sick twice could’nt stand, head tilt eyes flickering unable to eat or drink he too could’nt manage to go out to the loo, I took him too my vets who to be fair knew what was wrong perscribed him clavaseptin & vivitonin twice daily said give him a few days (at home) I could’nt believe my eyes Riley being a fit 17 yr old came back to full strength from being unable to stand or walk to being able to jump back on our bed! my only worry now is wether to keep him on the drugs or not! love and attention do seem to be the key if you can get water and small amounts of food into them, my vet did say being with me would be the best treatment for him thanks for all your letters.

  43. my 15yr old staffie collapsed today, she died within ten mins. the symtoms seem to be the same as decribed and she has had these problems before. can anyone tell me if it would be common for this to happen repeatedly or if it just happens once.

  44. my 15yr old staffie collapsed today, she died within ten mins. the symtoms seem to be the same as decribed and she has had these problems before. can anyone tell me if it would be common for this to happen repeatedly or if it just happens once.

  45. Our 14 1/2 year ol,d Cocker Spaniel suffered an attack on Friday – it was horrific I thought we needed to make a tough decision. I have just been to see her 3 days later and whilst not 100% she is walking about (looks a bit drunk) but doen’t want to sit down. She never had the best eye sight so we may be limited going forward. A great vet, TLC and a tough cookie of a dog and she is coming home tomorrow. Please don’t give up they are stronger than you think and won’t let you down. xxxx

  46. Our 14 1/2 year ol,d Cocker Spaniel suffered an attack on Friday – it was horrific I thought we needed to make a tough decision. I have just been to see her 3 days later and whilst not 100% she is walking about (looks a bit drunk) but doen’t want to sit down. She never had the best eye sight so we may be limited going forward. A great vet, TLC and a tough cookie of a dog and she is coming home tomorrow. Please don’t give up they are stronger than you think and won’t let you down. xxxx

  47. Our 13 year old German Shepherd has been diagnosed with vestibular disease. Day one mild attack with apparent recovery. Day 2 much worse, hardly able to walk taken to vet – antibiotic and steroid injections. Day 3 condition worsened, vets again and more injections – steroids and antibiotics, hardly able to stand more head tilt . Day 4 no improvement but not getting worse. Vets (for whom I have the highest regard) talking of euthanasia.
    My dilema is how long would be reasonable to wait before expecting to see some improvement.

  48. Our 13 year old German Shepherd has been diagnosed with vestibular disease. Day one mild attack with apparent recovery. Day 2 much worse, hardly able to walk taken to vet – antibiotic and steroid injections. Day 3 condition worsened, vets again and more injections – steroids and antibiotics, hardly able to stand more head tilt . Day 4 no improvement but not getting worse. Vets (for whom I have the highest regard) talking of euthanasia.
    My dilema is how long would be reasonable to wait before expecting to see some improvement.

  49. my flatcoated retriever was unwell on jan 1 2012, vet said at first stroke. other vet agreed with me it was vestibular. my bitch went completly off her legs and any attempt to move her is v distressing for her and me. she got a steroid injection on sunday, only been sick on one occassion after me trying to move her. what i am asking is, is it better not to move her? i am worried of fluid built up in lungs ect. at times she seems to have laboured breathing, other times is v relaxed. she is eating selectivly and now drinking. we are seeing slow progress as she was only taking fluids in thru syringe until yest. i know we are early days as this only happened four days ago, but am finding this so destressing. how long before she will be expected to be up on her feet? she does get distressed when bladder is full but just leaks out when ready. this isnt a problem. thanks for reading.

  50. my flatcoated retriever was unwell on jan 1 2012, vet said at first stroke. other vet agreed with me it was vestibular. my bitch went completly off her legs and any attempt to move her is v distressing for her and me. she got a steroid injection on sunday, only been sick on one occassion after me trying to move her. what i am asking is, is it better not to move her? i am worried of fluid built up in lungs ect. at times she seems to have laboured breathing, other times is v relaxed. she is eating selectivly and now drinking. we are seeing slow progress as she was only taking fluids in thru syringe until yest. i know we are early days as this only happened four days ago, but am finding this so destressing. how long before she will be expected to be up on her feet? she does get distressed when bladder is full but just leaks out when ready. this isnt a problem. thanks for reading.

  51. Dave, i got a house visit yesterday and my vet said that when called out to a dog with vestbular, and owners request pts, it is the only time he reccommends leaving a bit to see how dog improves. this is what i find diff, as i hate to see my old girl in distress, but can cope with it if i know she will get better. good luck.

  52. Dave, i got a house visit yesterday and my vet said that when called out to a dog with vestbular, and owners request pts, it is the only time he reccommends leaving a bit to see how dog improves. this is what i find diff, as i hate to see my old girl in distress, but can cope with it if i know she will get better. good luck.

  53. hello my 13 year old lab is in the same condition – i think im actaully coping with it wrse than him i cant stop crying. He collasped on the garden yesterday took him to the vets last night as he could nt walk..however today he seems worse hes doing a lot of moaning which is quite common for my doggie anyway but he cant walk hardly he has managed to go for a wee but laid his back two legs out t do it im concerned about him needing a poo! he hasnt been… he hasnt been sick as everyone on here discribes… i have been laid with him all day today stroking him hoping he will sleep so he doesnt become to distressed with how disorientated he is is there anything i can do to make him feel more confortable until i hope he gets better. i am really hoping he is a bit better at walking tommorrow because its breaking my heart to see him like this

    thanks
    Louise

  54. hello my 13 year old lab is in the same condition – i think im actaully coping with it wrse than him i cant stop crying. He collasped on the garden yesterday took him to the vets last night as he could nt walk..however today he seems worse hes doing a lot of moaning which is quite common for my doggie anyway but he cant walk hardly he has managed to go for a wee but laid his back two legs out t do it im concerned about him needing a poo! he hasnt been… he hasnt been sick as everyone on here discribes… i have been laid with him all day today stroking him hoping he will sleep so he doesnt become to distressed with how disorientated he is is there anything i can do to make him feel more confortable until i hope he gets better. i am really hoping he is a bit better at walking tommorrow because its breaking my heart to see him like this

    thanks
    Louise

  55. Louise Hi, sorry to hear about your boy. my girl is now 7days into her having this awful disease. at start she was off legs, head tilt, tongue haning out side of mouth. now head tilt gone, tongue is controlled, head tilt gone. I have been sleeping with her since. I support her with pillows and keep her moved, so she doesnt stay atoo long on one side. i had to be gentle as the movement must have been so awful for her. she is now eating from bowl rather than being hand fed, drinking rather than syringe. will ocassionally sit up and last night got up on all fours to turnaround! my vet felt that if she wasnt better and up on her legs by 1 wk that maybe enough was enough. but i said to him she is eating, drinking, very alert and back to normal in every way except not up on legs. the peeing and pooing orried me, she does get very distressed when she needs to go, and can hold on for such a long time, she will pant like mad when needing then when she cant hold any more she floods, i just have loads of towel under her and reasure her. pooing is the same. although i found that when she is needing it is poss to massage thumb and forfinger on anus and this helps her to poo out. hope this helps. I very rarely leave my bitch i am with her to reasure her and have taken sick leave from work….hopefully not for too much longer. good luck get in contact if you need to.

  56. Louise Hi, sorry to hear about your boy. my girl is now 7days into her having this awful disease. at start she was off legs, head tilt, tongue haning out side of mouth. now head tilt gone, tongue is controlled, head tilt gone. I have been sleeping with her since. I support her with pillows and keep her moved, so she doesnt stay atoo long on one side. i had to be gentle as the movement must have been so awful for her. she is now eating from bowl rather than being hand fed, drinking rather than syringe. will ocassionally sit up and last night got up on all fours to turnaround! my vet felt that if she wasnt better and up on her legs by 1 wk that maybe enough was enough. but i said to him she is eating, drinking, very alert and back to normal in every way except not up on legs. the peeing and pooing orried me, she does get very distressed when she needs to go, and can hold on for such a long time, she will pant like mad when needing then when she cant hold any more she floods, i just have loads of towel under her and reasure her. pooing is the same. although i found that when she is needing it is poss to massage thumb and forfinger on anus and this helps her to poo out. hope this helps. I very rarely leave my bitch i am with her to reasure her and have taken sick leave from work….hopefully not for too much longer. good luck get in contact if you need to.

  57. My 13 year old dog started having Vestibular problems in October 2010. At first he was like drunk and the symptoms were gone within hours. They gradually took him longer to recover, 2 – 5 days, 1 or 2 of not able to stand at all, then a bit drunk for a few days. He was never sick, but sometimes took pursuading to eat ( which is unheard of for him). The strokes were happening every 2 – 3 weeks, in all he had about 15. Vivitonin, 2 twice a day ( for his body weight ) have helped, the strokes happened on a 5 week basis, taking him longer to recover, up to 7 or 8 days. He once had 3 strokes in 3 days. I know how frightening it is, I am petrified of losing my lovely boy. I came across this site last summer, and read with interest the drugs Martin used, my dog was already on vivitonin and Aktivate, I told my vet about Betahistine ( Serc ) and she ordered some, we decided to give him one a day to try and get his balance back, he was a bit wobbly, AND he has not had a stroke for over 6 months. I give him 1 a day and will never stop. It could be coincidence, but as he is not having side effects. He is now 14 and 3 months. A lot of patience is needed, at times after a stroke his head would be on a complete tilt and he would fall over a lot, by some miracle he had a stroke in the opposite side and it straightened his head, he is permanetely on a body harness so I can help if needed. I also bought from the Dog mobile company a full body harness for the days he could not walk at all, a godsend in getting him out to the loo, worth every penny. My life has changed completely since it all started, I must thank Martin for this web site, you have given my beloved dog back quality of life.

  58. My 13 year old dog started having Vestibular problems in October 2010. At first he was like drunk and the symptoms were gone within hours. They gradually took him longer to recover, 2 – 5 days, 1 or 2 of not able to stand at all, then a bit drunk for a few days. He was never sick, but sometimes took pursuading to eat ( which is unheard of for him). The strokes were happening every 2 – 3 weeks, in all he had about 15. Vivitonin, 2 twice a day ( for his body weight ) have helped, the strokes happened on a 5 week basis, taking him longer to recover, up to 7 or 8 days. He once had 3 strokes in 3 days. I know how frightening it is, I am petrified of losing my lovely boy. I came across this site last summer, and read with interest the drugs Martin used, my dog was already on vivitonin and Aktivate, I told my vet about Betahistine ( Serc ) and she ordered some, we decided to give him one a day to try and get his balance back, he was a bit wobbly, AND he has not had a stroke for over 6 months. I give him 1 a day and will never stop. It could be coincidence, but as he is not having side effects. He is now 14 and 3 months. A lot of patience is needed, at times after a stroke his head would be on a complete tilt and he would fall over a lot, by some miracle he had a stroke in the opposite side and it straightened his head, he is permanetely on a body harness so I can help if needed. I also bought from the Dog mobile company a full body harness for the days he could not walk at all, a godsend in getting him out to the loo, worth every penny. My life has changed completely since it all started, I must thank Martin for this web site, you have given my beloved dog back quality of life.

  59. My adopted 6.5 year old King Charles spaniel had a serious bout of vestibular disease late summer 2011.

    The nausea was easily controlled and she was eating but we couldn’t make headway on the infection until we saw a neurologist weeks later. A CT scan revealed a lot of infection in the inner ear that had to be flushed out while she was under. It was a lot of worry and heartache; patience and TLC was the best medicine.

    She’s recovered but a head tilt remains, at times more pronounced. And she’s also uncertain of her footing on some light-colored linoleum type floors. A dermatologist diagnosed food allergy as a major culprit. Ironically, I was waiting for her to recover the ear infection before seeing a dermaologist for her increasing allergy symptoms (paw chewing, scratching her ears, etc). Today, we’ve almost found the right diet for her.

    My local vet has just suggested laser light treatment to try to improve the head tilt. I’ve been researching on line but have not found anything helpful. Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    TIP: If you work with a dermatologist at a major facility of specialists to find the right food for your pet’s allergy, they may have a food trial reimbursement program. For example, I returned the unused Venison kibble (in original bag, no matter how I used) for a full refund or exchange for the next bag I purchased through the facility. Awesome.

  60. My adopted 6.5 year old King Charles spaniel had a serious bout of vestibular disease late summer 2011.

    The nausea was easily controlled and she was eating but we couldn’t make headway on the infection until we saw a neurologist weeks later. A CT scan revealed a lot of infection in the inner ear that had to be flushed out while she was under. It was a lot of worry and heartache; patience and TLC was the best medicine.

    She’s recovered but a head tilt remains, at times more pronounced. And she’s also uncertain of her footing on some light-colored linoleum type floors. A dermatologist diagnosed food allergy as a major culprit. Ironically, I was waiting for her to recover the ear infection before seeing a dermaologist for her increasing allergy symptoms (paw chewing, scratching her ears, etc). Today, we’ve almost found the right diet for her.

    My local vet has just suggested laser light treatment to try to improve the head tilt. I’ve been researching on line but have not found anything helpful. Any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    TIP: If you work with a dermatologist at a major facility of specialists to find the right food for your pet’s allergy, they may have a food trial reimbursement program. For example, I returned the unused Venison kibble (in original bag, no matter how I used) for a full refund or exchange for the next bag I purchased through the facility. Awesome.

  61. I have a 5 month old boxer whom had a vaccination on Tuesday and Thursday morning he walked around like he was drunk. By Friday morning he had the head tilt and his eyes started looking funny and he appeared to have a brakeal (sp) nerve issue in his right leg. He would not use his leg and he screamed no matter where you touched it. On Saturday he had a CT done on his brain and spine and all were normal. Spinal tap fluid is clear but they did find some cells that could indicate meningitus. He has ate, played and never had a fever through all of this. At this point he was on 20 mg of Prednisone for the second day. By Sunday morning he was walking on all 4 legs. We are now treating him for Steroid-Responsive Meningitus but I just dont think that is what he has. He has never been sick through the this whole process. He still has a severe head tilt the eyes have stopped the ticking but he seems aggitated and hyper and does not sleep hardly at all. He is on 40 mg of prednisone for 7 days and then we will start tapering off. Could the prednisone be affecting him so he cannot relax and sleep? How long does it take for the severe head tilt to get better if it is going to? If this is vaccine related would it be treated in the same manner? He is also on Clavamox. All his blood and urine tests have been normal through this whole ordeal. The Specialists are also seeing if any bacteria will grow in the spinal tap fluid. To rule out bacterial menengitus. Help! I want my puppy back!

  62. I have a 5 month old boxer whom had a vaccination on Tuesday and Thursday morning he walked around like he was drunk. By Friday morning he had the head tilt and his eyes started looking funny and he appeared to have a brakeal (sp) nerve issue in his right leg. He would not use his leg and he screamed no matter where you touched it. On Saturday he had a CT done on his brain and spine and all were normal. Spinal tap fluid is clear but they did find some cells that could indicate meningitus. He has ate, played and never had a fever through all of this. At this point he was on 20 mg of Prednisone for the second day. By Sunday morning he was walking on all 4 legs. We are now treating him for Steroid-Responsive Meningitus but I just dont think that is what he has. He has never been sick through the this whole process. He still has a severe head tilt the eyes have stopped the ticking but he seems aggitated and hyper and does not sleep hardly at all. He is on 40 mg of prednisone for 7 days and then we will start tapering off. Could the prednisone be affecting him so he cannot relax and sleep? How long does it take for the severe head tilt to get better if it is going to? If this is vaccine related would it be treated in the same manner? He is also on Clavamox. All his blood and urine tests have been normal through this whole ordeal. The Specialists are also seeing if any bacteria will grow in the spinal tap fluid. To rule out bacterial menengitus. Help! I want my puppy back!

  63. My dog is 5 yrs old and i notice his eyes was moving back/forth..took him to the vet a few days later and he was diagnose w/vestibular. he started eating baby food on the 4th day after my vet let me do home IV bc he was dehydrated, and the eyes are better. i gave him a bath a week b4 this happen and i was thinking he probably got some water in his ear. i”m so sad about whats going on w/Lincoln bc i cant afford vet bills but i have research everything that makes sense. He is such a sweet long haired dashuand and i’m hoping he will get better but right now i am so afraid. At least I understand this disease better bc of this website.

  64. My dog is 5 yrs old and i notice his eyes was moving back/forth..took him to the vet a few days later and he was diagnose w/vestibular. he started eating baby food on the 4th day after my vet let me do home IV bc he was dehydrated, and the eyes are better. i gave him a bath a week b4 this happen and i was thinking he probably got some water in his ear. i”m so sad about whats going on w/Lincoln bc i cant afford vet bills but i have research everything that makes sense. He is such a sweet long haired dashuand and i’m hoping he will get better but right now i am so afraid. At least I understand this disease better bc of this website.

  65. Hi my 9 year old x german shepard had an attack of Vertigo this week and since being put on a combination of medication has not stopped urinating. He is on Baytril, Vivatonin and Prednicare. He has started urinating lots in the house. Should this cause additional concern or is it a side effect of the medication? His balance is better and his eyes seem back to normal and no head tilt noticable or sickness, just this urination and tiredness. Mind you he is also quite a good actor when he wants to be and loves the cwtches he is getting.

  66. Hi my 9 year old x german shepard had an attack of Vertigo this week and since being put on a combination of medication has not stopped urinating. He is on Baytril, Vivatonin and Prednicare. He has started urinating lots in the house. Should this cause additional concern or is it a side effect of the medication? His balance is better and his eyes seem back to normal and no head tilt noticable or sickness, just this urination and tiredness. Mind you he is also quite a good actor when he wants to be and loves the cwtches he is getting.

  67. @phyllis are you in the UK? You may be eligible for treatment by the pdsa, RSPCA or similar? @Amanda prednisolone makes them drink more than usual and urinate more than usual. It may be that, combined with the vestibular syndrome causing home to urinate in the house. However need to let your vet know ASAP, prednisolone also makes urinary tract infection more likely, your vet can check a urine sample to rule this out.

  68. @phyllis are you in the UK? You may be eligible for treatment by the pdsa, RSPCA or similar? @Amanda prednisolone makes them drink more than usual and urinate more than usual. It may be that, combined with the vestibular syndrome causing home to urinate in the house. However need to let your vet know ASAP, prednisolone also makes urinary tract infection more likely, your vet can check a urine sample to rule this out.

  69. @Amanda, I agree with Susie, the steroid will be causing the urinating.
    My gir is now three weeks on since her first diagnosis. she will now (and has been for a week) going outsdie to toilet, this makes a huge differance as it is much less stressful than waiting on a full bladder to empty. she can hold on for 17 ours and will pant incesantly for 2 hrs before she has to release. my vet coming out today to see her. unfortunatly she had a setback yesterday she has diahrea, she has still i feel got a prob with her r ear as she shakes her hear occassionally. in all my years of having dogs this is the worse illness i have encountered.

  70. @Amanda, I agree with Susie, the steroid will be causing the urinating.
    My gir is now three weeks on since her first diagnosis. she will now (and has been for a week) going outsdie to toilet, this makes a huge differance as it is much less stressful than waiting on a full bladder to empty. she can hold on for 17 ours and will pant incesantly for 2 hrs before she has to release. my vet coming out today to see her. unfortunatly she had a setback yesterday she has diahrea, she has still i feel got a prob with her r ear as she shakes her hear occassionally. in all my years of having dogs this is the worse illness i have encountered.

  71. Well my vet was amazed when he seen how well Clova had come on since he last saw her. i cant believe it either. she is still wobbly on her feet and tires v easily but she is after all ecovering from a horrendous illnes and is almost 14yrs. lots of reassuring and tlc needed to see the dogs thru this.

  72. Well my vet was amazed when he seen how well Clova had come on since he last saw her. i cant believe it either. she is still wobbly on her feet and tires v easily but she is after all ecovering from a horrendous illnes and is almost 14yrs. lots of reassuring and tlc needed to see the dogs thru this.

  73. My daughter asked me to look after her 14 year old dog for a few days and almost immediately started displaying the symptons of Vestibula Syndrome although at the time I thought he had, had a stroke, what a great forum to read above all the other experiences of dog owners and this distressing condition. Maxi had a steroid injection last night but none of the other drugs mentioned above. He has drunk some water this morning but refused food (He was very, very sick on Monday and yesterday). I have offered chicken and scrambled but he does not want the, I have to get a heart tablet down Maxi sometime today and he will not eat, guess I shall have to push it down his throat which he hates.

    Very Many thanks for a great forum with verymvery good advice.

  74. My daughter asked me to look after her 14 year old dog for a few days and almost immediately started displaying the symptons of Vestibula Syndrome although at the time I thought he had, had a stroke, what a great forum to read above all the other experiences of dog owners and this distressing condition. Maxi had a steroid injection last night but none of the other drugs mentioned above. He has drunk some water this morning but refused food (He was very, very sick on Monday and yesterday). I have offered chicken and scrambled but he does not want the, I have to get a heart tablet down Maxi sometime today and he will not eat, guess I shall have to push it down his throat which he hates.

    Very Many thanks for a great forum with verymvery good advice.

  75. Patrician, the sickness is due to the inbalance. i had to hand feed my girl at the start and syringe water in. when you move your dog do it slowly and hold him securly otherwise he will feel sick and unbalanced. i rang the human vestibular helpline as i wanted to find out how humans felt when they had this and was told most say it is like being drunk……… is your dog off his legs?

  76. Patrician, the sickness is due to the inbalance. i had to hand feed my girl at the start and syringe water in. when you move your dog do it slowly and hold him securly otherwise he will feel sick and unbalanced. i rang the human vestibular helpline as i wanted to find out how humans felt when they had this and was told most say it is like being drunk……… is your dog off his legs?

  77. My poor dog has been so ill today and it s a Sunday thanks to your blog I have found out what is wrong with her Vestibula Syndrome she is 13 . I have called the vets so going to see them in the morning, she has stop being sick but I am now worried about her not drinking as she can’t get up, any top tips for the next 24 hours please !!!!

  78. My poor dog has been so ill today and it s a Sunday thanks to your blog I have found out what is wrong with her Vestibula Syndrome she is 13 . I have called the vets so going to see them in the morning, she has stop being sick but I am now worried about her not drinking as she can’t get up, any top tips for the next 24 hours please !!!!

