Participant Page: Pets-4-Balance
Did you know that vestibular disorders are not unique to humans? You'd think that having four legs would give you an advantage, but apparently even dogs and cats can lose their balance. Woof!
Raising awareness about vestibular disorders is also important to me because my (human) grandmother suffers from Meniere's disease. Sure, she still gives good belly rubs, but sometimes she has a tough time getting up off the floor afterwards (which gives me a chance to give her kisses:).
Please help me raise awareness about vestibular disorders! Your contribution helps VEDA support vestibular patients of all species. And by sharing this page with your friends you could be saving a pet's life (vestibular disorders in pets ARE treatable, but many pet owners don't know this and may put their pet to sleep).
How do I know if my pet has a vestibular problem?
Signs of vestibular disease in pets can include:
- Circling (spinning or walking in circles)
- Standing with an exaggerated wide stance
- Head tilting
- Falling or rolling to one side
- Nystagmus (involuntary drifting eye movements)
- Squint or strabismus (abnormal position of the eyeballs)
- Ataxia (stumbling, staggering, or lack of coordination without weakness or involuntary spasms)
- Head shaking
- Motion sickness—perhaps evident when your dog is no longer an enthusiastic backseat companion on car rides
Other behavioral changes may be apparent. For example, a cat’s swift and graceful movements may become hesitant and awkward. A dog that is disoriented when looking down may rest on his belly in front of the water bowl to drink rather than stand to slurp from it as usual.