Patient of the Day: Max

Max is one of the friendliest patients this week! He was diagnosed with Peripheral Vestibular disease, also referred to as Old Dog Vestibular Disease. Idiopathic disorder (which means the cause is unknown) affects the balance center in the brain, causing vertigo. Dogs with this problem often have symptoms, including nystagmus (eyes bouncing back and forth) and nausea. They frequently cannot stand up and often roll constantly as they attempt to right themselves in space. Treatment usually consists of anti-nausea medication and supportive care until they feel well enough to eat and drink. Sometimes a slight sedative is added to relieve the anxiety associated with dizziness. Max is improving every day and as soon as he can walk he’s outta here!

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