Health ?....Vestibular Disease - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-24-2009, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
Goldie and Stogie
 
Melissa Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 2,301
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 10 Posts
Health ?....Vestibular Disease

This is not my dogs problem, but a friends. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Im wondering if there are any medicines or treatments that can help while they are recovering. I have read a lot of stuff online... Im just wondering if anyone has first hand experience with this.

My friends dog is going through this.. and is having an extremely hard time being in the car and being alone. He is restless and cant seem to get comfortable. Any advice?
Melissa Miller is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-24-2009, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
Goldie and Stogie
 
Melissa Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 2,301
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 10 Posts
Melissa Miller is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 12:05 AM
Senior Member
 
Jill in Mich's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,365
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 16 Times in 12 Posts
Wow Melissa, I've never heard of this before. Sounds like vertigo in people? Have they tied this in your friend's dog to anything specific (ear infection?)? Is the dog expected to recover?

Jill - Tess & Cody's mom
Jill in Mich is offline  
 
Old 08-25-2009, 10:35 AM
Tori's mom
 
Leslie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Posts: 4,988
Submit Photo: 19
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 6 Posts
Cinder, our old mutt, had it when he was about 12 (he lived to be 17). The worst of it lasted for about a week. As I recall, he spent most of the time lying down but, would begin to roll over and struggle to get up. Once up he'd stagger and walk "like a drunk" bumping into things. Our vet had us give him Dramamine, which kept him sleepy. It was difficult to see him like that. The dog is extremely dizzy and can't figure out "which way is up". After the worst was over his head was always tilted a bit (they told us to expect it) It was tilted till the day he died.

My suggestion to your friend is to try to keep the dog quiet and lying down (not easy unless they're "drugged" because they continue to try to get up and/or keep rolling over), keep it safe from running/bumping/rolling into things that could hurt it. I wouldn't even try to put it in a car. As for leaving it alone, that's tough, maybe try to secure an expen so it won't fall if rolled/walked into? I remember I just took time off to stay w/Cinder.

~Leslie

At our house, we spell happiness H-A-V-A-N-E-S-E

Last edited by Leslie; 08-25-2009 at 10:38 AM.
Leslie is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
Goldie and Stogie
 
Melissa Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 2,301
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 10 Posts
Thanks Leslie. The problem is, he had this episode once before, and it lasted about a week or two and he got better. His head tilt even went away. Now its been several weeks. So its hard to keep him drugged up or with someone every single day. Its so sad.
Melissa Miller is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 11:27 AM
Tori's mom
 
Leslie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Posts: 4,988
Submit Photo: 19
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 6 Posts
Has an MRI been done to rule out a tumor?

~Leslie

At our house, we spell happiness H-A-V-A-N-E-S-E
Leslie is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
Goldie and Stogie
 
Melissa Miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 2,301
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 10 Posts
No because the dog is so old, the vet said even if they found something, they wouldn't do anything about it. I was just hoping there was some kind of medicine to make him comfortable until they find out if he is going to bounce back from this.
Melissa Miller is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 11:39 AM
Tori's mom
 
Leslie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Sunny SoCal
Posts: 4,988
Submit Photo: 19
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 6 Posts
My only suggestion would be the Dramamine. It really helped Cinder.

~Leslie

At our house, we spell happiness H-A-V-A-N-E-S-E
Leslie is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 02:39 PM
MacGyver's Mom
 
boo2352's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 503
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Our first Golden had this -- it took a few weeks to resolve, and she always had some asymmetry in her face afterward. Several dogs in the area had it at the same time, and our vet thought it might have been caused by a virus of some sort. I just met another Golden who had a severe case -- took him over a month to recover, but he finally did.

Boo
MacGyver's Mom
boo2352 is offline  
Old 08-25-2009, 02:46 PM
Riley & Monte's mom
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: MA
Posts: 5,579
Submit Photo: 2
Photo Submissions 16 Times in 13 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leslie View Post
My only suggestion would be the Dramamine. It really helped Cinder.
I was going to ask if dogs could take Dramamine and if it may help.

Sending positive vibes to your friend Melissa.

Leeann, Riley, Monte & Rumor


Leeann is offline  
 

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Thread Tools



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome