Penny Tentiary (mouthfullofdust) wrote in boston_buddies,
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I forgot to update you all on what happened to my dear Christy. A while ago, she was sleeping next to me on my bed, and I was watching tv. She just kinda rolled onto her side. Her eyes were looking around, but her body was all limp. I picked her up, and talked to her. She urinated on me, and still had no control over her limbs, so I yelled for my mom. We ended up taking her to the emergency vet. It took 8 min. or so, but she was walking again, and acting much like her Christy self by the time we got to the vet (its about 25 min away). The x-rayed her and gave her a shot for asthma, because she was breathing harder than normal. They couldn't find anything wrong from the x-ray, and we went home. They told us if she had a stroke, her chances of having another in the next 24 hours were high, but after that she'd be safer. They faxed her info to our vet, to make an appointment. The next night Christy had another accident, in my mom's bed, but mom was asleep, so she didn't know if Christy went limp again or anything. We took her to our vet, for a checkup and they ran some blood tests. Her blood came back fine, and they said her internal organs looked very good for a dog her age, they think she is about 12. The vet told us that he thinks Christy either had a stroke or had some swelling in her brain, but can't figure out why, because she didn't have a fall or anything. They put her on some steroids in case there was any brain swelling. He told us we could go get a brain scan for her, but we'd have to drive 2 hours and it would cost $800, plus we had to decide what we'd do if what we found out was really bad. We decided not to get the scan, and we'd watch her. Other than some occasional weakness on her left side, she is doing really good now. She is definitely feeling better, because she is her wacky Christy self again. The steroids have caused her to put on some weight, which she needed, but she cannot be on them long term, so we are now weening her off of them. I am so happy she is doing better. I was so worried. When we got her, we didn't know how old she was, but her owner just didn't want her anymore, saying she was badly behaved (?). Her owner was going to put her down, even though she was healthy for an elderly dog. We took her thinking, even if we gave her one good year, that is a year she wouldn't have otherwise, and she'd be with people who loved and cared for her. We've had her over a year now, I hope with the way things are going now, we get a couple more!
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