Ask the Veterinarian/Vestibular Disease in my dog
QUESTION: Hello Christina,
I have a 13 1/2 year old female Lab mix, about 60 lbs, that began showing signs of hip dysplasia about 1 year ago. She acted like she had weakness in her hind legs and at times she seemed off balance. I had been giving her glucosamine supplements to address arthritis but it never seemed to help. About 2 weeks ago she had a seizure, the first time ever. Ever since that time she has been disoriented, hasn't been eating well, and just seems kind of spaced out and weak. I took her to a local vet hospital and they diagnosed her with Vestibular Syndrome. They said the issues with her hind legs were likely due to some brain issue caused by this syndrome, and that if she had been showing signs for a year she may have a growing tumor. They prescribed antibiotics and steroids, but I'm sure with your holistic and homeopathic background you can understand that I was very reluctant to give them to her. I have instead been giving her colloidal silver solution, coconut oil, and probiotics. She seemed to be recovering, as I learned through research the effects of the seizures are supposed to wear off after about 2 weeks. She had gone 12 days since her last seizure, had been eating and drinking pretty well. But last night she had another seizure. Ever since then she has been laying in the same spot, will not get up, is very spaced out and breathing rapidly. I'm not sure if I should take her to an emergency vet or wait to see if this wears off. With her weakened condition I am sure they would recommend euthanasia, but I want to save her. She is so sweet and it is killing me to see her suffer like this. Can you tell if I should be hopeful she will recover, or is this syndrome unrecoverable? Please help! Thanks!
ANSWER: Wondering if you did get through to Dr. doyle or someone else. As you make your decisions, remember that dogs do not suffer the way we do and the way we think they are. We can learn from them how to live in the moment. When she tries to move she feels dizzy, so she lies in the same spot. When we experience something dizzy, we do not move AND we suffer by thinking "This will never pass. What will I do? What is wrong? Will I die?"
Because of her age, this may be her time to pass. Most dogs with vestibular problems recover, especially with holistic approaches, or even just with weeks or months of waiting. Because of the seizures, more may be going on, impeding total recovery. There are so many holistic approaches that you can try before giving up.
It would be easier to help you if you emailed me at HealthyAnimals@aol.com, or I could give you a phone appointment to help you evaluate your next steps (410-771-4968) - and yes, i am working today, Easter, for part of the day. You could ask for some Reiki, too.
Personally, I think every person who lives with or works with animals must know at least Level I Reiki. The practitioner offers this energy and the animal comes over to get it (or places her hands upon the animal), or it can be done from a distance, even around the world with the intent for healing to occur. The energy flows through the healer into the animal. This is based on directly applying Chi (energy) to rebalance the energy field so it no longer needs to produce the physical symptoms. It is a very good adjunct to any healing modality, especially to relieve pain and inflammation. I have seen cats who began to eat again when their food was treated with Reiki. It also "takes the bad out of" things. By doing Reiki on smelly water in restaurants I have been able to drink sweet tasting and smelling water. Use Reiki anytime that you must give injections, vaccines, drugs, flea or heartworm drugs, or other substances with potential toxicity. Reiki is great to calm animals, relieve discomfort, and can deeply heal some problems in some animals.
1. Great information on Reiki - http://www.reikicourse.org
2. Kathleen Prasad is a wonderful teacher and works with my favorite sanctuary and holistic education center, BrightHaven www.brighthaven.org. Kathleen leads a free monthly telechat for anyone trained in Reiki and using it with animals. http://www.animalreikisource.com/
3. If you cannot find a Reiki Class near you (same class for people and animals as it connects you through an "attunement" to the healing energy of the universe, making you a channel of healing), the following groups offer long distance, free, attunements.
c. Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.awakeningrainbows.com. To receive free distance Reiki send her your first name only, city and state, and whether or not you have had any Reiki training. She invites you to include your pets as well. She uses a teddy bear and does a full body Reiki distance treatment for one hour each Sunday evening from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. EST.
d. And a team of over 100 healers will send free healing energy until you say not to. Email Barbara at email@example.com with your healing request, name of animal, species, color & age. In the subject say request through Dr. Chambreau
4. for a fee: www.ReikiBlessings.com offers many types of energy healing classes- search a bit to find the reiki ones or email them. Long distance healing and training is at www.animalhealers.homestead.com.
I totally understand & you are right that conventional would recommend euthanasia. Please call Dr. Jane Doyle if you live anywhere in the north 1/2 of the WV. She is in Berkeley Springs and can also help you by phone, but at some point it may help to see your dog. She does homeopathy and acupuncture. 304-258-5819
I will elaborate more in a second email but I want you to get started immediately with Dr. doyle.
If you are not in the North half, go to all of these sites to see if anyone is within driving distance. If not - use Dr. Doyle anyway.
1. Wide range of other treatments: www.AHVMA.org, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and www.civtedu.org.
2. Homeopathic veterinarians (these can often help you by phone if no other holistic practitioners are nearby that you like): www.theAVH.org and www.DrPitcairn.com.
3. Chiropractic and Osteopathic - www.animalchiropractic.org; http://equineosteopathy.org/
(they treat dogs, too)
4. TCVM (Acupuncture and Chinese medicine): www.IVAS.org, www.aava.org & www.TCVM.com
5. Herbal - www.VBMA.org
6. Postural rehabilitation – dogs and horses - http://www.posturalrehabvets.com/Postural_Rehabilitation/Find_a_Practitioner.htm
If you have Rescue Remedy at home - put 4 drops in 1 ounce of water and begin giving it every 30 mins or more often and rub some on your hands when you pet her. More later.
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I never got around to contacting Dr Doyle. Princess (my dog) was very sick and weak yesterday, so bad she couldn't stand up. So I took her to an Animal ER. They did blood work on her and found she had an infection plus some kidney dysfunction. And from her symptoms the Vet said she likely had neurological issues as well. To address the infection they started her on IV antibiotics and kept her overnight. At 5:30am this morning the Vet called me to tell me she had passed over during the night. He said she had not been able to stand up all night, and this morning when she tried she fell over and passed at that moment. I am very heartbroken. I do appreciate your help and taking the time to offer all the information. I'm afraid I may have waited too long to save her. But thanks for all your help.
you did not wait too long.
You did what was appropriate.
It was merely her time to pass, as I mentioned earlier.
do not grieve, though you may miss her. She wants you to be thrilled for 13 wonderful years (that is good these days).
If you have other pets, or when you get one, if you would like a consult to get you set on an empowering path, drop me an email.
Use flower essences for yourself if you grieve too much.