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How do you treat vestibular disease in dogs?

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Treatment of vestibular disease in dogs is a combination of treating both the symptoms of the condition and any underlying conditions associated with it. Treatment may include drugs to relieve nausea and vomiting, anti-fungal medications and surgery to remove any tumors. Most dogs with the condition recover spontaneously and are treated on an outpatient basis.

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There is no one method of treating vestibular disease in dogs. Sedatives may be prescribed to treat disorientation, coordination and balance issues. Anti-fungal medications are administered if there is an underlying bacterial or fungal infection.

Vestibular disease in dogs is usually idiopathic, meaning its cause is unknown. Some potential causes include circulation or absorption of fluid in the inner ear canals or lesions in the inner ear. It may also be related to the immune system.

Vestibular disease may be prevented by avoiding head trauma and the overuse of certain medications. Neomycin and aminoglycoside antibiotics are two culprits as is the ingestion of poisonous substances. Avoid flushing the ear with washes, as these may damage the tissue and worsen the problem. Recovery from the disorder usually begins within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms. Full recovery often takes several weeks unless significant medical treatment is needed.

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