I came home from work today to find Dagwood disorientated. He had rapid eyed movement and was unable to stable himself. We rushed him to the vet and they think it is Vestibular Disease. This is a disease that there is not much known about but the good news is that it comes on suddenly and leaves quickly without any lingering affects.
Most cases of vestibular disease are peripheral and no known cause is determined. These are referred to as idiopathic.
Vestibular disease typically affects older dogs with an average age of 12 to 13 years.
Animal afflicted with vestibular disease become suddenly very dizzy and the symptoms can be very drastic and frightening to the owner.
What to Watch For
Vestibular disease can affect an animal very suddenly. Due to the signs of head tilt, circling and staggering, many owners feel their pet has had a stroke. Fortunately, strokes are rare in animals.