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2/07/2008

You Spin Me Right Round, Baby Right Round...

I've been a little stressed out lately. One of the stressors has been Cosette, our 15-year old American Eskimo dog and her repeated trips to the vet. I'm sure this is par for the course for a geriatric dog. The things plaguing her recently have been relatively minor, thank goodness.

This afternoon at work, I returned to the department after being outside with a kid. I was tracked down and told one of those things you never want to hear, "Your husband called. It's an emergency." I got in touch with E, who said, "It's Cosette. I think she's had a stroke."

Even though I was shaking and on the verge of tears, I managed to call the vet, whose office closes early on Thursdays. They said if E could get her there soon, they'd stay open for him. I informed them that he is severely allergic to cats, which poses a problem as they have a resident feline. (Hence the reason why I do all of the vet excursions).

Cosette
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The short ending to the story is that Cosette most likely did not have a stroke. She seems to have a vestibular issue going on, possibly a side effect of the antibiotics she's been taking, or quite simply what is called "Old Dog Vestibular Disease." That would explain the falling over, walking in a circle, and head tilt E observed. So, we're trying some new medication and watching her. E occasionally suffers from vertigo, so he relates to what she is hopefully going through (versus something more serious).

Another clue that Cosette probably did not have a stroke it that she hasn't shown any personality changes. She's sleeping now and we're keeping a close eye on her. I don't know how you parents, with actual human children, do it. I get pretty worked up over my four-legged ones.

10 comments:

Shayne said...

Awwww, we're sending puppy hugs your way!

the slackmistress said...

Oh, phew. Having an old dog is so hard, but I have to say, I think old dogs are simply the best. If Daisy would put up with it, I'd have a houseful of geriatric dogs.

Pets to Cosette and a little nip of something for you guys to calm the nerves. ;)

Aggie said...

I'm sooooooo glad Cossette is ok and it wasn't a stroke.
I get really upset if my cat is unwell ... they do become members of the family and it is so traumatic when they cannot tell you what is wrong. I can never bear to think of an animal in pain ... I don't know how parents of kids do it either.

Ashmystir said...

Poor pooch. Glad that it was not a stroke. I don't have kids but I'd be a mess if something happened to my cat or my dog so I know how you feel. Good luck! =)

Peeved Michelle said...

Poor pooch. Give her pats on the head from me and licks on the face from Shelby.

Cheryl said...

Oh honey~ I'll be checking on you and sweet Cozy~

Dianna said...

So glad it wasn't a stroke. *hugs* to Cosette

nicole said...

I'm glad she's ok. *HUGS*

Vanessa said...

I don't envy you here, the four legged kids I theorize are harder because they can't talk. I hope Cosette is doing better this weekend.

Yvett said...

Aww. I hope Cosette feels better soon. Poor doggy. Here's sending you some good puppy vibes {{}}.

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