Vestibular Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention
Vestibular disease is a group of disorders resulting from damage to the vestibular system in the inner ear. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to symptoms of dizziness, nausea, balance problems and even loss of consciousness. Vestibular disease can be caused by injury, infection, tumors or other problems. Symptoms of vestibular disease include dizziness and imbalance. The dizziness is often worse with head movement. The imbalance is most likely to occur with turning or tilting. There are several types of dizziness. The most common type is positional vertigo. This occurs when your inner ear tells your brain that you are moving, but your body feels as if you are not.
What is Vestibular Disease in Dogs?
Dogs that have a vestibular disorder tend to exhibit several of the same symptoms as humans do. The balance disorder can lead to severe and extreme cases of dizziness and dizziness-induced nausea. Symptoms of the balance disorder include: Balance problems Sight problems Nausea Loss of coordination Repetitive behavior Inability to stand or walk Dogs that have suffered from vestibular disease may experience many of the same symptoms as humans and can lead to problems of their own, especially blindness. This is known as vertigo-related blindness. Can Dogs Get Vestibular Disease? Vestibular disease is not a disease in dogs. Rather, it is a result of degenerative, autoimmune disorders in the inner ear.
Signs of Vestibular Disease in Dogs
Certain signs can suggest a potential problem with your dog’s balance. Blurry vision: Your dog may appear to be playing possum when he turns his head or shakes it. He may look up or down instead of left or right. Your dog may appear to be playing possum when he turns his head or shakes it. He may look up or down instead of left or right. Fidgety behavior: When your dog starts to spin around, you may see him moving side to side and his tail can come in and out of his legs. When your dog starts to spin around, you may see him moving side to side and his tail can come in and out of his legs. Head movements: If your dog starts to lift his head up and down, turn his head or hold his head near his heart, it could be a sign of discomfort or vertigo.
Causes of Vestibular Disease in Dogs
Vestibular disease can be caused by various factors. Common causes include a foot bite, hard contact with a hard surface, a foreign object, tumor or abcess, allergy, infection and allergies, obstructive vestibular disease, eosinophilic keratitis, and periotic otitis. Some of these are treatable. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated with medication such as oxybutynin or the antihistamine, diphenhydramine, or the corticosteroid dexamethasone. However, some of these treatments can be associated with side effects such as muscle relaxant side effects. There are also long-term treatments. Long-term treatment options can include vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This treatment can help reduce motion sickness and balance problems, as well as restore balance and motion.
Treatment of Vestibular Disease in Dogs
Some forms of vestibular disease do not require treatment. If symptoms do not improve after several weeks or months, however, the dog may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy. The goal of vestibular rehabilitation therapy is to retrain the dog’s vestibular system. Exercises that address balance, spatial orientation, and reaction time may be used to promote healing. There is also no evidence that vestibular rehabilitation therapy improves symptoms of vertigo or any other symptom.
How to Prevent Vestibular Disease in Dogs
Many dog owners are unaware of the hidden causes of vestibular disease. This is most common in older dogs, breeds with a history of hip or joint problems and dogs with old degenerative medical conditions like old-stage neuropathy. Here are some of the causes of vestibular disease that you may not be aware of. Tumors Tumors may also cause the dog to experience any one of the other symptoms of vestibular disease. In some cases, a tumor can be removed without causing any serious long-term problems. Bacteria Tumors can grow in the outer ear canal and other parts of the vestibular system. Bacteria can also be the cause of several of the symptoms that dogs experience with vestibular disease. In some cases, antibiotics will remove the bacteria and symptoms will subside.
What can we do? We can try to treat vestibular disorder through home remedies and common medications. When possible, the patient is given the drug dilantin. Medication, home remedies, and physical therapy are all treatments available for vestibular disorders. While the cause of vestibular disorders is unknown, the treatment and cure of these disorders is guided by various scientific studies and clinical experience.