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dturm

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We decided to go camping last weekend. Things were going great until Sat nite about 3:00 am we were awakened by thrashing clunking sounds. We thought one of the dogs was caught under the bed, but it turns out Charmin's world was spinning.

He had acute onset of old dog Vestibular disease.. Diagnosing this was pretty easy and we knew given enough time, he should recover.

Charmin is very stubborn, and trying to get a dog to go down the camper steps when he's walking like a drunken sailor was not fun. Carrying him wouldn't work, he's 85# and I'm not that young anymore.

Well, we alternated sleeping on the floor with him and things were stable, then he developed vomiting and diarrhea. It progressed through Sunday and developed into HGE (Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis). We went through Sunday trying to manage the vomiting and bloody diarrhea with an 85# dog that couldn't walk and resisted guidance and didn't want to go outside.

We survived and he's just about as good as any dog I've seen 36 hours after a vestibular episode. He's learned to walk, is no longer scared of steps and the vomiting/diarrhea has stopped. Our carpeting took a beating, but that's what a carpet shampoo machinge is for, and carpet is now clean.

I thought I'd share a smart idea I got (after the fact ), I'm going to get a thick poly drop cloth that I can deploy when something like this happens again. It will save the carpet and make it so-o-o much easier to manage something like this in the future. I'm going to make it a must for our dog kit.

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Posted: 07/30/12 02:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went through that at home; it would be really rough while on the road. Give him a nice scratch behind the ears from me.
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We though about going home (only an hour away)but thought fewer steps and smaller area in the RV would be easier. Don't know that that would be easy anywhere.

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Posted: 07/30/12 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, that will be a weekend to remember.

I'm glad he's feeling so much better already!


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Thank God you managed all that. Our great dane had HGE while he was home alone. I was met at the door by a very weak dog and a horrendous odor in the house. He survived with IVF and meds. They guessed he got it from eating deer droppings!





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dturm wrote:

We decided to go camping last weekend.

I thought I'd share a smart idea I got (after the fact ), I'm going to get a thick poly drop cloth that I can deploy when something like this happens again. It will save the carpet and make it so-o-o much easier to manage something like this in the future. I'm going to make it a must for our dog kit.

Doug


I always carry a small, new tarp, a package of those puppy piddle pads, a first aid kit for the dogs,...... geeze.... I forgot.....
I carry more stuff for the dogs than I do for us. LOL I try to restrain myself, but every time I do, I need something I don't have.

Those vestibular incidents are nasty. I'm glad Charmin is doing better. It's tough watching them age.


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Poor Charmin! Poor Doug & Sandy! Even with your expertise that was no doubt very troubling and messy. I'm glad he is on the mend.

Good idea about the drop cloth. We'll be picking one up next trip to the home improvement store.


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Go Dogs wrote:

Thank God you managed all that. Our great dane had HGE while he was home alone. I was met at the door by a very weak dog and a horrendous odor in the house. He survived with IVF and meds. They guessed he got it from eating deer droppings!


I think stress was the initiating cause here. We don't always know what causes this and we've had about 6 cases at work over the past few weeks. BTW, I don't ever recommend that people try to treat this at home. It is an emergency and almost always requires IVs, but the good news is that it is almost never fatal if caught in time. If we had not gotten Charmin's vomiting and diarrhea stopped after two bouts of each and his vitals maintaining, he was going to the hospital.

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So sorry to hear that Charmin went through this! That's how we finally lost Chipper, our 14.5 year old lab awhile back. He never showed improvement. So glad Charmin is doing better!


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Happy tp learn Charmin is better and feeling good again. Once had that experience with another sheltie mix in our home, and ended up carrying him down 7 steps to potty. Glad it's only a temporary situation.

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