Post # 1
I think our 9.5 year old english bulldog had an episode of vestibular disease last night- extremely anxious and confused, walking in circles towards the right, unsteady balance with back legs. He has never acted that way. If that’s what it was, it was a very mild episode but I felt like the worst dog mom the entire time.
Does anyone have any experience with this? How old was your dog when it started? I know dogs aren’t supposed to be in pain during it, but can someone confirm that? Did they continue to live a happy life after the symptons started? How often does it happen?
Post # 3
Hi – I had a dog with vestibular issues. I came home one day from being out of town. She was fine one second and then the next she threw up and hit the floor. She could not stand up and her eyes shot left to right uncontrollably. I took her to the emergency vet and they explained what it was.
They told me they could keep her until she recovered or I could take her home. If I took her home I’d have to constantly watch her and hand feed/water her. I thought they were crazy for me to take her because she could not sit upright at all.
Eventually I agreed to take her since I work from home and I couldn’t leave her there. I took her to her regular vet the next day and they gave her a bag of fluids since she was dehydrated from not drinking. I’d hold her in between my knees upright and put little pieces of prescription food in my hand for her to eat. She ate some and would drink when i put the water bowl to her face. I carried her 45lb doggy butt everywhere with me for 1 week. Outside to the bathroom, I’d hold her up, anytime I left the house, I took her with me.
Over the next week it slowly cleared up. She regained balanace and was able to eat and drink again on her own. She was an old dog and caring for her during that time was well worth it. We only ever experienced one episode. As far as pain…I don’t think they are in pain but they are obviously extemely uncomfortable since it’s like severe non-stop spins.
She did end up passing on about 6 months later…she was 14 and her organs were shutting down. I’m very thankful for those bonus 6 months 🙂
Post # 4
@peanuthead: Thanks for your answer! That helped a lot and its good to hear that you still had time to enjoy with her after the episode. Thank you.
Post # 5
I’m pretty sure my dog has it, but had a mild episode. She’s about 13. She fell one day and the next day she started walking funny so we figured it was because she was hurt, but it got worse the next day & she couldn’t stand up straight & threw up. She has pancreatitis & throws up whenever she’s stressed so my fiancé convinced me to wait one more day to take her in. The next day, she seemed like she was actually a little better but still walking a little crooked. By the time we got to the vet, she had improved a bunch & was just lethargic. They told me she may have had a case of old dog vestibular but she couldn’t tell for sure. It’s been quite a while actually, maybe 8 months or so & it has not returned. Actually on that vet visit I asked about giving her glucosamine & she’s been a lot more agile since I started it. I have read that most dogs recover pretty well and may not have another episode. I also read that they don’t really know why it happens & just goes away like that. It’s such a strange thing! But I’m glad it’s not serious.
I hope your dog is doing better! Any updates since you posted?
Post # 6
@Amayansong: Thanks for sharing your story! My dog is back to normal, no new episodes. It’s scary to think it could happen again but there’s really nothing we can do. My dog hates the glucosamine unless its coated in peanut butter (not good when he’s already a chunker!) so we tried fish oil. It has similar anti-inflammatory effects and he gobbles it down when its in his kibble.