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Dag sees the vet

Dagwood had an appointment with the vet yesterday. The vet’s thoughts are he doesn’t look 13 years old…….wanted to give him a chance…...didn’t say yea or nay if changing his meds would work. He can’t take the rhymadyl with the anti-spinning drug so she switched to prednisone. Prednisone is not a drug that can be taken for a long period of time and is not a cure.

There is no cure for vestibular disease…….no known cause…….most dogs come out of it with almost no symptoms (maybe just a head tilt). A reoccurrence is not common though it happens………(figures it happened to Daggie). More testing would need to be done to rule out other causes such as tumors etc (CT, MRI etc).

Good news:
He ate his treats yesterday as well as a hamburger and dog food
He played a little with me when he and Mike got home

Not so good news:
Mike has to carry Dag up and down the stairs
Mike has to take him to work
He walks like he’s drunk and falls a lot
His head is constantly spinning
He has a hard time seeing because he is unable to focus because of the spinning.
He is just about deaf….hears very little

My thoughts are……….I just don’t know when to say when…….Mike’s not going to carry him up and down the stairs forever…….changing drugs might prolong his life but on the other hand cause other problems at the same time.

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  1. The Bumpass Hounds Says:

    Hey Y'all,
    Our mom and dad said to tell ya that y'all will know when it's time and that Dagwood will be the one to tell ya. The problem will be whether or not y'all hear what he says. Our dad carried first Old Bear Dog,then Penny and finally Gordon up and down stairs for many long months and says he would gladly have done it forever if they has stayed with us. You should read our very first blog posting. We will howl for Daggie.
    - TBH

  2. the 4 Bs Says:

    oh darnit, we don't like the sound of this. poor Dagwood. we want him to be running and playing. we will cross all of our paws and send him some power of the Bs to get better fast.


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