  79. Your blog has been a great help to us over the last 24 hours, our dog 13 year came down with Vestibula Syndrome this week -end. From reading your blog and other peoples post we have a better dog. Got lots of information from You Tube as well. Keep up the good work.

  80. Your blog has been a great help to us over the last 24 hours, our dog 13 year came down with Vestibula Syndrome this week -end. From reading your blog and other peoples post we have a better dog. Got lots of information from You Tube as well. Keep up the good work.

  81. polly, due to the imbalance, my bitch was unable to drink, so i syringed water into her mouth, and handed her the food. good luck, my bitch has had a bit of the imbalance come back, but she is 98% better than four weeks ago.

  82. polly, due to the imbalance, my bitch was unable to drink, so i syringed water into her mouth, and handed her the food. good luck, my bitch has had a bit of the imbalance come back, but she is 98% better than four weeks ago.

  83. Hi! Clova

    Many thanks for your comment, my daughter’s dog is heaps better now and even went for a little walk in the woods behind our house this morning. His appetite is now better than it was before and I put this down to Vivitonin twice a day, he also gets a heart tablet and an arthritis tablet. Martin (and everyone else) I took so much comfort from this forum and seeing that lots of other dogs have had exactly the same symtons as our Max. Even though I had dogs when I lived in Kenya, I had never heard of Vestibular Syndrome before and how awful the symtoms are. You learn something new everyday even when you are a grandma like me. Lots and lots of TLC and do not give up on your dog unless you are sure that nothing can be done. Maxi is not completely 100% yet and still has a head tilt but since he looks like Basil Brush (foxy) it just makes him look even sweeter.

    Martin keep this very valuable forum going.

  84. Hi! Clova

    Many thanks for your comment, my daughter’s dog is heaps better now and even went for a little walk in the woods behind our house this morning. His appetite is now better than it was before and I put this down to Vivitonin twice a day, he also gets a heart tablet and an arthritis tablet. Martin (and everyone else) I took so much comfort from this forum and seeing that lots of other dogs have had exactly the same symtons as our Max. Even though I had dogs when I lived in Kenya, I had never heard of Vestibular Syndrome before and how awful the symtoms are. You learn something new everyday even when you are a grandma like me. Lots and lots of TLC and do not give up on your dog unless you are sure that nothing can be done. Maxi is not completely 100% yet and still has a head tilt but since he looks like Basil Brush (foxy) it just makes him look even sweeter.

    Martin keep this very valuable forum going.

  85. We have just found out our boxer dog also has Vestibula Syndrome he had a blip on Thursday but on Friday night he had a major attack and we saw a emergency vet then and another on Saturday morning who said try the Small Animal Hospital in Glasgow expensive yes about £2k but that was with the MRI and the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) test. The good thing is we know there isn’t any underlying causes so at least we can just help him. Mark and Annette at the Hospital were great but Martin has helped just by explaining the condition clearly and may I say thank you Martin. Beau has improved a little bit but he is still struggling or he just likes all the fuss we are giving him 🙂 I will be on the phone asking about Betahistine or anything else that may help him along a bit.
    Bill

  86. We have just found out our boxer dog also has Vestibula Syndrome he had a blip on Thursday but on Friday night he had a major attack and we saw a emergency vet then and another on Saturday morning who said try the Small Animal Hospital in Glasgow expensive yes about £2k but that was with the MRI and the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) test. The good thing is we know there isn’t any underlying causes so at least we can just help him. Mark and Annette at the Hospital were great but Martin has helped just by explaining the condition clearly and may I say thank you Martin. Beau has improved a little bit but he is still struggling or he just likes all the fuss we are giving him 🙂 I will be on the phone asking about Betahistine or anything else that may help him along a bit.
    Bill

  87. Well it has been a week not much has changed he still can’t close his one eye and is still quite unsteady on his feet. He is however been slowly getting back to eat his food and want to play. I would be interested if chocolate could have caused this as I have found out 3 days before this happened someone had given Beau some chocolate sweet with biscuit on the bottom and like a chocolate fudge on top? They didn’t know dogs must not have chocolate.
    Thanks
    Bill

  88. Well it has been a week not much has changed he still can’t close his one eye and is still quite unsteady on his feet. He is however been slowly getting back to eat his food and want to play. I would be interested if chocolate could have caused this as I have found out 3 days before this happened someone had given Beau some chocolate sweet with biscuit on the bottom and like a chocolate fudge on top? They didn’t know dogs must not have chocolate.
    Thanks
    Bill

  89. Hi
    I am contacting you from Dublin, Ireland. We have a 13 y/old collie / beagle x. His name is Muttley and he just suffered what we assume to be a bout of Vestibular Syndrome. My 3 kids were devastated as he was very shaky on legs, vomited and was off food. We noticed the ticking eyes and we assumed the worst. I did a websearch and was unable to locate an agent for Betahistine – can you offer any advise on sourcing same?

    Many thanks – and great website – reassuring to see comments from other dog lovers.

    Rob McKenna & Family

  90. Hi
    I am contacting you from Dublin, Ireland. We have a 13 y/old collie / beagle x. His name is Muttley and he just suffered what we assume to be a bout of Vestibular Syndrome. My 3 kids were devastated as he was very shaky on legs, vomited and was off food. We noticed the ticking eyes and we assumed the worst. I did a websearch and was unable to locate an agent for Betahistine – can you offer any advise on sourcing same?

    Many thanks – and great website – reassuring to see comments from other dog lovers.

    Rob McKenna & Family

  91. Would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that has left comments on this blog about vestibular syndrome. Really appreciate everyone taking the time to share their experiences, it is invaluable for other owners going through the same thing.
    @Rob Best place to get Betahistine would be through your vet, they will know where to source it. Equally important they may wish to adjust dose of Betahisitine or other drugs being used depending on the regime, general health etc of Muttley.
    @Bill and Beau – I would think very unlikely to be chocolate toxicity from a boxer eating the amount of chocolate you describe. Howeve you should ask your vet for a more accurate opinion based on his weight,. FYI here is a choc toxicity chart http://www.vspn.org/library/misc/vspn_m01325.htm

  92. Would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that has left comments on this blog about vestibular syndrome. Really appreciate everyone taking the time to share their experiences, it is invaluable for other owners going through the same thing.
    @Rob Best place to get Betahistine would be through your vet, they will know where to source it. Equally important they may wish to adjust dose of Betahisitine or other drugs being used depending on the regime, general health etc of Muttley.
    @Bill and Beau – I would think very unlikely to be chocolate toxicity from a boxer eating the amount of chocolate you describe. Howeve you should ask your vet for a more accurate opinion based on his weight,. FYI here is a choc toxicity chart http://www.vspn.org/library/misc/vspn_m01325.htm

  93. Hi everyone,
    This blog has been really helpful. We have a 7 year old labrador who has been showing signs of vestibular disease. Her main problem is nystamus. She becomes very dizzy and seeks reassurance bless her. Our vet has precribed anti fit tablets epiphen which has sedated her quite a lot and not really helped. Our vet has never mentioned vestibular disease but after looking up the symptoms of hypothyroidism Molly seems to display very similar problems. I wonder if she has a problem with her thyroid and this is causing the vestibular disease? She is very overweight (however she does not have much to eat) and she is lethargic, always napping and she’s had skin problems (really itchy red rash)
    Her ears become very hot and she seems quite depressed considering she has always been a very happy playful dog.
    The vet would like her to have an MRI however cost is an issue. Whether the insurance will cover this is a dilema as she showed clinical signs before we took out the policy.
    This has been very helpful for us as we now have a better understanding of what is going on and we will ask the vet about this disease.

  94. Hi everyone,
    This blog has been really helpful. We have a 7 year old labrador who has been showing signs of vestibular disease. Her main problem is nystamus. She becomes very dizzy and seeks reassurance bless her. Our vet has precribed anti fit tablets epiphen which has sedated her quite a lot and not really helped. Our vet has never mentioned vestibular disease but after looking up the symptoms of hypothyroidism Molly seems to display very similar problems. I wonder if she has a problem with her thyroid and this is causing the vestibular disease? She is very overweight (however she does not have much to eat) and she is lethargic, always napping and she’s had skin problems (really itchy red rash)
    Her ears become very hot and she seems quite depressed considering she has always been a very happy playful dog.
    The vet would like her to have an MRI however cost is an issue. Whether the insurance will cover this is a dilema as she showed clinical signs before we took out the policy.
    This has been very helpful for us as we now have a better understanding of what is going on and we will ask the vet about this disease.

  95. Please help…my thirteen old GSP bella had an attack yesterday and we don’t know what caused it but after an hour or so she was back to normal still a little wobbly but she is now as she is thirteen and has arthritis.

    Her symptoms:

    Stumbling around like she was drunk
    Collapsing
    Leaning up things rather than lying down
    And really disturbing eye twitching

    I know that it could be Vestibular Disease after reading this, however there are slight differences in my case. There was no vomiting, no head tilt. She’s been going to the toilet both fine, she’s eating and drinking fine.

    Please help should I take her to the vet just in case even though she is back to her normal self?

    Thanks for any help on this matter!

  96. Please help…my thirteen old GSP bella had an attack yesterday and we don’t know what caused it but after an hour or so she was back to normal still a little wobbly but she is now as she is thirteen and has arthritis.

    Her symptoms:

    Stumbling around like she was drunk
    Collapsing
    Leaning up things rather than lying down
    And really disturbing eye twitching

    I know that it could be Vestibular Disease after reading this, however there are slight differences in my case. There was no vomiting, no head tilt. She’s been going to the toilet both fine, she’s eating and drinking fine.

    Please help should I take her to the vet just in case even though she is back to her normal self?

    Thanks for any help on this matter!

  97. This site has been very helpful to us. Our 13 year old Sheltie had similar symptoms 4 weeks ago. We took her to the emergency vet hospital and they ran tests which showed everything normal. She had what appeared to be a seizure – unsteady on feet, couldn’t stand, head tilt to right, very rapid flickering eyes, panic, and this lasted a good 10 minutes. Since then, she has spells of panic attacks and mild to moderate rapid flickering of the eyes. She runs to the doggie door but when she gets outside she stands there not knowing what to do. Do you think this might be vestibular disease, too? She has little to no appetite but mainly because the vet has her on a low protein diet due to kidney problems – not very appetizing I’m sure. We have to leave the lights on at night so that she can find her way due to cataracts and I usually sleep on the couch so that she can be reassured that I’m close by – my bed is too high for her to see me.

  98. This site has been very helpful to us. Our 13 year old Sheltie had similar symptoms 4 weeks ago. We took her to the emergency vet hospital and they ran tests which showed everything normal. She had what appeared to be a seizure – unsteady on feet, couldn’t stand, head tilt to right, very rapid flickering eyes, panic, and this lasted a good 10 minutes. Since then, she has spells of panic attacks and mild to moderate rapid flickering of the eyes. She runs to the doggie door but when she gets outside she stands there not knowing what to do. Do you think this might be vestibular disease, too? She has little to no appetite but mainly because the vet has her on a low protein diet due to kidney problems – not very appetizing I’m sure. We have to leave the lights on at night so that she can find her way due to cataracts and I usually sleep on the couch so that she can be reassured that I’m close by – my bed is too high for her to see me.

  99. Hi Just a update on Beau
    He hasn’t improved at the moment which is a shame but seeing the vet again on Friday and he is on Ginger root which was suggested to try only been on that a few days so to early to see if Beau get benefit from that.
    Everyone’s dogs are in our thoughts anyway
    Bill

  100. Hi Just a update on Beau
    He hasn’t improved at the moment which is a shame but seeing the vet again on Friday and he is on Ginger root which was suggested to try only been on that a few days so to early to see if Beau get benefit from that.
    Everyone’s dogs are in our thoughts anyway
    Bill

  101. My 13 and a half year old otherwise fit and active golden retriever had her first geriatric vestibular attack on Tuesday this week and struggled to balance, walk, and fell over when she turned corners. She had a nystagmus but unusually her eyes initially went up and down, by day 2 they were flickering from side to side which seems to be more the norm and by day 3 this has gone. The vet diagnosed the above condition and prescribed Vivitonin for her. She was sick once but only due to her stubborn nature when she determinedly wanted to go for a walk then felt dizzy!

    Three days on she only has a slight head tilt and her balance is almost back to normal. Although her attack doesn’t seem to have been as severe as some dogs it’s a relief to see her back to her playful, happy if elderly self. She managed to walk all the way along the beach today. This site is fantastic for advice and reassurance and helped me understand more of what my vet said. Wishing all your dogs a happy recovery!!

  102. My 13 and a half year old otherwise fit and active golden retriever had her first geriatric vestibular attack on Tuesday this week and struggled to balance, walk, and fell over when she turned corners. She had a nystagmus but unusually her eyes initially went up and down, by day 2 they were flickering from side to side which seems to be more the norm and by day 3 this has gone. The vet diagnosed the above condition and prescribed Vivitonin for her. She was sick once but only due to her stubborn nature when she determinedly wanted to go for a walk then felt dizzy!

    Three days on she only has a slight head tilt and her balance is almost back to normal. Although her attack doesn’t seem to have been as severe as some dogs it’s a relief to see her back to her playful, happy if elderly self. She managed to walk all the way along the beach today. This site is fantastic for advice and reassurance and helped me understand more of what my vet said. Wishing all your dogs a happy recovery!!

  103. I found this site very helpful earlier this year when I looked after my elderly daughter’s dog who had VS, having been away, Maxi is back again with me with his second VS episode. Has anyone else had a dog who got VS more than once? he is still very wonky after a week and seems very confused when i take hin into the garden as though he does not know where he is. is this normal?

  104. I found this site very helpful earlier this year when I looked after my elderly daughter’s dog who had VS, having been away, Maxi is back again with me with his second VS episode. Has anyone else had a dog who got VS more than once? he is still very wonky after a week and seems very confused when i take hin into the garden as though he does not know where he is. is this normal?

  105. Boo (15) has been displaying the same symptoms for three days. He’s only vomited once though, and after skipping one meal is eating normally, although with a bit less gusto. He gamely comes on walks, but if he stops suddenly, or looks back quickly, he stumbles over to the side.
    As far as I can tell, there is no nystagmus, and no pronounced head tilt. Are those necessary for a diagnosis of VS?

  106. Boo (15) has been displaying the same symptoms for three days. He’s only vomited once though, and after skipping one meal is eating normally, although with a bit less gusto. He gamely comes on walks, but if he stops suddenly, or looks back quickly, he stumbles over to the side.
    As far as I can tell, there is no nystagmus, and no pronounced head tilt. Are those necessary for a diagnosis of VS?

  107. I also would like an update on any dogs having a second attack of IVS, as I walk a dog (elderly 15 year old greyhound terrier cross) who is suffering again and will not eat.She is under vet care and is well looked after but any information would be welcome.

  108. I also would like an update on any dogs having a second attack of IVS, as I walk a dog (elderly 15 year old greyhound terrier cross) who is suffering again and will not eat.She is under vet care and is well looked after but any information would be welcome.

  109. I have an 11year old labrador cross collie. Although ageing she is fit. This morning I noticed she became alarmed and her legs (front and back) seemed to buckle and she had problems with her swallowing initially. Eventually she settled – and even ate soom food though struggling to hold her weight. She has not been sick. She is disorientated, and when she can walk it’s not for long and she appears to start walking backwards and then she walks tottering clearly to the left side. She will then collapse where she is.
    I’ve tried to research online as taking her to the vet is something we cannot afford today and I have no access to transport. She doesn’t seem in any pain or discomfort and is sleeping as she’s very lethargic. I was wondering whether this was neurological or whether she might have had some form of stroke? I’m desperately upset and worried about her. It came on very suddenly this morning – and I’m wondering whether this could be Vestibular diseas??

  110. I have an 11year old labrador cross collie. Although ageing she is fit. This morning I noticed she became alarmed and her legs (front and back) seemed to buckle and she had problems with her swallowing initially. Eventually she settled – and even ate soom food though struggling to hold her weight. She has not been sick. She is disorientated, and when she can walk it’s not for long and she appears to start walking backwards and then she walks tottering clearly to the left side. She will then collapse where she is.
    I’ve tried to research online as taking her to the vet is something we cannot afford today and I have no access to transport. She doesn’t seem in any pain or discomfort and is sleeping as she’s very lethargic. I was wondering whether this was neurological or whether she might have had some form of stroke? I’m desperately upset and worried about her. It came on very suddenly this morning – and I’m wondering whether this could be Vestibular diseas??

  111. This site was so helpful – my Yorkie-X Dylan has recently been diagnosed with vestibular disease and is now on vivitonin and steroids. He’s starting to look a lot better, although he’s still rather confused, and seems to have aged suddenly. Good to hear how many peoples’ hounds are now feeling better.

  112. This site was so helpful – my Yorkie-X Dylan has recently been diagnosed with vestibular disease and is now on vivitonin and steroids. He’s starting to look a lot better, although he’s still rather confused, and seems to have aged suddenly. Good to hear how many peoples’ hounds are now feeling better.

  113. My 13 year old had her first vestibular attack on the Jubilee weekend…. My god how frightening, we truly thought that she had suffered a stroke.. The evening before she had been her usual crazy self swimming in the river and constant barking for us to throw her ball! We rushed her to the vets with the symtoms of a head tilt, eyes wizzing from side to side and wobbling like she was drunk! The vet told us to give it time, she would slowly recover and gave us some anti sickness pills…
    After three days she was walking pretty normal other than the odd wobble when she stops for a sniff.., 8 days on and her eyes are back to normal and head tilt almost gone… However…. She is still refusing to eat…. We have tried absolutely everything… Chicken, sausages, cheese, soft squashy dog biscuits, gravy but no nothing, just the odd lick of some cat food! Took her back to the vets today as i am so concerned about the lack of appetite, she has had a vitamin injection and has been prescribed some more anti sickness pills!
    Has anyone else had their best friend in the whole world experience this loss of appetite? Please help… Its driving me crazy…..

  114. My 13 year old had her first vestibular attack on the Jubilee weekend…. My god how frightening, we truly thought that she had suffered a stroke.. The evening before she had been her usual crazy self swimming in the river and constant barking for us to throw her ball! We rushed her to the vets with the symtoms of a head tilt, eyes wizzing from side to side and wobbling like she was drunk! The vet told us to give it time, she would slowly recover and gave us some anti sickness pills…
    After three days she was walking pretty normal other than the odd wobble when she stops for a sniff.., 8 days on and her eyes are back to normal and head tilt almost gone… However…. She is still refusing to eat…. We have tried absolutely everything… Chicken, sausages, cheese, soft squashy dog biscuits, gravy but no nothing, just the odd lick of some cat food! Took her back to the vets today as i am so concerned about the lack of appetite, she has had a vitamin injection and has been prescribed some more anti sickness pills!
    Has anyone else had their best friend in the whole world experience this loss of appetite? Please help… Its driving me crazy…..

  115. Hi, just an update on my 13 year old black lab… I couldn’t hang around any longer waiting for my old girl to get better, she seemed to be getting worse with the lack of appetite and started to get wobbly again..The vet prescribed her drugs in the middle of last week to block the brain from feeling sick but these did not help…By Friday i’d had enough and took her to the vets for blood tests…Sat morn we had a call saying the results of the tests showed kidney problems and that her levels were ‘through the roof’ so we rushed her back over there to get her straight on a drip! She’s still on it at the moment and is making a slow recovery… We have been visiting her twice a day and taking her for a little walk. Her urine is very diluted which means that she struggling to get rid of the toxins although she is drinking and weeing quite nicely which means that they are working to some extent! Please god she will come home soon and go on a special diet so that the kidneys dont have to work too hard….
    The vet seems to think that she already had a small underlying kidney problem (and it must have been small because she was as bright as a button and 100% normal up until this) but the stress caused by the Vestibular attack and the fact that she was feeling so sick and dizzy and refusing to eat has just brought the problem to light!

    The moral of this message is….. please please please request blood tests to rule out any underlying problems that your beloved dog may have even though you may be told that your dog will normally recover from a Vestibular attack… I wished that I had pushed for the tests at the beginning so that we could have made her a lot more comfortable a week previous….
    In the mean time we will continue to nurse our baby through this and here’s hoping that she will make a quick and speedy recovery…

    Julie

  116. Hi, just an update on my 13 year old black lab… I couldn’t hang around any longer waiting for my old girl to get better, she seemed to be getting worse with the lack of appetite and started to get wobbly again..The vet prescribed her drugs in the middle of last week to block the brain from feeling sick but these did not help…By Friday i’d had enough and took her to the vets for blood tests…Sat morn we had a call saying the results of the tests showed kidney problems and that her levels were ‘through the roof’ so we rushed her back over there to get her straight on a drip! She’s still on it at the moment and is making a slow recovery… We have been visiting her twice a day and taking her for a little walk. Her urine is very diluted which means that she struggling to get rid of the toxins although she is drinking and weeing quite nicely which means that they are working to some extent! Please god she will come home soon and go on a special diet so that the kidneys dont have to work too hard….
    The vet seems to think that she already had a small underlying kidney problem (and it must have been small because she was as bright as a button and 100% normal up until this) but the stress caused by the Vestibular attack and the fact that she was feeling so sick and dizzy and refusing to eat has just brought the problem to light!

