Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Woof-Wooble-Wobbly-Not So Woofless Pupdate On Wednesday








I have my leash on, even though I am in my yard so growlmy can help me stay steadier when I try to walk around.
Woof…wooble-wobbly woofs…Ooohhhhh….I am spinning…..gotta go lie down again...

I’ll let growlmy take ovfur again…

What was happening on August 18th:

Thanks so much from the bottom of my heart for all the pawyers, and POTP. Wow! Even from furs and peeps I do not know. I am touched and feeling your care and concern. Thank you all *very much*!
Thanks Whitely too, for making a link in your blog for MJF. So much appreciated.
Even Dogster Pals from of old have come by here and on his Dogster page to send their thoughts and encouragements.
I am overwhelmed!

Please accept my thanks here, there is no way right now I have time to thank you all in person…since well, I work, and Minko needs to be fed and medicated 3 - 4 times a day…add MJF into that schedule, Oh MY…




My eyes are brimming with tears thinking about all the outpouring of love, and your comforting and encouraging words. Thank you all again so very much!

Aug 18th in the evening:

Well, not too much has changed, other than MJF has eaten two treats…and barfed them up again, BOL! Poor dude.

He did keep his meal down when I fed it to him spoon by spoon, after mushing it up. And today agin, he will let me feed him spoon by spoon…I should get a different job, feeding critters by spoon…like the work I already do at the nursing home, BOL!

The vet man said he thinks MJF has ‘old dog syndrome'…aka  vestibular disease/syndrome.
He also maybe thought his eardrum was ruptured. He said it could be a tumor or head injury but those were less likely causes.

So…
He gave MJF a steroid shot, some antibiotics in case his eardrum is ruptured and some meclizine to help with the dizziness. So far no changes noted. He still staggers about, and stairs are a real challenge, and there is no avoiding them here in our house, so sometimes I guide him with the leash, or I carry him. Going down is much harder…
The vet thinks this will resolve over time, and that is what others have related to us as well…from their own experience. I had no idea this was so common. Yikes:(

~August 19th~

I hope that when I have to go to work next, (tomorrow), that he will be some better…At least hubby gets home shortly after I leave.

He seems to be getting a teeny bit better, he ate a couple treats by himself…but not his regular food as yet…unless I feed it. His eyes are darting at a slower rate, but his head is still tilting…and when he tries to go potty…he refuses to squat, stubborn terrier stuff, OMD!
He even barked at something he heard, and sang a song with the ambulance that went by…
The varmints out back are likely having a hey-day since MJF doesn’t run too well right now, let alone even pay them heed, BOL! Poor dude.

He still is stumbling like a drunkard, and he looks at me as if to say, what is happening to me?

On a side note, MJF weighed in at 24.8 pounds, which is a loss of about 5 pounds from his last checkup (about a year ago), at his old vet office. He is on a low glycemic, grain free kibble, and it seems to have made good progress helping him back to his ideal weight.

Well, I need to carry MJF outside once more before getting our weary bones to bed…

It might be a day or two before I post again due to my work schedule...

62 comments:

  1. Freckles (and Ingrid), we's still sendin big POTP and pawrayers for y'all. Hopin dis is da vestibular disease and dat it resolves itself. We luvs y'all so much, big hugs and westie kissies from Texas.

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    1. Thanks, It is getting better, though sometimes he is still like a drunkard...its hard not to giggle watching him...OMD.

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  2. Still prayin' ovfurtime dat ya gits to feelin' better soon, Freckles... it sounds like ya got whut Ernie George's sisfur, da Big Orange, Izzy B, had and I knows she got better in time.. love ya, big guy...

    And I'll get Momma to post yer update on da Book of Faces so Peeps ovfur dere can hear how ya are doin'...

    Big hugs to you and yer family, Freckles...

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    1. Aww, thanks, Finley, and your Momma.

      Mel wrote me a note in growlmy's email so I know she knows...I was naughty and didn't allow her to write back as yet...she has neglected so much of late, even here in Blogville, AWOL and so on...

      I am improving, though the tilt and drunk gait are still there.

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  3. We still have you in our prayers buddy! Be patient and do what the vet and Growlmy tell you so you can get well quickly! The squirrels are throwing a party since you can't run them off! You have a lot of love coming from so many furs and people!

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    1. Thanks, those pesky squirrels...sheesh!

