Vestibular Disease Treatment

Vestibular disease is a disorder of a pet’s vestibular balance system, which is responsible for providing animals with balance and spatial orientation. When a pet has vestibular disease, he is seemingly thrown off balance, presenting with symptoms like vertigo and dizziness. Other symptoms can include:

  • Head tilting
  • Circling
  • Stumbling, Wobbling or Staggering
  • Rapid Eye Movement
  • Coordination Problems
  • Drooling
  • Nausea and vomiting

boy-dogVestibular disease can affect either the central or peripheral nervous systems, the latter of which is more common and less serious than the former. Both central and peripheral vestibular diseases can occur congenitally at birth or idiopathically at a later age. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the disease, which can include something as simple as a middle ear infection or as serious as cancer or bleeding in the brain.

Most cases of peripheral vestibular disease – but not all – are easily resolved with veterinary intervention. Treatment options are typically either directed toward a pet’s comfort or the cause of vestibular disease, such as infection. Some symptoms may linger long after a pet has recovered from vestibular disease, though these side effects are typically mild and unlikely to have any serous effect on a pet’s quality of life.