    The moral of this message is….. please please please request blood tests to rule out any underlying problems that your beloved dog may have even though you may be told that your dog will normally recover from a Vestibular attack… I wished that I had pushed for the tests at the beginning so that we could have made her a lot more comfortable a week previous….
    In the mean time we will continue to nurse our baby through this and here’s hoping that she will make a quick and speedy recovery…

    Julie

  117. My 13 year old Border Collie, Taf,f had a vestibular attack 8 days ago. He was sick, eyes flickering and was staggering, but after sleeping for a couple of hours seemed fine. However, the next day he had a second attack – was very disorientated, unsteady on his feet and was sick again. His eyes were flickering, and this time the symptoms didn’t disappear. Luckily, I knew what it was as my mother had had dogs with this condition previously, so despite the concern I wasn’t too panicky about it. That was last Wednesday night. There was little improvement over the next 48 hours, and a visit to the vet was necessary as he wasn’t eating or drinking. The vet gave him a thorough examination, and gave him an injection for his nausea and some tablets to counteract the motion sickness. By the next day (day three) he had a bit more of a spring in his still rather unsteady step, and was holding his tail a bit higher on our short onlead walks. He also had a good hearty drink, which was a huge relief to me (I had been trying to use a syringe prior to that – much to his disgust!). He ate a little that day, but his appetite is still poor – rice pudding is the most popular, but even then he does not always show interest in it. However, despite the rather hit and miss appetite (will be buying chicken tomorrow – I think that will tempt him!), he is now walking very freely off lead one week after the attack, his balance is just about back to normal and today he even managed to chase a stick and not lose his balance. He still has a bit of a head tilt around the house, but he has made so much progress in such a short space of time I am sure that will soon go as well. I just need him to get his appetite back, and we’ll be sorted. So if your dog has just had a vestibular attack – do not despair – a bit of TLC, common sense and patience, and hopefully you’ll soon be on the path to recovery.

    *update – he liked the leftover spaghetti bolognese!!!

  118. My 13 year old Border Collie, Taf,f had a vestibular attack 8 days ago. He was sick, eyes flickering and was staggering, but after sleeping for a couple of hours seemed fine. However, the next day he had a second attack – was very disorientated, unsteady on his feet and was sick again. His eyes were flickering, and this time the symptoms didn’t disappear. Luckily, I knew what it was as my mother had had dogs with this condition previously, so despite the concern I wasn’t too panicky about it. That was last Wednesday night. There was little improvement over the next 48 hours, and a visit to the vet was necessary as he wasn’t eating or drinking. The vet gave him a thorough examination, and gave him an injection for his nausea and some tablets to counteract the motion sickness. By the next day (day three) he had a bit more of a spring in his still rather unsteady step, and was holding his tail a bit higher on our short onlead walks. He also had a good hearty drink, which was a huge relief to me (I had been trying to use a syringe prior to that – much to his disgust!). He ate a little that day, but his appetite is still poor – rice pudding is the most popular, but even then he does not always show interest in it. However, despite the rather hit and miss appetite (will be buying chicken tomorrow – I think that will tempt him!), he is now walking very freely off lead one week after the attack, his balance is just about back to normal and today he even managed to chase a stick and not lose his balance. He still has a bit of a head tilt around the house, but he has made so much progress in such a short space of time I am sure that will soon go as well. I just need him to get his appetite back, and we’ll be sorted. So if your dog has just had a vestibular attack – do not despair – a bit of TLC, common sense and patience, and hopefully you’ll soon be on the path to recovery.

    *update – he liked the leftover spaghetti bolognese!!!

  119. My 12 year old springer spaniel, had an attack on Tuesday, I rushed him off to the vet, with “hes had a stroke” going through my head, by the time we got to the vets and were seen he seemed “almost” back to normal, he is a little quiter than usual and is still a bit wobbly but seems to be pretty well ok, considering when he had the episode he couldnt stand up, and when he did manage he fell over every few steps.
    My vet was very good gave him an anti-emetic and reassured me! hoping it was a one off but prepared at least if it does happen again!

  120. My 12 year old springer spaniel, had an attack on Tuesday, I rushed him off to the vet, with “hes had a stroke” going through my head, by the time we got to the vets and were seen he seemed “almost” back to normal, he is a little quiter than usual and is still a bit wobbly but seems to be pretty well ok, considering when he had the episode he couldnt stand up, and when he did manage he fell over every few steps.
    My vet was very good gave him an anti-emetic and reassured me! hoping it was a one off but prepared at least if it does happen again!

  121. My 14 year old Golden Retriever, Lily, has this. It started last Tuesday night. She was sick and when I looked at her I thought she had had a stroke. The vet diagnosed VS. It is now Friday and she is still very unsteady and wobbly. Yesterday she seemed quite a bit better but last night she has terrible diarrhoea in the middle of the night and was so wobbly she couldn’t walk and as my husband was away I couldn’t get her into the garden. This morning she was very disorientated and her head is constantly on one side and her eyes flickering and her head appearing floppy on her neck. I don’t know if she had a second attack of VS last night as she had seemed to be improving albeit very gradually. She has had blood tests and everything was o.k. there with no organ disfunction at all. Right from the first night it happened she has continued to eat as normal though I have only given her a light diet of chicken and rise (especially as she has bad diarrhoea). I would appreciate any information as to how long it might take for her to be able to walk even relatively steadily. At the moment she can only manage a couple of steps at a time and either then falls down or just stands looking around vacantly.

  122. My 14 year old Golden Retriever, Lily, has this. It started last Tuesday night. She was sick and when I looked at her I thought she had had a stroke. The vet diagnosed VS. It is now Friday and she is still very unsteady and wobbly. Yesterday she seemed quite a bit better but last night she has terrible diarrhoea in the middle of the night and was so wobbly she couldn’t walk and as my husband was away I couldn’t get her into the garden. This morning she was very disorientated and her head is constantly on one side and her eyes flickering and her head appearing floppy on her neck. I don’t know if she had a second attack of VS last night as she had seemed to be improving albeit very gradually. She has had blood tests and everything was o.k. there with no organ disfunction at all. Right from the first night it happened she has continued to eat as normal though I have only given her a light diet of chicken and rise (especially as she has bad diarrhoea). I would appreciate any information as to how long it might take for her to be able to walk even relatively steadily. At the moment she can only manage a couple of steps at a time and either then falls down or just stands looking around vacantly.

  123. Hi, I am so glad that this site has been created. Our bearded Collie ‘Jasper’ has his first Vestibular Syndrome attack about three months ago. All the symptoms mentioned on here except he did not lose his appetite (once the initial sickness passed, he actually ate more than usual). The vet said it would take him a week – ten days to recover, though he did improve it took him 8 weeks to get back to about 90% of his usual ‘happy go lucky’ self. He is twelve and a half but up until this attack has always acted like a 2 year old. The distressing thing is that 3 weeks ago he had a second attack, far more severe than the first one. It took his mobility away completely and he lost total control of his bladder, in fact the only thing he appeared able to move was his head. We rushed him to the vets thinking this would be his last trip, however the vet gave him steroid, anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic injections and told us to watch him over the next 48 hours. It was a very difficult 48hrs as we had to change his bedding every couple of hours and bath him daily as his long coat was soaked in his own urine, he made very little improvement in that 48hours so back to the vet again who this time gave him more injections and told us to give him a “little longer”. By day 5 we felt we had given him long enough, aprt from the fact that we felt we were being selfish by keeping him in this state, we were also exhausted by the fact we were still changing his bedding regularly and bathing him, so we took the decision that he must take his final trip to the vet, this was not an easy decision both my husband and I were heart broken. The appointment was made but he confounded us by getting up and staggering out into the garden just half an hour before he was due to go. I am VERY PLEASED to say that since that day he has continued to improve and is now holding his head straight and going for short (though clumsy) walks. Anyone reading this I would say if you have the time and patience and though it is distressing give your friend a real chance, I’m sure they would do it for you.

  124. Hi, I am so glad that this site has been created. Our bearded Collie ‘Jasper’ has his first Vestibular Syndrome attack about three months ago. All the symptoms mentioned on here except he did not lose his appetite (once the initial sickness passed, he actually ate more than usual). The vet said it would take him a week – ten days to recover, though he did improve it took him 8 weeks to get back to about 90% of his usual ‘happy go lucky’ self. He is twelve and a half but up until this attack has always acted like a 2 year old. The distressing thing is that 3 weeks ago he had a second attack, far more severe than the first one. It took his mobility away completely and he lost total control of his bladder, in fact the only thing he appeared able to move was his head. We rushed him to the vets thinking this would be his last trip, however the vet gave him steroid, anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic injections and told us to watch him over the next 48 hours. It was a very difficult 48hrs as we had to change his bedding every couple of hours and bath him daily as his long coat was soaked in his own urine, he made very little improvement in that 48hours so back to the vet again who this time gave him more injections and told us to give him a “little longer”. By day 5 we felt we had given him long enough, aprt from the fact that we felt we were being selfish by keeping him in this state, we were also exhausted by the fact we were still changing his bedding regularly and bathing him, so we took the decision that he must take his final trip to the vet, this was not an easy decision both my husband and I were heart broken. The appointment was made but he confounded us by getting up and staggering out into the garden just half an hour before he was due to go. I am VERY PLEASED to say that since that day he has continued to improve and is now holding his head straight and going for short (though clumsy) walks. Anyone reading this I would say if you have the time and patience and though it is distressing give your friend a real chance, I’m sure they would do it for you.

  125. Currently I am sitting with my 14 year old golden retriever who 3 days ago had all the symptoms of vestibular – I had just taken her to the vet on Friday due to her bad arthritis in her back legs. This is her 2nd time With this disease so I am a bit calmer although she is older and this time is not able to get up at all without help. If she doesn’t improve I will take her back to the vet tomorrow first thing when they open. Readin everyone else’s stories does make you feel better. Although Sally is old and arthritic she is still eating (If that ever stops I really will panic), hangs on to be carried outside to the toilet but very very wobbly. The last time she got it she was all better within days, I’m hoping so this time as well although it has been 3 days now . I won’t give up on her yet.

  126. Currently I am sitting with my 14 year old golden retriever who 3 days ago had all the symptoms of vestibular – I had just taken her to the vet on Friday due to her bad arthritis in her back legs. This is her 2nd time With this disease so I am a bit calmer although she is older and this time is not able to get up at all without help. If she doesn’t improve I will take her back to the vet tomorrow first thing when they open. Readin everyone else’s stories does make you feel better. Although Sally is old and arthritic she is still eating (If that ever stops I really will panic), hangs on to be carried outside to the toilet but very very wobbly. The last time she got it she was all better within days, I’m hoping so this time as well although it has been 3 days now . I won’t give up on her yet.

  127. I have a 15 year old Whippet,who has these symptoms one day every one to two months,she recovers within a day,and is back to her usual self.
    I thought she was having fits,but she’s never stiff,her eyes go side to side and she acts drunk.
    Do you think she’s got Vestibular,even though it’s not once in a blue moon?
    I really hope someone can help,as it is awful to see,but would be better than fits i spose
    Jenny

  128. I have a 15 year old Whippet,who has these symptoms one day every one to two months,she recovers within a day,and is back to her usual self.
    I thought she was having fits,but she’s never stiff,her eyes go side to side and she acts drunk.
    Do you think she’s got Vestibular,even though it’s not once in a blue moon?
    I really hope someone can help,as it is awful to see,but would be better than fits i spose
    Jenny

  129. Our big golden boy-C-Bear-13-and healthy woke up 9 weeks ago-as described above he experienced a sudden onset of what we thought was a stroke-but is vestibular disease.
    BTW–Thanks for comments-Im feeling better although shakey

    After 4 weeks, his eyes were tracking and gate-in OK shape.

    He woke us up a few nights ago and -bam-same symptoms although not as severe

    Any advice for recurrence—Bear is in real trouble and he is clear headed-wants to be with us -his little sis Casey???

    If you need help stabilizing your dog-Ive found the wonder harness-no this is not spam. Check out Blue Dogs-“Helpemup” Harness-stupid name-amazing product. Has support on both the front and butt.

  130. Our big golden boy-C-Bear-13-and healthy woke up 9 weeks ago-as described above he experienced a sudden onset of what we thought was a stroke-but is vestibular disease.
    BTW–Thanks for comments-Im feeling better although shakey

    After 4 weeks, his eyes were tracking and gate-in OK shape.

    He woke us up a few nights ago and -bam-same symptoms although not as severe

    Any advice for recurrence—Bear is in real trouble and he is clear headed-wants to be with us -his little sis Casey???

    If you need help stabilizing your dog-Ive found the wonder harness-no this is not spam. Check out Blue Dogs-“Helpemup” Harness-stupid name-amazing product. Has support on both the front and butt.

  131. Vestibular Diease in Dogs and Cats.

    Our dog, a lab and greyhound mix, has been afflicted with this malady for the second time about 1.5 years after the first.
    The first time it was entirely debilitating and he became a quadraplegic zombie. He could not stand or drink or eat for about 24 hours. He was unresponsive and his eyes would dart back and forth continuously and unconsciously. After that period and a shot of steroids from the Vet he slowly recovered. We used a harness to hold him up to go to the bathroom. We fed him rice and broth to keep him hydrated. We stayed with him day and night to make sure he was comfortable and safe. Eventually the symptoms subsided and we got our friend back. He continued to show reduced symptoms for months.
    A few days ago he started to walk erratically and stumble a bit more than usual.
    He is 15 years old after all. Then he kind of fell into a wall which was similar to his former state, but not total. We quickly got him to the vet for a steroid shot the same day.
    He did get worse but not to the point of total collapse like before.
    We just needed to watch him more often and help him down the porch stairs as he was unsteady and fell every now and then. But he could eat, drink, and eliminate as normal with a little help to keep him upright and steady.
    He is now recovering and is back to maybe 70% normal. I can take him for short walks (10 min). I expect him to be around 90% in a week or so.
    I am also giving him a baby aspirin at the vet’s recommendation.
    He looks better every day.
    The main reason I wanted to post this is to let people know that the steroid shot, while not a cure, seems to have helped shorten and lessen the period of disability. I have not seen this mentioned before on the internet and maybe it can be useful to others where the cause of the vestibular disease is not known (idiopathic). Our vet ruled out ear infection and we have not scanned for brain lesions, but those are pretty rare, I guess.

  132. Vestibular Diease in Dogs and Cats.

    Our dog, a lab and greyhound mix, has been afflicted with this malady for the second time about 1.5 years after the first.
    The first time it was entirely debilitating and he became a quadraplegic zombie. He could not stand or drink or eat for about 24 hours. He was unresponsive and his eyes would dart back and forth continuously and unconsciously. After that period and a shot of steroids from the Vet he slowly recovered. We used a harness to hold him up to go to the bathroom. We fed him rice and broth to keep him hydrated. We stayed with him day and night to make sure he was comfortable and safe. Eventually the symptoms subsided and we got our friend back. He continued to show reduced symptoms for months.
    A few days ago he started to walk erratically and stumble a bit more than usual.
    He is 15 years old after all. Then he kind of fell into a wall which was similar to his former state, but not total. We quickly got him to the vet for a steroid shot the same day.
    He did get worse but not to the point of total collapse like before.
    We just needed to watch him more often and help him down the porch stairs as he was unsteady and fell every now and then. But he could eat, drink, and eliminate as normal with a little help to keep him upright and steady.
    He is now recovering and is back to maybe 70% normal. I can take him for short walks (10 min). I expect him to be around 90% in a week or so.
    I am also giving him a baby aspirin at the vet’s recommendation.
    He looks better every day.
    The main reason I wanted to post this is to let people know that the steroid shot, while not a cure, seems to have helped shorten and lessen the period of disability. I have not seen this mentioned before on the internet and maybe it can be useful to others where the cause of the vestibular disease is not known (idiopathic). Our vet ruled out ear infection and we have not scanned for brain lesions, but those are pretty rare, I guess.

  133. Hello
    I have an 11 yr old Boxer who had an episode a couple of days ago which the very diagnosed as being due to vestibular syndrome following presenting with similar symptoms as described previously. He was a little off colour beforehand and temperature was up and vet have him an antibiotic injection and something to reduce his temp and then the following morning he was violently sick after his breakfast and then lost his balance and his eyes began darting about and he became quite stressed panting etc. Veth has now prescribed vivitonin as there is anecdotal evidence to show this
    elps together with continued anti biotics due to the possibility of infection due to the initial increase in temperature. 48 hrs on my lovely boy is improving. He is walking better, his eyes are no longer dating about and he is drinking water although hist appetite

  134. Hello
    I have an 11 yr old Boxer who had an episode a couple of days ago which the very diagnosed as being due to vestibular syndrome following presenting with similar symptoms as described previously. He was a little off colour beforehand and temperature was up and vet have him an antibiotic injection and something to reduce his temp and then the following morning he was violently sick after his breakfast and then lost his balance and his eyes began darting about and he became quite stressed panting etc. Veth has now prescribed vivitonin as there is anecdotal evidence to show this
    elps together with continued anti biotics due to the possibility of infection due to the initial increase in temperature. 48 hrs on my lovely boy is improving. He is walking better, his eyes are no longer dating about and he is drinking water although hist appetite

  135. is very poor. He has eaten hardly anything except for a little chicken yesterday. I’ve tried rice pudding, baked egg custard, pilchards in tomato sauce with rice,all of which he hast refused and previous to thus this he had an excellent appetite. Any suggestions as to what else to offer him to try to tempt him to eat would be gratefully received. He is sleeping quite a bit but is calm and relaxed and back to trying to shadow me again so definitely progressing in right direction if only he would eat something.
    Thanks.

  136. is very poor. He has eaten hardly anything except for a little chicken yesterday. I’ve tried rice pudding, baked egg custard, pilchards in tomato sauce with rice,all of which he hast refused and previous to thus this he had an excellent appetite. Any suggestions as to what else to offer him to try to tempt him to eat would be gratefully received. He is sleeping quite a bit but is calm and relaxed and back to trying to shadow me again so definitely progressing in right direction if only he would eat something.
    Thanks.

  137. Vestibular Disease just doesn’t occur in older dogs… My 6 yr. old Brittany is recovering from last Thurs. Seems like eternity. Blood tests/all tests normal. I first thought epilepsy (past Britt had it), or stroke.
    On Mon. we started him on antibiotics/steroids…Day by day, milestones. Like a 6 wk old pup back to 6 yr. old dog. The only thing now is he’s subdued. Vet said it’s the steroids. He said 80% recover and next wk on Sat a recheck.
    I was thinking putting down…but after all the research I realize he may get back to 100% and it may never come back.

  138. Vestibular Disease just doesn’t occur in older dogs… My 6 yr. old Brittany is recovering from last Thurs. Seems like eternity. Blood tests/all tests normal. I first thought epilepsy (past Britt had it), or stroke.
    On Mon. we started him on antibiotics/steroids…Day by day, milestones. Like a 6 wk old pup back to 6 yr. old dog. The only thing now is he’s subdued. Vet said it’s the steroids. He said 80% recover and next wk on Sat a recheck.
    I was thinking putting down…but after all the research I realize he may get back to 100% and it may never come back.

  139. My 10 year old Russet Labrador has had two attacks in the last 8 weeks.She recovered reasonably well the first time,but had the head tilt and was still unsteady.Then yesterday made an emergency trip to a late night vets as the symptoms were back again.The vet was very optimistic and put her on Cephorum 250mg for 7 days plus the original Vivitonin ,and found that Jazz had a severe ear infection,lm hoping that this is really the cause of the attacks and can be cleared up with more tablets.

  140. My 10 year old Russet Labrador has had two attacks in the last 8 weeks.She recovered reasonably well the first time,but had the head tilt and was still unsteady.Then yesterday made an emergency trip to a late night vets as the symptoms were back again.The vet was very optimistic and put her on Cephorum 250mg for 7 days plus the original Vivitonin ,and found that Jazz had a severe ear infection,lm hoping that this is really the cause of the attacks and can be cleared up with more tablets.

  141. Thought I would post a comment as it may help. My Ben is a 12 year old (we think) greyhound cross. Two year ago he had his first episode at 1.20am New Years Day. Not pleasant at all. He was sick, rolling/flickering eyes, no control over his back legs and very confused and scared. An emergency call to the vet told us it was a kind of stroke, he wouldn’t be in pain but he needed a lot of tlc and monitoring for 48 hours. It scared us all but we did as the vet said – stayed with him and gave him plenty of love. For the first day he couldn’t walk or eat but gradually he improved. He took about two weeks to fully recover although he staggered when walking. Ben is still with us and is on vivitonin. He has since had two more (much lesser) episodes and today has had his forth one. I am doing now what we have done previously. Lots of love so he knows we are here. Support around his back end so he can get outside for toilet. Helping him to get on and off the settee as he is insistent to still sit with us. Offering or assisting him to the water food and offering small bits of food. I know it’s hard to see your dog struggling but we have been assured he’s not in pain – given that it affects the nerves it is more the lack of feeling that confuses. I know now that in a day or so he’ll be better – he stopped eye flickering already. We know Ben is an old boy and being a rescue dog we are unknowing about definate age and history but he’s a fighter, he hasn’t given up yet and neither are we.

  142. Thought I would post a comment as it may help. My Ben is a 12 year old (we think) greyhound cross. Two year ago he had his first episode at 1.20am New Years Day. Not pleasant at all. He was sick, rolling/flickering eyes, no control over his back legs and very confused and scared. An emergency call to the vet told us it was a kind of stroke, he wouldn’t be in pain but he needed a lot of tlc and monitoring for 48 hours. It scared us all but we did as the vet said – stayed with him and gave him plenty of love. For the first day he couldn’t walk or eat but gradually he improved. He took about two weeks to fully recover although he staggered when walking. Ben is still with us and is on vivitonin. He has since had two more (much lesser) episodes and today has had his forth one. I am doing now what we have done previously. Lots of love so he knows we are here. Support around his back end so he can get outside for toilet. Helping him to get on and off the settee as he is insistent to still sit with us. Offering or assisting him to the water food and offering small bits of food. I know it’s hard to see your dog struggling but we have been assured he’s not in pain – given that it affects the nerves it is more the lack of feeling that confuses. I know now that in a day or so he’ll be better – he stopped eye flickering already. We know Ben is an old boy and being a rescue dog we are unknowing about definate age and history but he’s a fighter, he hasn’t given up yet and neither are we.

  143. Just to add. Ben still enjoys walks – short ones with a harness on. He still staggers a bit especially if he gets excited or turns quickly, but he still eager to go. We help steady him when he goes in and out the house but otherwise he still the same Ben. We are now more confident in dealing with Ben during these episodes although we struggled the first time. We know this will probably be a regular occurrence but so long as he still shows an interest in life we will still make sure he enjoys one.
    I hope this offers help to people.

