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Vestibular disease in dogs under UK primary veterinary care: Epidemiology and clinical management

Radulescu, Sinziana Maria; Humm, Karen; Eramanis, Louis Mark; Volk, Holger A.; Church, David B.; Brodbelt, David; O'Neill, Dan Gerard


Sinziana Maria Radulescu

Karen Humm

Louis Mark Eramanis

Holger A. Volk

David B. Church

David Brodbelt

Dan Gerard O'Neill



Vestibular disease (VD), central or peripheral, can be a dramatic primary‐care presentation. Current literature describes mostly dogs examined in referral centers.


Describe the prevalence, presentation, clinical management, and outcomes of VD in dogs under primary veterinary care at UK practices participating in VetCompass.


Seven hundred and fifty‐nine vestibular cases identified out of 905 544 study dogs.


Retrospective cohort study. Potential VD cases clinically examined during 2016 were verified by reviewing clinical records for signalment, presenting clinical signs, treatments, and outcomes. Multivariable logistic regression was used to evaluate factors associated with VD.


The overall prevalence of VD was 8 per 10 000 dogs (95% CI = 7‐9). Median age at first diagnosis was 12.68 years (interquartile range [IQR], 11.28‐14.64). Compared with crossbreeds, breeds with the highest odds of VD diagnosis included French Bulldogs (odds ratio [OR] = 9.25, 95% CI = 4.81‐17.76, P  


Radulescu, S. M., Humm, K., Eramanis, L. M., Volk, H. A., Church, D. B., Brodbelt, D., & O'Neill, D. G. (2020). Vestibular disease in dogs under UK primary veterinary care: Epidemiology and clinical management. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 34(5), 1993-2004.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 23, 2020
Publication Date Aug 10, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, 2020
Journal Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Print ISSN 0891-6640
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 5
Pages 1993-2004
Keywords General Veterinary
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