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    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2015 9:33pm (Sep 13th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    Today, very suddenly, Zoey began acting seriously ill.

    In the morning she woke in a playful mood and started trying to wrestle with Kasper. As I needed more sleep Lyle took Zoey downstairs and I kept Kasper with me so we could sleep more.

    Once we were all up we let Zoey out from her crate and immediately something was very wrong. She walked slowly and seemed to be in pain and absolutely terrified...her tail was tucked right under her belly, her eyes were wide, her ears were pulled back and her body was curved. And she was trembling, violently, her body shuddering.

    I went beside her and soothed her whilst gently checking her body over. Nothing seemed to cause her pain. She took herself to the dog bed and curled up unhappily to rest. Five minutes passed and the violent tremors were replaced with gentle shudders, and then fifteen minutes later they stopped too.

    We called the emergency vet and they said to wait until she was awake and see how she behaved. If she got any worse they advised to bring her in, but it wasn't necessary yet as she hadn't been sick, her stools were normal, we were 98% sure she hadn't eaten anything and there were no other symptoms.

    After over an hour's rest Zoey woke up. She got up from the bed and came and settled beside me on the couch...and straight away the hard shivering began :(

    Lyle called the vet and said we would be bringing her in. We had a bit of a dither about whether to use a collar (pro = easy to put on, con = Zoey's not used to walking / wearing one, and it puts pressure on her neck and could stress her out) or her harness (pro = good control and comfortable for her to walk on, con = she doesn't like having it put on and we need to pick her up to do it). We opted for her harness, and she did so well being picked up and having it put on!

    Zoey actually seemed eager to get out on her walk. As soon as we were outside she was much improved; walking almost normally and interested in her surroundings. We went to a patch of grass so she could wee and we could flag down the taxi.
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2015 9:33pm (Sep 13th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    She was amazing in the taxi and all she wanted was to kiss the driver!!! [I love this dog]

    At the surgery we were relieved to see the vet that would be treating Zoey was the one who gave Raiden his 2nd vaccination, and she is wonderful - YAY. We took Zoey into the examination room (she was behaving normally by now) and the health checks began.

    The vet did many checks, beginning with looking at her eyes and gums...this was difficult as Zoey was so wriggly and desperate to give kisses!! Then the vet checked her body, tummy and heart - all fine.

    Next the vet took Zoey's temperature, and Zoey reeeally didn't like this...much wiggling and peering behind her to say 'hey what are you doing?!'. The vet had Zoey's bum, Lyle held her harness and I held her head, kissing her. We all told her how well she did, and the vet praised her a ton.

    Finally the vet gave Zoey an anti-biotic and an an anti-inflammatory injection. I've done lots of work scruffing Zoey, so I held her head whilst the vet scruffed and injected her twice - no reaction from Zoey, and afterwards she got ham, so much fuss and got to love on the vet. Zoey was also weighed (15kg, I knew she'd put on weight! :smile: ) and the vet said to bring her back in if it continued, but hopefully it's a one time thing.

    So yeah throughout the ordeal Zoey was OUTSTANDING - I have never been so proud of one of my dogs.

    By the time we got back from the vets she was completely herself. Once we got out the taxi she had a little walk and then we came home. She played with her toys (including squeaky balls, which we usually hide from her as she's so noisy!) and now she's sleeping on the couch.

    Here are some photos I took when we first got home

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    A few hours before this photo her body language was so different...wide eyes, ears pulled way back, body hunched and tail tucked. Head low and avoiding eye contact. Now look at her!

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    She was tired and so happy :)

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    Please feel better now Zoey, we absolutely adore you and we hate it when you're poorly. We love you so much :heart:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2015 5:50pm (Sep 14th 2015)
    Poor girl...and poor you!Frightening. I wonder if she had belly spasms - I remember mum's dog Ben did that once (he was sort of arching his back too) and it turned out to be a stomach thing. But he was given anti inflammatories and antibiotics which is more or less what Zoe had, and was right as ninepence next day. Feel better soon, Zoe! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2015 8:22pm (Sep 14th 2015)
    I'm glad that she is feeling better, Red..what a frightening thing to have to deal with. She is such a sweetheart and a VERY good girl! I hope this was just a onetime event and she will be alright from now on.:heart:
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2015 9:41pm (Sep 14th 2015) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC...we have no idea what caused it. Her body was literally jumping, the most extreme shivers you've ever seen, and she was acting terrified. Maybe something happened whilst she was in her crate?! She's scared of things falling, even carrier bags, so it could have happened...I just can't think what scared her that much, and what caused her to begin shivering again even after it had stopped...AND Lyle was in the next room the entire time and he heard no banging, whining or anything. Hmmm. Or it could have been a combination of feeling poorly and something scary happening?! I dunno. She is probably pretty stressed at the moment, what with a new brother, and after the vet visit yesterday I imagine she will be stressed for quite some time...trying to keep her as happy as possible :smile:

    Thank you Lynn! It was so, so scary. We were so worried we were going to lose her or she was going to be seriously ill, it was horrible. The only thing the vet could think of was some sort of infection, or White Dog Shaker Syndrome, which we had read up on too. However the vet said she really didn't think it was the latter as Zoey showed no signs of any seizure-like activities in her eyes or behaviour.

    She has been fine since. A little more excitable and stressed, but that's to be expected. Poops are normal, she's happy and eating... :confused1:

    The good thing about this whole thing is that we now know Zoey is wonderful in a car, at the vets (even when not very nice things are happening), and we know 'our' vet is even better than we thought...despite the fact Zoey is a bull breed the vet assessed her behaviour immediately and didn't once ask if she was aggressive. She could see right away Zoey was a sweetheart, which was nice :smile:
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2015 9:58pm (Sep 15th 2015)
    Maybe it was something as simple as her tummy was gassy and the rumbles in there scared her, but you'd have probably heard it if it'd been that. It really is terrifying when a pet is poorly, but she was such a brave girl and did you proud. It's amazing what antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory can do - always seems to work wonders with the cats! Glad she's better now.
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2015 11:51pm (Sep 15th 2015)

    Keeper of the hens

    That's the only thing we can think of - achy tummy, or kinda rumbly inside, so it scared her? It really was horrible though...years ago when Kasper swallowed a 4 inch shard of bone, he didn't act as ill as Zoey did the other day!! It's really odd, because although Zoey is 'hard as nails' and doesn't mind pain, she's sensitive in other ways and she HATES being ill...I think Kasper's so used to it, as he was poorly so much when he was walked off lead, whereas Zoey has only been ill a few times in her life! Thanks Kate :heart: