Vestibular Disease in Dogs

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Veterinary Consultation

Seek immediate veterinary attention for a proper diagnosis. Vestibular disease can have various causes, including ear infections, tumors, or idiopathic vestibular disease, and a vet can determine the appropriate treatment.

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Medication

Depending on the underlying cause, your veterinarian may prescribe medications such as antibiotics for infections, anti-nausea drugs, or medications to address inflammation and support recovery.

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Supportive Care

Provide a comfortable and quiet environment for your dog. Limit exposure to loud noises and bright lights to reduce stress and aid in recovery.

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Hydration and Nutrition

Ensure your dog stays hydrated by providing access to fresh water. If they have difficulty eating, consider offering soft or liquid food, and hand-feeding if necessary.

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Physical Therapy

Gentle exercises and physical therapy can help improve your dog's coordination and strength. Consult with your vet for specific exercises tailored to your dog's condition.

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Assistive Devices

Use supportive devices such as harnesses or slings to assist your dog in walking. This can help prevent falls and provide stability during the recovery period.

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Eye Protection

Dogs with vestibular disease may struggle with controlling eye movements, leading to difficulty focusing. Protect your dog's eyes from injury by avoiding obstacles and providing a safe environment

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Comfort Measures

Offer comfort and reassurance to your dog during episodes of disorientation. Keep them warm with blankets and provide a soft, quiet space for rest.

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Monitoring and Follow-up

Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, to encourage good behaviour. Avoid punishment-based training, as it can lead to fear and anxiety.