Wednesday, August 18, 2010

12 Days Post Vestibular Diagnosis

It has been 12 days since Addie was diagnosed with Vestibular Disease. She has improved greatly. Her head tilt is less (though still existent), and she is stronger, more confident walking. She actually jogged a little when we let her out this morning. OK, just for a short distance, but she still had a little pep in her step. She still can't turn around very tightly and falls occasionally, but is getting better. Stairs are no longer her nemesis.

The one thing that is bothering me though is her lack of eating. She was a very strong eater previously - would eat without question. Now, it is a fight to get her to eat. Over the past few days, we have to take one meal and spread it out over 2 or 3 sittings. This morning, it looked like she was hungry (she was drooling as she waited), but only took 2-3 bites before she walked away. I tried to hand feed her, but she only took about 2 of those. We did add the Neoplasene back into her food on Sunday. So not sure if that is the issue or not. As mentioned, she used to eat her Neo-food without question.

We are going to get her a raised bowl stand later today to see if that helps. We have read that having their food on the floor can make them nauseous. We have tried putting her bowl on a box, but that seems to freak her out, so hopefully the stand will work. I really hope she does not become a finicky eater with her recovery. I know the neoplasene is horrible tasting but we were very spoiled by her apparent liking of it in the first two years.

3 comments:

ingrid said...

I'm always checking in on Addie even if I don't always comment. I hope the bowl stand helps. I used one with my previous dog for several reasons and she wouldn't eat without it. On our travels when I didn't have it, I would have to hold her dish for her. Placing in on a box or stool never worked for her either.
Best of luck and all my prayers.

Cowgirl said...

I guess it is easy to understand not being so inclined to eat when you feel nauseous -- keep up the devotion and best to you all.

On a side note -- I met a 14yr old dog on the trail today that has been on neoplase (sp?) for cancer this past year and he is feeling so spry he attempted to hump PonyGirl-- it was pretty funny.

Liz said...

Just be careful because I have heard that changing their eating position too quickly and drastically can lead to bloat. Raise or lower bowls gradually. Also, I have been putting the neo into capsules and wrapping it in a meatball. Jazzy never knows it's there! Perhaps that may help sweet Addie. Good luck!