Hellooooooooooooooo! Is anyone out there? It’s me – Noodle! Did you forget me? I’ve been gone forever.

I’ve been away for like 3 weeks! Sorry, I had nothing on my mind to talk about, I guess.

But! Today, I have updates to…update…you on.

Mom & Dad were finally able to take Macy to the 2nd vet for an evaluation.


Aside from her hip dysplasia, it turns out Macy has a Grade 3 medial patellar luxation (kneecap out of place) and has arthritis in the same knee.

According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (click for their article on pattelar luxation), the difference in grading is:


So Macy is going to have knee surgery next week (we hope). In the meantime, she got cold laser therapy on her hips today.


Mom keeps saying, “Thank God for pet insurance!” I guess it’s going to cost a lot of dollars – $2,100-2,500. With the pet insurance, Mom only pays 10%. Thank DOG! Otherwise I think we might all starve to death because Mom would be broke and we wouldn’t be able to eat!

Speaking of eating, Mom switched my food again. Instead of eating Natural Balance LID Duck and Pea formula, I’m eating Fish & Sweet Potato formula. My itching has been at an all-time high so Mom is trying a different protein. Mom is pretty sure I’m allergic to grains and so she gets super mad when I get out into the bird room and eat their pelleted food which has corn and all sorts of grainy things in it. Then, I go outside and eat seed from under the bird feeder. Oh, and don’t forget that I like to find single kibbles that Macy and Molly knock out of their crates. Yes, I am all sorts of itchy.

Okay, onto the “something weird”. Last October, I had what Mom and Dad thought may have been a seizure. I had been laying in bed with Mom napping in the afternoon when I all of a sudden I started shaking really bad. Then my legs shot out to my sides and were stiff. I couldn’t stand. My head was moving back and forth and my eyes were buggy. It lasted for probably 2 minutes they said.

Well, today, it happened again. I was laying on the back of the couch and Mom thought I was scratching as usual. After about 30 seconds, she turned around to see that this weird thing was happening again. This time, the only different thing that happened was that I coughed twice during the “episode”. It lasted maybe another 3 minutes once Mom noticed what was happening.

Mom is going to call the vet in the morning because after a lot of research and video watching, she thinks it’s something called Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (aka Spike’s Disease). It looks like this:

Lots of shaking, though.

There’s not a whole lot of info out there but here’s the basics: http://www.canineepilepsy.co.uk/cecs.html. It can be triggered by gluten!

The good news is, a) it’s not really epilepsy at all even though the name makes it sound like it, and b) it’s not life-threatening.

Mom will call Dr. H in the morning to discuss this more to be sure of the diagnosis that Google helped her come too.

No worries, friends. I’m fine. Just a little tired now but I’ll be a-ok!

I’ll be back soon when I know more about Macy’s surgery and my diagnosis.

*ear licks*



About noodle4president

I was a discarded, lost little stray without a house or a family...until my mom found me. Now, I am the happiest, most loved dog in the whole world!

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  1. How nice to see you back again. You certainly do have news. We send lots of thoughts and good wishes to you and Macy. Your mom sure has her hands full.


  2. we will cross all paws and fingers and all boyparts we have for the surger appointment… and we hope so much that you get good news from your vet Noodle…. please don’t eat the snacks you find outside and around the crates, to get the itchies is awful… and the backscratcher fod dogs is not invented yet, so you better wait a little before you eat the fabulous finds from the berd feeder ;o)

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  3. Hi Noodle, I have been missing you. I wish Macy will be better after the surgery. You really had weird thing, but you said it is not dangerous, so ok. Please, don’t eat bird food!
    Have a happy weekend full of healthy treats.
    a cat in faraway Finland.

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    • Hi, Kosmo. Sometimes I do a disappearing act from my blog but this was the longest I’ve ever been gone. Sorry for disappearing. I’m going to try not to eat it but I just love it so much. Hope all is well with you! *Ear licks*

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  4. Oh Noodle…….good to hear from you but NOT good to hear the word “seizure” – however maybe your Mom got it right and it’s not something to be overly concerned about? Hope so…..as for Macy, glad your Mom has pet insurance – that’s an expensive procedure but should fix her RIGHT UP! We hope!

