An Elderly Dog Issue – Vestibular Syndrome

Two weeks ago, my second oldest dog Finn, started staggering around the house and yard. She couldn’t walk straight and she was bumping into things. She also had a head tilt and her eyes were flicking back and forth.

I did some research on the internet and found a few things that it looked like, but I still took her to the vet for a check up.

The diagnosis from my vet was Geriatric Canine Vestibular Sydrome. There is no treatment or cure except waiting it out. It eventually goes away, although the dog may still have a head tilt left over from the experience, and it may come back as well. Luckily Finn has not kept her head tilt, although she still has some wobbly days.

It is troubling to look at your dog having problems walking, but she was still able to eat, enjoy being outside and getting attention even though she was dizzy. I had to put a harness on her and lead her outside to toilet for about a day and a half because she couldn’t navigate on her own.

Thankfully the problem was not more than what it turned out to be. Many dogs who experience this problem can’t eat or drink due to nausea until it clears up.

There is quite a bit of info on this issue on the internet, and your vet can probably give you more. As a dog human, it’s good to have a knowledge of some of the things that could come up.

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