Saturday, May 10, 2008

Zoe

Our Zo-Zo is sick. We made a weekend emergency visit to the vet this afternoon. We, including the vet, are not sure what is wrong with her. She is having neurological symptoms. About an hour after we got up this morning we noticed that she was acting nervous. Which for Zoe is out of the ordinary to begin with. Nothing ever bothers Zoe. Then we noticed that she wouldn't come to us and she wouldn't let us pick her up. She increasing became more anxious as the day went on. She's been panting and running in circles all day. About noon we noticed that she was jerking her head from side to side involuntary. That's when we called the vet. The vet was out of town so by the time he was able to meet us at the office it was 4:00. Now she was bobbing her head up and down as well as jerking it from side to side. And she was walking backwards.
The vet doesn't know what to think. Her heart rate is good, no GI issues, no fever... He gave her a shot of Valium to relax her. After the shot she laid down for all of 1 minute still bobbing her head. Then she was right back to pacing and panting. He gave her a shot of steroids and put her on antibiotics. We are trying to cover all the bases. He sent us home with sedatives but we can't tell if they are working. They may be as she will sit still for 3 or 4 minutes at a time but she will not lay down at all. And if you talk to her she goes right back to frantically running around. Poor Zoe has been going non-stop all day. She physically can't relax. And the head jerking and bobbing does not stop. It is so hard to look at her. We want to cuddle and hold her but she will not let us. She isn't mean or aggressive to us she just is too frantic to settle down with us. She wags her tail and gets happy when we sweet talk to her but if we approach her she darts away. It is breaking our hearts. We are scared to death that Zoe has a condition called "Pug Dog Encephalitis". The vet admits that she is showing symptoms but there are no test for this. So right now we are playing the wait and see game. Please send prayers for our Zo-Zo.....

3 comments:

Ben said...

Zoe's in our thoughts and prayers...hope she's back to normal soon.

Ruby Bleu said...

Oh no...Ruby and I are sending lots of love to you all...especially Zoe.

Hang in there...Michele

Margaret said...

I am tearful as I read your blog today. I hope all is well soon. I will be thinking about Zoe and your family.