Anyone here have or know of a dog that had "Vestibular Syndrome"?


Rx Wizard
Oct 25, 2005
Hey friends!!!! It's been way too long since I last posted but I really don't post (still read though) much these days on any forum. I am just too busy really as things are still going great here in Las Vegas and my wife and I are both very happy with how things have gone so far (3.5 years and counting)

Anyways the main reason I stopped by today is because I was hoping maybe someone here might know a little about bit about something that is going on in our lives right now. Here is the story:

Our nearly 14 year old German Shepherd Averi may have come down with vestibular syndrome over the weekend. This is a very scary disease that effects mostly older dogs. I had never heard of this until now and spent a lot of time researching it these last few days.

Without going too far into detail it's basically a disease that looks like the dog has suffered a stroke (but hasn't) as they lose their balance, tilt their head to the side, drool a lot, have rapid eye movement, vomit, etc... Though very scary to see your dog go through this, it is for the most part not a life threatning situation

The vet has ran lots of x-ray and blood tests and so far everything has come back fine (thankfully). If this doesn't improve in the next few days then we will take her in for a skull x-ray to see if anything is going on there but for now it looks more like she has vestibular syndrome. She is not crying at all or doesn't appear to be in any pain, she just can't stand up or walk right now as her balance is completely off.

Was wondering if anyone here has went through something like this with before their dog or knows someone who has? If even 1 percent part of me felt that our dog was in any harm than we would do the difficult thing and put her down but from what I understand and pray is that this disease is fairly common among older dogs and oustside of maybe a slight head tilt they usually fully recovery and do so in a short period of time

Any information anyone has would be great. As always thanks for your time!!!
Jan 17, 2007
I had a friend have this with his Dog about 3-4 years ago. If I remember right it lasted for about 2-3 weeks.
But you need to make sure in that time frame that the Dog Eats his food.
I forget why.... but I'm 100% sure I remember that part.
Also something about clean up after him ( when he goes and takes a dump )

Sorry I couldn't have been more help.

Good to see you around :103631605

Rx God
Nov 1, 2002
Nice to see you post again Iceman :

I like German shepherds a lot.

unfortunately any large breed dog tends to have health issues and they usually die at closer to 10 than 14, your 13 yo GS is like a 90+ year old human.

this says they live to 9.7 years on average

Sorry to hear your dogger is ailing, but it is old age.

New member
Sep 21, 2004
I would also have your dog checked for Cushings Disease. Sounds like some of the symptoms that our dog had and we lost her in two days. Has to be a pecial blood test for Cushings. Ask your vet if their blood tests checked for Cushings.

Jul 23, 2006
WOW! Ice, Been a long time......

Sorry I can't add any insight into your dog's health. I hope she gets better though.

How is everything going in Vegas? Are you still making a living out there rolling spreads ;)?

The Great Govenor of California
Feb 21, 2001
I remember Alan Boston lived in Maine for 6 months and Vegas for 6 months out of the year. He said his dog was so much more happy in Maine. Vegas is very rough on dogs as it is people.

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