  144. Just to add. Ben still enjoys walks – short ones with a harness on. He still staggers a bit especially if he gets excited or turns quickly, but he still eager to go. We help steady him when he goes in and out the house but otherwise he still the same Ben. We are now more confident in dealing with Ben during these episodes although we struggled the first time. We know this will probably be a regular occurrence but so long as he still shows an interest in life we will still make sure he enjoys one.
    I hope this offers help to people.

  145. Reading some of the above comments has been helpful. We are now onto 5 day of VS attack, every time we think Marley (15 year old whippet) has started to improve he then seems to have another attack. His confidence has gone completely, Wednesday he was running and playing on the beach now 5 days on I can’t get him out of his basket nor eating or drinking. But all the comments seem to lead to improvement in time, so there is hope :).

  146. Reading some of the above comments has been helpful. We are now onto 5 day of VS attack, every time we think Marley (15 year old whippet) has started to improve he then seems to have another attack. His confidence has gone completely, Wednesday he was running and playing on the beach now 5 days on I can’t get him out of his basket nor eating or drinking. But all the comments seem to lead to improvement in time, so there is hope :).

  147. Our 10 year old GSD X Max has had what looks like a Vestibular Syndrome attack today. Classic symptoms, loss of control in his hind legs, eyes flicking from side to side rapidly and a head tilt. Took him to the vets, who gave him a steroid injection, and he seems to be settling down now 6-8 hours after the onset. He’s back at the Vets tomorrow. Fingers crossed he’ll recover quickly.

  148. Our 10 year old GSD X Max has had what looks like a Vestibular Syndrome attack today. Classic symptoms, loss of control in his hind legs, eyes flicking from side to side rapidly and a head tilt. Took him to the vets, who gave him a steroid injection, and he seems to be settling down now 6-8 hours after the onset. He’s back at the Vets tomorrow. Fingers crossed he’ll recover quickly.

  149. My 12 year old Border terrier had an attack on Monday. I thought he had had a stroke and took him straight to the vets. He was seen and diagnosed within minutes. We were advised to leave him with the vets overnight. His head is at an acute angle and he has nystagmus which must be very distressing. He has been with the vets for 2 days now and there has been a slight improvement today.
    We are hoping to be able to bring him home today or tomorrow.
    He hasn’t eaten since monday but he has been kept hydrated by drip. He has also been treated with broad spectrum antibiotics.

  150. My 12 year old Border terrier had an attack on Monday. I thought he had had a stroke and took him straight to the vets. He was seen and diagnosed within minutes. We were advised to leave him with the vets overnight. His head is at an acute angle and he has nystagmus which must be very distressing. He has been with the vets for 2 days now and there has been a slight improvement today.
    We are hoping to be able to bring him home today or tomorrow.
    He hasn’t eaten since monday but he has been kept hydrated by drip. He has also been treated with broad spectrum antibiotics.

  151. My 14 yr old red setter x retriever is at the vets tonight with her 2nd episode of VS in a year. She made a good recovery the first time, but the vet is not sure she’ll recover so well this time. She can’t get her balance to walk at all at the moment. She has been at the vet as she wasn’t drinking & was vomiting. I would love to read comments from others whose dogs have had 2 episodes of this.

  152. My 14 yr old red setter x retriever is at the vets tonight with her 2nd episode of VS in a year. She made a good recovery the first time, but the vet is not sure she’ll recover so well this time. She can’t get her balance to walk at all at the moment. She has been at the vet as she wasn’t drinking & was vomiting. I would love to read comments from others whose dogs have had 2 episodes of this.

  153. hi i have a nearly 14year old german shepherd called cleo, she is in hospital with acute vestibular disease, it started one evening before she went out to make a wee, head tilted really bad and she went blind in her only eye and very disoriented
    Rushed her to the vet, had an mri
    Shes been in hospital now for 3 days its breaking my heart to see her like this
    Ime visiting twice a day, its so sad she have her sight back now but she cant walk well ascthe tilt is so severe,She isceating and drinking
    I just pray to god ime doing the right thing by trying,
    I love her with all my heat
    I know she wants to come home but she just not stronge enough yet
    Pleas give me hope
    Tracy south africa

  154. hi i have a nearly 14year old german shepherd called cleo, she is in hospital with acute vestibular disease, it started one evening before she went out to make a wee, head tilted really bad and she went blind in her only eye and very disoriented
    Rushed her to the vet, had an mri
    Shes been in hospital now for 3 days its breaking my heart to see her like this
    Ime visiting twice a day, its so sad she have her sight back now but she cant walk well ascthe tilt is so severe,She isceating and drinking
    I just pray to god ime doing the right thing by trying,
    I love her with all my heat
    I know she wants to come home but she just not stronge enough yet
    Pleas give me hope
    Tracy south africa

  155. My dig had her attack a week ago. She has started to eat rice with fish but is struggling to drink water so I am putting lots of water in with her food whihc is helping. She is sleeping most of the time and seems quite confused. The eye flicering lasted approximately 3 days. She is now able to go to the bottom of the garden and find her way back but has the head tilt an is still struggling to walk straight.

  156. My dig had her attack a week ago. She has started to eat rice with fish but is struggling to drink water so I am putting lots of water in with her food whihc is helping. She is sleeping most of the time and seems quite confused. The eye flicering lasted approximately 3 days. She is now able to go to the bottom of the garden and find her way back but has the head tilt an is still struggling to walk straight.

  157. A lot of the symptoms described in the article and people that have written are similar to what my dog had experienced.. He is a terrier mixed dog that is at least 12 years old. The best of friends I’ve ever had. His attack occurred 5 nights ago and slowly is improving with his walking. His appetti is good, but of course he is getting what he wants eat. The vet examined him and indicated that this can happen to older dogs. No medications were prescribed. I think his eye sight is still bad and may only see out of his good eye which may be part of why the head tilts.I just hope my dog like many of the dogs described here pull through.

  158. A lot of the symptoms described in the article and people that have written are similar to what my dog had experienced.. He is a terrier mixed dog that is at least 12 years old. The best of friends I’ve ever had. His attack occurred 5 nights ago and slowly is improving with his walking. His appetti is good, but of course he is getting what he wants eat. The vet examined him and indicated that this can happen to older dogs. No medications were prescribed. I think his eye sight is still bad and may only see out of his good eye which may be part of why the head tilts.I just hope my dog like many of the dogs described here pull through.

  159. Hi.
    My little yorkie Missy who is only 4 yrs old had an attack
    6 nights ago. Shes a very hyper bouncy
    dog. she was bouncing up into the air then landed on
    the floor but skidded sideways & straight away went
    into the seizure her legs were contracted, head bobbing
    to one side, eyes flickering & also
    urinating. It took her 10 mins to come round out of this. Then the
    vomiting started. She also couldn’t stand was dizzy & panicking.
    I thought she had broken her back. It was very emotional & scary
    for me. Blood results came back negative. She is now improving with steriods & anti sickness injections. She started eating yesterday after gettin a bag of fluids over the weekend. She-still has head tilt & walking around in circles but thankfully getting there slowly. i just wanted to share this as idiopathic vestibuler syndrome can happen in young dogs but more likely in older. The vet can’t understand why this
    this has happened to such a young dog. But have been told it may happen again.
    The detail

  160. Hi.
    My little yorkie Missy who is only 4 yrs old had an attack
    6 nights ago. Shes a very hyper bouncy
    dog. she was bouncing up into the air then landed on
    the floor but skidded sideways & straight away went
    into the seizure her legs were contracted, head bobbing
    to one side, eyes flickering & also
    urinating. It took her 10 mins to come round out of this. Then the
    vomiting started. She also couldn’t stand was dizzy & panicking.
    I thought she had broken her back. It was very emotional & scary
    for me. Blood results came back negative. She is now improving with steriods & anti sickness injections. She started eating yesterday after gettin a bag of fluids over the weekend. She-still has head tilt & walking around in circles but thankfully getting there slowly. i just wanted to share this as idiopathic vestibuler syndrome can happen in young dogs but more likely in older. The vet can’t understand why this
    this has happened to such a young dog. But have been told it may happen again.
    The detail

  161. I am so grateful for the information here, having rushed to the vet this afternoon with my 12 year old Jack Russell. All the classic symptoms and now home after all the treatments outlined. She still is twitching and her eyes are moving but at least we know this will be temporary. Jess didnt want to drink but after lifting her bowl up so she didnt have to lower her head too much she took a drink. Not sure if that tip will help others but something else to try if your dog off food and water. Thanks again

  162. I am so grateful for the information here, having rushed to the vet this afternoon with my 12 year old Jack Russell. All the classic symptoms and now home after all the treatments outlined. She still is twitching and her eyes are moving but at least we know this will be temporary. Jess didnt want to drink but after lifting her bowl up so she didnt have to lower her head too much she took a drink. Not sure if that tip will help others but something else to try if your dog off food and water. Thanks again

  163. Our 13 and a half year old terrier X, Lara, had an episode last night. We took her to the vet this morning and she diagnosed vestibular syndrome. The symptoms described here are all present and I thought we were taking her on her last trip.
    I feel much more at ease after the vet’s diagnosis and the comments on this site. Thank you.
    This morning Lara’s had two injections, Dexadreson and Cerenia. We’re taking her back to the vet tomorrow to see what effect they’ve had and to plan her ongoing treatment.

  164. Our 13 and a half year old terrier X, Lara, had an episode last night. We took her to the vet this morning and she diagnosed vestibular syndrome. The symptoms described here are all present and I thought we were taking her on her last trip.
    I feel much more at ease after the vet’s diagnosis and the comments on this site. Thank you.
    This morning Lara’s had two injections, Dexadreson and Cerenia. We’re taking her back to the vet tomorrow to see what effect they’ve had and to plan her ongoing treatment.

  165. My 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was diagnosed with this last February. For weeks she couldn’t stand or go pee etc by herself. She was in a daze and fell over all the time. She lost sight in one eye. She was never sick nor off her food tho. Bonnie tried vivitonin but it had no effect but when the vet out her on steroids she improved slowly but surely. She was back to 95% of her normal self although she has a slight jump in her step when she walks. We tried to wean her off the steriods and had her down to 5mgs ever other day but she has started to show signs of paw twitching, head shaking and stumbling again. Rang the emergency vet today and she’s back on 10mgs every day again. Vet doesn’t think she will ever b able to come off them completely as vestibular can only be controlled and not cured. She’s has her 10mgs today and has slightly improved but it will take a wile. Don’t give up on ur dog cos this may take weeks even months but it does improve.

  166. My 9 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was diagnosed with this last February. For weeks she couldn’t stand or go pee etc by herself. She was in a daze and fell over all the time. She lost sight in one eye. She was never sick nor off her food tho. Bonnie tried vivitonin but it had no effect but when the vet out her on steroids she improved slowly but surely. She was back to 95% of her normal self although she has a slight jump in her step when she walks. We tried to wean her off the steriods and had her down to 5mgs ever other day but she has started to show signs of paw twitching, head shaking and stumbling again. Rang the emergency vet today and she’s back on 10mgs every day again. Vet doesn’t think she will ever b able to come off them completely as vestibular can only be controlled and not cured. She’s has her 10mgs today and has slightly improved but it will take a wile. Don’t give up on ur dog cos this may take weeks even months but it does improve.

  167. My sister’s 12 year-old dachshund, Isaac, was recently diagnosed with vestibular disease. It is not clear what is causing this although the veterinarian noted the membrane in one ear is “milky” and the other ear has a hairball. All blood tests were normal. He’s being treated with oral antibiotics and anti-nausea medications and ear drops. Isaac’s appetite is still pretty good and, despite his unsteadiness, seems like himself. Our biggest concern at the moment are what we describe as head/neck tremors. They are on-going and most pronounced at night and even more so overnight. He suffered a seizure three days ago during the night–his body stiffened, there was some foam around his mouth and he urinated on the bed. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on these tremors? As anyone who has posted here knows, it’s very difficult to see. Isaac also does a great deal of lip-smacking during the day.

  168. My sister’s 12 year-old dachshund, Isaac, was recently diagnosed with vestibular disease. It is not clear what is causing this although the veterinarian noted the membrane in one ear is “milky” and the other ear has a hairball. All blood tests were normal. He’s being treated with oral antibiotics and anti-nausea medications and ear drops. Isaac’s appetite is still pretty good and, despite his unsteadiness, seems like himself. Our biggest concern at the moment are what we describe as head/neck tremors. They are on-going and most pronounced at night and even more so overnight. He suffered a seizure three days ago during the night–his body stiffened, there was some foam around his mouth and he urinated on the bed. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on these tremors? As anyone who has posted here knows, it’s very difficult to see. Isaac also does a great deal of lip-smacking during the day.

  169. My 15 and 1/2 year old border collie x bull terrier had most of these symptoms last August apart from the eyes flickering. The vet diagnosed that he had suffered a stroke. The vet prescribed him medication to stop him feeling sick and dizzy but they didn’t agree with him. I am adamant that it wasn’t a stroke and that it was Vestibular Disease, he recovered fully if not more within a few weeks.

    The last attack was four months ago, recently he has been loving his walks and even playing games with us.

    He has just woken the family up at 3.30 and I am currently with him. He was panicking, yelping and he had an accident on the carpet which isn’t like him at all. When I first saw him his eyes were rapidly flickering from side to side and he was barely standing. I carried him to the garden where he walked round and round very wobbly for about 10 minuets. It didn’t seem as though he could see very much (his eyes aren’t good anyway, it was dark and he kept walking into things) he then came into the house and continued walking round bashing into things but eventually settled. His eyes aren’t moving as rapidly and he seems a lot less wobbly, he is sleeping now. I hope he gets better like before I love him so much but my parents think this might be the last time. Thank you for posting this article I will question the vet.

  170. My 15 and 1/2 year old border collie x bull terrier had most of these symptoms last August apart from the eyes flickering. The vet diagnosed that he had suffered a stroke. The vet prescribed him medication to stop him feeling sick and dizzy but they didn’t agree with him. I am adamant that it wasn’t a stroke and that it was Vestibular Disease, he recovered fully if not more within a few weeks.

    The last attack was four months ago, recently he has been loving his walks and even playing games with us.

    He has just woken the family up at 3.30 and I am currently with him. He was panicking, yelping and he had an accident on the carpet which isn’t like him at all. When I first saw him his eyes were rapidly flickering from side to side and he was barely standing. I carried him to the garden where he walked round and round very wobbly for about 10 minuets. It didn’t seem as though he could see very much (his eyes aren’t good anyway, it was dark and he kept walking into things) he then came into the house and continued walking round bashing into things but eventually settled. His eyes aren’t moving as rapidly and he seems a lot less wobbly, he is sleeping now. I hope he gets better like before I love him so much but my parents think this might be the last time. Thank you for posting this article I will question the vet.

  171. My 11 year old Shiba Inu is suffering from her second attack of Old Dog Vestibular Disease. Both times she has been put on steroids and antibiotics in case of an underlying ear issue. When she was on the steroids the symptoms of ODV dissappeared. She was very hungry and pretty hyper though. Fortunately her appetite has been good. The vet ran blood tests and determined that she had low thyroid. At this point she is weaning off the second round of steroids and the symptoms are returning. They appear severe to me but her personality and energy level have always been high. So seeing her wiped out is difficult. The vet I saw at my usual practice is one of the newer members there. He suggested I take her to a neurologist. I made the appointment but since reading the advise on this website I think I will return to my vets office and insist on seeing the owner to discuss some of the options discussed above.

  172. My 11 year old Shiba Inu is suffering from her second attack of Old Dog Vestibular Disease. Both times she has been put on steroids and antibiotics in case of an underlying ear issue. When she was on the steroids the symptoms of ODV dissappeared. She was very hungry and pretty hyper though. Fortunately her appetite has been good. The vet ran blood tests and determined that she had low thyroid. At this point she is weaning off the second round of steroids and the symptoms are returning. They appear severe to me but her personality and energy level have always been high. So seeing her wiped out is difficult. The vet I saw at my usual practice is one of the newer members there. He suggested I take her to a neurologist. I made the appointment but since reading the advise on this website I think I will return to my vets office and insist on seeing the owner to discuss some of the options discussed above.

  173. I can’t believe what I’m reading – thank you all so much. Last Tuesday my 10 year old Boxer collapsed. She has been a little slower on her feet recently but last week I ‘lost’ my girl as she hasn’t been the same since. We visited the vet who diagnosed arthritis in her lower spine and prescribed painkillers and an anti inflammatory. I have since suggested she has Vestibular syndrome, she sleeps all day occasionally struggling to her feet and walks around the kitchen in circles, head tilted to the left, panting, collapsing and loosing control of her bladder. I have struggled to get food into her, tried almost everything even liquidizing food and syringing it into her mouth which was so distressing. She finally lapped water yesterday but she has lost so much weight. I am so encouraged by all the comments on this site as now there maybe hope for my Daisy rather than putting her out of her misery. We are back to the vets tomorrow!

  174. I can’t believe what I’m reading – thank you all so much. Last Tuesday my 10 year old Boxer collapsed. She has been a little slower on her feet recently but last week I ‘lost’ my girl as she hasn’t been the same since. We visited the vet who diagnosed arthritis in her lower spine and prescribed painkillers and an anti inflammatory. I have since suggested she has Vestibular syndrome, she sleeps all day occasionally struggling to her feet and walks around the kitchen in circles, head tilted to the left, panting, collapsing and loosing control of her bladder. I have struggled to get food into her, tried almost everything even liquidizing food and syringing it into her mouth which was so distressing. She finally lapped water yesterday but she has lost so much weight. I am so encouraged by all the comments on this site as now there maybe hope for my Daisy rather than putting her out of her misery. We are back to the vets tomorrow!

  175. Our legend ‘Jaspa’ aged 14 next month , our black beautiful Labrador sadly had a vestibula episode 9 days ago , initially had anti sickness injection and anti biotics. One week on he can get up and wobble around goes into the garden. He has lost 2.5kg it’s a struggle to get him to eat and drink vets now given him vivitonin he seems to of lost the will to get better. Giving lots of
    TLC and cuddles . Vet is now suggesting mri and x ray on heart but i feel this would be too risky for his age, if we could just find a way to get his appetite back, tried chicken and rice baby food rice pudding and today rump steak which interested him a little:-) reading all the above has given us hope. More time and patience needed………..

  176. Our legend ‘Jaspa’ aged 14 next month , our black beautiful Labrador sadly had a vestibula episode 9 days ago , initially had anti sickness injection and anti biotics. One week on he can get up and wobble around goes into the garden. He has lost 2.5kg it’s a struggle to get him to eat and drink vets now given him vivitonin he seems to of lost the will to get better. Giving lots of
    TLC and cuddles . Vet is now suggesting mri and x ray on heart but i feel this would be too risky for his age, if we could just find a way to get his appetite back, tried chicken and rice baby food rice pudding and today rump steak which interested him a little:-) reading all the above has given us hope. More time and patience needed………..

  177. Vet prescribed Cerenia tabs today (expensive) but we now have a week to look for signs of improvement. I also managed to buy some Liquivite which she is taking via a syringe. The vet didn’t seem to be as optimistic as me saying she should be showing signs of improvement now after a week. I will carry on and hope I prove him wrong.

  178. Vet prescribed Cerenia tabs today (expensive) but we now have a week to look for signs of improvement. I also managed to buy some Liquivite which she is taking via a syringe. The vet didn’t seem to be as optimistic as me saying she should be showing signs of improvement now after a week. I will carry on and hope I prove him wrong.

  179. Hi, I have 2 14 year labs ( brothers). One suffered his first Vs attack july 2012 treated by brillant vet, suffered his second Vs Jan 2013, i wasn,t brave enough to have him put to sleep, he is on day 5 of very slow recovery not sure what the outcome will be for him yet. His brother also suffered his first Vs Jan 2013 but fortunately was quick to recover.

  180. Hi, I have 2 14 year labs ( brothers). One suffered his first Vs attack july 2012 treated by brillant vet, suffered his second Vs Jan 2013, i wasn,t brave enough to have him put to sleep, he is on day 5 of very slow recovery not sure what the outcome will be for him yet. His brother also suffered his first Vs Jan 2013 but fortunately was quick to recover.

  181. Our old boy, Shadow isn’t well. He’s a black lab & collie cross. He’s 12 years old, and has always been hyper active, behaves like a puppy instead of an old mutt.

    Anyway, 2 weeks ago he had the classic signs of old dog vestibular syndrome. Emergency appt at the vet, a steroid injection, vivatonin, and some anti-biotics was the treatment. The only strange thing were his eyes. It seems they go from side to side in most attacks, his went up & down.

    He has an appt for a MRI Scan later this week.

    For a week, no signs of improvement, kept having attacks, so we stopped the meds. He seemed to improve, but tonight he’s had a massive attack. His previous attacks lasted for seconds. This has just finished after almost an hour. Fifteen days after his first attack, and I would have thought he’d be getting over it, alas not.

    We’ll see what the MRI Scan shows. If it’s a tumor,then we’re going to ask the vet not to wake him from the general anaestetic, but to put him to sleep. Can’t stand to see my best friend suffering like this

    I’ll update this as and when, maybe someone will learn something.

  182. Our old boy, Shadow isn’t well. He’s a black lab & collie cross. He’s 12 years old, and has always been hyper active, behaves like a puppy instead of an old mutt.

    Anyway, 2 weeks ago he had the classic signs of old dog vestibular syndrome. Emergency appt at the vet, a steroid injection, vivatonin, and some anti-biotics was the treatment. The only strange thing were his eyes. It seems they go from side to side in most attacks, his went up & down.

    He has an appt for a MRI Scan later this week.

    For a week, no signs of improvement, kept having attacks, so we stopped the meds. He seemed to improve, but tonight he’s had a massive attack. His previous attacks lasted for seconds. This has just finished after almost an hour. Fifteen days after his first attack, and I would have thought he’d be getting over it, alas not.

    We’ll see what the MRI Scan shows. If it’s a tumor,then we’re going to ask the vet not to wake him from the general anaestetic, but to put him to sleep. Can’t stand to see my best friend suffering like this

    I’ll update this as and when, maybe someone will learn something.

  183. Our 15 year old whippet bitch has been having her second Vestibular attack since yesterday evening. All the symptoms mentioned but cannot get up at all and is doubly incontinent. Not sure if she will even travel well to get to the vet today so I may ask them to make a home visit. Not sure that it is fair to wait for lengthy treatment results. It may be kinder to have her euthanised ASAP.

