Posted : 3/28/2009 12:26:12 AM
I had a sheltie who had more than one bout with "old dog" vestibular disease. It's scarey for them -- but to be honest, this almost sounds more like seizure activity.
Has this dog recently had vaccines or any medications or had any recent stresses (like changes in your household, etc.).
Honestly, I would tell you that *'I* have had marvelous results having a TCVM vet check the dog out. I'm not advocating "leaving" your vet ... not at all. But a TCVM vet (traditional Chinese veterinary medicine) with acupuncture can help SO much to reduce the inflammation more locally than Metacam can do -- and there are no 'bad' side effects. If you go to http://www.tcvm.com - there is a "locator" on the left side -- zip code and/or state if you are in the US, and if you are elsewhere, there is a sentence link under the locator that will show you a list of vets in Canada (there are many) and other countries.
Vestibular disease is basically an inner ear imbalance/infection -- it takes a WHILE to see ANY improvement at all, and they get so stressed and scared that can hold back the healing. However -- some of what you are saying truly sounds like it could be seizure oriented and frankly, there is NOTHING better than acupuncture and the Chinese herbs for that.
My peke, Kee Shu, is a seizure dog and we control ALL of it (with an incredibly high quality of life for her) with herbs and acupuncture. She's very senior (maybe 16-18+ years old) and yet her health is honestly better than when she came to us 3 years ago. Yes, she's more "senor" but she's also "on this planet" (which she wasn't when she came to us).
And yes, there could be a combination of seizures and vestibular -- because the stress of vestibular disease could surely trigger some petit mal type seizures. (i.e., not all seizures are completely incapacitating)