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jimmywoodbine
post 11th Apr 2017, 1:07 pm
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Hi There

I lost my gsd in November and now my lovely lurcher cross Brindy is not good. She has had a couple of minor vestibular attacks and got over them within 20 mins however last nights was a different kettle of fish. 15 hours on and she still cant stand up, head to the left and and eye still flickering. Been to vets and have the appropriate meds but given she is an older dog condition theres not much that can be done and its a case of monitoring over next 48 hours.
My concern is that given we work full time she needs containing so that she doesn't hurt herself if she falls and also Im worried if it happens again while we are out of the house, but what do you do??

Any advice or experience of this? Thanks
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post 11th Apr 2017, 2:14 pm
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3 of my older dogs had these episodes. We used gates across the doorway. Puppy pen? Soft bedding. Just thinking, how about using that pipe insulation stuff to cushion sharp edges on furniture and doorways. We are doing that as Holly has only partial vision and can misjudge things. Leave your dog with a kong if she would eat it. We found the dogs slept a lot though after an attacks. Good luck.
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post 11th Apr 2017, 5:05 pm
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Any friend, neighbour or family member that could take care of her for a day or two, or pop in to check on her throughout the day? Could you pop in during your lunch break? Could you take a day or two off work at short notice to be with her? Failing all that, could she stay at the vets for a few days to make sure she's got somebody there if she needs them?

When my own elderly dog had vestibular she recovered very quickly, within a couple of days, but there's not much can be done about it, or at least there wasn't then.
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post 11th Apr 2017, 6:58 pm
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Thanks, yes my other half can pop in every few hours. Im worried because its nearly 24 hours in and she cant stand up without total assistance.

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post 11th Apr 2017, 7:39 pm
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Ellie was unable to stand unaided for a good few days, we used a harness to help her. She then could only walk in really big circles, that gradually improved until she was back to normal, she was very determined. Early days for your dog.
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post 11th Apr 2017, 8:24 pm
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Thanks AnnsS. How many days did it take for her to start walking again? Its hard as she has been for a wee but not a poo and is just swaying all over.
Were you at home all the time? as its difficult when we work full time and have someone who pops in twice per day to let my dogs out in the garden.
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post 11th Apr 2017, 8:50 pm
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Was a few years ago so really not sure, but everyday brought a wee improvement. The harness was a great help and a towel used as a sling nearer her rear end. She was a fairly big dog. I was home most of the time apart from shopping and walking the other dogs. Think every dog is different in how this affects them. Hoping tomorrow brings a bit of an improvement. She will just feel so dizzy and wobbly so probably rest is the best thing.
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post 12th Apr 2017, 6:46 am
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Rosie lab had a vestibular attack when she was about 11 or 12 years old. She had 2 or 3 days where she couldn't stand without a helping hand and careereed off wildly to one side. From memory the eye flickering got better each day and was gone within a week. She did keep a slight head tilt but nothing that bothered her.

Rosie didn't have any medication at the time as she wasn't being sick, but the vet did later start her on vivitonin as there was some evidence it would help prevent any further attacks.

Hope that Bindy improves with each day wub.gif
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post 12th Apr 2017, 2:42 pm
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Sorry to read your news. Some dogs can make a complete recovery quite quickly, others may be left with a permanent head tilt and / or take a while but it is generally something they will get over without serious problems. Try a look at these. Good luck.

http://vetspecialists.co.uk/factsheets/Neu...r_Syndrome.html

http://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk/neur...ibular-disease/

http://www.seniortailwaggers.com/old-dog-v...ar-disease.html
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