Exit Search

    Welcome to our Healing Store

    Please select your default location to optimize your browsing experience.

    Select your location to take advantage of direct shipping and best prices.

    Enter Healing Store IMPORTANT: You must ensure that your country selection and your mailing address match for orders to be shipped.

    Where are you?*

    Show Pricing *Select your location for faster direct shipping.

    Customer Reviews Leave a review

    X

    We are humbled, thrilled and grateful!

    Getting such positive feedback (4.9 out of 5 stars), in the age of the internet and online presence is not easy. We work hard to deliver top quality products, provide superb customer service, and strive to exceed your expectations on all levels. Our work is our passion and it was born out of a love for dogs. While we put our heart and soul into helping you to create healthy and long lives for your dogs, we are humbled and very grateful for such an overwhelmingly positive response to our natural products, learning materials and courses.

    Filter Reviews
    All Products
    • GreenMin
    • GutSense
    • SoulFood
    • Skin Spray
    • Gentle Leash
    • FeelGood Omega
    • HairQ Test
    • FleaHex Step 1 + 2
    • FleaHex Step 1
    • FleaHex Step 2
    • TickHex
    • Perfect Fit Harness
    • LiverTune
    All Star Ratings
    • (397)
    • (24)
    • (5)
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Perfect Fit Harness

    Harness Builder

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    19 reviews

    View Details
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Gentle Leash

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    51 reviews

    View Details
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Dr. Dobias Skin Spray

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    67 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Livertune Supplement

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    1 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    HairQ Test

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    SoulFood

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC MULTIVITAMIN

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    70 reviews

    Certified organic, naturally fermented multi-vitamin and organ support. Gentle on the stomach, good for all dogs from puppies to seniors.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    GutSense

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC PROBIOTICS FOR DOGS

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    71 reviews

    Certified organic, all-natural, non-dairy pre and probiotic formulated with canine-specific strains. Supports healthy digestion, bowel movement and immune system function.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FeelGood Omega

    Pure & Sustainable Omega-3 Oil

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    30 reviews

    A pure, sustainable Omega-3 (EFA) calamari oil. Tested toxin and heavy metal free.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    GreenMin

    ALL NATURAL MINERAL SUPERFOOD

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    102 reviews

    All-natural, plant-based mineral and amino acid-rich green superfood for dogs to refuel and energize your dog's body.

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FleaHex Steps 1 + 2

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Fleahex® Step 1

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    FleaHex® Step 2

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    TickHex® Spray

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    15 reviews

    View Details Add to cart
  • ★★★★★
  • ★★★★
  • ★★★
  • ★★
  • View more Reviews

    Get in touch with our customer service team

    We are here to help anytime of the day with any of your questions. You can get in touch with us below or by visiting our customer service page.

    This is a cart update message
    • Canada
    • USA & International
    Supplements

    Fab 4 - Four natural essentials to keep your dog healthy.

    GreenMin

    Minerals / Amino Acids
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    GreenMin is an all natural, plant based mineral and amino acid-rich, green superfood for dogs.

    Details Add to Cart

    SoulFood

    Superfood
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    SoulFood is a certified organic multi-vitamin & organ health support for dogs.

    Details Add to Cart

    GutSense

    Probiotics
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    Our certified organic probiotic that supports healthy digestion and immune system function.

    Details Add to Cart

    FeelGood

    Omega Oil
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    A sustainably sourced Omega-3 oil. Micro filtered, tested toxin and heavy metal free.

    Details Add to Cart
    Featured Product

    LiverTune

    Liver Support
    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★
    69 Reviews

    Carefully formulated to support your canine friend’s liver, eliminate heavy metals and toxins for optimal health and longevity.

    Details Add to Cart
    PeterDobias.com / Blog / Health Knowledge

    Vestibular syndrome in dogs - natural treatment and prevention

    By Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. His love of dogs and passion for natural healing and nutrition led him to writing, teaching and helping people create health naturally, without drugs, chemicals and processed food.

    What causes dogs to walk like drunken sailors

     

     

     

     

     

      

    In life, we all like to strive for balance. We talk about balanced diet, balance between work and pleasure, exercise and rest… Balance is a state of harmony between several opposing forces. It brings a sense of pleasure and contentment.