      There is a TON of love and POTP!

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  4. We're here fur yu!
    Yep, agree, sounds like the same deal Mz Izzy B frum the Minnisnowda place had.
    Let's hope yu get to doin Much better Real soon!

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    1. Hi, Zoe, yes I am getting better, thankfurly; those dizzy-wobblies were not fun, though being drunk on the steps is interesting to say the least...but I am a stubborn terrierist, BOL!

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  5. We here at the Tomcat Home are all purring and praying for you Mr Jack Freckles! Hoping you get better soon and Mom and Dad have less work with you and your brofur Minko
    Timmy Dad and Family

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    1. Hi, Timmy! Thanks so much!
      We are getting there...slowly but surely. All the POTP helps a lot:)

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  6. Thank you for the update. We will keep purring and praying.

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  7. We are so glad to hear MJF is feeling a little better. We'll keep hoping and praying he recovers.

    We always look for the day our Joey dog, who is also 13, gets that "old dog syndrome" but so far he's been OK.

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    1. Thanks pups, getting old allows us to gain some wisdom...but, well there are the downsides too...i am getting better a little more each day.

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  8. This is my first time to your blog, and first of all, MJF is one handsome fella!

    As I read this post, it really brought back some memories for me. I went through "old dog vestibular disease" with one of my now angel pups - twice. She recovered from it both times, although the second bout did leave her with a faint residual head tilt. My dog had many of the symptoms you've described - head tilt, unsteady gait, falling to the side, nystagmus (her eyes darted from side to side - this was especially bad during her second bout with vestibular disease), nausea and vomiting (almost certainly from motion sickness). Both times, my dog was put on steroids, meclizine (to control the motion sickness), and cerenia (an anti-nausea/anti-vomiting medication). It took weeks of slow yet steady progress for my dog to get back to herself, but with lots of TLC and patience, she did recover.

    So, please don't lose hope! This vestibular disease in dogs presents itself in such a harrowing way, but with lots of care and time (sometimes weeks), dogs can make full or nearly full recoveries. Even if sometimes you feel or think otherwise, please know that you're doing great with MJF's care! He's lucky to have you!

    Sending lots of purrs, barks, and prayers to you and MJF!

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    1. Thanks so much, and fur the insight too. I am getting a little better each day. And I seem to be getting adapted to the drunken gait...

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  9. Stumbling like a drunk...that's a great way to put it. Poor Izzy. She was so nauseous. It's so hard to see them sick. I'm glad your vet gave Freckles some meds, but I am pawsitive he is going to be his old self within a month's time. God Bless...Love, Melanie, Bacon, Beanie, Eloise, and Angels Ernie & Izzy

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    1. Hello there! Yup, that is the way its going...bad at first, but a little better each day. Thanks so much fur your email...sorry growlmy didn't reply as yet, swamped with all the goings on as it were...he is still his terrieristic silly happy-go lucky self, just in a drunken way, BOL!

      Woofs to your gang there: Bacon, Beanie, and Weezy! aves upward to your Angel-furs too.

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  10. p.s. His head tilt is not as pronounced as Izzy's was. That's good!!!

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    1. It comes and goes...his gait is more of a problem...

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  11. Thanks fur the update, it sure sounds as if vestibular disease is the culprit. Mommy had nevfur heard of it befure! Now she'll be watching fur me to get it. Tell your growlmy she's doing a great job! We'll keep doing our part, sending up lots of pawrayers.

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    1. Thanks, Hershey. I had not known it was as common as it seems to be, yikes!

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  12. Sending continued purrs and prayers for your sweet boy.

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  13. Sending all of our prayers...I recently read on a blog about a dog with head tilt and for the life of me I can't remember who it was. I am hoping they follow your blog and will stop here.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, I think you may have my number, if so, please call anytime!
    xoxo

    DakotasDen

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    1. Hi! Thanks so much fur all the POTP, it does help a lot:)

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  14. Wes purraying hard for Mr Jack Freckles! Our Mommy's old dog had That! It is so tough at the beginning when they stagger and can't eat. We sends yous strength and love too!
    Kisses
    Nellie and Mommy

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    1. Thanks Nellie and your Mommy. I am slowly but surely getting better. When I beg for noms, that is a good sign, BOL!

