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.