    One of the best examples of balance is the simple act of standing up and staying upright. An organ that helps us find the equilibrium is the vestibulum in the inner ear, another is the cerebellum, which is located at the base of the brain. These two represent the peripheral and the central portions of balance.

    When it comes to topics for my articles, I seldom plan them. More often than not, my patients/clients inspire me and sometimes it is my own dog Skai who decides that it is time for a new lesson. 

    Story of my dog Skai from spring 2014

    Skai turned 13 in August 2014. He is normally a happy, healthy boisterous dog that loves being with his humans and canine friends and enjoys, among other things, runs in the forest.

    One day, I woke up and could not find Skai in his usual morning spot. After a brief search, I found him lying on the bathroom floor, looking up at me with a clear call for help in his eyes. I tried to help him get up, but he immediately crashed back to the floor, his eyes flickering from side to side. I could feel my heart sinking because I knew that there was something seriously wrong. Once again I tried to support Skai to stand, but instead, he released his bladder. He seemed embarrassed and petrified.

    At the moment, it didn’t matter that I was a vet and had a veterinary degree. Right then I was a human, a dog lover and a “dad” seeing my lovely sweet friend in distress. Tears started rolling down my cheeks. The list of differential diagnoses flickered through my head and, similar to what my clients commonly do, I immediately thought of the worst - a stroke!  But why? how? My dog was so healthy!

    I will not keep you in suspense. Skai has completely recovered from what was not a stroke, but an episode of vestibular syndrome. Thanks to this experience, I can now relate to my clients even better than before. As a result, I decided to write this article to help you recognize if your dog is suffering from an inner ear problem or a stroke and give you simple suggestions on how to address vestibular disease naturally. 

    A small lesson on the ears and cerebellar anatomy and function

    Reports say that  95 percent of all the human worries are completely unnecessary and the same applies to our dogs and vestibular syndrome. The vestibulum, the organ of balance is located in the inner ear. This is where the problem resides. 

     

    There are three semicircular canals within the inner ear that convey information to the brain about the positioning and movement of the head. In these ca,nals there is fluid that flows when your dog’s head moves.  Within them there are hair-like receptors that register the fluid movement. The vestibulum also contains calcium carbonate crystals that float in the inner ear and register the speed and direction of movement.

    What are the causes of vestibular syndrome?

    There are many potential causes of vestibular syndrome. Usually, older dogs are affected. Many people argue what the origin of the condition is, but I believe the main causes are neck or head trauma, tightness of the jaw muscles and also sudden movements of the head.

    What happened to Skai?

    Skai is a service dog and I sometimes take him along to restaurants. He usually lies down under the table and the night before the vestibular attack a person at the next table dropped a fork on Skai’s head. He got spooked and jumped up quickly. The fast head movement may have displaced the little calcium carbonate crystals (otoliths) in the vestibular organ within the inner ear. 

    When otoliths are displaced, the whole equilibrium is out of balance and the brain needs to readjust to the new situation. This can take several weeks. 

    The main symptoms of vestibular syndrome:
    • Horizontal, side-to-side nystagmus (eye flickering movement)
    • One-sided head tilt
    • Loss of balance and wavering gait 
    • Inability to assess the speed of movement
    • Loss of appetite because of vertigo
    • Peripheral reflexes are usually normal
    The main symptoms of a stroke

    In a stroke involving the cerebellum, the vestibulum is intact and the loss of balance comes from the dysfunction of the cerebellum. A stroke is usually a result of lack of blood flow to a certain portion of the brain, which results in the brain tissue dying. This causes loss of brain function. A stroke can be also caused by trauma and hemorrhage (bruising) of the brain tissue.

    There is often vertical and diagonal eye movement (as opposed to horizontal movement only), the eye movement is usually more erratic and the condition could be compared to an individual who had too much alcohol. Unlike in vestibular syndrome, peripheral reflexes may be abnormal.

    What to do when you suspect vestibular syndrome or stroke?

    First, take a breath. It is natural for us to worry about the worst-case scenario, but it is more likely your dog has a vestibular syndrome.

    The way your dog feels is very likely similar to what you feel when you spin fast on a carousel and then stop. He or she may be dizzy and unable to hold their balance.

