WHAT'S A DIZZY DOG TO DO?

Last Tuesday I got a phone call from my wife.  “Hey,” she said.  She sounded a bit rattled and seemed pretty upset.  “Was Millie okay this morning before you left for work?”  Millie is our 12- year-old black Labrador.  She is fun, gentle, crazy and a much loved member of our family.  “Yep,” I replied, “she was happy when I let her out, she was very excited when I came out to give her a pat and she was ecstatic when I fed her breakfast.  Although, she was upset that I did feed the cat first.” 

“Hmmmmm,” Bec said.  “She doesn’t seem very well at all.  She won’t even eat the apple core that I threw out for her!”  Whoa, I thought to myself, Millie not eating something?  Everyone who has had anything to do with Labradors will know that this was not a good sign.  “She seems to be crawling along the ground,” Bec continued.  “It’s almost like she is holding on for dear life.  And she seems scared, really scared.”  After she had called the vet, Bec got Millie to lie down on her bed and managed to calm her down enough to give her a bit of an examination.  Because Bec is a very experienced physio who has spent many years getting post graduate training in the area of dizziness, she was able to diagnose that Millie seemed to be experiencing an acute attack of vertigo!  The strongest sign was that she had a very obvious nystagmus.  This is where your eyes beating quickly and repetitively to one side and it is a clear sign of a vestibular problem.  Our poor beloved pooch was very, very dizzy.  Bec was able to calm her down and get her to stay rested on her bed.  By the time I ducked home to see her in my lunch break she was back running around with her usual big smile on her face as if to say, “Hi Dad, great to see you.  Why are you home early?”

Blessedly, Millie’s acute vertigo had spontaneously resolved.  Unfortunately, often (in humans at least), vestibular issues do not just go away.  Dizziness is a major problem and it can stop you from enjoying the things in life that you love.    

Fortunately, it also a problem that Bec is highly qualified to help with.  She regularly treats patients complaining of dizziness at Physique.  She can help diagnose the cause of the dizziness and in many cases help to resolve it completely with treatment.  Most people are unaware that physiotherapy can help with the treatment of dizziness and as a result are not getting the full range of available treatment that might just help them.  Bec spends a long time with each of her dizzy patients listening to their story and diagnosing a likely cause of the dizziness.  If she feels it is something that physiotherapy can help with, she will start treatment right away. 

If dizziness is stopping you in your tracks, don’t give up hope.  Ring Physique and make an appointment with Bec.  She might be that one person that makes a difference, and helps you get back to living your life to its full.