Yogi’s UTI has reoccurred with pain on pooping with small traces of blood. We have an appointment on Tuesday of this week. On the weekend we were driving to a show and go Yogi is always stressed in the car, if my DH comes along it is worse and Yogi whines the entire trip. This trip DH came of course the whining started and DH’s annoyance makes even me tense (I am calm person), so bad this time that I ask to be let out about a ¼ of a mile from the place, it is a gravel road very deserted. Often it helps calm Yogi’s anxiety to walk it off, I also took Khloe as she cues from him, and Misty stayed with DH.
Yogi was very reluctant to walk, he would stop and hold his ground and his hind area does this ripple thing when he has to poop (he had pooped in the morning… moaning and whimpering); He kept stopping and refusing to walk, then with coaxing we would resume. Just before the building he stopped slumped down, had slight tremors, then his body became stiff, his back arched and one hind leg came up, he could not move and his eyes were glazed with the white parts showing, his mouth was open like he wanted to cry out, he did not respond and seemed frozen. I checked his gums they were pink. I had to pick Khloe up as she was barking and circling, she was very anxious. It was only maybe a minute or two; it seemed longer, I know it was not. When he recovered he walked but he seemed twisted and stiff his leg was up like it was injured or had a rock in it. After a few steps his leg went down and he looked lame. Very shortly he was his old self.
Yogi stayed in his crate for about 20 minutes before we did a run, he was a bit off on his concentration…he preformed well but did not focus on me; instead he was watching other dogs. Yogi has always had behavioral issues, reactivity, resource guarding, lack of impulse control, and during certain situations extreme anxiety, the anxiety is stress related this also includes excitement stress…fun things. So always, when I go to a strange place I crate him for the first 20 minutes so he settles. We are training open he does well, I have not competed with him yet even in novice, as we learn what makes him less stressed and comfortable…I am in no hurry. With training and patience Yogi’s issues are very much in control, he can be diverted easily if an issue arises, and I am always watching for triggers before they happen.
I am very concerned that Yogi had a seizure, his was not like what I am use to, the kind I have seen are usually where the dog falls down limbs stretch out, shaking and drooling or foaming from the mouth. One of my club members lost one of her dogs two weeks ago to status epilepicus. My Shih Tzu had these a few months before he died from heart arrhythmias (he suffered from the same condition as the Cavalier Spaniels), his were a variation on the usual, and he would loose consciousness and stop seizing.
Yogi has already been on two courses of antibiotics, prednisone for inflammation, had x-rays, ultrasound, blood work, stool, urine samples, and digital exams by two different Vets in the practice. Anal glands were ruled out first. I do not think the stress is the reason for his seizure but it can trigger one, so maybe it is good it happened. He still has a healthy appetite, plays, has energy and loves to go to training. I just have no idea. Wish our pups could talk.