Just a brief update for you. Our wonderful Bridie dog has recovered remarkably well. We were able to finally see the vet this evening. He feels it is Bridie's epilepsy that caused the problem even though the presentation was a little different from when she was younger and the duration of the effects was much greater. It took 5 1/2 hrs for her shaking to come under control. Our vet gave her some Valium (by this stage we could have used some!) & a cortisone shot as he was concerned there could have been some inflammation exacerbating the problem. Surprisingly, she didn't present with an elevated temperature after such a long time shaking. We now have an action plan in place should it occur again (Valium on hand) and will monitor her progress carefully. Our vet said that other than the epilepsy, Bridie is very healthy & in excellent condition for a 15 year old. Should her epilepsy worsen we will try her on anti-convulsive drugs.
Tonight, Bridie is her normal, happy, responsive self again. On the other hand, my husband, myself & our two sons are all exhausted! Both sons were supposed to be doing Uni assignments today but neither could concentrate.
Our animals (Bridie plus 3 cats Bill, Bella & Daisy) are an integral and adored part of our family. Life is made so much better by having furry companions but it is just awful when they are ill. Your advice was very reassuring and greatly appreciated under trying conditions.
Our sincere, heartfelt thanks & kind regards,
Michele, David, Stuart, Lachlan, Bridie, Bill, Bella & Daisy
Moree NSW Australia