This thread is in General Chit Chat, BTS, and not ATS, nor is there any conspiracy involved.
This thread is not about TPTB taking your dogs.
It's about neurological disorders in dogs, and also serves as another plea for a "Pet Forum" on ATS, somewhere in the BTS area, so pet owners can
communicate information and knowledge more readily.
The topic of a "Pet Forum" has been brought up before, and so far, the stance has been that it would be a fluffy forum full of cute pics, but in
this thread, you'll find that I'm seeking sound scientific advice, and would like to have an area on BTS that allows me direct access to other
member's valuable information.
ATS is about member provided content, and as a pet owner, I'll ask other members to flag this thread, so it doesn't fade, perhaps coming to the
attention of the owners once more, and if you are a pet owner, you are one of those that see the validity of having a Pet Forum in BTS.
My heart goes out to all those other pet owners that have experienced what I am about to post, and any, and I truly mean any advice you have will be
I have three dogs. This thread concerns the 7 year old Husky/GSD mix, named Storm. The others are a Golden Retriever, age 4, named Max, and Storm's
son, age 3, aptly named Demon, a GSD with a Husky tail. I sired Storm with an Alsatian, and got two of the litter, and Demon's sister went to my
brother, whom he named Kola. Kola has one blue eye, and one brown eye, a trait only found in Siberian Husky bloodlines.
Storm has both blue eyes, and white fur.
He's been perfectly healthy since I Re-Homed him from Craigslist over four years ago, an ad by an owner that had to re-locate. He's been my
companion for that long, and was the Alpha of the pack. He was socialized, and vehicle ready, traveling with me wherever I went. He loved to ride,
and I've gotten many compliments.
He wouldn't hurt a flea.
He was always there, watching....
And would howl when he wanted out to potty, "HOWOOO", just once, and then stand at attention.
But most of all, he would smile when he slept:
All that has changed now.
Last Thursday, at 2:30 in the morning, my daughter woke me up saying that Storm was having a seizure. We went out to the living room, and Storm was
definitely having a seizure, laying on the floor, convulsing, and running in place. In all my 44 years I had never seen such a thing. We tried
petting him, talking to him, but his throws did not lend awareness to our presence. We consulted the internet, and the primary advice was to leave
him alone, not to move him, and let it run it's course. We did. The advice was not to place your hands near his mouth, because he wasn't aware of
what was going on, and he may bite.
He had a series of "cluster seizures", as I am now familiar with the term, where his erratic seizure would be calmed by us petting and holding him,
then start back up again. He seized off and on until 5 am, then his body relaxed, and his breathing became regular. The 1-800 number we found online
told us to take him to the vet ASAP, and at 8 am, we made an emergency appointment.
He's an 80 pound dog, and I carried him in my arms, as he was breathing normally, but unresponsive. The vet kept him all day, ran his BMP, and the
results were his liver ALT was 310, (normal 100), and his blood sugar was low. They tried to get him to stand, with no success, so by the end of the
day, we picked him back up, and I carried him back inside our home.
The vet gave us Phenobarbital, and Prednisone (steroid) to administer. We also got Valium to interject rectally if he had another seizure. He has
not had another seizure, but his left side is paralyzed. The vet told us he should be up and about on Saturday, and wants to see him on Monday.
He's not up and about. It's Sunday. We've tried to stand him up, and his left side is limp and useless. He whimpers.
We've been feeding him, changing the puppy pads because he urinates where he is lying, but he simply has no control over the left side of his body.
When we prop him up to drink from a dish, he does, but his head veers to the right, and we have to move his head back to the left. He can't chew, so
we have been feeding him canned food mixed with his meds, and he is able to tongue them up, as well as his water.
The BIGGEST question I must ask, with tears in my eyes, is what is the Quality of Life my Storm may have?
He's laying on the floor of my daughter's bedroom right now, unable to move himself, but we reposition him every few hours and feed and water him,
his meds on their schedule, changing his bedding. We are hoping for a miracle recovery, yet will update the vet on his condition tomorrow morning.
Any suggestions, pet owners of ATS? Any comments?