    • Help your dog lie down, offer water, but in the beginning, do not offer any food 
    • Give the homeopathic remedy called Cocculus Indicus (in 30 or 200 C potency). In some countries, this potency may be labeled 30 or 200 CH.* 

    *If the homeopathic pellets are the size of BB gun pellets, give about three. Crush them between two spoons and give one dose every one to two hours for the first three doses, then give one dose twice daily for three to five days. If the pellets are the size of poppy seeds - give about 20 to 30. I suggest you call your veterinarian immediately if possible and have your dog examined and get both blood work and a urine test done. This is important to ensure that there are no abnormal findings such as diabetes or an infection.

    There are some tick-borne diseases and toxoplasmosis that are worth checking for if your dog lives in an area of occurrence or has a habit of eating kitty litter or 'poop-sicles'. In Skai’s case, I knew it was unlikely but possible that he had an infectious encephalitis so I ran these tests just to be on the safe side.

    If you see your vet or an animal neurologist, he or she may suggest an MRI to rule out a stroke. In my opinion, it is better to give your dog a few days and see if there is an improvement. This is what I did. My biggest concern was that a general anesthesia for an MRI would mean additional stress for Skai. I decided to wait out the weekend and scheduled an MRI tentatively about five days later. By that time, I could see Skai improved significantly and decided to cancel and schedule again if his condition worsened.

    Supportive treatment

    The most important part of the treatment is support.

    As you can see on the blood test below, Skai’s results made me very happy. They were spotless and that is not that common in a thirteen-year-old dog. Seeing the results made me feel like we were really dealing with a vestibular syndrome.

     

     

    Here is a list of supplements that Skai got at the time of treatment that you should consider giving a dog with vestibular syndrome:

    1. Zyflamend to reduce inflammation of the inner ear and reduce the chances of neck muscle stiffness if there is a head tilt. 
    2. GreenMin to ensure that there are sufficient levels of minerals and amino-acids. Deficiencies are often at the core of many conditions. Every cell and organ in the body depends on essential nutrients.
    3. SoulFood, a certified organic multivitamin to ensure proper healing and nervous system function.
    4. Omega oils that help tissue healing and regeneration.
    Proper energy and nerve flow is essential

    I mentioned that many cases of vestibular syndrome, or even a stroke, may be the result of a neck or head trauma that is often missed or not acknowledged by a vet. Head tilt is often one of the symptoms and loss of balance may also cause muscle strain and spasm. A collar injury is a common cause and a harness for a dog with vestibular syndrome is highly recommended. 

    I suggest seeing your animal chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist at least twice the first week and then weekly for the next two to three treatments. Monthly adjustments are highly recommended in any middle-aged or senior dog. This can make a huge difference in your dog’s long-term health and add years of quality time to their life. If you aren’t doing it already, healthy natural raw or cooked diet also helps.  

    Other therapies such as T-touch, cranial sacral therapy, reiki and energy healing may be beneficial. The results vary widely depending on the skills and expertise of the practitioner.

    Rehabilitation time and prognosis

    It is important to talk about the recovery period. If your dog has been affected by vestibular syndrome, time is the main ingredient. Most dogs recover within two to three weeks. However, even after that period, you may see the odd stumble. I see a huge difference between dogs that are nourished well and have their skull, neck and back regularly adjusted. 

    There is no need to rush your dog back into doing the same tricks and level of activity as before. However, walking and gradually increasing the level of exercise is the way to go. Skai was hanging pretty low the first week, but after that, I let him choose if he wanted to run and how much. Just try not to push your dog too much. There is nowhere to rush, nothing to prove.

    The most important thing to remember: Vestibular syndrome looks dramatic, but the prognosis of this condition is very good and has usually no long-term effect on the quality of your dog’s life and longevity.

    It is just a good reminder to spend more time with our dogs while we can. 

    © Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

    Product Reference

    Items referenced in this article.

    Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian. He graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 in the Czech Republic and obtained the Canadian Certificate of Qualification in 1995. He is currently licensed in the European Union, and his unique approach to healing and nutrition helps holistically minded dog lovers worldwide.

    Dr. Dobias strongly believes that disease prevention, natural nutrition and supplements, the right exercise and a drug free approach to medicine can add years to your dog's life.

    As a formulator of his all-natural vitamin and supplement line and co-inventor of natural, chemical free flea and tick control, FleaHex® and TickHex® his unique healing system and products currently hold the highest independent five star customer rating. For more information click here.

    Any general recommendations that Dr. Dobias makes are not a substitute for the appropriate veterinary care and are for informational and educational purposes only.