Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kita Scare

On Thursday Kita gave us the biggest scare she's given us since she's been our girl (December 1998).

When John got home from work she wasn't at the door waiting for him so he went looking for her. He found her in the backyard in the area she uses for the restroom. She wouldn't come to him. When she finally got up to walk her whole body was crooked and she was having a lot of difficulty.

I got home a little bit later to find a young guy evaluating our house (home inspector for the new owners) and John looking very relieved that I was home. He told me about Kita and we went to the bedroom where she was resting. She got up to come to me and I immediately started to cry. She looked so strange and confused. I really thought she was dying.

When the new owners came to the house to talk to the inspector, we took Kita to the animal emergency room.

This is a picture of her while we were waiting...

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See how crooked her head is? Watching her walk was like watching an extremely drunk person trying to walk in a straight line. We thought that she had a heat stroke. We were wrong, thank goodness.

The sweet, young (very young) vet said that Kita had old dog vestibular syndrome (vertigo). This goes away on its own anywhere from two days to two weeks. She ran some blood work to make sure that nothing else is going on with her and said she could go home with us. The only medication she needs right now is medication for motion sickness. That seems to be helping her a lot.

Kita is still crooked but she's getting better every day.

It's amazing how animals become part of your family. Kita is definitely a very important member of ours. I'm so happy she'll be with us for awhile longer. I'll be a basket case when she's not.

Maryellen

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

How scary, so glad it was nothing more serious

Natalie said...

That is SO CRAZY that you wrote about Kita's vestibular system and I wrote about my vestibular system on the same day. I mean really- crazy!

I am so so happy to hear that she will be OK. Spencer, just this morning at breakfast, asked about Ginger dying and I had a hard time even thinking about it. I got a little teary. I have no idea where he got such an idea.

The GVZ's said...

I am really glad Kita is okay.

Tucker said...

I love you Kita. Sending you big licks.

Jennifer said...

Poor Kita. . . .I am so glad to hear that she is on the mend! Eliza and Bob send lots of hugs her way!

Alicia said...

Sending best wishes for Kita and hope you are doing well with the house situation

Pretty as the Morning said...

How crazy! I am so glad Kita is ok.