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An Optimistic Update

vIf you saw my last post, you know that Tucker wasn’t doing well on Friday.  We even ended up taking him to the local emergency clinic Friday afternoon because we were so worried.  It turns out that he didn’t have a stroke, he had Vestibular Disease!

tilting my head with Tucker
tilting my head with Tucker

The symptoms that Tucker had were:
*unsteady/falling over
*rapid eye movement (horizontal)
*nauseous/vomiting
*unable to hold urine
*lethargic
*head tilt

 We were having to carry Tucker down the stairs until yesterday & we’ve been using a homemade sling to help steady him.  All weekend we kept him confined to the living room/kitchen area & I slept on the couch to be with him.  We are giving him motion sickness medicine every day, that is the only medication he seems to be on/need. 
He’s showing great improvement & is getting back to normal.  According to his vet, the head tilt is usually the last symptom to go, & some dogs have it forever.
We don’t know why Tucker got Vestibular Disease, but it is apparently quite common in older dogs.  It may happen again in six months, or it may never happen again.
I just know that despite the ups and downs of this past few days, I am grateful for some extra time with my best friend!
For more information on Vestibular Disease, I found both of these two articles helpful.