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recurring vestibular syndrom

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why does recurring vestibular syndrome attacks happen in some dogs? Is there anything that can be done to stop them?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_vestibular_disease.html talks about the problem
but if you are having reoccuring problems then you might want to consider food allergies could be impacting inner ear infections.
Ear infection info here
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html
You can read about food allergies here
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=marvistavet+food+allergies
I am always suspicious of food problems when you have something you just cannot figure out with dogs.
You can compare dog foods here
www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=comp-wiz
And look at California Natural, Wellness, and Evo or Blue Buffalo or Canidae in comparison to your current food.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: I cant accept that, she's eaten the same food for most of her 15 yrs. Shes still on medicine from the vet - a form of penicilian, for her ears and the attack came back after a week and a half of the first one
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
Dogs develop sensitivities to food over time. Their ability to tolerate a food can change.
Not all ear problems are treatable with the same meds. Pseudomonas is one that can be really hard to eliminate. They talk about that one in the ear infections link I gave you.
You wanted something different to try to help your pet beyond what the vet is saying so I offered that.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Your answer may well be right, I'm not the Vet. But it doesnt feel right for this dog. I'd almost have to believe all this has come on by heat stroke more so than alerigies. Sorry, I dont agree with your answer.
Expert:  Angel replied 11 years ago.
An ear culture needs to be done to determine if the antibiotic being prescribed is taking care of the problem.

Without a culture the problem will keep reoccurring

Also, please talk with you vet about the possiblity of another medical condition (like a tumor).
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Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
If you already had an answer you were considering mentioning it would be helpful (just in case you try this site again) so that the specialist is not reworking ground you already covered.
Nothing you have written sounds like heatstroke at all.
You can read about heat stroke here
http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/hs.html to see why I say that.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Thank you for your help. I will check your site for heat stroke. I didnt say thats what she had, was more of a comparison, that I would believe heat stroke just as much as alergies. I guess I was looking for more of a confirmation, that multiple attacks of this disease this close together, is more than likely associated with a possible tumor, or something else wrong with her. I have searched all of the vets sites on the internet about this disease, and everyone knows older dogs get it, no one has much info on it. If only vets could talk, I wouldnt be on here. Thanks again
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
The vestibular site and the ear infection sites I sent you to had the information on the tumor possibilities and on the pseudomonas infection too.
If your vet isn't giving you answers you are comfortable with then I would consider changing vets. As a pet owner I expect the vet to take the time to explain exactly what they are doing and why!
I'm sure your dog (if you meant pet not vet) has no idea why this is happening any more than a human does when they get dizzy until they see a doctor!
Good luck with your dog and if nothing else works consider the food - what goes in impacts how the dog is!

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