Post # 1
Hi Bees- I’m in need of some input/advice with my pooch Scarlett.
Background: 5-6 months ago she had what the vet thought was an emoblysm/stroke and lost the use of her legs for a day. She recoered fairly quickly but one leg still is a little slower when she wakes up from napping/sleeping. Then 3 months ago she had what my DH thought was a seizure (posted about it here) and vomitted, then was fine trying to play again. We’ve been slowly working her legs to get them back to normal and (until we left for our weddingmoon) were also giving her glucosamine & chondroitin vitamins daily. She’s been off those for about a month but we are working on getting her & us back to our regular schedule.
Now: She has been very sleepy all last week. She will usually get up when I make breakfast, but last week she just lazed in bed with DH, we didn’t think anything of it- just thought she must be pooped. Last night I got her up to go to our bedroom & she looked really dazed & confused like she had no idea where she was. She was also walking really funny- not just the leg that has been bothering her, but her entire back end. Today DH gets up to move the car this AM & went in/out of the house 2-3 times & she didn’t leave the bed till he came back in the bedroom. This dog NEVER lets the door open/close without checking on it or barking. He came back in the bedroom & she was still asleep. He goes to wake her up & sees that she peed in the bed and was sleeping in it =( She acted all sad when she realized, then once he cleaned it up he said she was back to normal wanting treats, jumping around the house.
We are really worried about her. We adpoted her from the shelter so don’t know much about her history/genetics. She is now around 7/8 according to the age the shelter gave us at adoption, and in the 5 yrs we’ve had her she never had any health issues until this year-> and so far it’s been 3+ this year alone. Nothing at home has changed, same food/treats/etc…. I’ve read that pitty’s have short lifespans and am now really worried that these might be signs of creeping elder age or a brain tumor or something crazy-> when all this time I still consider her a puppy… Anyone experience anything like this w their dog? Did your dog ever have any sudden health issues after a history of perfect health. We’ve taken her to the vet annually and when these things happen but they can’t tell us anything & we can’t afford to take the 4+ hr trip to see an expert & get an MRI in Davis until after our taxes are paid in October…
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@BeckyS0: She could be having seizures. My dog has them and even though they last less than a minute, it can take minutes or hours for him to fully recover. So long as her blood levels come back normal, the likely causes are either a brain tumor (which is ridiculously expensive to treat) or due to an unknown etiology (probably environmental but they really don’t know the cause in dogs that start getting them over the age of 5.)
I have completely limited my dog’s environment over the years. He was already on a resticted diet (grain free) because it helped with his itchy and flaking skin. Now he is not allowed any treats of any kind and no people food ever. His seizures have been more frequent since we moved so we recently stopped giving him tap water (because it might be contaminated) so we now only water him with distilled water. Some of the research we found indicated that 3 mg of Melatonin (based on his weight) at night before bed can prevent nighttime seizures so we are also giving him 2.5-3 mg of melatonin right before bed. Finally, we threw out all of his plastic bowls and replaced them with glass fit for human use because the glass doesn’t allow for as much baterial growth and they are easier to clean.
This is pretty much our last resort effort to reduce or prevent his seizures before considering medicating him. The vet agreed that limiting environmental factors was a good idea since he only has seizures about once a month (which is apparently considered a controlled amount even on seizure meds.) We want to keep him off the meds as long as possible because the meds are really bad for the dog’s kidneys and liver (it pretty much kills them after 2-3 years.)
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Sweet pup. She reminds me of my Boxer I had as a teen. Here’s Brutus:
Post # 6
I don’t have any words of wisdom beyond the obvious vet suggestion.
I just wanted you to know you are all in my heart!!!
Post # 7
@beachbride1216: thank you for your response- I am sorry to hear your cutie is having troubles as well. He looks like a very happy pup! We’ve also been limiting her environment since the first embolysm/stroke. Changed her food up to grain free also, got her stainless steel bowls we can put in the dishwasher regularly, and I stopped giving her ppl food a while back (but dh can’t resist those puppy like eyes)… Not sure what else we can change up & if daily medication would be worth it for a once every 3-5 month occurrance… We will have to try switching up from tap water as well- I leave my houseplants water out overnight before feeding them to get all the chemicals out as well so it shouldn’t be too hard to do the same for her.
Post # 8
@BeckyS0: She could just be feeling under the weather in general? I am almost NEVER a ‘wait and see’ person when it comes to my pit mix, but he can be a bit of a drama queen and if his stomach is bothering him or his leg is hurting or we’ve just gotten him too thrown off his routine, he will play the invalid for day or two until things are back to normal. I’d say keep an eye on her, make sure she’s eating/drinking normally, give her lots of TLC, and see if getting back on her regular routine helps. I WOULD, however, proceed directly to the MRI if she doesn’t improve – X-rays and ultrasounds don’t reveal much about doggie illness/injury, unfortunately, so if it were me I’d rather spend the grand on an MRI straightaway rather than on other diagnostics first. Hope all is well soon!
Post # 9
@loveandapitbull: thank you. She does know that if she plays sick we’ll eat it up & let her laze around for a day or two =) The main issue is no vet’s in my area have MRI abilities and the closest one is 4-5 hrs away in Sacramento. DH owns a retail store & can’t just close it last minute on a weekday to make the trip (and I have no vacation time left after the wedding), plus it would be pricey (would have to stay the night at least, + gas, + dr fees) and we have a hefty tax bill due at the beginning of October. I’ve got DH working as hard as possible to bring in some extra income but taxes have to be covered- we can’t risk being late & getting on their audit list….
Post # 10
@BeckyS0: Your baby could be having seizures. My mom’s chihuahua has them and it takes her a awhile to recover from them. She will also sometimes pee on herself or just lay around all day after she has them. I would just keep watching her. Make sure she eats and drinks. You do need to get her to a vet’s office to check her out though.
I have a pit mix, and they are the sweetest things.
Post # 11
@BeckyS0: I totally understand – these things always come at the worst times. We had a scare with Vinnie’s knee last week and I was so worried he was going to need surgery, I was already ranking wedding expenses to cut. Do vets near you offer Care Credit? I know that doesn’t help with the transport expenses, but it would at least give you some wiggle room on the bill itself. Anyway, fingers crossed for you guys that you don’t need it!
Post # 12
When my cat had a stroke she circled for several days but it took her about 4 months to completely recover back to the way she was before the stroke. Her stroke was from her heart disease that probably caused a blood clot, so we put her on meds to try and prevent that. While she recovered she really took it easy (well, even more easy for a 19 year old cat), we gave her an extra padded bed because she didn’t get up much and moved her litter box and food into the living room where she spent her time so she didn’t have to go far. For the days when she was circling we put her in a basket so she couldn’t get up and constantly circle, she was aggrevating her arhtritis doing that.
I know it’s hard to have a pet going through health issues when you don’t know exactly what is causing it, but I hope she gets better soon!