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December 27th, 2008


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wicked_fairy13
07:59 pm
Hello everyone I just join the community because I need help with some questions I have.
My Yorkie, Dory is 4 almost 5yrs old, she's never been a sick dog when it comes to having worms or getting a flu and has never had any heart problems.
But she has a problem that started about three years ago and not even the vets have been able to tell me what it is, so here are the symptoms she goes through whenever this "attack" (lets call them "attacks" because I'm not sure what they are);

1. She startes to walk as if she was disoriented, and sometimes she might walk sideways.
She will quickly go to whoever is near as if looking for protection.

2. she loses strength and can't keep her self completely up so she sits and starts to
shake.

3. Twice it's been so severe that she completely lays on the floor as if unconcies yet
she still is because she has her eyes open, she doesn't answer when we call her she
just lays there and doesn't even raises her head. I was only present the second
time it happen, my mom was with her the first time, and like my mom I thought my
dog was dying when I saw her going through that.

The only thing that we do when this happens is caress her and little by little she starts to gain strength and stops shaking, and then she just starts to act like nothing happened and starts to play and eat her food.

She's been to the vet twice because of this but by the time we get there she's already normal. The vet is not sure what it can be, she was sent some medicine and it didn't help. The vet thinks it might have something to do with her liver but again she's not sure.

Does anyone here have this problem with their dog? Does anyone know what can be causing this?

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From:franklanguage
Date:December 28th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
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All I can think is it might be a neurological problem; I don't know if those symptoms mean a seizure, but have you had a neurological workup for her? Clearly if she's already back to normal by the time you get her to the vet, you might need to actually check her brain waves to see what's going on.
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From:wicked_fairy13
Date:December 28th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
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No she's never had a neurological workup done, I'm going to have to ask the vet to do one, thank you.
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From:exquisitegeek
Date:December 28th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
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It sounds a lot like an electrolyte embalance. My first Yorkie used to have problems similar to that if she didn't eat enough/at the right time. She'd get really staggery, walk crooked and lose all energy and just lie there. If we could get her to eat, she would do better.

Maybe keep track of your dog's meals and see if changes in eating coincide with the attacks.
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From:wicked_fairy13
Date:December 28th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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The thing with my dog is that she only eats whenever she wants even if she has her food there she wont eat, she might be hungry but wont eat if she doesn't like the food. She eats both human and dog food but the dog food she only eats it when she's nervous or to play, and she sometimes has several options of food and she still wont eat anything, sometimes she spends a whole day without eating just because she doesn't want to not because we do give her food.
I know is not good for her to eat human food and I want her to stop but my dad who spoils her is not helping at all with that.

I don't think it has anything to do with how much she ate or at what time because these symptoms don't happen often and don't coordinate with the time she ate, although last week for the first time it happened 4 days in a row.

Still I'll pay close attention to that and see if they are connected.
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From:still_dorothy
Date:December 28th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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I have to agree with franklanguage. It sounds like a seizure disorder. Had it been an electrolyte imbalance your vet would've discovered it by blood work. (Did they do blood work?)
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From:wicked_fairy13
Date:December 28th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes they did blood work, and the only thing they found was that her bilirubin was a bit high.
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From:1dreamr
Date:December 28th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Be sure and ask your vet about running tests for a liver shunt. This is a common malady in Yorkies and as I understand it, can cause seizure-like symptoms. My Yorkie's brother had it and because it is/can be genetic, I had Tucker tested as well. Thankfully, he was fine.

His brother Woody, went through some rough times and had surgery to correct the problem - today (two years later), he's doing just fine!

Good luck, I hope everything works out.
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From:1dreamr
Date:December 28th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)

Liver shunts

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Also, do a Google search for more info on liver shunts. Here is one article I found. http://www.yorkie.org/dogs/health.html
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From:wicked_fairy13
Date:December 28th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Liver shunts

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Thank you for the link, I really hope is not that what she has because there are two things mentioned there that don't apply to her which is her size
(she's a bit big compare to a teacup or a toy) and her hair grows rather fast. Again I hope is not liver shunts.
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From:1dreamr
Date:December 29th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)

Re: Liver shunts

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I hope it isn't liver shunts also, but an early diagnosis is so important. Let us know what you find out. Dory will be in my prayers, and I hope it's something simple and easy to fix. xo
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From:lacrimose
Date:December 28th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Calcium deficiency? I had a dog with one, she had similar symptoms to this. I had to feed her ground up calcium pills mixed with cottage cheese a few times a day and she got better. You should talk with your vet however if you haven't yet. I hope its something as simple as this. Best of luck!
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From:wicked_fairy13
Date:December 28th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I would feel so much better if it was something like calcium deficiency, I really hope is not something too bad like liver shunts as the person above mentioned.
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From:schnouzi
Date:January 16th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
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Some good suggestions here, maybe try a different vet? I'm sure one of them should know these symptoms. Best of luck...that must be terrifying.

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