On Sunday 2/19 Bailley woke just as any other morning. Our routine started with her morning potty break. I put her in the grass and she started to pee when I noticed and felt an immediate change in her body language. I moved towards her and at that very second she started to dart off as if she was bit by something. I snatched her up screaming and she peed all over me in the same manner that a woman’s water breaks just before birth. I knew this behavior all too well as she suffered a similar attach in 2015 which left her mostly blind. We have Trazadone on hand due to that incident.
I ran in the house with Bailley in my arms as she screamed, peed, and fought to get away. My husband came running in to investigate the ruckus. With both of us I was able to locate the Trazadone, crush it in a spoon of water and squirt down her mouth. Was this the end? I had resolved myself I would do whatever needed to be done if she could not come out of this. I knew before making any harsh decisions running to the vet for her final sleep, I had to be calm and give it time.
The medication took some time to work so we took her in a closed room and for some reason I put her down hoping she would relax. It was a very scary situation. I decided to film what she was doing so I could show the vet if we needed to go in. The video below shows her in an active attack. One video shows me holding her and the other after I let her go. It was best not to touch her as that made it worse. You can see she starts to calm
WARNING: It is very disturbing
It took around 20 minutes but she finally calmed down and slept most of the day. I did a lot of research to find out what this is. It was dignosed as some sort of stroke the first time but after much reading and research on the internet I believe it could possibly be Vestibular disease or Old dog disease, which is related to a stroke.
Causes of the condition can include chronic and recurrent inner and middle ear infections, overzealous cleaning of the ears resulting in a perforated eardrum, trauma from head injury, stroke, tumors, polyps, meningoencephalitis, hypothyroidism, as well as certain drugs like the aminoglycoside antibiotics, including drugs like amikacin, gentamicin, neomycin, and tobramycin.
Come to find out when a dog is experiencing these attacks, they are better not picked up because they cannot get their bearings without touching the floor. They liken the attack to humans having vertigo. Dogs have no idea what is happening and it is stressful for them. She has never had an ear infection so I am lead to believe stroke may be the cause.
She was doing much better the following day but I still noticed she seemed dizzy. I found a natural medication that is supposed to help people with vertigo and was touted to help dogs with motion sickness. I ran to the vitamin shop at 8:30 pm and purchased the medication right before they closed for the evening. It is called Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Cocculus Indicus
I immediately gave her three tiny pellets crushed in a spoon of water. After about 10 minutes I noticed she was not tracking with her eyes and seem to calm and feel better. I have been using it ever since when I notice she is tracking and appears dizzy. I am so glad I found it.
So Bailley returned to pretty much normal a couple days later. A gift arrived for the dogs from a special Shih Tzu Mommy. I put the bag on the floor and was moved to tears when I saw Bailley acting like a normal dog.
I found out many people put their dogs to sleep when they have one of these attacks because they are so violent and scary they think the dog is dying and some vets dont understand the attacks either. I wanted to make others aware of this so they can possibly make an educated decision concerning their pets. Most of the time a sedative is what is needed to calm them down. Do some research on it before your dog suffers from this just so you are prepared.