I love it when they sleep all close like this. I’m pretty sure neither one of them has been all that delighted with January. Margot has been in a clown collar and a cone much of the month and had to endure pills and creams. Guinness has been treated for ear infections all month, requiring multiple visits to the vet.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a true month of dog drama without at least one visit to the ER vet. Sunday evening, also known as Day 3 of My Migraine, Guinness staggered into the kitchen. We thought maybe she’d hurt her leg jumping off the bed or something. But as the hours passed, she had more bizarre symptoms that made me wonder if she was having a stroke or seizures. We thought she was probably okay until the vet opened at 7 am Monday, so we all went to bed. But I couldn’t sleep, and I kept checking her, and finally I looked at Tom and said, “We’re going.”
We left a sleepy and disgruntled Margot at Tim’s since we didn’t know how long we’d be gone, and Tom, Guinness, and I headed for V.E.R.G.I. As soon as we went in and began describing her symptoms, they were all, “Oh, yeah, vestibular disease.” It could be from the ear infections, she could have an inner ear infection, it could be because she’s an old dog, or it could be for reasons unknown, but basically, her world is spinning around her, her eyes are moving from side to side trying to track what she’s seeing, she’s staggering and falling because her balance is off, she doesn’t know if she’s standing, sitting, lying down–I had nights like that in college, and like Guinness, I threw up, too.
Anyway, we continue the ear washes and she gets another round of steroids, oral antibiotics, and anti-nausea meds. She’s doing MUCH better now. She’s still not a hundred percent, but we’re crossing our fingers for a full recovery. She may go through it again, but the next time we’ll know what to do and I won’t freak out. Probably.
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for the two of them–they are the best dogs in the world–but mercy, the vet bills this month. Just a reminder: I have art for sale! If you can’t find anything you like on my site, we can talk about custom pieces. If a painting you’re interested in is on exhibit, I can get it back for you. I will also negotiate prices on existing works. Won’t someone please think of the puppies?