Hello, I didn't realise that T- Tree oil is dangerous to dogs and we sprayed him (shihtzu) today with apple cider vinegar mixed with olive oil and water with some T-tree oil, and now he can't walk. I live in Jamaica and can't get to a vet until Monday. We gave him a bath to get rid of the T-tree oil but he is still very still especially in his back legs. He did drink some milk earlier and have a a little food but he is very depressed. What can I do to help him?
I wanted to add that we sprayed him after he got loose and picked up mites from the local stray dogs. Is there anything I can do to help him? He seems to be suffering from a paralysis
To whomever can offer some insight, we are experiencing some suspect and worrisome symptoms among a few related dogs and one unrelated dog. I have endeavored to tell the history of events with as much relevant detail as possible while still being concise. Any thoughts or insight would be greatly appreciated. We recognize without seeing, or meeting these dogs, that an accurate objective diagnosis is difficult at best, XXXXX XXXXX thoughts are helpful.
Dog A (Mother of Dog B, Dog C and Dog D but NOT of Dog E)
Pure blood Akita Inu. Mother of a 10 puppy litter mixed with Tenessee Walker Coon Hound.
Approx. 2 years ago (2011) Dog A passed away due to unknown causes. (See Below)
“Saturday morning I took her for a hike to Great Falls and I noticed putting her into the car and once we got there that something wasn't right. She was walking all slow and would play with Phoenix (my other dog) and yelped when he tried to play with her. Later that night she didn’t want to walk at all. I took her to the vet and they did x-rays, but didn't find anything. They sent her home and said she just needed to rest for a couple days. Next day she was down. stiff as a board and didn’t want to move a muscle. I kept giving her pain meds but they weren’t working and by night time I took her back in because she hadn’t gone to the bathroom. She was in the hospital for three days with paralysis from the neck down. MRIs didn’t show anything. Blood work didn’t show anything and they couldn’t explain why this was happening and then Wednesday she was getting worse; She caught pneumonia and she was starting to knuckle. Sure sign she probably wouldn't walk again and I had to make a hard decision. Doctor said a tiny piece of cartilage or a blood clot could have damaged the spinal cord in an invisible way. No autopsy was performed and the best guess assessment of cause of death is __________.”
Dog B, C, D are the Offspring of Dog A (Akita Inu) and Dog X (Tenessee Walker Coon Hound).
Approximately 3 weeks ago (July 23rd 2013) Dog B was bitten in the upper neck in the course of play by Dog E.
Dog B AND Dog E are just now(3 weeks later) showing SIMILAR symptoms as that of Dog A. (Unexplained pain in the base of the tail, and little to no feeling in the back legs)
Dog B HAS been previously bitten by Dog E (Approximately 4 months ago in a similar aggressive play situation).
Dog C and D are thus far showing no similar symptoms or displaying any other unhealthy behavior.
Dog A, B, C, D are all from the same family, the same gene pool. Dog E is completely unrelated.
We are concerned about two possible scenarios.
1. Dog E has some sort of bacterial or viral infection that is affecting her and Dog B via the bite wound on the neck.
2. Dog E and Dog B are experiencing something similar to Dog A, although Dog E is unrelated to Dog A.
Our concern is immediately for Dog B and Dog E, and secondarily for Dog C and Dog D in the event this has anything to do with genetics.
The Bacterial/Viral scenario is a concern for Dog E and Dog B, but leaves Dog A’s death a mystery.
The Genetic Scenario is a concern for Dog B, Dog C, and Dog D but leave’s Dog E unconnected, opening the question of what is affecting her if not bacterial or viral and why at the same time as Dog B’s symptoms.
Apologies for the confusion, this is not simple for us either. But we are endeavoring to be proactive in our investigation rather than finding out the hard way what is or might be happening to our best four footed friends. Thank you for your time.