  184. Our 15 year old whippet bitch has been having her second Vestibular attack since yesterday evening. All the symptoms mentioned but cannot get up at all and is doubly incontinent. Not sure if she will even travel well to get to the vet today so I may ask them to make a home visit. Not sure that it is fair to wait for lengthy treatment results. It may be kinder to have her euthanised ASAP.

  185. Update..Jaspa improved and thought he was coming through it as gained weight, head tilt gone, eating and drinking, doing roly polys at last!!!! Then his front leg started to look painful vet checked it out and now it was suspected bone cancer, so it ended with him on anti inflam, vivitonin, tramadol and now symmetrel another pain killer, but now we had the threat of a pathalogical fracture he deteriated so we let him go while he was still relatively comfortable, bless him he was so brave and loyal to us to the end, we all miss him terribly, cherish yours every day, godbless.

  186. Update..Jaspa improved and thought he was coming through it as gained weight, head tilt gone, eating and drinking, doing roly polys at last!!!! Then his front leg started to look painful vet checked it out and now it was suspected bone cancer, so it ended with him on anti inflam, vivitonin, tramadol and now symmetrel another pain killer, but now we had the threat of a pathalogical fracture he deteriated so we let him go while he was still relatively comfortable, bless him he was so brave and loyal to us to the end, we all miss him terribly, cherish yours every day, godbless.

  187. My 12 year old sweet boxer was laying on the sofa tonight .. all of a sudden I heard heavy panting and rushed in to see what was happening .. his eyes were darting back and forth .. heavy panting and confusion .. his head was going back and forth as well .. the episode lasted about 20 minutes .. I thought it was low blood sugar so I gave him some honey and he eventually licked it up. I was frantic .. I wiped his face with a cool damp cloth .. rubbed his belly and back and consoled him very gently . It was at 10:30 pm on this Sunday night and there was no vet to call and the emergency clinic is 2 hours away .. He eventually slowly got up and staggered outside to urinate and I watched him .. waiting for him to come back in and he did but I watched his every move .. Very unsteady on his feet and confused .. I gave him an ice cube to lick .. I gave him more honey with water .. slowly he came back to normal .. he slowly climbed back on the sofa but still was walking oddly .. I am still so worried and will be an eye on him but will go to the vet ASAP … Love him immensely and just had to put my other Boxer to sleep on Dec. 15th due to cancer .. also taking care of my disabled husband so this is just horrible for all of us .. Bo is now comfortable and symptoms have stopped .. I am still a nervous wreck and just came on line and typed in the symptoms and found this site .. God bless you all and your dogs .. we love them … my Bo will have to be seen by the vet and I hope I get through this night will all being ok till morning .. It sounds like vestibular and not a stroke … and my Bo just had surgery last week for a large bleeding tumor that was removed! .. One trauma after another .. Keep the faith people, we are all in this together with our beloved pets … I am sorry for those who have lost their sweet pets just as I lost mine in December .. still we love and we carry on .. Hugs and hope to all humans and dogs alike .. it’s all about the love ..

  188. My 12 year old sweet boxer was laying on the sofa tonight .. all of a sudden I heard heavy panting and rushed in to see what was happening .. his eyes were darting back and forth .. heavy panting and confusion .. his head was going back and forth as well .. the episode lasted about 20 minutes .. I thought it was low blood sugar so I gave him some honey and he eventually licked it up. I was frantic .. I wiped his face with a cool damp cloth .. rubbed his belly and back and consoled him very gently . It was at 10:30 pm on this Sunday night and there was no vet to call and the emergency clinic is 2 hours away .. He eventually slowly got up and staggered outside to urinate and I watched him .. waiting for him to come back in and he did but I watched his every move .. Very unsteady on his feet and confused .. I gave him an ice cube to lick .. I gave him more honey with water .. slowly he came back to normal .. he slowly climbed back on the sofa but still was walking oddly .. I am still so worried and will be an eye on him but will go to the vet ASAP … Love him immensely and just had to put my other Boxer to sleep on Dec. 15th due to cancer .. also taking care of my disabled husband so this is just horrible for all of us .. Bo is now comfortable and symptoms have stopped .. I am still a nervous wreck and just came on line and typed in the symptoms and found this site .. God bless you all and your dogs .. we love them … my Bo will have to be seen by the vet and I hope I get through this night will all being ok till morning .. It sounds like vestibular and not a stroke … and my Bo just had surgery last week for a large bleeding tumor that was removed! .. One trauma after another .. Keep the faith people, we are all in this together with our beloved pets … I am sorry for those who have lost their sweet pets just as I lost mine in December .. still we love and we carry on .. Hugs and hope to all humans and dogs alike .. it’s all about the love ..

  189. So interesting reading all the messages. I have a 13 and 3/4 year old Saluki. He’s normally fit ,healthy and active.
    At the end of January this year he had what I think was idiopathic vestibular disorder. The only thing is that his attacks go on for ages and he has just had his 3rd attack 3 days ago. He started with the “wobbles”, then fell down and then became quite terrified. I couldn’t miss the awful nystagmus and this didn’t stop for 4 hours.
    For the first time he is now off his food all he will eat is butchers sausages! I don’t know what to do. I obviously don’t wan to lose him but also don’t want him to go through this again and again. He has now averaged 2 every fortnight.
    His blood tests were ok and there was no sign of a urine infection.
    Does anyone else have experience of multiple episodes and how much should we put the dog through this.? I am trying not to be selfish about him as he has always been such a wonderful dog.

  190. So interesting reading all the messages. I have a 13 and 3/4 year old Saluki. He’s normally fit ,healthy and active.
    At the end of January this year he had what I think was idiopathic vestibular disorder. The only thing is that his attacks go on for ages and he has just had his 3rd attack 3 days ago. He started with the “wobbles”, then fell down and then became quite terrified. I couldn’t miss the awful nystagmus and this didn’t stop for 4 hours.
    For the first time he is now off his food all he will eat is butchers sausages! I don’t know what to do. I obviously don’t wan to lose him but also don’t want him to go through this again and again. He has now averaged 2 every fortnight.
    His blood tests were ok and there was no sign of a urine infection.
    Does anyone else have experience of multiple episodes and how much should we put the dog through this.? I am trying not to be selfish about him as he has always been such a wonderful dog.

  191. Hi just lost our dog today.to a stroke as they call it, killed us to have him pts . he was a border collie 16yrs . Vet says could try him on medication but said would be kinder as he was very distressed.he had lost all his confidence as couldnt see much and very wobbly. he was a wonderful dog everyone loved him he is a big miss.

  192. Hi just lost our dog today.to a stroke as they call it, killed us to have him pts . he was a border collie 16yrs . Vet says could try him on medication but said would be kinder as he was very distressed.he had lost all his confidence as couldnt see much and very wobbly. he was a wonderful dog everyone loved him he is a big miss.

  193. My beautiful Sasha who is a cross border collie/lurcher and 14yrs old now, as over the past year and a half had 3 episodes but since yesterday as had another 2.The last one prior to these was a month ago and she didn’t eat for 10 days, all tests came back normal.It’s breaking my heart to see her like this and I wonder if I’m being cruel by allowing her to keep going. I don’t want to have her put to sleep, but how many of these can she suffer before the inevitable happens.

  194. My beautiful Sasha who is a cross border collie/lurcher and 14yrs old now, as over the past year and a half had 3 episodes but since yesterday as had another 2.The last one prior to these was a month ago and she didn’t eat for 10 days, all tests came back normal.It’s breaking my heart to see her like this and I wonder if I’m being cruel by allowing her to keep going. I don’t want to have her put to sleep, but how many of these can she suffer before the inevitable happens.

  195. My old boy jonny has had a bad day the vet thinks he has vestibular disease and I agree, some days he seems ok although wobbly but today he has rolled and been really unsettled however his petite is good I have to help him but he is continuing to eat well. He gets up and staggers to he door to be taken out and manages well a he toilet although I have to support him. My vet never offered any medication so I am not sure where this will go he is almost 14.

  196. My old boy jonny has had a bad day the vet thinks he has vestibular disease and I agree, some days he seems ok although wobbly but today he has rolled and been really unsettled however his petite is good I have to help him but he is continuing to eat well. He gets up and staggers to he door to be taken out and manages well a he toilet although I have to support him. My vet never offered any medication so I am not sure where this will go he is almost 14.

  197. My 17 year old jack ruissell, lakeland Dexter had an attack yesterday. This comes on the back of being attacked by a Staffie last week. All the drugs he was taking seemed to have given him a sudden burst. Then lat night he got up and collapsed, head to oneside, back end wouldnt stay up. I was so scared, i thought this was the end. let him sleep on my bed all night to keep and eye, not much imrovement. rang an emergency vet and what do you know, he got up head almost straight, back end just his usual wobble. But I do know this will happen again. leaky heart, blind, still chases squirells and is my life. This site has been a god send.

  198. My 17 year old jack ruissell, lakeland Dexter had an attack yesterday. This comes on the back of being attacked by a Staffie last week. All the drugs he was taking seemed to have given him a sudden burst. Then lat night he got up and collapsed, head to oneside, back end wouldnt stay up. I was so scared, i thought this was the end. let him sleep on my bed all night to keep and eye, not much imrovement. rang an emergency vet and what do you know, he got up head almost straight, back end just his usual wobble. But I do know this will happen again. leaky heart, blind, still chases squirells and is my life. This site has been a god send.

  199. Our collie cross boy has had two bouts of vestibular syndrome, first one when he was 13 and another about eight months later. The first one was worse; think he knew what to expect the second time and he lay down more instead of trying to stagger about. Good recoveries both times; no vet treatment; I diagnosed him from the Internet and monitored him very closely, invalid diet including a little butternut squash for easy bowel movements and lots of TLC etc. He will be 15 in June and is normally well; eats well; is very deaf and his sight is poor but he is a cheerful little chap and very much loved.
    Yesterday he collapsed 3 times, just straight down, his legs went under him, but he got up again pretty much straightaway. He slept more and wasn’t hassling me for his evening Bonio as he usually does. Wee and poo all normal but he had more trouble keeping steady out in the garden, however he still tries to trot everywhere, listing to one side or the other. He seems better this morning.
    So dogs can have several bouts I think.
    I’m trying not to get panicky at the thought of the end but he is old now and hope I will be strong enough when the time comes.

  200. Our collie cross boy has had two bouts of vestibular syndrome, first one when he was 13 and another about eight months later. The first one was worse; think he knew what to expect the second time and he lay down more instead of trying to stagger about. Good recoveries both times; no vet treatment; I diagnosed him from the Internet and monitored him very closely, invalid diet including a little butternut squash for easy bowel movements and lots of TLC etc. He will be 15 in June and is normally well; eats well; is very deaf and his sight is poor but he is a cheerful little chap and very much loved.
    Yesterday he collapsed 3 times, just straight down, his legs went under him, but he got up again pretty much straightaway. He slept more and wasn’t hassling me for his evening Bonio as he usually does. Wee and poo all normal but he had more trouble keeping steady out in the garden, however he still tries to trot everywhere, listing to one side or the other. He seems better this morning.
    So dogs can have several bouts I think.
    I’m trying not to get panicky at the thought of the end but he is old now and hope I will be strong enough when the time comes.

  201. My collie cross (14) had an attack on wednesday, sick and poo in the kitchen, eyes flickering….he was in a terrible state, he has bad hips as it is but with this stroke his walking was ten times worse. He was like a drunk bambi on ice! after two days at the vets he was standing, still wobbly, and had a head tilt. After a day at home getting spoilt with TLC, the third day he was much better. More steady on his feet, head tilt not so bad and he loves a packet of chicken for tea and breakfast (along with his hidden medication) my old boy is getting there and hopefully he will be back to himself soon!

  202. My collie cross (14) had an attack on wednesday, sick and poo in the kitchen, eyes flickering….he was in a terrible state, he has bad hips as it is but with this stroke his walking was ten times worse. He was like a drunk bambi on ice! after two days at the vets he was standing, still wobbly, and had a head tilt. After a day at home getting spoilt with TLC, the third day he was much better. More steady on his feet, head tilt not so bad and he loves a packet of chicken for tea and breakfast (along with his hidden medication) my old boy is getting there and hopefully he will be back to himself soon!

  203. Just had five very worrying days with my 12 year old and very fit dalmatian. Through a friend I heard of vestibular syndrome. I have not come across it before. Vet talked about inner ear infection/vascular/tumour etc. Having read article my beloved pet’s condition is accurately described. With the help of my vet things can now improve. She is on antiotics (Noroclav and Marbocyl) plus an anti sickness injection today and a steroid. She has seemed much better this afternoon and has just enjoyed chicken with rice.

  204. Just had five very worrying days with my 12 year old and very fit dalmatian. Through a friend I heard of vestibular syndrome. I have not come across it before. Vet talked about inner ear infection/vascular/tumour etc. Having read article my beloved pet’s condition is accurately described. With the help of my vet things can now improve. She is on antiotics (Noroclav and Marbocyl) plus an anti sickness injection today and a steroid. She has seemed much better this afternoon and has just enjoyed chicken with rice.

  205. Thanks you so much for this information. I watched my13year old dog suffer this evening. My vet was brilliant. She has had a st emetic injection and dead reason injection and prescribed vivitonin tablets. Next 24hours will be hard.

  206. Thanks you so much for this information. I watched my13year old dog suffer this evening. My vet was brilliant. She has had a st emetic injection and dead reason injection and prescribed vivitonin tablets. Next 24hours will be hard.

  207. Wolfie’s triumph over vicious Vestibular…

    I want to relay what my baby Wolfie and his devoted mummy 🙂 have endured, to impart hope to everyone reading this.

    Firstly, let me just tell you that I rescued Wolfie in August 2011. He had been terribly neglected for years (he’s an ageing chap) and was, frankly, at death’s door. We might well be a “nation of animal lovers”, but some people are still getting away with incomprehensible cruelty! To cut a very long story short, the vets were doubtful he would survive – how he had lived until then, so malnourished and undoubtedly in excruciating pain (with a mouthful of rotten teeth and riddled with infection from head to toe, literally), is beyond me – but I was determined his life would not be in vain. An operation (to remove all his teeth save his canines), a myriad of medications, and lots! of TLC… and he was a different dog. In the words of the vet, “he looks like a dog now”. Sprightly, very happy and enjoying his new life to the full.

    >>>That was until just over 2 weeks ago. On the evening of Thursday 4th April, he started collapsing and his head tilted dramatically to the left. I thought he was having a stroke. I should mention, on the Monday, his back legs went a few times. That was unnerving, but then he was absolutely fine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the day. I took him to the vets first thing on Friday morning – I have no means of transport, but he managed to walk (it’s local) albeit very wobbly, bless him. The vet simply prescribed yet another course of antibiotics for suspected otitis media / interna, i.e. middle / inner ear infection and instructed me to up his steroids to 2/day. So, we left the vets, with his mummy just hoping and praying. Sure enough, my little fighter really started picking up and by the following (last) Wednesday, he was – or seemed to be – doing great. I still wasn’t taking him for his usual long walks, but his balance had returned. However, on Thursday (one week exactly after the initial attack), he regressed and the Vestibular symptoms, including vomiting, came back with a vengeance. Come Friday morning, he was hardly able to walk, he turned his nose up at his breakfast, he was sick… and his left eye (in particular) was twitching. Frantic, I called the vet. She said if he didn’t eat or drink during the day, he would have to be put on a drip that night. No chance! After everything he’s been through, the last thing I wanted, was for my baby to be alone (he’s been with me 24/7 since I rescued him) in a hostile environment, ill and frightened out of his wits. I can honestly say, I do not believe that scenario would have ended well. [She also said the eye twitching indicated ‘it’ had “gone to his brain”.] So, she informed me there was only one other option and I would have to make that decision by the time the clinic opened again that evening. Needless to say, I was beside myself. Nonetheless, I resolved to fight it. Wolfie survived against all the odds when I rescued him – if anyone could get him through this, I could.

    Well, I’ve not been back to the vets yet (it’s been just over a week since that damning telephone conversation)… and my baby is doing ok; better than ok. 🙂 He’s made progress day by day – he’s walking normally (with just a few wobbles here and there, notably when he sneezes), has a slight as opposed to pronounced head tilt, the eye twitching ceased and his eyes are bright again, his appetite has returned to normal, and no more vomiting. How did we do it? Along with Wolfie’s resilient willpower (do not underestimate a happy dog’s will to live!), I determinedly nursed him back to health. I hand-fed him when he wouldn’t / couldn’t eat or drink of his own accord, gave him all his favourite ‘treat’ foods (including tuna, white fish, mince and chicken), put milk in his water because he wouldn’t drink it otherwise, certainly didn’t starve him when he vomited, and gave him all the kisses and cuddles you can imagine. He is still on antibiotics (20 days in total) and 2 steroids daily – the antibiotics finish next Wednesday and I am reducing the steroids to 1/day as of Monday, 3 days before the antibiotics finish. Please God, he will continue on the road to full recovery!

    As I sit here scribing, my little boy is full of beans and merrily licking his bone, which brings sheer joy to his mummy’s heart. 🙂

    In the words of Paul O’Grady, “people are really affected by animals [and] spending time with animals is good for your soul.” Don’t we know it! We just need more Paul O’Gradys in the world… and more of us. Keep going fellow animal lovers and never give up hope!

    All our love, Tara & Wolfie xx

  208. Wolfie’s triumph over vicious Vestibular…

    I want to relay what my baby Wolfie and his devoted mummy 🙂 have endured, to impart hope to everyone reading this.

    Firstly, let me just tell you that I rescued Wolfie in August 2011. He had been terribly neglected for years (he’s an ageing chap) and was, frankly, at death’s door. We might well be a “nation of animal lovers”, but some people are still getting away with incomprehensible cruelty! To cut a very long story short, the vets were doubtful he would survive – how he had lived until then, so malnourished and undoubtedly in excruciating pain (with a mouthful of rotten teeth and riddled with infection from head to toe, literally), is beyond me – but I was determined his life would not be in vain. An operation (to remove all his teeth save his canines), a myriad of medications, and lots! of TLC… and he was a different dog. In the words of the vet, “he looks like a dog now”. Sprightly, very happy and enjoying his new life to the full.

    >>>That was until just over 2 weeks ago. On the evening of Thursday 4th April, he started collapsing and his head tilted dramatically to the left. I thought he was having a stroke. I should mention, on the Monday, his back legs went a few times. That was unnerving, but then he was absolutely fine on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the day. I took him to the vets first thing on Friday morning – I have no means of transport, but he managed to walk (it’s local) albeit very wobbly, bless him. The vet simply prescribed yet another course of antibiotics for suspected otitis media / interna, i.e. middle / inner ear infection and instructed me to up his steroids to 2/day. So, we left the vets, with his mummy just hoping and praying. Sure enough, my little fighter really started picking up and by the following (last) Wednesday, he was – or seemed to be – doing great. I still wasn’t taking him for his usual long walks, but his balance had returned. However, on Thursday (one week exactly after the initial attack), he regressed and the Vestibular symptoms, including vomiting, came back with a vengeance. Come Friday morning, he was hardly able to walk, he turned his nose up at his breakfast, he was sick… and his left eye (in particular) was twitching. Frantic, I called the vet. She said if he didn’t eat or drink during the day, he would have to be put on a drip that night. No chance! After everything he’s been through, the last thing I wanted, was for my baby to be alone (he’s been with me 24/7 since I rescued him) in a hostile environment, ill and frightened out of his wits. I can honestly say, I do not believe that scenario would have ended well. [She also said the eye twitching indicated ‘it’ had “gone to his brain”.] So, she informed me there was only one other option and I would have to make that decision by the time the clinic opened again that evening. Needless to say, I was beside myself. Nonetheless, I resolved to fight it. Wolfie survived against all the odds when I rescued him – if anyone could get him through this, I could.

    Well, I’ve not been back to the vets yet (it’s been just over a week since that damning telephone conversation)… and my baby is doing ok; better than ok. 🙂 He’s made progress day by day – he’s walking normally (with just a few wobbles here and there, notably when he sneezes), has a slight as opposed to pronounced head tilt, the eye twitching ceased and his eyes are bright again, his appetite has returned to normal, and no more vomiting. How did we do it? Along with Wolfie’s resilient willpower (do not underestimate a happy dog’s will to live!), I determinedly nursed him back to health. I hand-fed him when he wouldn’t / couldn’t eat or drink of his own accord, gave him all his favourite ‘treat’ foods (including tuna, white fish, mince and chicken), put milk in his water because he wouldn’t drink it otherwise, certainly didn’t starve him when he vomited, and gave him all the kisses and cuddles you can imagine. He is still on antibiotics (20 days in total) and 2 steroids daily – the antibiotics finish next Wednesday and I am reducing the steroids to 1/day as of Monday, 3 days before the antibiotics finish. Please God, he will continue on the road to full recovery!

    As I sit here scribing, my little boy is full of beans and merrily licking his bone, which brings sheer joy to his mummy’s heart. 🙂

    In the words of Paul O’Grady, “people are really affected by animals [and] spending time with animals is good for your soul.” Don’t we know it! We just need more Paul O’Gradys in the world… and more of us. Keep going fellow animal lovers and never give up hope!

    All our love, Tara & Wolfie xx

  209. 13 year old Sweep is on the winning side of a Vestibular Syndrome attack. She is on steroids, antibiotics and Vivitonin. Although she didn’t go off her food she seemed to be having difficulty eating. Instead of putting her food in her usual stainless steel feeding bowl, which has deep sides, I used a flat dinner plate instead. It made all the difference! She is now eating all her meals, and enjoying them. She has her tablets in Brussels pate, which she loves. More tablets just means more pate!

  210. 13 year old Sweep is on the winning side of a Vestibular Syndrome attack. She is on steroids, antibiotics and Vivitonin. Although she didn’t go off her food she seemed to be having difficulty eating. Instead of putting her food in her usual stainless steel feeding bowl, which has deep sides, I used a flat dinner plate instead. It made all the difference! She is now eating all her meals, and enjoying them. She has her tablets in Brussels pate, which she loves. More tablets just means more pate!