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  15. dood....we hope ya due haz old dawg syndrome; we noe that soundz crazed; but we noe itz sumthin ya can ree cover frum ina few dayz.....

    we still send de manee blessings oh st francis two ewe ♥♥♥♥♥

    N pleez ta tell growlmy her can put yur blog on de bak burner til ewe R better...familee furst & ewe bee familee.....

    we hope de treet mintz werk N bye next week at thiz time ya iz runnin thru de yard chasin bass terd squirrels

    ♥♥♥♥♥ frum uz all ~~~~~~~

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    1. I am a lot better than when this all started!
      And one of these days I will allow growlmy to catch up, BOL!
      Thanks fur all your POTP!

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  16. Mom Kim here- so glad to read that MJF is improving even tho it may seem to be going slow. Several years ago I had an elderly dog develop this syndrome after hitting head on the kitchen table leg.. It does take a few days to recover but then he acted like his true self again.

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    1. Yes, getting better, a little more each day. Thanks fur caring and stopping by:))

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  17. Poor doggy. Sometimes it's no fun getting older, is it? But we're glad there is a little improvement and hope he starts picking up really soon.

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    1. Thanks, I am getting better, growlmy was so worried, but now I know she feels better, too!

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  18. WHOOPS - forgot to add - of course we all here continue to send our POTP and prayers and healing vibes for all of you.
    Mom Kim

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  19. Still sending lots of POTP for MJF! We pray that each day brings improvement
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  20. Sending lots of POTP to MJF from Marty and the Gang! Hope each day is better for him!
    Marty and the Gang

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    1. Yes he is, and thanks fr all the POTP. It is appawsiated!

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  21. we want to say again how we are thinking of your MJF and purring and praying he will have a speedy and full recovery.

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie

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  22. Sending loads of purrs, gentle headbutts and prayers from Mommy that things start getting better.

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  23. We're purring mega purrs for Mr. Jack Freckles and hope he is feeling better soon.

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  24. Oh MJF, I was getting so nervous, not hearing from you or Growlmy for a few days!! I'm sorry you're not feeling well still, but I hope them medicines make you feel better real soon!! POP!

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    1. Hi, Fizzy! I am getting better each day. Now I am drunk, but not dizzy and drunk, BOL! I want to eat again...a good sign, right??

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  25. So much love and purrs (we know you're okay with kitties so we'll send purrs) to you and your family. Please start feeling better soon. Lots of Love, River and Simone (And mommy Felicity too!)

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    1. OMD!! River and Simone!! Wowee!
      My kitty brofurs greet you with their loud purrs!

      I am getting so much better...thankfurly!

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  26. More healing purrs and thanks you so much for the birthday card. My Mommy just figured out how to open it for me. I swear sometimes I think she misplaced her brain. ~Socks

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    1. BOL! MOL!!

      Thanks fur the POTP! It helps so much:)

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  27. Mr Jack Freckles we think about you everyday and say a prayer. You sound like my peep. She has her head to the side and her eyes dart and she takes meclizine. Just like you she has vestibular disorder but she refuses to call it an old age thing. Get better Freckles.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. Why that is not fun at all, SWTS, for your peep to have this trouble. Does she have menier's disease?? Growlmy had an Aunt with that problem.

      I do hope your peep can be helped by all the upcoming therapy she will have...and you will take good care of her too.

      Thanks so much fur all the thoughts and pawyers on my behalf:)

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  28. We're sending our very best healing purrs and prayers for Mr. Jack Freckles. Please, please, please get better soon.

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  29. Sending continued hugs and prayers fur ya, Freckles...

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  30. We are late here and we do not know each other but are sending all our love to Mr Jack Freckles..such worrying times when our special family members are unwell..so sending love and POTP from Down under...Fozziemum and gang at http://ourpawpad.wordpress.com xxxx

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    1. Good to meet you and thanks evfur so much fur your POTP.
      There is a lot of love here in Blogville:)

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  31. Mr Jack Freckles my Lee is going to think of you everyday for three days for twelve weeks because she is doing intense physical therapy for her vestibular problem in hopes od resetting her mind, inner ear and eyes to signal together. Her eyes are just not wanting to get in line. I feel so sorry this has happened to your Mr Freckles. Hang in there.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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    1. Oh, my, I answered the wrong thing in your previous comment...just insert it here, BOL!!
      We will pray and think of you over the next months as your Lee gets the help she needs, that it will be furry successful.

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