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A very strange ailment

Tyler is recovering from a very strange ailment called vestibular disease or, in his case, geriatric vestibulitis, due to his age.

About four weeks ago on a Friday evening, I noticed him staggering to the right while walking from one room to the other, as though he was drunk. It passed and the next day, he had another brief episode with a little bit of stumbling as well. On Sunday, it happened again at which time he also fell. I checked the internet and discovered his symptoms seem to be those of vestibular disease. It involves an equilibrium issue which causes staggering, vertigo, nausea, a tilted head and walking in circles, as well as rapid side-to-side eye movement. On Monday we took him to the vet who confirmed the diagnosis, although he still did not have the tilted head and was not walking in circles. He showed us the rapid eye movement which was really eerie. The syndrome is mostly idiopathic, but can be caused by an inner ear infection or a brain tumor which is really rare and can strike at any age, coming on all of a sudden. He gave Tyler medicine for motion sickness, as well as an antibiotic, in case it was an inner ear infection. By the time we got home, he had the head tilt and was walking only in circles. It was very sad to watch and brought tears to my eyes. He couldn't eat because of the nausea and spent most of the day and night sleeping. Fortunately the symptoms abated in a coupe of days, although the whole episode has taken a lot out of him. He still has an unsteady gait at times and seems to be having a bit of doggie dementia, i.e, "why did I come into this room," as he stares at the walls. Another thing that I found odd is that when he began to eat again, he would not touch his HK which he literally danced for prior to this syndrome and will only eat dry kibble and nothing else. Very strange, but at least he's eating and keeping up his normal weight.

Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share this experience, as I had never heard of this disease nor encountered it in our 34 adult years of owning dogs. I hope none of you ever gets to see it in person, as it is very upsetting and there is really nothing you can do to help.


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Mary so sorry to hear about Tyler. Was it an ear infection that will now be treated and he will return to normal or will some of these symptoms remain with him.







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Poor dear, I'm so sorry to hear that.

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Mary so sorry to hear about Tyler. Was it an ear infection that will now be treated and he will return to normal or will some of these symptoms remain with him.
It's unknown as to whether the disease is caused by an inner ear infection or not, but they treat it with an antibiotic just in case that is the cause. In the majority of cases, the cause is unknown. Seems like it's a mystery ailment.

I have noticed an improvement in Tyler over the last several days. He seems less confused and more with it. The vet does not feel as though he will have any lingering effects from it, but did mention that he is getting old and can have age related symptoms. The vestibular disease does leave a slight head tilt, however, although it can only be noticed by the owner and the vet. Others would not be aware of it unless it was pointed out. I can barely notice it at all.

I had to keep him off his treadmill for three weeks, but he is now back on it and doing fine.


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Thanks for letting us know how Tyler is doing, hope he continues to improve from this event.
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Thinking of Tyler and hoping he recovers fully from this episode.



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Mary I am so glad to hear he will recover from this awful ailment. I hope he is back to his old self soon. Sending positive thoughts his way.







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So glad it seems like he's having a quick turn-around!! Hopefully it's something the antibiotic can defeat.
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Sending get well wishes to Tyler.

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Glad Tyler is feeling better.
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