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    Question Lasting symptoms of vestibular attack

    My 11 year old rat terrier, Dodger, has had vestibular syndrome his whole life (started getting attacks when he was 2 or 3 years old. Recently he had a bigger attack than ever before, and about a month and half later, is still suffering from a head tilt and may have lost a bit of his depth perception (still pretty clumsy). He is back to himself and can go on walks (not hikes) very easily. I know that there has been instances of the head tilt taking up to 6 months to go away, or it never does. I would like to take him for chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture in hopes of helping it speed up! Is chiropractic or acupuncture more likely to be effective in this scenario?

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    Re: Lasting symptoms of vestibular attack

    Have you had him vet checked for an ear infection? Has he been treated with antibiotics, steroids, and an anti nausea med (if needed)?

    Ear infections can cause Vest disease, and even though he has had episodes his whole life, if he has an inner ear infection, the VD will not improve until that is treated.
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    Re: Lasting symptoms of vestibular attack

    We DID have him checked for inner ear infections. In fact, they heavily sedated him so they could look as much as possible, and even took xrays of his head to check the bones for infection. They had an xray specialist check the film and he said there were no signs of infection.

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    Re: Lasting symptoms of vestibular attack

    Did your vet suggest a spinal tap? http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/vhc/tc/clini...ephalitis.html
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