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Saturday 25th of November 2017

Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome

General information on Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome

Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is a condition in which the vestibular system in unable to function properly. The vestibular system, also known as the labyrinth, is a set of organs that is responsible for balance and orienting the body in space. The cause of idiopathic vestibular syndrome is unknown. The onset of the idiopathic vestibular syndrome is sudden and the affected cat may lean against the wall while walking for balance, will tilt its head, fall over, and will have trouble righting itself up. The cats that are most commonly affected by idiopathic vestibular syndrome are usually older.

Symptoms of Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome

Some of the symptoms of idiopathic vestibular syndrome may be: a head tilt, difficulty balancing, falling over, rolling over, rapid jerking eye movements, crouch down low, lean against the wall for support, and appear dizzy. In rare cases, vomiting and deafness may also be present.

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Treatments for Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome

Treatment for idiopathic vestibular syndrome is usually not necessary. In most cases of idiopathic vestibular syndrome, the affected cat begins to recover within five days on its own and, typically, within a few weeks, the affected cat is recovered. In some cases of idiopathic vestibular syndrome, the affected cat will have a permanent head tilt. A cat that is affected by idiopathic vestibular syndrome should not be let outside until the cat has fully recovered. In severe cases and anti-nausea medication may be administered.

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Neutered 5year old domestic short hair cat. Sudden onset, Patient (Patches) fell down. 24+hours later, still down. Alert, will not eat or drink. Appears frightened. Pupils enlarged, moving around in enclosure, not happy but stable with no treatment ad
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