My dog is 14 years old and she was very healthy until a few days ago. She couldn't stand, and when she finally did, she was walking like a drunk...very wobbly, and she would fall often. Her head was tilted and her eyes would twitch. We took her to the vet and they thought it was an inner ear infection, so they gave her antibiotics and said she'd be fine in two weeks. But that same day, maybe a few hours later, she had a bad seizure, then a few hours after that, she had another small one. She's been fine for a few days, but today again, she had a big seizure during one of her walks. She laid on the sidewalk for about 30 minutes. We don't think it's an inner ear infection anymore....any ideas? and how to help it? (other than putting her down)
I'm so very sorry. I know how hard it is to see a beloved dog go through difficult times. I can understand the diagnosis of inner ear problems due to relation of dizzieness and the equal librium. However, if antibiotics have failed to clear up the suspected infection, then I would request a full work up... blood, x-rays, c-scans, ect. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things including both primary and secondary epilepsy. They can also be the result of a genetic disorder, however if this were the case, considering the age of your dog, I would think you would have seen epileptic symptoms earlier. Another very important thing to ask....Do you give your dog the monthly prescribed heartworm preventatives? The reason I ask is because that a dog infected with heartworms may seem normal for years but in the final stages of the infestation, seizures start to happen. If the doctor is unable to help anymore, then I can tell you some things that made my mother's sweet old dog more comfortable.......Hug him as much as you can, if he doesn't already have a nice bed inside (he's 14 he desearves to be in) then give him one, if he has any toys he loves put them right there on his bed, try to make every one of his days absouletly wonderful and make sure that HE knows you love him. Too often we forget how much our dogs do for us and how they love us unconditinaly.I will keep your furbaby in my prayers
Thanks for the reply.
She has had seizures in the past (all her life), but not like this. These are very different. they only started a few days after the dizziness. As much as we love her, i'm a university student and my boyriend is also a student, so our finacial situation really doesnt allow us to get that many tests done. Thats why i was looking at this site, because im still hoping that its something small and that we're just overreacting. Unfortunately, i dont think this is something that will resolve itself. I mean, i dont mind paying 1000$ if it means she is going to be ok, but i dont want to get all those tests done just to hear that there's nothing they can do.And she knows for sure that she's number one, and she'll have the best end-of-life (and whole life) that any dog could possibly have. (if this doesnt get resolved)
So thanks again for your reply. It helped. Now i know i may just have been assuming the worst (brain tumor). Because i have never heard of the heartworms. ( its my boyfriend's dog...but we've been dating 2 years so i am very attached to her. I'll look into that more and maybe go for a few tests,
I remember all to well how it feels to be in college and strapped for money...it wasn't that long ago. If money is an issue...in college when is is not, many vets will work with you and set up a payment plan...remember they are there to help your babies. You said that you have never heard of heartworms and I noticed that you refered to college as university...are you from the UK? If so, then heartworms are less likely. In the USA they are transmitted by biting insects, in the UK they are transmitted by snails and slugs usually after your dog eats them. The reason I asked about the monthly preventives is because I live on the gulf coast of the US where biting insects are a way of life. I'm glad to hear that your baby will be comfortable, but I do encourage that you ask around at different vets...explain your situation, and who knows, someone may feel the need to do something special for a dog in need. Once again, if it turns out that nothing can be done, just make sure to give her all the love, hugs, and kissess that you can. Thoughts with y'all!