My dear dog lovers,
It has been 6 days since I found my lovely Skai on the bathroom floor unable to get up. Today, I am happy to tell you that he is almost back to normal. From time to time, he still has the odd ‘drunken sailor’ moment but his speed of recovery has surprised everyone involved in his care.
I read somewhere that 95% of our worries are totally unnecessary. If you have shared your life with a dog, you have likely been there… Some people think that vets worry less but that is not the case.
When we are there for others, we are able to help them, support them and make them feel better, but when it comes to our own dogs, we are humbled by being just human… The differential diagnoses scroll through our head and usually stop at the worst case scenario, we too, unlike non-veterinarians, seem to obsess about it.
It appears that in Skai’s case, the best case scenario was the cause of his problem!
Over the last few months, Skai’s p-mail’s have gained popularity, in fact, I have a feeling that they have a “higher rating” than my emails :-) That is why I am passing over the computer over to let him give you an update on his condition.
Dr. P. D
My dear people,
Wow, I could not believe how many of you have sent me wishes for a quick recovery… Thank you thank you from my doggie heart! I thought the computer was going to explode with love! :-)
What a week…. First, I have to set things straight… I DID NOT have a stroke but a condition that is called vestibular syndrome. My sister Peggy’s dad is a professor of anatomy and he explained to me that the organ of balance in the inner ear is really sensitive to motion.
This is what he said: “There are three semicircular canals in the inner ear that convey the information about the positioning of the head to the brain… In these canals there is fluid that flows when my head moves, hair like receptors that sense the fluid movement and also calcium carbonate crystals that float in the inner ear”..
Now, I can already hear you asking, so what happened to you, Skai?
Well, that is the silly part. I am a service dog and sometimes, dad takes me to restaurants. It was my auntie Emma’s birthday, the one who lives with my buddy Brady. As usual, I lied down under the table, waiting for people to drop food “by accident” and suddenly, someone from the next table dropped a fork on my head….
I got spooked pretty badly and my fast head movement displaced the little crystals in my inner ear called "otoliths" I already felt pretty dizzy when leaving the restaurant but then we went to sleep and in the morning…. Oooh’ lala… my whole world was spinning and I suddenly didn’t know which side was up and which one was down….
I could see dad being upset, especially when uncle neurologist said that I possibly had a stroke….I knew I didn’t but I could not really tell them….
I saw dad being really sad and then I got sad because I didn’t know if I would ever be able to chase Canada Geese and do my tricks in the forrest…
(By the way, did I tell you that my sister loves Goose popsicles… Her name is Peggy but I call her “Piggy” because she takes every opportunity munch on goose poop.)
However, I don’t care if my sister is a poop eater because she is the best nurse EVER! Every time I saw her, I started feeling better and better….
So the good news is, that I have no plans to write you p-mail from “the other side,” because I like it on this side a lot!
I didn’t have a stroke and today, I let dad film a short video clip of me running around the tree again. Still a little ‘drunken sailor style’ but I am feeling much better.
Plus, you would not believe the food I was getting over the last week! I felt a little queazy but who could resist grilled chicken, cooked venison and braised lamb leg?!
Dad told me that he is planning to write a few blogs on vestibular syndrome. (I call it the “dropped fork disease”). He is also planning on giving you a few thoughts on what to do, when you worry about your pooch!
Once again thank you for all the love… I am sure that I am also better because of you….
Skai Wantstofly (the drunken sailor )