- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Hi Bees. I am back with more puppy questions. So I posted a week ago here about how my now 11 week old St. Bernard may be having seizures. Just to brief you: about twice a week he will wake up, left side of mouth with twitch and he will foam a little for about 30 seconds and then he will go back to sleep, playing, etc. He hasn’t had an episode since Wednesday, so I am hoping these incidents are decreasing in frequency.
Adhearing to some of the advice I had gotten, we took him to a new and WAY better vet and got blood tests run. She was awesome. When she called she said that Napoleon has a higher level of phosphorus in his blood than they normally see in puppies. She said that she is going to do a bit more research into the causes and treatment, but she said this can cause involuntary muscle spasms. He was also diagnosed with mites and a deep inner ear infection which she also said can cause his balance to be off and possibly (but more than likely not) his twitiching.
Of course, Googling high phosphorus in dogs brought up an immediate death sentence of kidney failure, lol. I know he isn’t going through that, but I wanted to know has anyone had any experience with high levels of phosphorus before in dogs or any other animal? What were the symptoms and treatments?
*By the way, totally off topic but when we got our little Saint he was 12.13 pounds. One week later he was 16.9 and on Saturday he grew to 21.4 (and he is TALL already), lol. St. Bernards grow so fast. I am loving it!
Rather than lay on the back seat of the car, he lays off the seat because with the covering on, it is like a hammock, and he can lay on his back. What a ham!