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Old 05-05-2019, 02:30 PM
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any one have encountered this in their chihuahua? My coco is 11 she was coughing took her to the vet and he did extensive blood work and xrays. The next morning she could barely walk and extreme head tilt. Back to the vet he diagnoses her with this and this is day 4. I helped supported her to go potty this morning she ate half of her food and he upped her prednisone but since this morning she seems to have gotten worse. She is not doing well. Any help could be appreciated.
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Old 05-05-2019, 06:18 PM
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This is sort of an inner ear problem. Makes the dog dizzy, with head tilting etc. Prednisone helps with the inflammation. I wonder if the dog also has heart disease? The coughing is usually not associated with with this problem. (not a vet, but just wondering?) Here's hoping that the increase in medication will help.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:31 PM
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Yes Susan there is evidence that she has heart disease we were going to proceed with an ultrasound this week however then this happened. I am convinced she was so stressed by taking her in the back to do the xrays that it brought on this episode. I've just sent an email to the vet hopefully he responds in the morning I dont think at this time she is ready for the ultrasound which will surely stress her out. I wonder if anti nausea meds might help.

I know you have owned several chihuahuas and I was hoping for you to answer me. Thank you.

I know at 11 her time is limited but if my memory serves me correct you had a female with heart disease. I am just trying to figure out how and why this came on so quickly. She also has suffered for years with chronic ear infections. It seems that is related to this as well.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:32 AM
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My chihuahuas that had heart problems were there for years in the form of heart murmurs, that suddenly got worse. I have an 11 year old now that has tracheal collapse with the enlarged heart pressing on it. Causes coughing. I think this is a problem with chihuahua breed. Some 'better' breeders actually screen their dogs before breeding them. For murmurs. I wish I knew why murmurs that are there for years suddenly become so dangerous.

Now as to your little one. Would the vet give her some valium or sedation before she went back for the ultrasound? Maybe you could even take her back home until she becomes sleepy? The problem with the vestilbular problem is usually a week or two at the most. Hopefully this is the case. Feel free to ask me questions! Not a vet, but very interested in medicine--am a retired medical assistant.
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Well back to the vet we went this morning. She couldnt even be held up with the harness this morning. Vet said she should have gotten better by now this is day 6. I'm really upset with him today as he said not much we can do and suggested putting her to sleep. I'm not ready to give up on her as she is eating drinking and going potty. I went to speak with another vet this afternoon who is going to review her xrays and blood work and call me tomorrow. She was better an hur ago was actually standing for a few minutes on her own.
Like I said I'm not ready to give up on her. Still wagging her tail.
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:58 AM
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Cass, I wonder if the recurrent ear infections have spread to the brain? I hope the new vet will x-ray her head to see if there is any tumor or infection there. At this rate, as long as she is not in pain, supportive care is all you can do. I'm so sorry this is happening. If a dog is eating, pooping, peeing, I don't know what to say.Keep your head up, and do the best you can. Prayers are with you.
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:41 PM
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Thanks for the support Susan. She ate again this morning and drank took her out to potty was hard to tell if she peed she was so low to the grass and contorted I'm hoping shes resting now. The second vet was going to review the xrays and blood work and get back to me but hasn't yet.

I'm just doing some heavy praying and letting her rest blinds drawn and quiet in the room with blankets around her bed so she cant fall out. She will prop herself up on front two and turn several times during the day.

I know her time is limited I just hope when its time she just falls asleep. This is breaking my heart.
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Old 05-08-2019, 01:29 AM
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Cass: it seems as if she is holding her own. Just keep doing what you are doing. Has the 'new' vet called you yet? Have you googled brain supplements for dogs? Sometimes the supplement may help, sometimes not. Just a thought.
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