Dogs and strokes??? We're holding vigil with our boy....

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 22, 2013 - 09:58am PT
It appears our dear boy Cush had a stroke or some similar event last night....he is mostly comatose now and comfortable....us.....not so much.

Anyone go through this?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Sorry to hear this Dean.

We know that no creature gets to get out of here alive, but that doesn't make it any easier for the kids, or even us.

Best of luck.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Oh my god Cragman that is awful. My heart aches for you all. Is there anything any of us can do to help? Or is this a wait and see situation?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:14am PT
Sorry to hear about your dog. We had a similar experience recently.

Our ten year old shepard-mix got a sudden spinal injury about two months ago. We have no idea where it came from -- he just lost the use of his front legs, almost overnight. The worst part was that he was in great pain. We did what we could for a couple of days, but he was clearly miserable. Two different vets told us that these injuries are not uncommon and can happen unexpectedly, probably a slipped disc. The prognosis was not good, and any attempt at a treatment would be extremely expensive, painful, and unlikely to succeed.

It was very hard on the kids, but an inevitable life lesson for them.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Thanks you guys.....that seems to be the worst part...not being able to DO anything for him....

We are grateful that he is comfortable and warm....but dang, this is not easy...
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Right now, for me at least, this is the most significant thread on ST.
Good luck man.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:21am PT
You may have a 24 hour vet in your area,but of course now it is just another 2 hours before your regular one is available.


"Doctor knows best."

I am sorry to know your family is suffering and that your beloved companion has taken ill.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:21am PT
My mom's dog had a knock down stroke. We hand fed her for a couple days and she rebounded pretty well. She limped thereafter but was doing OK, until after a few months she had another and we had to put her down. I don't know whether there any meds that might have helped. Sorry to hear about yours.

Just reread your OP, hang in there, a big stroke can take at least a couple of days to rebound from. We gave Trinka chicken soup by hand (nutrients and fluids).
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 10:27am PT
How I sure want to see this smile again....

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mitchy

Trad climber
new england
Jan 22, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Lost a dog to cancer 4yrs. ago, had him for 11 yrs. I still see him from time to time in my dreams. Best wishes to you and your dog.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 10:56am PT
This seems so odd....he had such a good, strong walk yesterday down along Silver Lake....was his normal self....

He is not responding to any sounds now....Micah just came over from Mammoth to see him, and fortunately, our son Paden just happens to be visiting from SoCal, so the whole family is here for him.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:06am PT
Very sorry Dean. Hope for the best outcome.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:09am PT
That's awful. Best wishes to your pup & everybody else who loves him.

I was talking with a friend recently whose older dog had a brain stem stroke...the way it presented seemed especially dire...one vet said that prednisone was typical therapy, but only about 20% seem to respond positively. Luckily for all, their dog was part of that small percent...she's an old girl, so they know what's around the corner, and are making the most of every moment until then.

I swear, losing a pet can be more decimating than most humans.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:11am PT

Cragman, Dang, so sorry to hear this news (-;...
Hoping for a turnaround.
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:12am PT
You know my thoughts are with you...

~peace and hugs
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 11:13am PT
We're hoping for a turnaround too.....his breathing and heartrate still seem good.....
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Crag,,fingers crossed that it was just a small seizure,,,how old is your boy?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 22, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Cush will be 10 on March 26th....98 lbs. and strong as they come.
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:21am PT
I had a best friend (Purwanto) that was about the same size and color of your boy, though he was a Heinz 57 breed. He went through a period of losing his hind legs and then he'd come back strong with no seeming effects. I (and the vet) thought he had hip displasia(sp?) in the beginning. Then one morning he couldn't get up at all. I took him to the Vet and they found a large tumor pressing on his spine. They said that when it was smaller, it probably would press on it sometimes and then not, which was the reason he seemed to have problems and then totally "get better".

He was my only true friend when I was going through a heart wrenching divorce that tore up my family. It was too late by then and I had to say goodbye. I called my boss and told him that I couldn't come in that day. He said "it's only a dog!"

I don't work for those guys anymore.

Wishing you and Cush the best.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 22, 2013 - 11:23am PT
ive been through a few of these situations.. Give me a call if youd like 775-220-9185
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