Vestibular Disease is absolutely horrible to witness (especially when you don't know what it is) and as hard as it is for us humans to watch our baby go through it, I can only imagine what is going through Zeus' mind. But, I'm happy to report he's making great progress with it. He's been getting up and going out with assistance (harness and towel sling) since Sunday. There were a few times where he tried to get up and hobble on his own without a whole lot of success, but by Monday he was trying really hard. We took him out to go potty Monday night just before bed time and got him back up the stairs and settled into his bed in the living room. No more than 5 minutes later he got up and went to bed for real (in our bedroom) all by himself. I was so proud!
|Relaxing on the porch while Mommy wound up some yarn|
Since Tuesday, Zeus has been hobbling around more like "drunk dog" as opposed to incapacitated dog. I've been working some shortened days this week, so I can go home and get him out on the porch in the fresh air (his favorite place to hang out when it's nice outside). He's been getting himself up to move around out there, as well as to hobble inside the house from time to time.
He totally surprised me yesterday morning. I got out of the shower to find this had happened...
Yup, Zeus somehow managed to get up on the couch all by himself. Again, so proud!
So, it seems he in process of coming out of the Vestibular Disease, however now we battle the pneumonia. We changed antibiotics on Monday evening after talking to Dr. C. The one prescribed to him by the other vet on Sunday definitely seemed to be upsetting his stomach (and never mind that it was 5 capsules per dose) - he wasn't keeping them all down. He seems to be doing better on the newer one, except he's had less of an appetite. He ate more Sunday and Monday than he has the past couple of days. In fact, he ate so little on Tuesday that I was really worried. On my way home yesterday, I stopped and bought some good 'ole Gerber. It was time to bring out the big guns for my baby! I got 4 of their "2nd stage" little containers into him yesterday, along with a can of the Hill's prescription A/D. He had 2 more little containers of Gerber this morning...
|At the vet on Sunday. The scale seemed like a good place to rest.|
Please keep the positive thoughts and crossed paws coming! And, would you also please keep them going for our dear friend Morgan as well?
She's having a rough time and her Mom thought perhaps she also had Vestibular Disease yesterday, however it turns out to be a really bad infection. Her Mom is one of those very dear friends I met through blogging... I wish we lived closer and could help each other out right now.