Happy Friday!

Are you happy?

I am!


Because my little buddy is okay…

Last weekend, he had immediate onset of symptoms that imitated a stroke.

 heat tilt

(sorry for bad quality picture – it was enlarged from a cell phone pic)

His head was tilting to the far right – even more than the usual “beagle tilt”  and he could not, would not raise it. The picture above shows him after the tilt has improved slightly.

He also could not walk without falling over or dramatically veering off to his right side.  He would either fall over on to his side or run into walls.

Fortunately, he did not appear to be in any pain.

He took his trip to the vet like a man.  Sort of.  He doesn’t like needles and wanted me to make them stop…

vet 1

And then tried giving me the stink eye…

vet 2

After blood tests came back negative for tumors and/or cancer, it was confirmed that he suffers from vestibular disease.  While nobody wants their dog to suffer from anything, this was the best scenario.

Vestibular disease is the result of nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain becoming irritated but idiopathic in the sense that it is not known what causes this to happen.

The good news is that it is not fatal and can be treated with a lot of TLC.  The bad news is that it will most likely happen again and symptoms can increase in severity where he could require emergency sedation to comfort him.

Right now, he just gets to lay around and do whatever he wants – just like an ordinary day in the life of Scout!

Scout The Beagle

If any of you have suffered from vertigo or intense motion sickness, that is what dogs go through with this disorder.  Episodes last up to two weeks with gradual improvement over that span. 

In addition to the head tilt and instability, other symptoms include:

  • vomiting
  • fast circling in one direction or uncontrolled barrel rolling on the floor
  • lack of appetite
  • the eyes jerk back and forth or in a circular direction

Symptoms of Vestibular Disease In Dogs - Scout The Beagle - Turnstyle Vogue

He has not shown any of the other symptoms yet.  With regard to loss of appetite…

uh, he is a beagle.  I don’t think anything could affect his appetite!  He eats in his sleep!

I thought I’d share in case you experience something like this with your dog.  Call the vet, but don’t panic. 

In celebration of the good news in our household, I want to share a video by Pharrell.  Yes, it is his Happy – but he has made another version just for dogs!

So enjoy and have a super weekend!

Be inspired,

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  1. Shari I’m so happy that Scout will be better soon. Animals are like perpetual toddlers they never really grow up they just get older. I hope to see you both up and hanging out soon.

  2. Ohhh Scout… so happy you’re ok, but as a vertigo sufferer I would not wish that on man nor beast.

  3. Bless his heart. It’s so hard because they can’t tell us what’s wrong. Glad he is okay. Hopefully it won’t happen again? Enjoy your weekend.

  4. I am so glad he did not have a stroke but certainly can relate to how he must feel as I have vertigo issues also. Bless his heart and yours. Sending you hugs.

  5. Shari I am so thrilled that Scout doesn’t have any tumors or cancer. I actually cried at this post. The tears fell pretty heavily. Looking at him looking at you saying please mommy make this stop at the vet was the end for me. Having our two babies I know how worried we get with them. Scout is strong and look as though he is enjoying his rest. Big hugs from me!!!!


  6. Brenda J. Moore says:

    I’m sorry you and your buddy have had this experience and may have more. Our animals are as much a member of the family as anyone, so my heart goes out to you. I’m sure he’s going to manage well. I suffer with FMS and one of my ongoing issues is that I tend to have vertigo on a regular basis. Very frustrating.
    Smiles and hugs!

  7. Stef Henry says:

    So sorry to hear that Scout isn’t feeling well. We have a Beagle too and about 5 years ago she started having seizures. They are not life threatening, but SOOO scary. She’s on medication now to control them, but there’s always that fear that she’ll have one when we aren’t around. Hugs to you and Scout as you work through this. Hopefully this will be a once and done thing!!!!

  8. I am so glad that Scout is OK, Shari, and that the Vet was able to diagnose the problem. Big hugs to you and Scout from me, too.

  9. As soon as you said ‘head tilt’ I knew that it was vestibular disease. So glad that you caught it and that Scout will be okay. Just wanted you to know that there are lots of other dog lovers out there who live for our furry companions and care about ones that we will never meet … like your Scout. Please give him a scritch on the ears from me.