Well, our Bella was in the wars again, though thankfully she is now well and trotting around once more.
Bella suffered an attack of Central Vestibular, far more serious and not usually such a good outcome as peripheral Vestibule'
It started by Bella looking as if she had blood lose from the tumor or a stroke maybe, for she was very weak, circling and head hanging to one side, all very worrying. There was hope with the diagnoses of Central Vestibular, there wouldn't have been if the tumor had erupted and therefore we were relieved somewhat when the vet said it was Central Vestibular, not so relieved when instead of picking up she went down hill over the next 24 hours.
Central vestibular disease usually has a poorer prognosis than the more common peripheral form, primarily due to the potential damage to the brain stem, which can be overall quite devastating.
The inflammatory condition, may respond to treatment initially, but it can progress to a point where it could be untreatable. Hence why I was so worried for her.
The way we got her through it was by syringing honey into her mouth and the same with the water, and she stayed with me 24-7 until she was better. Once she became a little stronger I mixed sardines in tomatoes sauce with cottage cheese into a puree that I could syringe into her mouth as I had done with the honey, bit by bit little by little she slowly become stronger, gaining her strength back ever so slowly. Somehow when needed to I carried her, so until she could walk down the stairs on lead, she and I stayed down stairs.
Now, she is totally fine, fingers crossed.
The Girls and myself have been away, well, the website has been off as I wanted peace for a while, lost family member and dear friend etc. which we will not go into! But now we are back.
Well, Bella is twelve years old now, though if you saw her you would not believe it as for apart from not running as fast as the other girls up the hill she is her normal wonderful self, almost..... She has taken a liking to behaving as the Royal 'We', she does and we obey, he he he!
We all ardour her and she knows it, quite right to at her age. No arthritis, touch wood, and a tiny amount of cataracts to the eye. She does have a huge fat lump in-between her layers of muscles, but this does not cause her any issues so no need for operation. She truly is so bonnie for a girl her age, long may she rein over us!
She is one Lady that will be cherished in her older years, she has been such a gem, and a true Queen.
Bella getting a cuddle
Bella is on the way to recovery, thankfully :)
Today she was back with the pack, which is wonderful. I will again sleep in the front room with her tonight though, but hopefully she will eve be sleeping with the pack tomorrow night.
Jay Jay doing a retrieve with little sister trying to help
Jay Jay and her Mini-me, Tinks
Puppies have had so little training because of my knee, but there is not a lot I can do about that, just have to hope we can catch up without any damage to their abilities.
We did however get to venture out today into the field next to us with Tinks and Jay Jay, Tinks coming with us for the fun and experience of watching Jay Jay.
It was fun to watch her enjoying being out there and great to get Jay Jay out for some work.
Jay Jay in the field with us today
Tinks got to play by the chooks and to hunt for her sister's retrieve items, Jay Jay being a sweetpea asking permission to pick it when Tinks had beat her to one because she started of so much closer to it then Jay Jay, he he he!
Tinks also did a retrieve for Gary and of course I was a back seat driver on that :) Terrible women that I am :)
Gary & Tinks doing their first retrieve together
Our little Bella, grandmother and absolute sweetheart, is resting today in the front room after being spayed yesterday.
Huge cushions covered by soft throws seem to be her choice of where to snuggle up and sleep, ignoring the sofa and dog bed that we brought in for her.
We had noticed Bella had been quiet but with no other signs we put it down to depression from having to stay in whilst I am unable to walk the dogs. Pyometra did lay in the back of my mind though and because we had stopped breeding from Bella a couple of years ago there was no reason to hesitate, I booked her in to be spayed.
That op was planned for next thursday, however on wednesday late afternoon i noticed some muck from her rear end and with that I knew it was Pyometra.
She went to the vets in the eve, Bella had no temperature and looked fine but they confirmed and brought the operation forward to the next day, yesterday.
We agreed because of her age to have a full blood work-up done and to also give her fluids to help her deal with it all.
Thankfully Hetti was doing the op which pleased us greatly as we knew she would take care of our Bella and our Bella deserves all the loving care she receives as she has made us and many other families very happy by producing such cracking puppies. She has made our pack a solid happy one with no issues and warms our heart with her loving personality and her clever little tricks. She is an all round absolute star who at the moment is more than likely not feeling like a star, bless her :(
Still, plenty of cuddles and care will have her back on her feet in no time at all and we are so pleased we caught it at the start of the infection and not once it had gone rampant and that the pyometra was an 'open' and not closed type :)
Common signs of pyometra are:
- lethargy and depression
- drinking and urinating more than normal
- loss of appetite
- discharge from the vulva
What is Pyometra?
Pyometra is infection of the uterus (womb). The infection is most commonly caused by E. coli, which enter the uterus either due to a mild urinary infection, or from the normal bacterial of the lower reproductive tract. Hormones also play a role, as the condition is most likely to occur within 4-6 weeks after the bitch has been in estrus (heat/season). It is most common in dogs aged over five years, and can also occur in cats.
Pyometra can be classified as open or closed. Closed means that the entrance to the uterus is closed, so pus and debris is accummulating in the uterus, causing it to massively swell. This is the most dangerous type, as the uterus is being stretched so much it may rupture, and other organs are being compressed. Open pyometras are cases where the infection is draining out through the vulva. This is less serious, as the uterus is not swelling up as pus can escape. This type is often noticed earlier, as you can see the discharge.
Pyometra is life-threatening as the infection may become so severe it is fatal, and in closed pyometras the uterus may rupture, causing severe bleeding and shock