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Vestibular disease is a condition that can affect humans and dogs. It occurs when your dog develops a problem in the part of the ear responsible for balance. It causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms. These can last a short while, or a long time. It is more common in older dogs, is linked to hypothyroidism, and can be hereditary in some breeds.
You may notice your dog tilting their head to one side, stumbling and falling, or their eyes may move in an unusual way (crossing or appearing to move back and forth, up and down, or in circular motions quickly).
It can be caused by several problems:
- Ear infection/inflammation (otitis)
- Growths in the inner ear (neoplasia)
- Metronidazole toxicity
- Hypothyroidism or hyperadrenocorticism
- Problem with blood supply leading to tissue death (infarction)
Often, the problem is not identifiable. This is called an idiopathic presentation, and is common — and it tends to resolve itself after a few days to a couple weeks.
How Is Vestibular Disease Treated?
First, the type of vestibular disease must be identified, and if its cause is known and can be fixed, it needs to be addressed.
This means that if you notice the signs of vestibular disease in your dog, the first stop should be the veterinarian. Many of the causes are things only a licensed vet can accurately diagnose and fix!
What Should I Expect During my Vet Visit?
Your veterinarian will likely ask you questions about your pet to try and determine the cause of their symptoms.
They may ask you if your dog has gotten into any chemicals around the house. Vestibular disease can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. They also may want to know if your dog has been injured in any accidents or fights — damage caused by these could lead to balance problems.
Your vet will almost certainly look in your dog’s ears to check for signs of infection and inflammation.
Most vestibular issues are initially treated with the “wait and watch” approach: vestibular problems go away on their own much of the time. There’s no point in expensive treatment if the vet believes the case isn’t too serious and doesn’t have signs of being a long term or very serious health problem.
Once you’ve secured the right therapy from your veterinarian (or are waiting are watching), your dog may still experience discomfort and anxiety from the residual symptoms of vestibular disease.
This is where CBD may help.
Does CBD Oil Work for Vestibular Disease in Dogs?
CBD Oil does not directly treat most causes of vestibular disease in dogs.
Instead, CBD can offer anxiety relief, pain relief, and help your dog cope with the discomfort of vestibular disease.
- Help keep your dog calm during the vet visit.
- Relieve the symptoms of inflammation.
- Possibly help with nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and provide a protective effect for your dog’s nervous system.
It’s easy and legal to obtain and very unlikely to harm your dog at the recommended doses.
What is CBD Oil?
Relievet CBD oils are custom-designed for different dog sizes. Our CBD oil smells and tastes good to dogs, and uses our THC-free broad-spectrum extract that maximizes the benefits of CBD while eliminating the risk of THC-associated side effects.
CBD helps dogs by soothing anxiety, decreasing pain and inflammation, and may have a role in general wellness by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is present in many animals, including humans and dogs, and increasing amounts of evidence show CBD plays many roles related to health and well-being.
Where Can I Buy CBD Oil?
Right here at Relievet! We sell CBD oil for dogs of all sizes, and our dosing system is one of the easiest to use in the industry. Click the quiz below to see what CBD oils/treats are best for your dog!
What Are The Other Benefits of Using CBD Oil?
CBD oil has been studied and shows multiple benefits in dogs and humans:
More research is uncovering the benefits of CBD extract in oil and treat form every day. Relievet is actively contributing to research on these uses.