Old dog vestibular disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, we review “old dog” vestibular disease (since renamed geriatric vestibular disease or idiopathic vestibular syndrome). This is commonly seen in the veterinary ER, as pet owners often think that their dog is having an acute “stroke.” While an ischemic event could have occurred (make sure to check a stat blood pressure and work up the patient for potential hypertension or hypercoagulable disease), it is more often geriatric vestibular disease. However, key rule outs include a intracranial mass with a poor prognosis, so it’s important to be able to differentiate. When in doubt, consultation with a veterinary neurologist is warranted!

  1. I do hope that hyperbaric oxygen therapy and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy will be discussed in future CE programs as both increase anti-inflammatory cytokines and decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines. I would be very glad to provide these for you D Tim Crowe, DVM, DACVS- Emeritus, DACVECCS, FCCM. Please also not both of these types of therapies maybe very beneficial in mitigating ANY inflammatory condition including neurological conditions such as vestibular disease, post disc herniation, post stroke, post injury, post surgery, and in many life threatening conditions where cytokine release is part of the pathophysiology. This includes COVID infections in people.

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