Vestibular Disease in Dogs

Dog Ear Anatomy

Vestibular disease can be a distressing affliction to your pet’s health.  Clinical signs may be as mild as a head tilt to severe as inability to stand.  You may notice random eye movement (called nystagmus), dragging of the feet, incoordination, circling, or flailing. The … [Read more...]

Peripheral Vestibular Disease in the Dog: Causes

Doberman

There are many possible causes of periperal vestibular disease in the dog. Otitis – Ear infection is a common cause of vestibular disease that affects your pet’s health.  Many times, these infections can start mild and limited to the superficial part of the canal (called … [Read more...]

Central Vestibular Disease in Dogs: Causes

Yorkshire Terrier

There are many possible causes of central vestibular disease in dogs. Hypothyroidim - The most common metabolic disturbance that leads to central vestibular disease in dogs is low thyroid hormone levels, called hypothyroidism.  There are numerous mechanisms by which … [Read more...]

Vestibular Disease in the Dog: Diagnosis

CT Scan indicating Vestibular Disease

The first step in diagnosing vestibular disease in the dog is differentiating peripheral and central vestibular disease.  The neurologic exam performed by your veterinarian is the most important diagnostic tool.  With a specialized scope, your veterinarian will assess the … [Read more...]

Vestibular Disease in the Dog: Treatment

Boston Terrier

Vestibular disease can be a debilitating neurologic disease in dogs. The causes can be central or peripheral in nature. Before treatment can begin for this disease, dogs must be definitively diagnosed. Treatment is largely dependent on primary cause.  Ear infections are … [Read more...]

Treatment of Vestibular Disease in the Cat

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Treatment is largely dependent on primary cause. Click here to learn more about diagnosing the cause of vestibular disease in cats.  If the ear infection is severe enough to cause vestibular signs, treatment is needed with both oral and topical antibiotics for 2-4 months.  … [Read more...]

Diagnosis of Vestibular Disease in the Cat

CT Scan Diagnosing Vestibular Disease

The most important step in diagnosing vestibular disease in the cat is differentiating peripheral and central vestibular disease.  Your veterinarian will perform a neurologic exam that will yield the most information of any diagnostic.  He or she will examine both the … [Read more...]

Clinical Signs of Vestibular Disease in the Cat

Anatomy of a Cat Ear

Vestibular disease can be a distressing affliction to your pet’s health. Clinical signs may be as mild as a head tilt to severe as inability to stand.  You may notice nystagumus (sporadic eye movement, see video here), running into walls, difficulty walking, dragging … [Read more...]

Central Vestibular Disease in the Cat

Two kittens

There are two primary causes of central vestibular disease in the cat: neonatal syndromes and primary central nervous system disease. Neonatal Syndromes - Congenital disease is much more common in the cat than the dog as a cause of vestibular disease.  Cerebellar … [Read more...]

Peripheral Vestibular Disease in the Cat

Blue-tailed lizard

There are many possible causes of peripheral vestibular disease in the cat. Otitis – Ear infection is a common cause of peripheral vestibular disease that affects your cat’s health.  These infections typically begin as mild infections affecting only the outer portions of … [Read more...]