Skip to comments.Any veterinarian Freepers ? Need help / advice ! ( Vanity )
Posted on 05/30/2008 6:20:50 PM PDT by sushiman
I live in the boondocks of Kumamoto with my Japanese wife and our two Boston Terriers Toto and Momo . There is only one vet in this area and we have used him since the dogs were born and they have always had regular check ups , shots , etc...
A couple of weeks ago , Toto ( now 11 ) and I were outside in the garden . In order to scare away some pesty crows that live in back of our house , I shot a cap gun . As soon as I did , Toto fell over on his side , wet all over himself , and didn't move . I massaged his chest , and after about a minute he recovered . I thought he had collapsed from shock from the noise ( he hates thunder , fireworks ...) , but my wife took him to the vet the next day . From what I gather he didn't give Toto an ultrasound or do any other involved examination . After hearing the info we gave him about the incident , and listening to Toto's heart , he prescribed a drug we are to give Toto daily . I'm not sure exactly what it does , but my wife appears to trust the vet and thinks " it can't be helped " . I am not sure I trust the vet . I can get more info from my wife when she gets home .
Anyway , Toto has had two more incidents since last Sunday . One time he was running around the garden for a few minutes and collapsed . Yesterday , he dropped as soon as I let him out . Both times he recovered after about a minute .
I know he is old , but I want to do right by my buddie and do everything I can for him . I am going to suggest that my wife take him to another vet about an hour's drive from here . I know she is going to say it's a waste of time ( she really does trust our vet ) , but I'll give it a shot .
In the meantime , I'd like to hear from any vets out there in Freeperland who have an opinion or any advice , etc...
By the way , he has no cough , but does pant a little more than he used to . Otherwise , fit as a fiddle as far as I can tell . Super appetite !
Thanks in advance !
I am not a Veterinarian, just a fellow animal lover- it might help if you post what your Vet actually said was wrong with your dog and the name of the medication you are to give him.
My thoughts are with you and your wife that things go well for your dog; they are a special part of our lives and I know how I feel when something is wrong with one of them.
I’m afraid I can’t offer any ideas or solutions, but I can and do wish the best of luck to both you and Toto. Good luck.
I’m NOT a vet, but it could be a problem with the “inner” ear.
The Inner ear can affect balance: He may be getting dizzy.
The sound of the cap gun may have set it off.
As you know dogs hearing is very sensitive.
That’s my unprofessional opinion.
I had a dog that acted in a similar way. After many different diagnosis it was finally diagnosed with having mini epileptic seizures.
Thank you all for the replies .
When he falls over , his hody becomes a bit rigid , and he looks almost dead . After a minute , he snaps out of it .
All the medical jargon in Japanese I don’t always understand , hence my lack of description . The jist was he has a bad ticker and there isn’t much the vet can do for him . I just can’t accept that , since he didn’t give him a thorough examination IMO .
I love this dog almost as much as my wife !
My cousin once had a German Shepard that would collapse if you scared him. Later diagnosed with epilepsy more common in older dogs. Back in the day, nothing could be done, you just waited a few and he would get up and be back to normal.
Any chance of your dog getting chocolate ?
Ahhh, hope you find the cause and that your little buddie can be treated. Our Lab began to pant as he got older. Dr. Said it was becuase the air flow is more restricted at that age. :( Still miss him so much after all these years. Good luck.
I found this info that might help:
I completely understand about that - if my husband were to tell me I would have to choose between him - or our pets - I'm afraid he would be packing his bags.
Maybe the vet heard something in Toto's heartbeat when he listened with a stethoscope?
Never give a dog chocolate or raisins! Either one of them can kill a dog, they affect their nervous system. As few as 6 or 7 raisins can kill a dog.
I knew chocolate was bad, but I have never heard about raisins. Thanks for the information - would the same go for grapes?
” Maybe the vet heard something in Toto’s heartbeat when he listened with a stethoscope? “
Yes , I believe he did .
A couple years ago, the dog I grew up with started to tense up and fall over whenever she got excited. That was the beginning of the end. Ended up being that she was having the dog equivalent of a stroke, though the vet said dogs can’t have strokes in the sense tha a person does. Eventually, she lost her sight and sense of balance (all in the same day following one of these attacks) and the vet told my parents that the best thing to do was to put her down. Angel was a nearly 15 year old shepherd/basset mix, though. Now I am no vet, but consider the dog’s age and understand that once they start down hill they go down pretty fast.
I’m sorry for the struggle, bro. Hope all becomes well.
” Any chance of your dog getting chocolate ? “
No . I have never given any of my dogs chocolate . Toto loves cabbage ! And the occasional lick of beer ! This dog WOULD eat anything , though .
One of our bulldogs had similar symptoms many years ago, but much more severe. He was having seizures, believed to have been brought on by a tic bite. I believe the treatment was steroids, but can’t be sure.
My dear little dachsund who passed a year ago April, she was 14, had seizures since she was two years old. Her symptoms at first were the rigid body and she would hold her legs stiff, this would last for maybe five minutes, then she would vomit after the seizure and was totally normal. She never fell over, but she would shiver and stare during the seizure. She must have known when a seizure was coming on, as she would try to get to me. My vet said that startling noises, etc. cause dogs to seizure. After several seizures on several fourth of Julys, I made sure she was in the house and not exposed to the sounds. My other dachsund however, did exactly what your dog is now doing. She would be fine and suddenly fall over and lay panting, then get up and she would be okay. She also had a bad heart but after extensive testing during this time, the vets did not think it was her heart causing this, but something more and probably neurological, although they could not pinpoint the cause. Unfortunately, after several weeks, we did need to put the little angel to sleep. I hope this is not the case with your little guy and prayers to you all.