  211. My 10 year old lab has diabetes and has recently lost his sight.
    We took him to the vet for a curve test which tests the glucose and when we picked him up, his eyes were flickering back and forth and he couldnt walk straight. It has been gut wrenching to say the least, but thanks to all the feedback, I see that there is still hope for my boy. My vet advised me to call a neurologist, but seeing all the comments maybe we dont have to go down this path. Unfortunately the cost of him having diabetes has taken a toll financially, but he is definately one of the family and worth fighting for, for sure 🙂

  212. My 10 year old lab has diabetes and has recently lost his sight.
    We took him to the vet for a curve test which tests the glucose and when we picked him up, his eyes were flickering back and forth and he couldnt walk straight. It has been gut wrenching to say the least, but thanks to all the feedback, I see that there is still hope for my boy. My vet advised me to call a neurologist, but seeing all the comments maybe we dont have to go down this path. Unfortunately the cost of him having diabetes has taken a toll financially, but he is definately one of the family and worth fighting for, for sure 🙂

  213. My 14 year old Lassie Collie had Vestibular last August. My “then” Vet told me that she had lived far beyond her lifespan anyway, and wanted to put her to sleep, like Taras Vet. Needless to say I now use another Vet. She recovered completely, with just a slight head tilt, but today she has started vomiting like she did in August. Thankfully both her and us now know the symptons, so she is calm, as we are. Watching her carefully now, just in case she gets worse, she is sleeping peacefully.

  214. My 14 year old Lassie Collie had Vestibular last August. My “then” Vet told me that she had lived far beyond her lifespan anyway, and wanted to put her to sleep, like Taras Vet. Needless to say I now use another Vet. She recovered completely, with just a slight head tilt, but today she has started vomiting like she did in August. Thankfully both her and us now know the symptons, so she is calm, as we are. Watching her carefully now, just in case she gets worse, she is sleeping peacefully.

  215. my 12 year old lab had this and still having them he had it 5 times now for over a year now the eyes.. the head tilt and the toilet coming away from him once that happened had one last night stay up with him all nite with the lights no and telly off hes back to normal now still a bit unsure but getting here not a nice thing to see him going thou as the vets have told me just have to be there for him and he come round on his own …he had two mild ones also they coming every couple of weeks now so just have to be here for him he eating and walking ok i can tell the signs before he get attack as he just lies there and he dont move even when you call him to come so i can see if he walking ok as it a drunking walk he does ..

  216. my 12 year old lab had this and still having them he had it 5 times now for over a year now the eyes.. the head tilt and the toilet coming away from him once that happened had one last night stay up with him all nite with the lights no and telly off hes back to normal now still a bit unsure but getting here not a nice thing to see him going thou as the vets have told me just have to be there for him and he come round on his own …he had two mild ones also they coming every couple of weeks now so just have to be here for him he eating and walking ok i can tell the signs before he get attack as he just lies there and he dont move even when you call him to come so i can see if he walking ok as it a drunking walk he does ..

  217. my border collie is 15 and suffered his first vestibular attack last august. He recovered but relapsed in April 2013.He had the steroid injections both times and recovered. He again relapsed after 4 days. What helped us was to get him to play games and concentrate on a toy or ball. We use his favourite ball and move it side to side so he concentrates his gaze and then we hide it. I would suggest this as something that may help, but it will require patience and time, but if you care about your dog this is a small price. He has had all the other tests and is otherwise very fit. Hope this helps any good luck to you all.

    Louise

  218. my border collie is 15 and suffered his first vestibular attack last august. He recovered but relapsed in April 2013.He had the steroid injections both times and recovered. He again relapsed after 4 days. What helped us was to get him to play games and concentrate on a toy or ball. We use his favourite ball and move it side to side so he concentrates his gaze and then we hide it. I would suggest this as something that may help, but it will require patience and time, but if you care about your dog this is a small price. He has had all the other tests and is otherwise very fit. Hope this helps any good luck to you all.

    Louise

  219. Thank you so much for this helpful explanation. My 12 year old mongrel has just had what seems to be a vestibular event. She has been treated by a lovely vet and we are now just hoping she may recover. The information you put on this site was very clear and useful.

  220. Thank you so much for this helpful explanation. My 12 year old mongrel has just had what seems to be a vestibular event. She has been treated by a lovely vet and we are now just hoping she may recover. The information you put on this site was very clear and useful.

  221. My 13 year old Bearded Collie has just been diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome after what I though was his right back leg failing as he is getting quite arthritic and was showing signs of stiffness and wobbleyness when getting up after lying down. Yesterday he collapsed completely and had to be carried to the car to visit the vet …luckliy the practice is in my village. Very worried about his difficulty in walking as it requires lots of encouragement to get him up to go out into the garden to urinate. Not eating either at the moment, ( though to be fair he has always been a fussy eater, so not easy to adminster the drugs he has been prescribed. Appreciated this very useful description of the condition and common sense tips – very reassuring at such a time. Fingers firmly crossed he will improve.

  222. My 13 year old Bearded Collie has just been diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome after what I though was his right back leg failing as he is getting quite arthritic and was showing signs of stiffness and wobbleyness when getting up after lying down. Yesterday he collapsed completely and had to be carried to the car to visit the vet …luckliy the practice is in my village. Very worried about his difficulty in walking as it requires lots of encouragement to get him up to go out into the garden to urinate. Not eating either at the moment, ( though to be fair he has always been a fussy eater, so not easy to adminster the drugs he has been prescribed. Appreciated this very useful description of the condition and common sense tips – very reassuring at such a time. Fingers firmly crossed he will improve.

  223. Thank you so much for this informative and reassuring article.
    My Border Collie Kezzie aged 12 years 5 months has exactly the same signs/symptoms. It started last Thursday with sudden onset of instability of hind legs/collapsing, head tilt ‘wobbly gait’ and vomitting.
    I suspected that a stroke/vestibular incident might be the cause but could not seek veterinary help until yesterday due to being forbidden to drive following shoulder surgery. I thought a possible differential diagnosis might be an ear infection -hence head tilt etc but my vet did a thorough examination and said ears were clear and diagnosed vestibular syndrome. She has commenced steroid therapy and we are continuing with masses of TLC and encouragement. I think she’s enjoying all the extra attention -being one of 12 dogs ,she must appreciate this !

  224. Thank you so much for this informative and reassuring article.
    My Border Collie Kezzie aged 12 years 5 months has exactly the same signs/symptoms. It started last Thursday with sudden onset of instability of hind legs/collapsing, head tilt ‘wobbly gait’ and vomitting.
    I suspected that a stroke/vestibular incident might be the cause but could not seek veterinary help until yesterday due to being forbidden to drive following shoulder surgery. I thought a possible differential diagnosis might be an ear infection -hence head tilt etc but my vet did a thorough examination and said ears were clear and diagnosed vestibular syndrome. She has commenced steroid therapy and we are continuing with masses of TLC and encouragement. I think she’s enjoying all the extra attention -being one of 12 dogs ,she must appreciate this !

  225. Our German Shepherd Occa, 12 years and 3 months old, was hit with this on Monday this week. She was eating breakfast and became very unstable. She started to stagger and ultimately fell over. It has now been four days and she is slowly showing some improvement. Very slowly. I have given her some betahistine for the last couple of days which I think has helped. Her head tilts also. She is eating, and doing her business – just a matter of time I guess. We rescued her when she was 9 years old – she is the best dog we have had the pleasure of spending time with. Hope we can get her through this and she has a few more good years with us.

  226. Our German Shepherd Occa, 12 years and 3 months old, was hit with this on Monday this week. She was eating breakfast and became very unstable. She started to stagger and ultimately fell over. It has now been four days and she is slowly showing some improvement. Very slowly. I have given her some betahistine for the last couple of days which I think has helped. Her head tilts also. She is eating, and doing her business – just a matter of time I guess. We rescued her when she was 9 years old – she is the best dog we have had the pleasure of spending time with. Hope we can get her through this and she has a few more good years with us.

  227. Hi This morning walking my spaniels when my oldest ( Danny) started walking sideways and in circles. He is now in vet, blood tests ok, ears ok. Last couple of weeks off food and sleeping more than usual, also has been staring at me with a frightened look in his eyes.
    Nuala

  228. Hi This morning walking my spaniels when my oldest ( Danny) started walking sideways and in circles. He is now in vet, blood tests ok, ears ok. Last couple of weeks off food and sleeping more than usual, also has been staring at me with a frightened look in his eyes.
    Nuala

  229. My 15 year old German Shepard X suffered one major suspected stroke and in hindsight several minor ones over the past 12 months. He was treated quickly and with a few days of rest and tlc he made a remarkable recovery. Getting treatment quickly is vital so if you see any of these symptoms in your dog take them to a vet asap.
    Sadly my dog passed away on the weekend after several weeks of good health it came as a shock. He collspsed and vomited and seemed a little disorientated but after a ten minutes appeared to be fine again and we just put it down to an upset stomach and being unsteady on his feet generally (suffered with arthritis). A few hours later we popped out to do some shopping, again he seemed fine, although he didn’t want to go into the garden before we left. We came home a few hours later and to our shock found him collapsed on the kitchen floor and he had already passed away. His legs were splayed which was not a normal resting position for him; we knew immedialey that he had collapsed and our vet suggested that a major stroke or heart attack was probably what took him in the end.
    He was an old boy and a gentle giant and we have many fantastic memories of him and I will miss him terribly. We probably couldnt have saved him on this occasion but I will always regret not being with him when he passed away.
    You cant be with you pets 24 hours a day but if they display any of these symptoms please don’t delay, take them straight to a vet to get them treated; as it really can make all the difference!

  230. My 15 year old German Shepard X suffered one major suspected stroke and in hindsight several minor ones over the past 12 months. He was treated quickly and with a few days of rest and tlc he made a remarkable recovery. Getting treatment quickly is vital so if you see any of these symptoms in your dog take them to a vet asap.
    Sadly my dog passed away on the weekend after several weeks of good health it came as a shock. He collspsed and vomited and seemed a little disorientated but after a ten minutes appeared to be fine again and we just put it down to an upset stomach and being unsteady on his feet generally (suffered with arthritis). A few hours later we popped out to do some shopping, again he seemed fine, although he didn’t want to go into the garden before we left. We came home a few hours later and to our shock found him collapsed on the kitchen floor and he had already passed away. His legs were splayed which was not a normal resting position for him; we knew immedialey that he had collapsed and our vet suggested that a major stroke or heart attack was probably what took him in the end.
    He was an old boy and a gentle giant and we have many fantastic memories of him and I will miss him terribly. We probably couldnt have saved him on this occasion but I will always regret not being with him when he passed away.
    You cant be with you pets 24 hours a day but if they display any of these symptoms please don’t delay, take them straight to a vet to get them treated; as it really can make all the difference!

  231. Hi I’ve got a 13 year old springer spaniel,we went to take him for a walk this evening he was full of life and his back legs started to go and then 5 minutes later his front and he just looked like he was drunk, we got him home an then he started to vomit and head wobbling, I think he’s got this vestibular disease

  232. Hi I’ve got a 13 year old springer spaniel,we went to take him for a walk this evening he was full of life and his back legs started to go and then 5 minutes later his front and he just looked like he was drunk, we got him home an then he started to vomit and head wobbling, I think he’s got this vestibular disease

  233. Hi. My 13 yr old bearded collie bitch was yesterday diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome having suffered loss of strength in legs and walking “crab like”. Vet checked ears & eyes etc and has now put her on course of antibiotics just in case of injection. We lost our other 15 yr old beardie last December with a major stroke which unfortunately led to her having to be put down. I am now so scared this is going to happen to Skye; she has been my soulmate for the last two months since the death of my husband – she is the most loving dog in the world and I couldn’t bear to be without her.

  234. Hi. My 13 yr old bearded collie bitch was yesterday diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome having suffered loss of strength in legs and walking “crab like”. Vet checked ears & eyes etc and has now put her on course of antibiotics just in case of injection. We lost our other 15 yr old beardie last December with a major stroke which unfortunately led to her having to be put down. I am now so scared this is going to happen to Skye; she has been my soulmate for the last two months since the death of my husband – she is the most loving dog in the world and I couldn’t bear to be without her.

  235. Hi. My 13 yr old bearded collie bitch was yesterday diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome having suffered loss of strength in legs and walking “crab like”. Vet checked ears & eyes etc and has now put her on course of antibiotics just in case of infection. We lost our other 15 yr old beardie last December with a major stroke which unfortunately led to her having to be put down. I am now so scared this is going to happen to Skye; she has been my soulmate for the last two months since the death of my husband – she is the most loving dog in the world and I couldn’t bear to be without her.

  236. Hi. My 13 yr old bearded collie bitch was yesterday diagnosed with suspected vestibular syndrome having suffered loss of strength in legs and walking “crab like”. Vet checked ears & eyes etc and has now put her on course of antibiotics just in case of infection. We lost our other 15 yr old beardie last December with a major stroke which unfortunately led to her having to be put down. I am now so scared this is going to happen to Skye; she has been my soulmate for the last two months since the death of my husband – she is the most loving dog in the world and I couldn’t bear to be without her.

  237. Hi ,OUR 13 YEAR OLD Springer had her first attack 3 days ago,went for a walk ,came back ,and completely collapsed ,sought veterinary help immediately . Diagnosed with VS. TLC and reassurance a must,lots of support with eating ,and frequent trips to the garden to go to the loo-She has recovered ++++ already .would recommend anti sickness drugs,and ensure you can be with your dog all the time for the first few days ,as really need lots of reassurance -as very scary for you and your dog.Am very positive she will recover well.Thanks so much for this great initial post and all of the comments

  238. Hi ,OUR 13 YEAR OLD Springer had her first attack 3 days ago,went for a walk ,came back ,and completely collapsed ,sought veterinary help immediately . Diagnosed with VS. TLC and reassurance a must,lots of support with eating ,and frequent trips to the garden to go to the loo-She has recovered ++++ already .would recommend anti sickness drugs,and ensure you can be with your dog all the time for the first few days ,as really need lots of reassurance -as very scary for you and your dog.Am very positive she will recover well.Thanks so much for this great initial post and all of the comments

  239. Hi I have just read all this information, it definitely sounds like this is what my king Charles has just experienced although im a bit worried that sam is only 2 years old !?

  240. Hi I have just read all this information, it definitely sounds like this is what my king Charles has just experienced although im a bit worried that sam is only 2 years old !?

  241. My lovely dog Lacey woke me at 3.00am today and after a break of 14months has suffered another stroke. She is not eating, drinking, her eyes are twitching, her head is tilted, and can not stand at all. She has been sick.
    I am at her side and will not leaver her. It’s 10.30am and I am still in my night clothes. She is sleeping at the moment, wish I could. At 15 years old, I just think is it fair on her, I am so confused . She has had one of her vivitonin this morning. Will monitor her till this afternoon. To crown it all it’s my husbands 60th birthday today. So do not want him to remember it for the wrong reason!

  242. My lovely dog Lacey woke me at 3.00am today and after a break of 14months has suffered another stroke. She is not eating, drinking, her eyes are twitching, her head is tilted, and can not stand at all. She has been sick.
    I am at her side and will not leaver her. It’s 10.30am and I am still in my night clothes. She is sleeping at the moment, wish I could. At 15 years old, I just think is it fair on her, I am so confused . She has had one of her vivitonin this morning. Will monitor her till this afternoon. To crown it all it’s my husbands 60th birthday today. So do not want him to remember it for the wrong reason!

  243. My Shih Tzu Benji 15 years has just had an attack I thought he was having a Stroke it was very frightening for both him and me .I took him to my Vet thinking it was the end,but no he said he was suffering from Vesitbula snydrome and gave him a steroid injection its only the 3rd day and he is better not 100% but Im hopeing its the start of his recovery,after reading all the posts i did notice that most of the dogs were sick where Benji wasnt but I suppose all dogs are different.I think this site is excellent im so glad I logged on Thank you

  244. My Shih Tzu Benji 15 years has just had an attack I thought he was having a Stroke it was very frightening for both him and me .I took him to my Vet thinking it was the end,but no he said he was suffering from Vesitbula snydrome and gave him a steroid injection its only the 3rd day and he is better not 100% but Im hopeing its the start of his recovery,after reading all the posts i did notice that most of the dogs were sick where Benji wasnt but I suppose all dogs are different.I think this site is excellent im so glad I logged on Thank you

  245. My 13 yr old flatcoated retriever has just suffered her first attack. I thought she had slipped on the tiled floor and frightened herself, then she was sick. Really wobbly on her legs. Rushed her to the vets. Vestibular syndrome has been diagnosed. She was kept in overnight because her blood test was showing up kidney disease. She has been on a drip and further tests have showed all back to normal. Bought her home tonight. Very wobbly and in fact she fell a couple of times. Eye flickering very slight and no head movement now. She slept this evening on the sofa and has had some scrambled egg but I can’t make her take any water at the moment. Scared about leaving her overnight – hope we will start to see some improvement over the next day or so.

  246. My 13 yr old flatcoated retriever has just suffered her first attack. I thought she had slipped on the tiled floor and frightened herself, then she was sick. Really wobbly on her legs. Rushed her to the vets. Vestibular syndrome has been diagnosed. She was kept in overnight because her blood test was showing up kidney disease. She has been on a drip and further tests have showed all back to normal. Bought her home tonight. Very wobbly and in fact she fell a couple of times. Eye flickering very slight and no head movement now. She slept this evening on the sofa and has had some scrambled egg but I can’t make her take any water at the moment. Scared about leaving her overnight – hope we will start to see some improvement over the next day or so.

  247. I have a 16 year Old shih tzu w perfect blood work up that had an ODVD occurrence 4 weeks ago. She was out on prednisone allergy meds for nausea and antibotic ear meds.
    In the beginning, we did IV fluids and force feelings. She was deaf and blind. Doggie Valium and chiropractic adjustment did the most for recovery.
    Also used oregano oil in coconut oil, Nu Vet supplement and Liquid Bio Cell.

  248. I have a 16 year Old shih tzu w perfect blood work up that had an ODVD occurrence 4 weeks ago. She was out on prednisone allergy meds for nausea and antibotic ear meds.
    In the beginning, we did IV fluids and force feelings. She was deaf and blind. Doggie Valium and chiropractic adjustment did the most for recovery.
    Also used oregano oil in coconut oil, Nu Vet supplement and Liquid Bio Cell.

  249. Paddy who is a 14 year old Golden Retriever had his first episode last August. I rushed him to the vet and got told it was only a mild attack. He recovered fully within a couple of weeks. I read up and got as much info as possible and found out that he may have more attacks, he suffered his second attack last weekend and this time it was even less severe, and he is getting stronger every day. The first time it happened we were advised by an animal rehabilitation vet to make him wear a t-shirt and also put socks (with the toe parts cut out) on all 4 legs, as this makes him aware of where his body is and helps with his recovery. We also have to make sure that the light is left on for him during the night. Exercises such as getting your dog to track something (get your dog to to stand while you, standing in front of your dog facing him, move a toy slowly side to side and up and down, while your dog follows it with his eyes) this must be done slowly and for a short amount of time, (1 minute at a time) and only do this when your dog can stand and move without constantly falling. Another exercise is to get your dog to walk on different surfaces such as bubble wrap, carpet, cardboard, rubber etc. Another exercise is to get him to do bends to each side, hold a treat in front of him and very slowly move the treat round to his bum and get him to bend round and follow it round, and bring it back round to where you started from, then do exactly the same but get him to bend to the other side, only do a couple each side to start with, and go very slowly, eventually we built up to 5 bends each side with Paddy. Please only start these exercises when your dog can stand without falling. These helped him recover fully last time and we are hoping they help this time too.

  250. Paddy who is a 14 year old Golden Retriever had his first episode last August. I rushed him to the vet and got told it was only a mild attack. He recovered fully within a couple of weeks. I read up and got as much info as possible and found out that he may have more attacks, he suffered his second attack last weekend and this time it was even less severe, and he is getting stronger every day. The first time it happened we were advised by an animal rehabilitation vet to make him wear a t-shirt and also put socks (with the toe parts cut out) on all 4 legs, as this makes him aware of where his body is and helps with his recovery. We also have to make sure that the light is left on for him during the night. Exercises such as getting your dog to track something (get your dog to to stand while you, standing in front of your dog facing him, move a toy slowly side to side and up and down, while your dog follows it with his eyes) this must be done slowly and for a short amount of time, (1 minute at a time) and only do this when your dog can stand and move without constantly falling. Another exercise is to get your dog to walk on different surfaces such as bubble wrap, carpet, cardboard, rubber etc. Another exercise is to get him to do bends to each side, hold a treat in front of him and very slowly move the treat round to his bum and get him to bend round and follow it round, and bring it back round to where you started from, then do exactly the same but get him to bend to the other side, only do a couple each side to start with, and go very slowly, eventually we built up to 5 bends each side with Paddy. Please only start these exercises when your dog can stand without falling. These helped him recover fully last time and we are hoping they help this time too.

  251. Well I am stumped. I have a 15 year old Terrier Mixed Breed. He’s about 50 lbs. 2 years ago on Labor Day he suffered what I believed to be a stroke. Lost all control of his legs – couldn’t stand up. Panting like crazy ….This went on for a good hour and we finally decided to get him to an emergency vet. By the time we go there (it was a wild ride – had a hard time finding the place)….he was coming out of it and was walking very well and while we waited to be seen he just got better and better. Well, since we really didn’t have to money to spare – we decided to just leave … Fast forward to June 20 of this year. Same thing happened. I didn’t flip out since I knew he would come out of “whatever” it was. Sure enough after an hour or so – he was fine. This time I googled. I landed on info about Vestibular Disease. His eyes were darting back and forth – heavy panting – but no vomit and he sorta leaned his head to the side but not a lot. But walked like he was drunk until he got back to himself. Now he has had these “episodes” 4 more times since June 20th and after each one is fine and dandy – doesn’t last for days like i have been reading about with other dogs. I took him to the vet today and explained to the dr what I just did here and I even had a video of one of the episodes that I showed him. He doesn’t think it’s vestibular and he had no idea what it could be – said he would research and get back to me. Does this sound like anything anyone has ever come across before?

