I have a 13.5 year old female golden retriever who is currently going through her third bout of vestibular syndrome. Her first bout was about 5 months ago where she lost most of her balance, had a head tilt, and didn't eat for a couple of days. She seemed to recover pretty well from this and was only left with a minor head tilt. The second bout was about a month ago, with pretty similar symptoms to the first episode, but she only recovered to about 80% of what she was before experiencing another episode 3 days ago. This one was more severe, as whenever she stood up she would take a few steps and go completely stiff, then fall on her side and be almost unresponsive for 10-15 seconds. She had about 5 falls in total before we could get her to the vet again, where she seemed to snap out of it for a little while, but the vet said this is quite common with animals when they are at the vet due to adrenalin etc, and she would likely go back to how she was when we got her home again. The vet said we need to start considering putting her down as the attacks will likely get worse and become more frequent, and it would be better to act before she has another really bad episode that she won't recover from.
As I type, she is back to being able to stand up and walk (very wobbly) by herself and isn't falling over any more, but she has yet to fully regain her appetite and we wouldn't feel confident in leaving her by herself. She does seem relatively happy. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of thing with their pet and how they handled it. Is there anything we can do to help her? I am thinking that if she has another attack we would have to seriously consider taking the vet's advice as it wouldn't be fair on her to keep on having to go through the attacks just to feel OK for a little while longer. We're currently unsure what to do with her.