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Yogi is not getting better...may have had a seizure

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.
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I'm sorry to hear about Yogi I would have lost it myself, good thing you are the calm type. I hope you get to the bottom of it tomorrow. Hugs and kisses from the fur gang.

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So scary! I hope they can figure out what's wrong and it's nothing too serious.

We"ll be sending good thoughts Yogi's way.

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Oh dear...that sounds very scary for you and him. Hopefully whatever is causing him problems will be found and fixed soon.

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gosh Robbie, you go through so much. Definitely hard to guess on this one. Let us know what you hear from the vet.

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Wishing the best for Yogi. How worrisome.

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Poor Yogi and poor you! Has a disk problem been ruled out? I'm thinking that if he had either a lot of sudden back pain, or else sudden loss of feeling, either could have been distressing enough to cause him to react the way you described. It could also explain his discomfort while eliminating.

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Robbie, how frightening! I hope you will get some answers today. Prayers for you and Yogi.

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How did the vet visit go? Any word?

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The Vet seems to think he has a drug resistant infection, it is a UTI, but it has spread causing the inflammation in his rectum. His liver enzymes were moderately elevated but not really worried about that. He is back on a different antibiotic and a small amout of prednisone for the inflammation. We are now waiting for convulsion antibody titers and culture and sensitivity results. The C&S takes about 10 days at that time we may need to change the antibiotic. These are being done at NC State.

As for the seizure, it is not uncommon for dogs to have a few in their life time, if he gets another and it is short I am to keep a log. If they were to happen on a daily basis or they increase in time, or recovery time is long then he needs to go right back. The Vet thinks it was brought on by stress, right now for Yogi he has his usual anxitey stress plus the stress of pain, UTI plus inflammation he says is extremely painful. As for Yogi's lifting up his foot and the arch of his back it is not unusual. It is a smaller seizure but they can progress.

Karen, I ask about disk or back problem, he has no signs of either, a dog with disk problems are generally very sick and will not move. Also we had Orthopedic testing and x rays done on Yogi at NC State over a year ago, so we know it is safe to jump him. My Vet says he is low risk (he has a copy on file). Of course any dog can have an injury.

So now I wait and hope he improves and at least with the prednisone, I know the swelling and pain go away. I feel so bad for him, I walk him down the block to help him go and he just looks at me and whines the whole time he's going.

Thanks for all your kind words and support. You all are the best!

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