Friday, January 25, 2013

Dog Worries


I certainly hoped to be back to posting about our Portugal trip, but I've been working on Book Two for my series, writing articles, and making school visits for more information for my articles. Then, just when I thought I could post again, our dog came down with another attack of "idiopathic vestibular disease" or "old dog disease."
 Cezar will be 15 years old in a couple of weeks, and he periodically comes down with these attacks. This was his 3rd (they are happening more frequently), and this was quite severe. Something in his middle ear doesn't function right and his vertigo causes nausea. Consequently, in the throes of an attack, he can't stand without falling down, and he can eat or drink because of the nausea. So we were in and out of the vet's office several times, getting him hydrated and having shots to counteract the vertigo. He's just started eating and drinking on his own again, and yesterday and today he was able to stand by himself and walk by himself, though not very far, and with weaving steps. The odd thing about this disease, is that an attack gives symptoms very much like stroke symptoms, but then it just clears up unaccountably after some days, and he's fine until the next time. And it's something that frequently accompanies a dog's old age.

I hope to be back to posting about our travels and books and writing soon. I do miss it. But first things first.

Till then, hope the writing goes well and look forward to reading your posts in the near future.

14 comments:

Julia Hones said...

I'm sorry about Cezar's vertigo. It is good he is doing better. It is very stressful when are loving dogs get sick. Hugs.

Joanna said...

Sweet Cezar, sorry that you haven't been well!

Jess said...

Poor Cezar~ hope he feels better soon!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks for the good wishes. He's definitely on the upswing today. His head still wags back and forth and he totters when he walks, and we definitely don't let him go up or down the porch steps without a firm hold on him. But it looks like he's going to be okay.

Tanya Reimer said...

Oh no! So sorry to hear that your babe is not doing well. Hugs to you both!

Rosi said...

Poor Cezar. It sure ain't easy getting old. Give him a pat from me.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Yeah, Rosi, I keep telling him, "Old age isn't for sissies." But it's hard to watch, too!

Tanya, thanks for the hugs. Today he is really on the upswing.

Mark Noce said...

Hope your doggie feels better:)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks for the good wishes, Mark.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

So sorry for you pooch, Elizabeth. I know from experience how heart-wrenching your situation can be. Thinking of you.

Carol Riggs said...

Ah, poor woofie. 15 is pretty elderly for a dog. I hope he continues to do better. Take care, and have a good week!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Feel bad for Cezar, hope he recovers soon. I know how attached you and Rajan are to Cezar.

How is the writing going?

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Victoria, Carol, and Rachna, thanks so much for your support. He's better now, but he hasn't completely recovered. His head wags from side to side when he tries to focus, and he lurches from side to side when he walks. But he's still perky and isn't ready to go. I won't be surprised, though, if this is his last year.

Jayne said...

Poor Cezar. It must be very confusing for him, but I'm glad to hear he is still perky. Enjoy your friendship with him. x