Our very old poodle had vestibular syndrome almost a year ago. It really messed up her balance. Today, when she eats, she sways from side to side and her rear legs slowly sink down. Her bowl is elevated. She won't sit all the way down though and if you put your hand under her belly, she can stand up again. Upon rising this morning, she couldn't stand up all the way with her rear legs and was walking in the semi-down position. But it worked its way out and she was able to walk normally shortly after that. Any thoughts what might be going on? I tried rimadyl, but that didn't make a difference.
She also paces in the evening and sometimes at night for which I'm now giving her a valium so we can both sleep. Don't know if that is related to any of the other.
Genrally vestibular disease resolves within 3-4 weeks and does not show problems months later. This sounds like spinal or pelic/hip arthritis. There are other anti-inflammatories that may help so discuss with your vet again about what other options are available to you. Radiographs are quite helpful in letting us determine if there is arthritis (which is painful) or if there is spinal or disk disease that while not always painful, can cause these signs as they result in a weakening of the nerves controlling the back legs. There are many foods and diet supplements out there that can help with aging dogs so ask your veterinarian about those options also.
She may need a combination of pain medications which act synergestically to eradicate or lessen her joint pain. These would include a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement, Omega 3 fatty acids, Rimadyl, Tramadol, Gapapentin and others.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, physical therapy including aquatic therapy would also help.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.