  252. Well I am stumped. I have a 15 year old Terrier Mixed Breed. He’s about 50 lbs. 2 years ago on Labor Day he suffered what I believed to be a stroke. Lost all control of his legs – couldn’t stand up. Panting like crazy ….This went on for a good hour and we finally decided to get him to an emergency vet. By the time we go there (it was a wild ride – had a hard time finding the place)….he was coming out of it and was walking very well and while we waited to be seen he just got better and better. Well, since we really didn’t have to money to spare – we decided to just leave … Fast forward to June 20 of this year. Same thing happened. I didn’t flip out since I knew he would come out of “whatever” it was. Sure enough after an hour or so – he was fine. This time I googled. I landed on info about Vestibular Disease. His eyes were darting back and forth – heavy panting – but no vomit and he sorta leaned his head to the side but not a lot. But walked like he was drunk until he got back to himself. Now he has had these “episodes” 4 more times since June 20th and after each one is fine and dandy – doesn’t last for days like i have been reading about with other dogs. I took him to the vet today and explained to the dr what I just did here and I even had a video of one of the episodes that I showed him. He doesn’t think it’s vestibular and he had no idea what it could be – said he would research and get back to me. Does this sound like anything anyone has ever come across before?

  253. Really glad I found this , now I no whats happend to my dog. My dog ketio was ill last week he was sick every were we have had him 12 years love him dearly.we woke up to him limping the next day his limp was really bad then he collapsed front leg went the his back legs looked like he was drunk.got him to the vets he was fine in there got him home went worse. Hes still struggling to walk ..thanks guys I will get back on to the vet his head was so heavy looking he couldn’t pick it up…

  254. Really glad I found this , now I no whats happend to my dog. My dog ketio was ill last week he was sick every were we have had him 12 years love him dearly.we woke up to him limping the next day his limp was really bad then he collapsed front leg went the his back legs looked like he was drunk.got him to the vets he was fine in there got him home went worse. Hes still struggling to walk ..thanks guys I will get back on to the vet his head was so heavy looking he couldn’t pick it up…

  255. my little dog toby has been to the vets today and has this awfull thing.it started on Saturday and by this morning got worse.vet has given him medication and he is now sleeping by my side.i havnt slept all night and have been sick with worry.toby is a rescue dog and is now 14 years old.im praying he will live longer we love him so much.

  256. my little dog toby has been to the vets today and has this awfull thing.it started on Saturday and by this morning got worse.vet has given him medication and he is now sleeping by my side.i havnt slept all night and have been sick with worry.toby is a rescue dog and is now 14 years old.im praying he will live longer we love him so much.

  257. My eleven year old Springer collie Mutley still behaves like a puppy. Until last week when he became violently sick and his eyes began to roll and flicker. It was a sunday but to my good fortune the local vet practice had a duty vet. VS was diagnosed and anti sickness injection administered. No futher treatment other that keep him calm and return in two weeks. He has the head tilt and appears to have difficulty locating objects by smell end sight. He has no trouble with his controlling his bowels etc., and has stopped falling over when he has a pee. He does look at me with pleading eyes on occasion but generally appears to be coping. Can’t imagine a future without him.

  258. My eleven year old Springer collie Mutley still behaves like a puppy. Until last week when he became violently sick and his eyes began to roll and flicker. It was a sunday but to my good fortune the local vet practice had a duty vet. VS was diagnosed and anti sickness injection administered. No futher treatment other that keep him calm and return in two weeks. He has the head tilt and appears to have difficulty locating objects by smell end sight. He has no trouble with his controlling his bowels etc., and has stopped falling over when he has a pee. He does look at me with pleading eyes on occasion but generally appears to be coping. Can’t imagine a future without him.

  259. I found this site very useful when our lovely girl saph developed all these symptoms after a general anesthetic for ear cleaning (following persistent outer ear infection) and removal of lump on her eye lid. I thought I would give a daily diary of her progress over the first week. Hopefully it will help others.

    Saph is an older Cocker Spaniel (9) who is also blind (GPRA) and slightly deaf. After the op we picked her up from the vets but she was slow to recover from the anesthetic.
    Day 1: Gradually worse through the day after the operation with bloody fluid in the ears. Severe head tilt, left eye flicking, right eye brow tick, head wobbly, difficulty walking, turning in circles, sickness, not eating (but drinking when bowl held under her nose for several minutes). Soiled herself in the night but weeing o.k when taken outside. ‘mild stroke’ diagnosed. Diuretic (in case of brain pressure), antibiotic and anti sickness injections.
    Day 2: No improvement/change. Trawled internet and found vestibular disease. Convinced it was vestibular (especially associated with ear problems). Vet agrees its likely vestibular but used term ‘mild stroke’ as easier to understand! Saph doesn’t seem to be able to hear anything at all now.
    Day 3: Takes first food ( a bit of buttered chicken) and later some pork off the Sunday lunch. All other symptoms the same. Very clingy and wants constant attention/stroking (and this continues through the following days)
    Day 4: Eating chicken with more appetite now. Regular trips to the garden for short walks. Slightly better and eye movement, eyebrow tick and head wobbles gone. Sever head tilt, unsteadiness, walking in circles continues. Still doesn’t seem able to hear (suspect this is now permanentt). Also on oral antibiotics to help clear any inner ear infection.
    Day 5: Started to eat wet dog food with antibiotic hidden in it. With help (harness) can now walk more in a straight line and if left alone will slowly walk around the house looking for someone to fuss her! Barked for the first time and tail now wagging. Can see the old personality in there. Still has the severe head tilt, unsteadiness, walking in circles but seems to be coping with it much better, eating from dog bowl with help and managing some stairs (up and down).
    Day 6: Head tilt much better. Can walk in a straight line. Eating and drinking almost normal (but very messy!). Been out for her first walk on the lead. A big improvement.
    Day 7: Still totally deaf but head tilt almost gone and enjoyed a long walk in the park (almost normal now). Still very clingy and will constantly walk round the house until she finds someone to fuss her. And lots of fuss and cuddles she gets. Eating O.K but very messy and still needs a bit of help from time to time.

  260. I found this site very useful when our lovely girl saph developed all these symptoms after a general anesthetic for ear cleaning (following persistent outer ear infection) and removal of lump on her eye lid. I thought I would give a daily diary of her progress over the first week. Hopefully it will help others.

    Saph is an older Cocker Spaniel (9) who is also blind (GPRA) and slightly deaf. After the op we picked her up from the vets but she was slow to recover from the anesthetic.
    Day 1: Gradually worse through the day after the operation with bloody fluid in the ears. Severe head tilt, left eye flicking, right eye brow tick, head wobbly, difficulty walking, turning in circles, sickness, not eating (but drinking when bowl held under her nose for several minutes). Soiled herself in the night but weeing o.k when taken outside. ‘mild stroke’ diagnosed. Diuretic (in case of brain pressure), antibiotic and anti sickness injections.
    Day 2: No improvement/change. Trawled internet and found vestibular disease. Convinced it was vestibular (especially associated with ear problems). Vet agrees its likely vestibular but used term ‘mild stroke’ as easier to understand! Saph doesn’t seem to be able to hear anything at all now.
    Day 3: Takes first food ( a bit of buttered chicken) and later some pork off the Sunday lunch. All other symptoms the same. Very clingy and wants constant attention/stroking (and this continues through the following days)
    Day 4: Eating chicken with more appetite now. Regular trips to the garden for short walks. Slightly better and eye movement, eyebrow tick and head wobbles gone. Sever head tilt, unsteadiness, walking in circles continues. Still doesn’t seem able to hear (suspect this is now permanentt). Also on oral antibiotics to help clear any inner ear infection.
    Day 5: Started to eat wet dog food with antibiotic hidden in it. With help (harness) can now walk more in a straight line and if left alone will slowly walk around the house looking for someone to fuss her! Barked for the first time and tail now wagging. Can see the old personality in there. Still has the severe head tilt, unsteadiness, walking in circles but seems to be coping with it much better, eating from dog bowl with help and managing some stairs (up and down).
    Day 6: Head tilt much better. Can walk in a straight line. Eating and drinking almost normal (but very messy!). Been out for her first walk on the lead. A big improvement.
    Day 7: Still totally deaf but head tilt almost gone and enjoyed a long walk in the park (almost normal now). Still very clingy and will constantly walk round the house until she finds someone to fuss her. And lots of fuss and cuddles she gets. Eating O.K but very messy and still needs a bit of help from time to time.

  261. My Lhasa 8years old, 15 mins. Ago suffered a episode eyes twitching laying on the floor, but now he has recovered and is almost his old self, will keep a careful eye on him.

  262. My Lhasa 8years old, 15 mins. Ago suffered a episode eyes twitching laying on the floor, but now he has recovered and is almost his old self, will keep a careful eye on him.

  263. Our girl is 11 year old Alsation cross. She has had these symptoms since August this year 2014. Doctor diagnosed her when he couldn’t find anything wrong except swollen spleen. That she may have a spleenic mass. My parents are pensioners and couldn’t afford all the sonars and xrays. And he gave us prednislone. Which she has been on an doing incredibly well. Her appetite is lacking and as soon as we decrease dose she gets lethargic appetite drops and dizziness returns. Her eyes are constantly darting side to side. Her one ear is constantly down and her jaw hurts she even yelped at touch. Can she be given a antibiotic and meds for diziness on prednislone. And why is the condition not going away. Please any information will be appreciated. God bless and heal all our puppies!

  264. Our girl is 11 year old Alsation cross. She has had these symptoms since August this year 2014. Doctor diagnosed her when he couldn’t find anything wrong except swollen spleen. That she may have a spleenic mass. My parents are pensioners and couldn’t afford all the sonars and xrays. And he gave us prednislone. Which she has been on an doing incredibly well. Her appetite is lacking and as soon as we decrease dose she gets lethargic appetite drops and dizziness returns. Her eyes are constantly darting side to side. Her one ear is constantly down and her jaw hurts she even yelped at touch. Can she be given a antibiotic and meds for diziness on prednislone. And why is the condition not going away. Please any information will be appreciated. God bless and heal all our puppies!

  265. my 14yr old springer had an attack on wed morning, he couldnt get out of his bed ( a duvet on the floor beside my bed ) he was shaking,staggering and his eyes were all over the place, the emergency vet was out within the hour and she gave him an anti sickness jab (there was vomit and poo on the kitchen floor) and anti biotics for what she thought could be an ear infection. for a couple of hours he seemed ok then took a turn for the worse, i called the vet and said i wasnt prepared to wait several days for the antibiotics to kick in and see him suffer like this and agreed to end his suffering. i went next door to get my neighbour for a bit of support and when i got back he was up and walking about, i managed to put the vet off and she wrote a prescription for steroids for me to collect….. 48hrs later, his legs are stronger, the eye flickering has almost stopped but he still has a head tilt, he has eaten cooked chicken and tonight has had a small bowl of beef stew, im so glad i didnt go through with ” the awful deed ” we will get through this together !!!

  266. my 14yr old springer had an attack on wed morning, he couldnt get out of his bed ( a duvet on the floor beside my bed ) he was shaking,staggering and his eyes were all over the place, the emergency vet was out within the hour and she gave him an anti sickness jab (there was vomit and poo on the kitchen floor) and anti biotics for what she thought could be an ear infection. for a couple of hours he seemed ok then took a turn for the worse, i called the vet and said i wasnt prepared to wait several days for the antibiotics to kick in and see him suffer like this and agreed to end his suffering. i went next door to get my neighbour for a bit of support and when i got back he was up and walking about, i managed to put the vet off and she wrote a prescription for steroids for me to collect….. 48hrs later, his legs are stronger, the eye flickering has almost stopped but he still has a head tilt, he has eaten cooked chicken and tonight has had a small bowl of beef stew, im so glad i didnt go through with ” the awful deed ” we will get through this together !!!

  267. I stumbled onto your site in search of answers to a devastating event that happened several nights ago. Our 3yr GSD Fraulien has access to a fenced in area outside of our basement and is very obedient to do her business outside. She comes and goes even late at night if nature calls. 3 nights ago I woke up to find she wasn’t inside- started downstairs to check on her to find she was ‘in a panic cry’ outside in the rain. My heart sank. She HATES to be outside in the rain so I knew immediately something was very-very wrong.

    I found her at the back of her fenced yard all balled up and yelping hysterically. She looked like she was completely overcome with pain, like she had either been attacked by something or was having a stroke. I was in shock because she is always very active and alert and I had never seen this in her young little life.

    I immediately fell to my knees next to her and didn’t immediately grab her up because she was in major pain and I was desperate to try to and assess before causing her further injury.

    She was so far gone into whatever was causing such distress I knew I had to get her out of the cold rain and into the Vet’s ER. When I gently tried to assist her to her feet she wobbled so severely I thought she was going to die right there. She put her head down into the ground tilting it- pushing it along and it was all I could do to contain myself and not panic. She could not stand altho was fighting hard to do so. I honestly wondered if someone had poisoned her as I knew there was nothing in our yard or basement that she could have gotten into. We live on a farm in a very remote area and my neighbors love her dearly.

    I ran inside, grabbed a quilt, gently wrapped her in it and brought her inside. Once inside- she laid flat out as if she were absolutely exhausted and ready to die.

    I called the Vet, described her symptoms and she agreed to see her at 2:30am in the morning. I honestly thought Fraulien wouldn’t live long enough for me to make the 15 minute trip.

    But bless her little heart, she did. She’s a small Shepherd and has never gotten full size- but she’s my little darling and I didn’t care she wasn’t big. Our Vet immediately checked her out and the first thought was that perhaps she had swallowed something that was lodged into her esophagus and was blocking part of her airway. She was dehydrated which was odd because she had been down to the creek with me just before dark and drank plus her water bucket was 1/2 empty. I was told at that point she was in critical condition and would need to be admitted. The Vet called her Asst. in and suggested I go home saying they were going to need to do several exploratory procedures and possibly incubate her to see if they could clear any blockage and locate whatever might be causing her neuropathic symptoms.

    I had dragged my mentally challenged daughter out of bed and she with me there so as bad as I didn’t want to leave her- I really had no other choice. No family here but us.

    The next morning the Vet called and said they could not locate a blockage but it’s possible it broke lose while she was incubated. She also informed me that Fraulien had seizured and was not doing well at all. I was stunned. Definitely not prepared to hear this news. She said they had ran labs but were having problems getting accurate results- that they found Frauliens sugar was extremely low so that added sugar to her IV bag. After a series of x-rays they couldn’t detect any major obstructions or injured organs. But that she was definitely in a quickly declining state. They were going to add electrolytes and had something on hand in case she seizured again. That exploratory measures were still in place and they would call me immediately if anything changed for the worst.

    Well I didn’t hear from them the rest of her 1st day in the hospital so needless to say I was very encouraged by that. I couldn’t stand it any longer so at about 4:30pm I called the office and spoke with Sarah, her Vet. She told me that they had ran toxicity tests for possible poisoning and didn’t find crystals in her urine right away so that was encouraging. It couldn’t rule out that she hadn’t been poisoned but generally no crystals was a good indication no poison was involved. She basically told me Fraulien was no better but hadn’t seizured again so that was a plus. She again told me that she was on call and was keeping a close eye on her and would call me first thing the next morning. That was this morning actually. The report was that Fraulien had shown a little more coherency this morning when checked- ate just a little dry kibble and drank just a little. But her report this morning was that she saw a small amount of improvement but noticed she might be having difficulties with her vision as she was bumping into the side of the cage when attempting to come out. She then went on to say that sometime under severe neuropathic attacks and seizures her patients had been left blind. She said I’m not saying she’s blind- I’m just saying this may be what we’ll have once we get her out of her critical state.

    It’s Thanksgiving Day- my son who is a Marine and gave Fraulien to me 3yrs ago several weeks after I had lost my beloved husband to liver cancer, held me in his arms while I sobbed. He encouraged me saying we were going to see Fraulien through whatever has happened. But we’ve spend Thanksgiving Day not sure if our little sweetheart will ever make it home again.

    I’m thankful tonight my Vet has not called me back. That tells me Fraulien is not any worst. But I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear what her labs will report tomorrow. I’m pretty sure my son & I will attempt to visit with her tomorrow even though they’re closed for Thanksgiving. I didn’t push it today because I knew it would be so difficult on Fraulien to have us visit her and not bring her home. She thinks she’s one of us and I know she is stressed beyond belief at her current surroundings. But they still have her on fluids and said she’s sedated as they’re trying to determine what has happened.

    I’ve plowed through the many forums on the internet trying to see if I could find anything to help me understand what’s happened to my little angel and yours has been the most informed site I’ve located thus far.

    If you have any thoughts that might help my baby girl- please-please contribute them to us. I’m sorry if I rambled- I just didn’t want to miss a detail in order to hopefully get advice from someone out there that can help us.

    Brokenhearted on a North Carolina Mountain Farm,

    -Her mom : (

  268. I stumbled onto your site in search of answers to a devastating event that happened several nights ago. Our 3yr GSD Fraulien has access to a fenced in area outside of our basement and is very obedient to do her business outside. She comes and goes even late at night if nature calls. 3 nights ago I woke up to find she wasn’t inside- started downstairs to check on her to find she was ‘in a panic cry’ outside in the rain. My heart sank. She HATES to be outside in the rain so I knew immediately something was very-very wrong.

    I found her at the back of her fenced yard all balled up and yelping hysterically. She looked like she was completely overcome with pain, like she had either been attacked by something or was having a stroke. I was in shock because she is always very active and alert and I had never seen this in her young little life.

    I immediately fell to my knees next to her and didn’t immediately grab her up because she was in major pain and I was desperate to try to and assess before causing her further injury.

    She was so far gone into whatever was causing such distress I knew I had to get her out of the cold rain and into the Vet’s ER. When I gently tried to assist her to her feet she wobbled so severely I thought she was going to die right there. She put her head down into the ground tilting it- pushing it along and it was all I could do to contain myself and not panic. She could not stand altho was fighting hard to do so. I honestly wondered if someone had poisoned her as I knew there was nothing in our yard or basement that she could have gotten into. We live on a farm in a very remote area and my neighbors love her dearly.

    I ran inside, grabbed a quilt, gently wrapped her in it and brought her inside. Once inside- she laid flat out as if she were absolutely exhausted and ready to die.

    I called the Vet, described her symptoms and she agreed to see her at 2:30am in the morning. I honestly thought Fraulien wouldn’t live long enough for me to make the 15 minute trip.

    But bless her little heart, she did. She’s a small Shepherd and has never gotten full size- but she’s my little darling and I didn’t care she wasn’t big. Our Vet immediately checked her out and the first thought was that perhaps she had swallowed something that was lodged into her esophagus and was blocking part of her airway. She was dehydrated which was odd because she had been down to the creek with me just before dark and drank plus her water bucket was 1/2 empty. I was told at that point she was in critical condition and would need to be admitted. The Vet called her Asst. in and suggested I go home saying they were going to need to do several exploratory procedures and possibly incubate her to see if they could clear any blockage and locate whatever might be causing her neuropathic symptoms.

    I had dragged my mentally challenged daughter out of bed and she with me there so as bad as I didn’t want to leave her- I really had no other choice. No family here but us.

    The next morning the Vet called and said they could not locate a blockage but it’s possible it broke lose while she was incubated. She also informed me that Fraulien had seizured and was not doing well at all. I was stunned. Definitely not prepared to hear this news. She said they had ran labs but were having problems getting accurate results- that they found Frauliens sugar was extremely low so that added sugar to her IV bag. After a series of x-rays they couldn’t detect any major obstructions or injured organs. But that she was definitely in a quickly declining state. They were going to add electrolytes and had something on hand in case she seizured again. That exploratory measures were still in place and they would call me immediately if anything changed for the worst.

    Well I didn’t hear from them the rest of her 1st day in the hospital so needless to say I was very encouraged by that. I couldn’t stand it any longer so at about 4:30pm I called the office and spoke with Sarah, her Vet. She told me that they had ran toxicity tests for possible poisoning and didn’t find crystals in her urine right away so that was encouraging. It couldn’t rule out that she hadn’t been poisoned but generally no crystals was a good indication no poison was involved. She basically told me Fraulien was no better but hadn’t seizured again so that was a plus. She again told me that she was on call and was keeping a close eye on her and would call me first thing the next morning. That was this morning actually. The report was that Fraulien had shown a little more coherency this morning when checked- ate just a little dry kibble and drank just a little. But her report this morning was that she saw a small amount of improvement but noticed she might be having difficulties with her vision as she was bumping into the side of the cage when attempting to come out. She then went on to say that sometime under severe neuropathic attacks and seizures her patients had been left blind. She said I’m not saying she’s blind- I’m just saying this may be what we’ll have once we get her out of her critical state.

    It’s Thanksgiving Day- my son who is a Marine and gave Fraulien to me 3yrs ago several weeks after I had lost my beloved husband to liver cancer, held me in his arms while I sobbed. He encouraged me saying we were going to see Fraulien through whatever has happened. But we’ve spend Thanksgiving Day not sure if our little sweetheart will ever make it home again.

    I’m thankful tonight my Vet has not called me back. That tells me Fraulien is not any worst. But I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear what her labs will report tomorrow. I’m pretty sure my son & I will attempt to visit with her tomorrow even though they’re closed for Thanksgiving. I didn’t push it today because I knew it would be so difficult on Fraulien to have us visit her and not bring her home. She thinks she’s one of us and I know she is stressed beyond belief at her current surroundings. But they still have her on fluids and said she’s sedated as they’re trying to determine what has happened.

    I’ve plowed through the many forums on the internet trying to see if I could find anything to help me understand what’s happened to my little angel and yours has been the most informed site I’ve located thus far.

    If you have any thoughts that might help my baby girl- please-please contribute them to us. I’m sorry if I rambled- I just didn’t want to miss a detail in order to hopefully get advice from someone out there that can help us.

