They rushed us right in at the emergency clinic. After a thorough examination, the vet felt Shawnee might have Old Dog Vestibular Disease. It could be because of ear infections (per the vet, her ears are "pristine" so not the cause in her case) or thyroid (tests still out on that but only to rule it out since the vet says she does not look like she has thyroid issues) or, as is most often the case, it just happens for no known reason. Fortunately, the prognosis is good assuming she improves over the next 72 hours. If she does not improve, then it could be something more serious. So for now it is wait and see.
|Head tilting to the right because her world is spinning.|
Here is a video of her eye movement, which is actually a little better today than it was yesterday but her head tilt is worse today.
Now that I am no longer so concerned that her life is over, I can start obsessing about whether or not she will ever hike again. I posted that question to a Facebook dog hiking group and the experiences of others is very encouraging - all have said their dogs did recover and were able to hike again.
I wanted to throw this out there because it is darned scary. It affects both dogs and cats and you think they are having a stroke. In something I read a neurologist wrote that the worse the symptoms, the better the outcome. It's with less severe symptoms that the problem tends to be more serious.
Later last night, once I started to come down out of panic mode, I recalled having heard about this before. Then it started to come to me where it was I heard it - Blogville, of course! So I dug back and found the post - it was Anna's Duncan that it happened to and reading how what happened to him was EXACTLY how this went down with Shawnee and then reading how well he recovered made me feel so much better! So paying it forward in case it ever happens to your beloved best friend and maybe you will remember having heard about it in Blogville.
Daniela (with a LOT more gray hairs)