Quick update on the dog


He’s well! No more seizures thus far, so we’re assuming, unless and until it happens again, that it was heat-induced. Fucking summer. I hate July, and I think July hates my dog. He’s been relaxing with Beth and hanging out in the bedroom — his favorite room — and just being cool. Pedialyte pops have been nommed, but it’s cooled off a bunch here — we’ve dropped ten degrees during the hot part of the day — and with the new fan, the bedroom feels like it’s air-conditioned. Which, we may end up getting one before next summer.

We are extremely relieved that the dog is doing better. The dog is mostly annoyed at our watching him so closely, and happy to not be doused with water at such regular intervals.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers. And, obviously, our thanks to our Gods, who I think are as stupid about this dog as we are . . .


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Diane says:

    So glad to hear he’s doing better!

  2. anita says:

    I’m so glad he’s feeling better—I meant to leave a message on the original post, but was distracted by a leak in the roof . . . nonetheless, I was Thinking Good Thoughts, FWIW.

  3. Miaërowyn says:

    So glad to hear the dog is much better! I couldn’t imagine what I’d do if mine did that. Thankfully we live in a basement apartment, so there’s lots of coolness from the earth that comes in.
    It just must be a hard weekend for dogs as while I was at a Fest in Alberta, someone’s dog there seizured as well. Given there was not much shade at the camp site and the sun was incredibly oppressive, it’s no wonder why the poor little thing seized. Le sigh…
    I am thinking good thoughts for your dog to be in continued good health.

    1. naiadis says:

      Please note: I’m not sharing any of this because I think you wouldn’t think of this on your own, nor because I think you have no commonsense. I share because some things I didn’t know, some things I did, and because my brain does STUPID SHIT when I’m panicking, so having a mental check-list very likely saved my dog’s life. So, should the situation ever present itself:

      Cooling them off is obviously critical. We pulled him into the tub, put cold water up to his knees and started pouring it over his head. Our vet says that alcohol on the pads of their feet every 15 minutes or so is one thing they do when they see cases of heat stroke coming. Some say ice cold is bad; I know from experience that ice cold is PAINFUL. We used only cold water, poor thing, and i’m not sure that we’d do differently, next time. (Please, gods, no next time). After we pulled him out of the tub, he was placed in front of a fan, and we kept pouring cold water on his head, and putting ice against him, and keeping cold wet cloths on his back. When he came out of it enough to sort of know what was going on, he got an popsicle, because he wouldn’t *drink*. He was still very unsteady on his legs. And he moved on to juice and water and even ice chips after a few hours.

      Kicking myself, because there were signs that he wasn’t okay before the seizure hit, but it was little things that only seem huge after. Like, he was sitting funny on the bed prior to the seizure. Like, he wasn’t panting much at all. Like, he hadn’t been drinking. Like, he responded weird when our take out was delivered, not at all the barkbarkbark that he does, and that was an hour or so before the seizure hit. Obvious signs now, but they weren’t, at the time. And before he went full on seizure, he was very shaky on his legs. They were a bit spastic, really, not just uncoordinated. And then he wasn’t tracking movement right at all. And then he was all Cujo on our one neighbor, which he never does. So. Stupor and non-responsive and all that fun stuff. With heat stroke, and seizures induced by heat stroke, getting the body temperature down fast is very important.

      Er. Yeah. So. Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with it, and obviously this isn’t for all seizures, just, you know, heat stroked induced ones. May you never need to use the knowledge.

  4. Teka Lynn says:

    Yay! So glad to hear he’s doing better.

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