    Brokenhearted on a North Carolina Mountain Farm,

    -Her mom : (

  269. Our 14 years rescue dog had VS symptoms last friday.
    Difficulties to stand and walk, leaning to left, head tilt, nystagmus, confusion and no appetite.
    Its been now three days and he`s improved a bit. Much more orientated and less nystagmus seen.
    We still need to IV-fluid him and force feed with a syringe.
    Sense of balance is still a bit loose and sometimes he loses orientation.
    On major problem is that he won`t defecate at all. He doesn`t even try to do it. On day 2 we started to use lactullose for him and of course we give him enough water (and food) with syringe.
    Does anyone have same experiences and how long it took to improve? We are trying to use soon some Microlax (sodium citrate, sodium laureth sulfate, sorbitol) rectal syringe.

  270. Our 14 years rescue dog had VS symptoms last friday.
    Difficulties to stand and walk, leaning to left, head tilt, nystagmus, confusion and no appetite.
    Its been now three days and he`s improved a bit. Much more orientated and less nystagmus seen.
    We still need to IV-fluid him and force feed with a syringe.
    Sense of balance is still a bit loose and sometimes he loses orientation.
    On major problem is that he won`t defecate at all. He doesn`t even try to do it. On day 2 we started to use lactullose for him and of course we give him enough water (and food) with syringe.
    Does anyone have same experiences and how long it took to improve? We are trying to use soon some Microlax (sodium citrate, sodium laureth sulfate, sorbitol) rectal syringe.

  271. My lovely collie of 15 had hid first attack on Tuesday evening, he ate his food as usual then started to acted drunk, eyes flicking. I called my vet straight away who said it was VS. He has since had an anti vomiting and anti inflammatory injection but has not improved and just sleeps all the time, because of this he is weeing himself, I have lifted him into the garden but he just collapses and looks panicky. I know his an old boy so many be it will take him a little longer to recover. I love him to bits and cannot imagine life without him. Back at the vets with him tomorrow, so fingers crossed he will show some improvement.

  272. My lovely collie of 15 had hid first attack on Tuesday evening, he ate his food as usual then started to acted drunk, eyes flicking. I called my vet straight away who said it was VS. He has since had an anti vomiting and anti inflammatory injection but has not improved and just sleeps all the time, because of this he is weeing himself, I have lifted him into the garden but he just collapses and looks panicky. I know his an old boy so many be it will take him a little longer to recover. I love him to bits and cannot imagine life without him. Back at the vets with him tomorrow, so fingers crossed he will show some improvement.

  273. Spud is coming up to 9 years he’s a beagle. Last year spud started with spinal problems and severe pain. Vet diagnosed spinal disease causing some cord compression and said he would have relapses, he’s had a couple but then picked up. 2 weeks ago he lost his appetite and was vomiting, didn’t eat for 2 days and only drank a little then he perked up. A couple if days ago he was sick during the night and when I got up to help him he was struggling to stand properly and seemed to wobble with a wide gait to try and steady himself, the next day he seemed fine, eating normal but when he went for his walk he fell over just the once. This morning when he woke he fell over several times and has been wobbly all day along with a head tilt, lots of neck stretching and licking. I know with what the vet diagnosed last year it is probably the spinal cord compression and he appears not to be in pain so just want to keep him happy as long as I can x

  274. Spud is coming up to 9 years he’s a beagle. Last year spud started with spinal problems and severe pain. Vet diagnosed spinal disease causing some cord compression and said he would have relapses, he’s had a couple but then picked up. 2 weeks ago he lost his appetite and was vomiting, didn’t eat for 2 days and only drank a little then he perked up. A couple if days ago he was sick during the night and when I got up to help him he was struggling to stand properly and seemed to wobble with a wide gait to try and steady himself, the next day he seemed fine, eating normal but when he went for his walk he fell over just the once. This morning when he woke he fell over several times and has been wobbly all day along with a head tilt, lots of neck stretching and licking. I know with what the vet diagnosed last year it is probably the spinal cord compression and he appears not to be in pain so just want to keep him happy as long as I can x

  275. Max is 13.5 yrs old – was diagnosed with osteochondriditis in his hips and left shoulder at 6 mth old and I was told that he would be severely arthritic by around 7 yrs.
    Yes, he has stiffened up slightly these past few months, after prolonged periods of rest but when he started pitiful yapping at 4am this morning, I presumed he’d been eating “rubbish” again and needed to go out – imagine my shock at finding him unable to get up, panting heavily and huge scared eyes looking at me.
    I thought his “back end” had gone, and only 3 months after losing my other border collie to back end issues!
    Worked at home today – he managed to stagger around his usual morning walk and seemed settled until mid afternoon when he got distressed again.
    To cut a long story short – I booked an emergency appointment at my vets, my 25 yr old son ( raced down from Newcastle) and my partner came with me expecting the worsed.
    Can’t thank our vet, Phil, enough for diagnosing vestibulitis and giving us all the options. Fortunately, Max is not suffering nausea/vomiting so still eating and drinking – no meds required.
    Max is currently sleeping soundly, after I gave him a small dose of diazepam, which will, hopefully, allow him (and me) to rest .Watch this space.x

  276. Max is 13.5 yrs old – was diagnosed with osteochondriditis in his hips and left shoulder at 6 mth old and I was told that he would be severely arthritic by around 7 yrs.
    Yes, he has stiffened up slightly these past few months, after prolonged periods of rest but when he started pitiful yapping at 4am this morning, I presumed he’d been eating “rubbish” again and needed to go out – imagine my shock at finding him unable to get up, panting heavily and huge scared eyes looking at me.
    I thought his “back end” had gone, and only 3 months after losing my other border collie to back end issues!
    Worked at home today – he managed to stagger around his usual morning walk and seemed settled until mid afternoon when he got distressed again.
    To cut a long story short – I booked an emergency appointment at my vets, my 25 yr old son ( raced down from Newcastle) and my partner came with me expecting the worsed.
    Can’t thank our vet, Phil, enough for diagnosing vestibulitis and giving us all the options. Fortunately, Max is not suffering nausea/vomiting so still eating and drinking – no meds required.
    Max is currently sleeping soundly, after I gave him a small dose of diazepam, which will, hopefully, allow him (and me) to rest .Watch this space.x

  277. My Whippet Bill, had an attack last summer. He seemed to have problems with his left front leg, not using it properly. He has had issues with his leg, limping from time to time if he had run silly when out on a walk, so I thought it was that at first.
    He then was holding his neck at a funny angle, and I thought he had run into something.
    I took him to the vets, an awful time! Never again would I put him through that! The waiting room was packed, and people had taken their kids too! Bill was really distressed and went to the toilet whilst waiting. No one helped me so I had to clear it up myself, whilst holding Bill.
    The vet thought it might be a neck problem, or something sinister, due to Bill not having full control of his left front leg. He said if it continued he would need an MRI and lumbar puncture. Bill is 11 years old. The vet gave me painkillers and said come back if he doesn’t improve.
    I googled problems with front legs, and thank God vestibular syndrome came up. Bill by then was staggering and a couple of times just fell over and lay on my laminated kitchen floor, and whippets don’t do that!
    He thankfully didn’t vomit or lose his appetite. No eyes rolling either, just holding his head to one side. I would hold him to enable him to go outside for a wee etc. He could walk, slowly, but was inclined to stagger, and turning was not good as that was when he could fall over.
    It was a few days before I took him up our lane, just little walks for days. It took a few weeks before he was able to go on normal walks, but slowly came back to being his normal self.
    He got lots of hugs and treats during this time! My husband said if he didn’t recover we would get the vet out, not go through the horro of the waiting room again.
    Recently he has been acting like a puppy – I got some new food for my boys, I also have another Whippet called Jim. This food has salmon and potato in it and they both love it!
    The last couple of days he has been reluctant to get out of his bed to go for a wee etc, but has been fine on walks. My husband said his legs seemed like they were going again yesterday, but he was fine on the walk, and was so excited every time I gave him a treat.
    This morning I went to let the dogs out of the dining room where they sleep at night. Bill had half his body including his head, under one of his fleeces. I was sorting Jim’s fleeces and tapped on the side of Bill’s bed. He woke up quickly and when he got up he was walking crab-like.
    Inside I was panicking but managed to stay calm and just hold him and comfort him. He seemed to calm down, and managed to go outside to do his wee etc.
    I cleared up after the dogs and when I came in he was stood looking at me with huge eyes. I said do you want your breakfast early? He looked excited and he eat everything I gave him.
    He has now gone and snuggled in his bed in the lounge and looks peaceful. I know I will have to wake him gently now, as it’s as if he goes very deeply asleep when he is like this.
    As I am used to it, I will be able to manage acting in a calm manor with him, although Jim does think it’s a game so have to try to keep him calm too!
    There aren’t any children in our house, so no loud noises to disturb him thank goodness. It doesn’t appear as bad as last time yet, and I really hope it isn’t as it makes me distraught seeing him collapse.
    Thank you so much for this site, it has been a godsend. Bill will get lots of TLC and I just pray that I have him for a long time to come. I wanted a Whippet all my life – he is my first one, and I love him to bits. He has been there for me, is always happy to see me and is such a lovely boy. I cannot imagine life without him.
    I hope my experience will help others cope with vestibular in their dogs. I wish more people knew about it, instead of writing their dogs off with strokes.
    If Bill’s eyes become affected I will get the vet out, but at the moment he is snuggled up warm, and sometimes that is the best treatment for an older dog, and I know many people will agree with me!
    Take care of yourselves, and your lovely dogs xxx

  278. My Whippet Bill, had an attack last summer. He seemed to have problems with his left front leg, not using it properly. He has had issues with his leg, limping from time to time if he had run silly when out on a walk, so I thought it was that at first.
    He then was holding his neck at a funny angle, and I thought he had run into something.
    I took him to the vets, an awful time! Never again would I put him through that! The waiting room was packed, and people had taken their kids too! Bill was really distressed and went to the toilet whilst waiting. No one helped me so I had to clear it up myself, whilst holding Bill.
    The vet thought it might be a neck problem, or something sinister, due to Bill not having full control of his left front leg. He said if it continued he would need an MRI and lumbar puncture. Bill is 11 years old. The vet gave me painkillers and said come back if he doesn’t improve.
    I googled problems with front legs, and thank God vestibular syndrome came up. Bill by then was staggering and a couple of times just fell over and lay on my laminated kitchen floor, and whippets don’t do that!
    He thankfully didn’t vomit or lose his appetite. No eyes rolling either, just holding his head to one side. I would hold him to enable him to go outside for a wee etc. He could walk, slowly, but was inclined to stagger, and turning was not good as that was when he could fall over.
    It was a few days before I took him up our lane, just little walks for days. It took a few weeks before he was able to go on normal walks, but slowly came back to being his normal self.
    He got lots of hugs and treats during this time! My husband said if he didn’t recover we would get the vet out, not go through the horro of the waiting room again.
    Recently he has been acting like a puppy – I got some new food for my boys, I also have another Whippet called Jim. This food has salmon and potato in it and they both love it!
    The last couple of days he has been reluctant to get out of his bed to go for a wee etc, but has been fine on walks. My husband said his legs seemed like they were going again yesterday, but he was fine on the walk, and was so excited every time I gave him a treat.
    This morning I went to let the dogs out of the dining room where they sleep at night. Bill had half his body including his head, under one of his fleeces. I was sorting Jim’s fleeces and tapped on the side of Bill’s bed. He woke up quickly and when he got up he was walking crab-like.
    Inside I was panicking but managed to stay calm and just hold him and comfort him. He seemed to calm down, and managed to go outside to do his wee etc.
    I cleared up after the dogs and when I came in he was stood looking at me with huge eyes. I said do you want your breakfast early? He looked excited and he eat everything I gave him.
    He has now gone and snuggled in his bed in the lounge and looks peaceful. I know I will have to wake him gently now, as it’s as if he goes very deeply asleep when he is like this.
    As I am used to it, I will be able to manage acting in a calm manor with him, although Jim does think it’s a game so have to try to keep him calm too!
    There aren’t any children in our house, so no loud noises to disturb him thank goodness. It doesn’t appear as bad as last time yet, and I really hope it isn’t as it makes me distraught seeing him collapse.
    Thank you so much for this site, it has been a godsend. Bill will get lots of TLC and I just pray that I have him for a long time to come. I wanted a Whippet all my life – he is my first one, and I love him to bits. He has been there for me, is always happy to see me and is such a lovely boy. I cannot imagine life without him.
    I hope my experience will help others cope with vestibular in their dogs. I wish more people knew about it, instead of writing their dogs off with strokes.
    If Bill’s eyes become affected I will get the vet out, but at the moment he is snuggled up warm, and sometimes that is the best treatment for an older dog, and I know many people will agree with me!
    Take care of yourselves, and your lovely dogs xxx

  279. Thanks to everyone who has posted here, my old lady dog (15 yrs) has had an episode tonight, I thought she was dying, now I know that it was vestibular syndrome…. my heart is happy, thank you all x

  280. Thanks to everyone who has posted here, my old lady dog (15 yrs) has had an episode tonight, I thought she was dying, now I know that it was vestibular syndrome…. my heart is happy, thank you all x

  281. Thanks so much for this site, it’s been such a help and comfort. Molly my lively 14 yr old golden retriever couldn’t get up on Monday morning without a huge struggle and she seemed all wonky with a distinct head tilt to the right-she just looked so confused and I panicked knowing something was bound to happen at her age.Fortunately she was still keen on breakfast and staggered out into the garden and did her usual toilet.
    My vet said it was probably a stroke/neurological problem and gave me 10 days of vivitonin tablets which we started that day and we kept a tearful vigil over her expecting her to pass away over the next few hours and then days.
    It is Thursday now and we are getting a bit more knowledgeable and, especially having read all the above comments, a bit more hopeful that we can relax into this and start enjoying Molly again as she certainly wants to play and go for walks. No walking quite yet but we have put carpet remnants (non slip) over all wooden floors as she slips a lot now , and if I accompany her into the garden on her right side it helps her with her tendency to stagger to the right. Her eyes don’t seem to be darting side to side so much so I hope she is feeling more comfortable too. I dont know how long this will last but we can all relax a bit more when she sleeps and ofcourse she is getting so so many hugs.

  282. Thanks so much for this site, it’s been such a help and comfort. Molly my lively 14 yr old golden retriever couldn’t get up on Monday morning without a huge struggle and she seemed all wonky with a distinct head tilt to the right-she just looked so confused and I panicked knowing something was bound to happen at her age.Fortunately she was still keen on breakfast and staggered out into the garden and did her usual toilet.
    My vet said it was probably a stroke/neurological problem and gave me 10 days of vivitonin tablets which we started that day and we kept a tearful vigil over her expecting her to pass away over the next few hours and then days.
    It is Thursday now and we are getting a bit more knowledgeable and, especially having read all the above comments, a bit more hopeful that we can relax into this and start enjoying Molly again as she certainly wants to play and go for walks. No walking quite yet but we have put carpet remnants (non slip) over all wooden floors as she slips a lot now , and if I accompany her into the garden on her right side it helps her with her tendency to stagger to the right. Her eyes don’t seem to be darting side to side so much so I hope she is feeling more comfortable too. I dont know how long this will last but we can all relax a bit more when she sleeps and ofcourse she is getting so so many hugs.

  283. Agree with all comments – this site has been a god send. Bran my 12 yr old Patterdale x JRT woke up with this on Monday morning. I think it began on Saturday morning when he woke up but he shook it off until Mon Morning. I had never heard of Vestibular but he showed all signs of having had a stroke but also the rapid side to side eye movements. He ate his breakfast and went out with help to do his toilet. The symptoms got worse so I took him to the vet about two hours after getting up expecting the worst. The vet told me he was pretty sure that it was Idiopathic Vestibular and gave him anti inflamatory, steroid and antibiotic injections. Took him home and spent the whole day following or carrying him as he struggled to settle. I spent the night on a bed made up on the living room floor with him – he woke up 3 or 4 times in the night needing reassurance but soon settled after a cuddle. Second day – some improvement with movement and rapid eye movement also seemed slower and he visited vet again. Vet advised he was much better. The vet wasn’t going to prescribe anything else but I pushed for longer antibiotics in case it is infection related and also something to improve blood flow to his head (my partner suffers from labryinthitis and he has tablets for everytime he has an episode which improve blood flow to the ear/nervous system) and I was therefore prescribed vivitonin we have a months worth but also have an open prescription on file for him now to keep getting them. We are now on day 3 (Wednesday) and his eyes appear almost normal – he is still quite wobbly and I am still sleeping on the floor but touch wood he seems to be on the mend. His appetite has been really good all the time and drunk plenty also. No problems with toilet and can now wee on 3 legs again but has been weeing a lot but this could be the steroids! Fed chicken and rice with a tuna and biscuit mix tea tonight (vet suggested tuna for Omega 3 – yes I asked the poor vet about a million questions). Found slow movement and leaving a light on has really helped him. Praying with all my heart that he will continue to get better and it won’t come back.

  284. Agree with all comments – this site has been a god send. Bran my 12 yr old Patterdale x JRT woke up with this on Monday morning. I think it began on Saturday morning when he woke up but he shook it off until Mon Morning. I had never heard of Vestibular but he showed all signs of having had a stroke but also the rapid side to side eye movements. He ate his breakfast and went out with help to do his toilet. The symptoms got worse so I took him to the vet about two hours after getting up expecting the worst. The vet told me he was pretty sure that it was Idiopathic Vestibular and gave him anti inflamatory, steroid and antibiotic injections. Took him home and spent the whole day following or carrying him as he struggled to settle. I spent the night on a bed made up on the living room floor with him – he woke up 3 or 4 times in the night needing reassurance but soon settled after a cuddle. Second day – some improvement with movement and rapid eye movement also seemed slower and he visited vet again. Vet advised he was much better. The vet wasn’t going to prescribe anything else but I pushed for longer antibiotics in case it is infection related and also something to improve blood flow to his head (my partner suffers from labryinthitis and he has tablets for everytime he has an episode which improve blood flow to the ear/nervous system) and I was therefore prescribed vivitonin we have a months worth but also have an open prescription on file for him now to keep getting them. We are now on day 3 (Wednesday) and his eyes appear almost normal – he is still quite wobbly and I am still sleeping on the floor but touch wood he seems to be on the mend. His appetite has been really good all the time and drunk plenty also. No problems with toilet and can now wee on 3 legs again but has been weeing a lot but this could be the steroids! Fed chicken and rice with a tuna and biscuit mix tea tonight (vet suggested tuna for Omega 3 – yes I asked the poor vet about a million questions). Found slow movement and leaving a light on has really helped him. Praying with all my heart that he will continue to get better and it won’t come back.

  285. Last night my six year old staffie had a funny turn. He jumped off the sofa and nose dived in the kitchen and just couldn’t get his nose off the floor. His back legs were working fine but had no loss of bowel etc. all that fine. So I laid him down and held his front paws which were right up by his face and quite rigid. This didn’t last for long and when he came round he was a little wobbly but within minutes was back to normal. Does anyone know what this was please. He’s eating,drinking and going to the loo normally and seems fine this morning

    1. It sounds like a type of seizure (Staffies can be prone to them) for more advice please speak to your vet – it’s always best to get pets checked out!

  286. Last night my six year old staffie had a funny turn. He jumped off the sofa and nose dived in the kitchen and just couldn’t get his nose off the floor. His back legs were working fine but had no loss of bowel etc. all that fine. So I laid him down and held his front paws which were right up by his face and quite rigid. This didn’t last for long and when he came round he was a little wobbly but within minutes was back to normal. Does anyone know what this was please. He’s eating,drinking and going to the loo normally and seems fine this morning

    1. It sounds like a type of seizure (Staffies can be prone to them) for more advice please speak to your vet – it’s always best to get pets checked out!

  287. My 14 yr old blue Australian cattle dog (blue heeler) had a turn last night or early this morning, head tilted to the side, loss of balance and wobbles in her back legs, eyes flicking side to side and sort of up and down too, no vomit or loose bowl movements etc. I took her to my vet today and she was seen by a different one who took bloods and gave her an injection and vivitonin to take for the next two weeks. She said geishas eyes should stop flicking within an hour or so of the injection but 4 hours later they are still goin and she is not moving much unless I put a towel under her back hips and steady her while trying to walk. She hasn’t been to the toilet since this morning and is laying in front of a fan in my dining room/lounge room and hadn’t really wanted to move much due to her dizziness. She has been through a hell of a lot in her lifetime and if this medication works then thank God . I’m wondering how long it’s going to take before it starts working !!!

    1. Hi Debbie, this sounds like a complicated case. Please stay in touch closely with your vet and report any changes/lack of change. Do take her back for examination if you don’t see the expected improvements. We wish you all the best.

  288. My 14 yr old blue Australian cattle dog (blue heeler) had a turn last night or early this morning, head tilted to the side, loss of balance and wobbles in her back legs, eyes flicking side to side and sort of up and down too, no vomit or loose bowl movements etc. I took her to my vet today and she was seen by a different one who took bloods and gave her an injection and vivitonin to take for the next two weeks. She said geishas eyes should stop flicking within an hour or so of the injection but 4 hours later they are still goin and she is not moving much unless I put a towel under her back hips and steady her while trying to walk. She hasn’t been to the toilet since this morning and is laying in front of a fan in my dining room/lounge room and hadn’t really wanted to move much due to her dizziness. She has been through a hell of a lot in her lifetime and if this medication works then thank God . I’m wondering how long it’s going to take before it starts working !!!

    1. Hi Debbie, this sounds like a complicated case. Please stay in touch closely with your vet and report any changes/lack of change. Do take her back for examination if you don’t see the expected improvements. We wish you all the best.

  289. Hi, the Vivitonin the vet gave me for Geisha worked and although she had no real appetite for the first week, the vet gave me 2 tabs for nausea which worked and now Geisha is almost back to her old self. She has her appetite back and only has the occasional stumble and fall now if she tries to turn to fast. I got a good report from the blood work the vet took so it looks like it was only a minor turn thankfully. Thank you for your good wishes

  290. Hi, the Vivitonin the vet gave me for Geisha worked and although she had no real appetite for the first week, the vet gave me 2 tabs for nausea which worked and now Geisha is almost back to her old self. She has her appetite back and only has the occasional stumble and fall now if she tries to turn to fast. I got a good report from the blood work the vet took so it looks like it was only a minor turn thankfully. Thank you for your good wishes

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