Search for AREN



Vestibular Disease in Dogs

Geriatric peripheral vestibular disease is a condition that occurs more commonly in elderly dogs, affecting a dog's vestibular system located in the inner ear. This can cause debilitating and distressing symptoms including loss of balance, impaired coordination, circling, falling, head tilt, eye beating (nystagmus), and nausea/vomiting.


Humans can develop a similar condition called BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which can be successfully treated by physiotherapists.


At ARH our physiotherapist, Sally, adapts the human treatment of BPPV to dogs suffering from geriatric peripheral vestibular disease. This often involves an Epley manoeuvre – positioning the dog´s head in a specific position and then taking the dog through a series of body positions.


The persistent head tilt that often accompanies this disease can cause neck pain for dogs, and Sally uses massage, manual therapy, laser and acupuncture to relieve these symptoms.


As with many conditions, early treatment for geriatric peripheral vestibular disease provides the best chance for successful treatment.


You can read more of our specialist veterinary news and stories here.

For referring vets, please use our online referral form to submit a case enquiry.


Our Network

Animal Referral & Emergency network is the largest specialty and referral network in Australia, consisting of over 20 sites. With over 1,200 dedicated team members, including over 600 nurses and over 390 veterinarians (including specialists and registrars), we provide exceptional care for your pets. Count on us for expert medical attention and comprehensive veterinary services.