Senior Dog Ear Disease
The symptoms of canine peripheral vestibular disease are similar to those associated with poisoning or a stroke. This Ear Disease has nothing to do with a brain malfunction; it is caused by an inner ear inflammation. The symptoms of this syndrome appear very suddenly and understandably alarm and confuse many owners of older dogs.
Symptoms happen without warning and for no apparent reason. For example, your dog may be eating, sleeping, and exercising normally and suddenly falls and struggles to regain balance. While trying to stand, they may stagger and bang into household items or worse, tumble down a nearby staircase. This sudden onset of being off-balance is followed by vomiting and rapid, vertical eye movement.
The severity of the above mentioned symptoms vary and can range from three days to three weeks. Positive and full recovery is usually expected when identified and treated accordingly. Even after a good recovery prognosis, some owners have reported a dog’s decline of sense after being affected by this disease. Please note that although uncommon, relapse is possible.
Your dog will appear disorientated, confused, and frightened. They may not have a desire to eat for several days, and any attempt to stand or move around will induce vomiting. If symptoms worsen or go past three weeks, the chances that another disorder, such as a brain tumor or cancer, causes the symptoms increase.
There doesn’t seem to be a medical cure currently available for this disease, but antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection, and motion sickness medication can be used to alleviate the vomiting. The best medicine for canine peripheral vestibular syndrome is tender, loving care, especially in the form of assisting your precious senior pup with eating and drinking.
It is unknown what triggers this disease and the associated distressing symptoms, but unless it is inherited, age seems to be a common denominator in dogs affected with this disease.