It's my hope that sharing this two week journey of Rina's presentation, traditional & holistic treatments and recovery will educate, give hope, and create peace of mind for others.
VS is a sudden, non-progressive disturbance of balance of the inner ear. It is more common in older dogs and presents with the following signs:
- A head tilt,
- An unsteady gait, loss of balance & coordination,
- Falling over, or inability to walk,
- Circling in one direction, stumbling, staggering, rolling
- Eyes rapidly moving from side to side, or up and down, known as nystagmus,
- Sudden vomiting.
The syndrome makes the animal feel nauseous. It's like vertigo or severe motion sickness in humans. Rina's head was spinning, she was dizzy, had no balance so easily fell over when she wasn't supported. Her head tilted to the left, and her eyes were darting which you can see in the video below.
Be sure you take care of yourself while helping your dog because I ended up in the emergency room with a compression fraction in my L1 disc.
Rina needed to be carried, so I had a friend stay with me for a few days. A harness is also something to have on hand for this type situation. The one I have is the Help 'Em Up.
Your dog may not have an appetite or want to drink water either. Chicken broth appealed to Rina, as did a few pieces of boiled chicken.
Rina did not have to be seen for follow-up by our traditional vet unless she didn't get better.
We're still using essential oils, and she's still on her meds. We're also using a Chinese herb our acupuncture vet suggested to aid her recovery. She lays under her porch most of the day, and when Ricochet and the dogs across the street bark at the environment, she joins in from her bed.
I bought a bunch of carpet runners yesterday and they are all through the house on the hardwood floors to make it easier for her to get traction when she walks.
Yes! She used the ramp that gets her onto the floor of the back seat. I didn't think she'd be able to jump up on the seat, but she did! She was pretty steady on the ramp getting in and out.
Ricochet also got an acupuncture treatment, but mostly to help with her emotions. She's been dealing with Rina's illness and my injury 24/7. Typically when she helps people it's for 2 hours at the most!
Rina's head still tilts to the left, but she seems much more stable.
The Chiro asked me which dog I wanted to go first. I said Rina, but Ricochet stepped in. As I suspected, all the areas of need on Ricochet's body were the same as Rina's. But, the interesting part was... Rina laid her head on Ricochet's hip during most of her treatment. It was like they needed that physical connection so Ricochet could help the doctor with Rina's healing. I guess that's why she wanted to go first!
I didn't video most of it, but here's a clip where you can see Rina pick her head up from Ricochet's hip and yawn a release. Interesting stuff!
Rina is about 90% back to normal, and only has a slight head tilt when she's tired. Having chiro done today really helped her head, jaw and neck that were so tight from the balance and equilibrium issues. Ricochet was able to release all she was carrying too.
Please join us on the following links...
Dr. Monica Laughlin, Cardiff Animal Hospital & Wellness Center. http://cardiffanimalhospital.com/
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (to find a doc in your area) http://www.animalchiropractic.org/
Dr. Yen Chou, Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center & Animal Healing Center, http://kmvet.com/, http://www.animalhealingcenter.net/
Chi Institute (to find a doc in your area) http://www.tcvm.com/
Nedra Abramson, Acupressure For All Creatures, acupressureforallcreatures.com
Animal Reiki Source (to find a practitioner in your area) http://www.animalreikisource.com/
Dr. Melissa Shelton