Help- my pitty's sick

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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 # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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 # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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!

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