Vestibular disease is a condition that affects a dog’s balance and coordination. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including inner ear infections, head trauma, and tumours. The symptoms of vestibular disease can be alarming for pet owners, but with prompt veterinary care, many dogs can recover fully.
The most common signs of vestibular disease include head tilting, loss of balance, stumbling, and difficulty walking or standing. Dogs with vestibular disease may also experience nausea and vomiting and may be unable to eat or drink normally.
To diagnose vestibular disease, a veterinarian will perform a physical examination and may also recommend diagnostic tests such as blood work, x-rays, or a CT scan. Treatment for vestibular disease varies depending on the underlying cause but may include medications to control nausea and dizziness, antibiotics for infections, and supportive care such as IV fluids and hand-feeding.
While many dogs with vestibular disease will recover fully within a few weeks, some may experience residual balance problems or may require ongoing management of an underlying condition. If you notice any signs of vestibular disease in your dog, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away to ensure the best possible outcome for your furry friend.