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Posted on 01-11-2013
Vestibular disease (loss of balance) is commonly and incorrectly referred to as a "STROKE." Strokes are caused by vascular disease, while common in people, it's rare in dogs.
The vestibular system, in a nutshell, is the neurological equipment responsible for telling the body of it's orientation. It determines if you are upside down, standing straight or falling, which informs the eyes and extremities how they should move accordingly. It also allows pets to walk and run on uneven grounds without falling, and allows the eyes to follow moving objects without becoming dizzy.
Vestibular disease is most common in older dogs.
Signs of Vestibular disease:
The most common causes of Vestibular disease are:
With idiopathic vestibular disease improvement of clinical signs typically occurs within 72 hours. Most patients return to normal within 2-3 weeks. Although the initial signs can be alarming, the prognosis for recovery is excellent.
If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us at Eagle Animal Hosptial (610) 458-8789 for further diagnosis and treatment. We serve Chester Springs, Downingtown, Exton, Glenmoore and the surrounding area.
Written by Vicki Guy, technician
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