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Features November 2015 Issue

When a Dog's Balance Suddenly Goes

Except for a slight head tilt, Inga is doing fine after her bout with vestibular disease.

When a Dog's Balance Suddenly Goes

A disease that looks scarier than it is: how not to overreact.

“It was so out of the blue,” recalls Mary Bridwell of Morro Bay, California, while describing her 13-year-old golden retriever Inga’s sudden and frightening loss of balance last March. A repetitive thumping sound startled Mrs. Bridwell from sleep at 2 a.m. When she left her bedroom to investigate, she found Inga “trying to stand up but slamming into the wall and obviously distressed.” Mrs. Bridwell was further alarmed by a new tilt to Inga’s head…

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