Vestibular syndrome (nerve inflammation) occurs frequently and is a problem with the connections between inner middle ear and the (cerebellum) brain causing ataxia. It can appear in young or old pets. Certain types of chemical antibiotics such as streptomycin and gentomicin can cause vestibular syndrome. Peripheral Vestibular Syndrome is now the preferred name for this canine health problem. The symptoms occur when there is inflammation of the nerves connecting the inner ear and the cerebellum, where balance is controlled. A history of chronic ear infections may increase a dog’s chance of developing canine vestibular syndrome.
Because the symptoms include a head tilt and/or disorientation, with the dog either walking in circles or unable to stand, it is often assumed to be a canine stroke or other neurological disorder. And, while it is hard for both dog and owner in the early stages, this canine health problem often resolves completely within a few weeks if it is vestibular syndrome (nerve inflammation) ear infection.
Other possible canine health issues that should be considered when a dog has these symptoms include stroke, tumors of the cerebellum, inner ear infection, trauma to the head and meningioencephalitis. Because this condition is common and usually improves very quickly, the veterinarian may suggest a watch and wait approach, or you can start using natural remedies to assist in restoring health, saving expensive diagnostic tests for those cases where there is no improvement in 72 hours.
1. Sudden Loss of Balance: The most common finding
2. Head Tilt and Circling: This commonly occurs when only one side is affected. The dog’s head will tilt in the direction of the affected side. Your canine friend may circle for the same reason.
3. Nystagmus: The official term for steady side-to-side or up and down eye motion. As with the head tilt one or both eyes may be affected.
4. Facial Nerve Problems: This is a symptom which often leads owners to assume a stroke has occurred. Muscle twitching or sagging may be seen
Secondary Issues: Many dogs will have trouble eating and drinking because of the dizziness. Or they may refuse to eat because they are nauseous. They may not have the coordination to eat as normal.
If your pet has a middle ear infection acute or chronic ear infection, refer to hampls natural ear formulas and get on top of the infection which works within days. Change diet to a natural allergy free one and avoid any further insult to their body ie chemical products and drugs. Use natural were possible for all health and products needed.
This syndrome is not a life threatening condition, nor should it even be called old dog vestibular syndrome because young dogs have also been affected by drug side effects etc. Although it is most commonly seen in older dogs who could all of a sudden become disoriented, unbalanced and appear to be confused. They may lean towards one side, shaking their head and going around in circles etc. May not want to eat or uable to eat. It may even look as though your dog has had a stroke.
Dogs with ataxia stand with their limbs braced, they walk with difficulty and have a drunk type of motion because they have lost their sense of balance as the vestibular nerve, which travels from the inner ear to the brain, has malfunctioned. It disrupts the animal's sense of balance and orientation. It is important to find out where the vestibular abnormality is located. The disturbance can be peripheral, meaning it is located outside the brain, or central, located inside the brain. The distinction between the two is subtle and is best diagnosed by a veterinary neurologist. The peripheral disturbance is the most common and least serious. It has been suggested that there is a correlation between old dog vestibular syndrome and hypothyroidism so blood work should be done to rule out this problem. The ears should be thoroughly examined because the same symptoms can result from a severe ear mite infection.
Rest and quiet are required during this recovery time, and it's important to keep the dog in a well lighted room. If possible, avoid carrying the dog or, if this is unavoidable, lift the dog slowly and smoothly holding the pads of it's feet while airborne. Lifting and moving it through the air disrupts the dog's sense of orientation. Keeping the dog's feet firmly on the ground with it's eyes on the horizon helps regain its balance. This condition is sometimes misdiagnosed and dogs who could have recovered have been euthanized because the condition appears so severe.
It is important to note that there are no warning signs, which may lead to the conclusion that it is a stroke.
Fortunately most dogs will be spared this affliction as if your dog gets these symptoms, it is comforting to know that it is not fatal and recovery is merely a matter of patience and tender loving care. Please note that a serious inner/middle ear infection which can occur without the customary smelly ear has the same severe and frightening symptoms. An infection can usually be resolved quickly and effectively with herbal antibiotics internally and externally and a dog has a complete recovery of all symptoms.
Over the years through clinic animal practise I have custom made and perfected the below natural medicine formulas that are suggested to give relief from this specific ailment. There may be more than one formula suggest or related products, so read through each one and see if your pet or animal need all, some or just the one formula.
Natural medicines will last several years and are suitable for all species and ages.
Instructions and diet sheet are also included with these formulas.