Idiopathic Vestibular disease is a fancy way to describe dogs that frequently tilt their head to find balance and equilibrium. If you notice your fur baby’s head tilted regularly, as if trying not to fall—it is possible that the sensory system located inside the ear may be compromised. The vestibular system is connected to your dog’s balance and orientation so that they can stand firm and steady.
Symptoms and behaviors of Head Tilt Disease:
- Head tilt on either side
- Falling over
- Irregular eye movements
- Uncoordinated movements
Sources of Head Tilt Disease:
- Ear infection or injury
- Brain infection
- Metabolic disease
- Toxic antibiotics used in the ear
- Lack of proper nutrients
- Contamination of the upper respiratory tract
- Irregular tissue growth
If you think your four legged friend may be experiencing signs of head tilt disease you should expect the following:
- Physical exam
- Blood count
- Blood chemical screening
- Urine check
- Electrolyte panel
- Detailed health history and diet review
If further systemic tests are needed, expect the thyroid to also be examined.
For more information contact your trusted veterinarian.