Sunday, May 11, 2008

Update on Zoe

Zoe is better!!

We don't think that Zoe slept at all last night. We gave her 3 sedatives within a matter of hours hoping that she would sleep. We felt terrible putting her in her crate the way she was pacing. About 2:00 she woke us up crying. Craig took her outside and then brought her into our room. She was still doing the head jerking thing but it seemed to be less. We also noticed that she was staggering and easily tripping over objects. She would let me hold her for 2 or 3 minutes which was an improvement. We put her back in her crate and then she woke us up about 6:00 crying again. I got up and took her outside. She raced out the door chasing Seadra back to the woods. I was so happy to see that as she wouldn't go 10 feet from the back door yesterday. And she was approaching me on her own wanting attention from me. She would let me pet her and comfort her. She sat on my lap for a few minutes. If you watched her close you could see the head bobbing but is was subtle.

I can't tell you what a relief today is. We put her in her crate when we went to church and for the first time she laid down to sleep. And when we got home it is like we have Zo-Zo back again. Right now she is relaxed, laying next to Seadra in the lazy chair and chewing on a nylabone. Yesterday we were losing hope. Being a nurse it's totally confusing me that a dog can be having such severe neurological symptoms and today be almost normal.

There are 2 forms of Pug Dog Encephalitis. One being slow progression where between episode the dog can be normal for weeks at a time before showing symptoms again. That would make sense but for now we are only going to think positive thoughts and hope that this was a freak thing.

Thanks for your good thoughts, we'll keep you posted.

And happy Mother's Day!!

8 comments:

Margaret said...

I am relieved and happy, as I know you all are. I pray that this is a passing thing. Bella and Athena send their love! Happy Mother's Day!

Shellmo said...

I never knew a dog could get encephalitis! All the best for a speedy recovery for your doggy!

gerry said...

Having Zoe improve is a great Mother's Day Gift. I pray St. Franics keeps an eye on her and all goes well.

Ben said...

Good news! Best wishes for continued good news!

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh thank goodness. I will keep praying for the sweet girl! How is Seadra doing with this?

Michele

Pigeon said...

I'm glad she is feeling better!

Peanut said...

Oh my I just saw this. There is something else that causes the head thing in boxers and I am going to ask my boxer list about and let you know. It might be something you want ot check out. Let you know later. Glad Zoe is feeling a little better.

Liquid said...

(Oo)