My poor little Spencer been having mini neurological episodes for the past few months– like Vestibular Syndrome but without the eye movement, nausea or vomiting. Last night he had a violent stroke or Grand Mal seizure. I held him in a blanket so he wouldn't hurt himself and talked him through it. It was a long, scary one.
He had the same thing five years ago, so I had been there before. The difference is, this time, he still can't walk. This morning, he couldn't even position his feet and would keep his toes curled under. I've worked with him and now he can place all four feet flat on the floor and move them, but he can't balance. He immediately falls to the right. and can't get up. If I steady him with both hands, he can stagger along with my support. He's drinking, with help, but won't eat. We've been having a problem with the eating for months.
Vets say his neurological issues are idiopathic. Films are clear-- no mass-- and he had bloodwork just last week and kidney values were normal, despite his Fanconi. Liver values and WBC were high, but not enough to worry the vet. I know some of you have had experience with strokes or seizures and I was wondering if anybody has had a dog with walking issues after a stroke/seizure and how long it took to go away, if it did. My vet is not hopeful; in fact, you probably know exactly what she recommended. It may come to that, but not until I've given Spencer his best shot. Despite all his ups and downs, this brave little soul still has fight in him, and he's telling me he's not done.
I'm sorry this is so long, but we'd be grateful for any words of wisdom or advice. Thanks from both of us!