    Love, Angel Sammy

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  5. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties says:

    Hi Noodle, We’ve missed you!!! Wow that was a lot of news from your house. I’m sorry Macy has to have surgery but I’m glad they can do something to help her.
    Oh, corn (and wheat) …yep our crew has allergies to that too, esp. Belle pup. Try hard not to snack on the forbidden stuff Buddy I know it’s tempting.
    I’m sorry you’ve had seizures, even a couple is a lot for moms and dads to watch their pups have. I’m glad that it doesn’t sound serious, and that Mom is checking it out with your vet. Since gluten is involved maybe the forbidden snacking is adding to those too?
    Keeping you all in my prayers. Cuddles and hugs, Mrs. Margret

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    • Hi, Mrs. Margret! Poor Belle. This stuff is for the birds. Ha! See what I did there? The good news is that it’s not actually seizures. The bad news is that it’s full body cramping. I’ll get through it though. I’m strong! Even if I am weak to my urges. *Ear licks*


  6. Yikes! That cramping syndrome thing looks scary. One more reason to stay off the stray kibbles and bird seed (gluten?). Good luck to you with your official diagnosis from a different doctor besides Dr. Google. And good luck to Macy with her knee surgery. Mom had knee surgery once and it worked great. Prayers that Macy’s is great too! Hang in there, buddy. xoxo

    Love and licks,

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  7. Lady knows the pain of being gluten free, but in the end if you feel better it is worth it. Wishing Macy luck with her surgery. POTP to both of you!

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  8. Oh Noodle! We send our love and best wishes to you and your sister. Good luck with the new food formula. Elsa has a similar episode yesterday afternoon and while I’ getting more up to speed on the whole epilepsy thing, I was unfamiliar with this syndrome. Thanks for sharing that video. 💕 to you all!

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  9. dorysbackyard says:

    Hiya Noodles!! We are sending lots of POTP that your itchies get under control and Macy’s surgery goes well!

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  10. The Admiral says:

    So glad you are back – we were getting worried over here. Sounds like Macy’s knees are like Rivers – just much worse. They never gave the official name, or grade, but the description of patellar luxation is spot on. (Her’s must not be too bad though for them not to be too concerned.)

    I will swear by the laser therapy though. Bear went from unable to walk in October to running around – he even runs up the few steps I have on the back deck, taking them two at a time! Not sure the science behind it, but it works.

    Bear also has seizures – thankfully his is controlled by phenobarbital. Hopefully, Noodles can be easily controlled too.

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    • Watch River’s legs for bowing. That’s a prime indicator of bad luxation. We’re so happy Bear is doing better. For now, the doctor says I don’t need medicine. They’re not really seizures. It’s actually body cramping. As long as they don’t get as frequent as monthly, no medicine for me!


  11. Good luck in your surgery. We heard this is very common (Stanley has it) and the surgery gives good results!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  12. Amy says:

    Noodle. sweet boy, now I know why you and your Mom have been “off the grid” for a while. Jeff can’t eat gluten or corn, which also means he can’t eat any meat from animals who have been fed that. You are what your eat ate. 100% grass fed beef, no chicken or pork or anything else that ate corn. With that in mind, maybe the fish and potato formula will be your best bet. Please try to not sabotage your good diet! Prayers for you and Macy. P.S. Lexi loved the cold laser therapy. It helped her hip a lot.

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    • Hey, I can come eat dinner with Mr. Lexi’s Dad! That sounds fun and delicious. Mom hasn’t about the grain-free chicken formulas likely having grain in them. You just blew her mind.

