Friday, March 26, 2010

Samba

A couple days ago I commented to Rob that I thought Samba's face looked lop-sided. He thought it was just her haircut.

The next day she started drooling long strands of drool. Samba has never been a drooler even when there's something very tasty in front of her.

Yesterday when she ate her breakfast I noticed that food was falling out the side of her mouth. When we lifted her cheek to examine her mouth, her lip was sagging.


We were at the vet clinic first thing this morning. Samba has left side facial paralysis. The whole left side of her face including her eye is sagging. We don't know what caused it, though it doesn't appear to be connected to the masticatory myositis.

We repeated her blood work that was done earlier in the month and she's taking antibiotics for a possible middle ear infection. I'm also putting ointment in her eye twice a day to keep it moist as she isn't blinking enough due to the paralysis.

This came as a real blow since she was showing such improvement. I'm feeling very scared and discouraged tonight. I don't know how much more my poor little dog can handle.

21 comments:

scotsmad said...

Poor Samba and especially after that awesome party. We hope she improves. At least she has excellent care and love. Thinking of you....

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Marjie said...

Poor baby! I'm rooting for her improvement!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Will her face get better? I know her other thing is improving, and that is great. We hope that the face becomes normal, or adjusts to something near normal. My big brother Mack has improved, but he is now a new normal. He is alive, and he walks differently;but, he walks now.
Feel better!
Welshie hugs,
Sally Ann

Scrabblequeen said...

Oh! Our pack is sending best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Samba.

Misty, Sasha, and Ruth

LizzieJane said...

Poor Samba. Sending good thoughts and hugs your way. Hang in there Sue.
x

Maggie and Mitch said...

Our paws are crossed for you, Samba! We hope this is just a tiny bump in the road that will pass quickly!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

parlance said...

Oh, you must be so worried! I don't know whether this will be any comfort, but my nephew (human) suffered facial paralysis for some weeks, took months to be completely recovered, but is absolutely fine now.

Mango said...

Poor little Samba. We will be thinking of you.

Slobbers,
Mango

Julies knitting corner said...

Sorry too hear about Samba, she is a strong one though. Its hard not too worry of course you would be. Bonnie and I will be thinking of you all. best wishes Julie.C

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Sue - I just am at a loss for words. Please know I am thinking of you and Samba.

Lynn

gaylen said...

Sue - I don't have words. Our pack all has paws crossed that this is just a blip and Samba is feeling better soon. g

Dianne said...

Poor Samba. Everyone here is sending healing vibes your way!

AC said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Samba. It sounds like you've already been though a lot with her. I hope you find something to help her!

Thanks for leaving a comment for me about your experience with MMM. While Kona seems to be improving, I'm keeping a close eye on her and will keep the MMM testing as another "next step" if her healing doesn't continue. I really appreciate your insight!

Hears to healthy dogs!

the 4 Bs said...

poor pups. we think she looks lovely, but it's not fun to have ailments. we are sending her some power of the Bs to get over this and be beautiful and happy and healthy again!

woofs.

GoldenTracks said...

Sue, I'm way behind reading your blog. Sorry to hear about Samba's problems. How is she now? How are YOU?!? Keep me updated

{{{{HUGs}}}}

Rachael Rabbit said...

I do hope the beautiful lady improves. Drooly or not - she is one lovely looking pooch. Hugs x

Nichole said...

Oh no Sue... I'm just getting to reading some blogs now. HUGS!!!!! How is she doing and any more updates? :(

Sending loads of good vibes Samba's way...... and love!

The OP Pack said...

Oh, that is just not good news at all - poor Samba. We hope this is only a temporary thing - she has had more than her share to deal with.

Hugs, the OP Pack

Channon said...

Big hugs to you and Samba. I sure hope she's improving, and that her medical hurdles are behind you. It's just not fair, is it?

Persephone and Buster said...

oh my... pooor samba. we hope this will go away soon...does not sound like much fun. just a thought are the ticks out where you are? lyme presents in a number of strange ways...but you said you did blood tests? best to you guys.
theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone, & Ms.Blue

Tee said...

Hope Samba's getting better.