Thursday, October 3, 2019

POTP needed

Our Tess is in the hospital and needs your good doggie thoughts. On Tuesday morning Tess collapsed. I went to help her and saw that her eyes were rapidly darting back and forth and she was holding her head at a strange angle. I immediately called the vet and reported that I suspected vestibular disease. Dr B was in surgery all day so we set an appointment for Wednesday.
At first Tess could get to her feet by herself and with our help could walk to the door. Most of the time she laid in one position and tried not to move.

Rob and I both slept in the living room with her so we could help her if she needed anything. I didn't sleep, but watched her all night. During the night she vomited and got much worse. She couldn't stand up and when we tried to move her, she was dead weight and rolled onto her back.

We managed to get her into the car and Dr B confirmed my diagnosis. He took blood to see if there was some underlying cause. Then he gave her some medicine to help the dizziness.  He suggested she spend the night so they could observe her and start IV fluids if necessary.

Dr B just called. The labwork was good, nothing like kidney or liver disease and no obvious signs of cancer. He says she just seems to have a really bad case of vestibular disease.

Just as he was getting ready to start an IV, one of the techs got Tess to drink and even eat a little. If she can keep it down, she should start improving. She still can't move without flipping over and her eyes are still jumping around, so the dizziness hasn't calmed down yet.

If  she's improving, she should be able to come home tomorrow afternoon but she'll need intensive nursing care.

Please keep Tess in your thoughts. She needs all the help she can get.


5 comments:

Molly the Airedale said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Tess. Hugs for your mom and dad♥

Marjie said...

I am so sorry. This has been such a terrible year for you.

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Our strongest POTP heading your way! Hope she keeps improving...and you get some sleep, too.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

Sending POTP. You have all been through too much.

Matilda the Boxer said...

Paws crossed and POTP on its way for sweet Tess!