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      • Amy says:

        Sorry about blowing your Mom’s mind, Noodle. Jeff figured this out. He’s not allergic to meat, just the grain that is in it from the animal’s diet. Let’s hope the fish weren’t fed corn. And of course you can come and sit at the table with us and have your very own plate. No gluten or corn will be served Tomorrow I am making mousaka with grass fed beef. (Anticipating your next question, no mouses or mooses were harmed of this meal)

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      • Whew! You are a mind reader!!!! I googled mousaka and it kind of reminds me of shepherds pie.

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  13. Wow! That’s terrible news about Macy’s knee. I hope she does well.

    Cockers have a lot of problems with allergies too. So far Chester has been spared this problem. Hope you feel better.

    That seizure in the video looked similar to what Chester has had only twice in his life that we know of. We were wondering if it had anything to do with his Heart Guard, since it’s one of the very rare side effects, and seemed to happen within a day of a dose. We skipped the dose this month because the ground is frozen and there aren’t any bugs around this time of year. Will let you know what happens next month.

    Sending lots of POTP to you and your family!

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  14. nordhuesn says:

    We are SOOOOO happy to hear from you. We ara also sorry you n Macy are having issues with health. Thank Dogness both are not life threatening. We wish you all well. Your pawrents are the best!

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  15. corkscot says:

    The surgery isn’t the problem, the aftercare is. Trying to keep Shelby quiet for 3 months was a horror. We haven’t been doing anything interesting for a while either. Feel better soon.

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  16. Glad to see you’re back with us Noodle. There sure has been a lot of problems at your place. Keep your head on straight and help your mom with the others. She does sound tired.


    Shoko and Kali

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    • There IS always something going on here but I guess that’s bound to happen with 4 dogs, 3 birds, 4 rabbits, 24 chickens, a pig, a turtle, fish, and a frog. We’re fine, though. Honestly! *ear licks*


  17. fredrieka says:

    Wow that is a lot Noodly doodly! Poor thing must be so uncomfortable.

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  18. Nylabluesmum says:

    Noodle mee Moodle are you sure yur OK?? Wee watched just a bit of the viudeo an wee both startin cryin!!! Mee BFF how could this happen?? Stew-pid Glue-ten! Stew-pid efurrfing what makess you shake an stuff….
    Wee are relieved that it iss not life threatenin butt still it iss scary lookin!
    An Macy mee iss goin to send TRIPULL POTP to you fur thee surgery. Darlin gurl you have been thru so much. Pawss crossed you will bee good as new inn a few weekss….
    An Lady Samantha you let LadyMum know if you needss $help$ OK??
    All our ❤ LUV ❤ an support, Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum ❤ ❤

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    • Don’t worry, my little BFF! I’m perfectly okay! It’s just a little cramping. I’m strong. I can handle it 🙂 Macy said thank you for the POTP. She said she’s excited to be treated like a baby after it’s all over. Mom said to tell LadyMum that all is good. POTP is all we need 🙂 *ear licks*


  19. […] called the vet yesterday about my episode but they were triple-booked. The receptionist spoke with Dr. H and he said as long as […]


  20. hello noodle its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am sorry to heer abowt macys owtcheez!!! i hav had the kold laser myself for things and it wuz helpful!!! i hope her serdjeree goze wel and that yoo do wel on yore noo diet!!! i wil be sending yoo lots of tail wags!!! ok bye

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    • Hi, Dennis! That cold laser therapy had her acting like a maniac! Here’s a secret: I don’t want her to be in pain but I’m scared to see how hyper she’s going to be once she’s fixed up. Yikes! *ear licks*


  21. speedyrabbit says:

    OMB Noodle….stay away from the bird seed and the gluten!Hope Macy gets over her surgery quickly,good vibes for you all,xxx Speedy

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  22. Sabina Ayne says:

    I hope Macy’s operation went well!

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  23. […] biggest news I have is that on Wednesday night, 2/21, I had one of those awful cramping episodes again (Canine Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome). Just like the one I had last February, I had been very […]


  24. […] Epileptoid Cramping Syndrome (CECS) is the pits. I had another episode yesterday. Whoa! Mom just looked at my old posts on CECS and discovered yesterday’s was 4 […]


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