I had a bit (and if by a bit, I mean that I thought my heart was going to stop) of a scare two evenings ago. I woke up around 4 am to find Simon having what appeared to be a seizure. His body was rigid, his eyes were moving quickly from side to side and he was obviously in great distress. He was unable to stand and kept keeling over onto his side. It was like he was having a stroke. After calming him down a bit, my husband and I brought Simon over to the 24 hour emergency vet. Thankfully, the husband of a friend was the vet on duty and he gave Simon a once over. The diagnosis : Vestibular Disease. Vestibular Disease is caused by inflammation of the nerves of the inner ear and causes the dogs (usually older dogs) to lose their sense of balance and get extremely dizzy and it can take anywhere from days to weeks for the dog to recover. He prescribed Benadryl and sent us home. After a few hours of sleep, Simon was much better. We even went for a very short walk later in the day.
However, yesterday he seemed so much better that I took him for a longer walk. Big mistake. When he saw other dogs at the park where we walk, he lost his mind, got all worked up and hurt his front paw (I think he stumbled awkwardly on it). I had to carry him home. Yep, I carried a 38 lb dog for half a mile. By the time we got home, I was ready to collapse. I gave him some pain meds and he slept most of the day.
Today he seems much better, but we will certainly be taking it easy for the next couple of days.
Has anyone else had a dog with Vestibular disease? Please tell me about your experiences.