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    Hello from Australia!

    Hello everyone. My name is Sandra and I'm from Australia. I own a senior schnauzer [will be 15 yo in November] called Paddy. He's currently experiencing his second bout of vestibular disease. Anyone else experienced this with their dogs? For those that don't know about this disease it's non-life threatening but very distressing when your dog first experiences it. Their eyes twitch, head tilts and initially they go around in circles and loose their balance. I thought he was have a seizure or had a brain tumour. Apparently most owners think that when they first see it.



    No cure unfortunately but at least I know he will get through it eventually.

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    Hi Sandra, welcome to the forum!

    Very sorry to hear about your dog. Many years ago I had a Standard Schnauzer male, who had problems when he was older, 13-14 years. When he was young, he often had ear infections, and the vet gave him Otomax. I don't know if they use it anymore, but it was an antibiotic cream that we put in his ears a couple of times a day, and this stuff worked very well. Aside from a slight telltale head-tilt, he had no dizziness, or lack of balance at all with these ear infections.

    When he was older, from what I can remember, the vet said he may have vestibular disease or stroke. When he checked
    the dog's eyes, they did have a back and forth motion to them, we could even see it with a flashlight when we took him home. His symptoms were not head-tilt, but his whole body was leaning, and he could not stand or walk on his own.

    I saw him trying to walk down our short hallway, he had a dazed look on his face, and his entire body was leaning at an angle, being held up by the wall. When I tried to help him, he had no control over his balance and could not walk. I laid him down so he wouldn't get hurt, and then got him to the vet as soon as I could.

    My vet was able to handle it on his own, which is good, because these specialists will charge outrageous prices for their services, and IMO, they often are not needed. My vet was older, and had much experience treating animals for many types of diseases and conditions. Sometimes the younger, less experienced vets will pass you off to a specialist, just because they are stumped as what to do.

    Anyway, I don't remember exactly what was prescribed, but I just looked in my files and found a vet invoice. It shows that he was given Dexamethasone, Prednisone and Rymadyl. The latter two may have been prescribed for some internal swelling. I don't remember him giving the dog any cat scans or x-rays for that.

    He was well after that for a long time, but then had some recurring symptoms again after that. He was older, and also developed some type of kidney disorder.

    Bad thing about the Prednisone, is that it can make them incontinent, especially the older dogs like mine. It also makes them drink and urinate excessively. It's a steroid, and I would try to get them to prescribe something else in it's place if possible.


    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...r-disease.aspx

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    Thank you for reply and link. Both very helpful. Our vet didn't prescribe anything, just to keep him quiet and assist him to eat and walk where necessary. The constant circling can last a few days and some people elect to have their dogs sedated and kept at the vets because they need to go to work and don't want to leave their dog unattended. Luckily our dog only had the circling problem overnight and I work from home so I could keep an eye on him.

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    WELCOME! I have no experience with that condition but I hope you can continue to manage this for Paddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by totalpets View Post
    Thank you for reply and link. Both very helpful. Our vet didn't prescribe anything, just to keep him quiet and assist him to eat and walk where necessary. The constant circling can last a few days and some people elect to have their dogs sedated and kept at the vets because they need to go to work and don't want to leave their dog unattended. Luckily our dog only had the circling problem overnight and I work from home so I could keep an eye on him.
    Your welcome, it's nice that you can be home and not gone all day. Here's some information on stroke, similar effects for sure.

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