So, recently I have had an influx of dogs with the dizzies. In fact, two in the last week. Often termed canine geriatric vestibular disease, canine vestibular neuritis, and other similar names. The presentation is usually very similar. As the name implies, these are usually the geriatric pups. Sweet ole’ things, that wake up one morning with their eyes going all wonky (nystagmus for those that like the professional terms), and they often have their head tilted to the side, staggering, walking in circles, and falling down. Notice the head tilt and the splayed front legs for balance in Hannah. Now this can be very scary for the dog owner (I am sure for the dog as well!). Many people think their precious pooch is having a stroke or some other catastrophic event. And as horrible as it looks and feels for the owner and the critter, there may be some hope! Once the dog has been taken to their veterinarian and anything other than canine geriatric vestibular disease has been ruled out, then in comes the physical rehabilitation! There is a positional maneuver very similar to and based on the maneuver used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) in humans (time to do the ole’ google search engine for that one!). I have successfully used this technique to treat my human patients for BPPV, and am finding good success in treating my canine patients as well. In fact, one sweet guy came in last week and couldn’t stand. He had started having nystagmus and dysequalibrium for about 24 hours prior. He had been worsening over that time to the point that the owners had to help him get up and carry him into the clinic. I performed the treatment maneuver and he was able to get up, and walk out of the clinic! He was still dizzy and not very steady on his feet, but he made great gains in one treatment! The other dogs I have seen recently haven’t had as remarkable improvement immediately, but have improved significantly in the 24-48 hours post treatment. This is more of the response that I tell the owners to expect. I will most often perform another treatment 3-5 days after the first one, and then if there are any more lingering symptoms, we will start balance therapy to help bring their function back to normal or as close to normal as possible. I love to see these dogs walk (or get carried) in my door as the response is often quick and dramatic and I love being able to help these guys out! Oh, and I did treat this in a feline friend once as well! Please help me spread the word! I would welcome and comments or personal stories!