We all went to bed late last night, around 2am. When my partner gets up to toilet Rey in the night (three hours after going to bed) he brings Zoey upstairs to sleep with us from her crate in the kitchen.
At 10am Zoey decided it was time to start playing with Kasper, and because I’d had a really crappy night’s sleep my partner said he would go toilet her and put her in her crate, then he’d deal with Raiden and I could stay in bed with Kasper.
After spending hours trying to go to sleep I finally woke up around 1pm, and once Kasper had been to the toilet and Rey had been fed / played with, we let Zoey out of her crate.
Immediately something was clearly very wrong. Zoey walked extremely slowly into the centre of the room, and she was trembling. She was shaking so much her body was jumping. And she looked terrified; showing the whites of her eyes, head low, body curved and tail the most tucked I’ve ever seen it.
We went into full blown panic mode >__<
I cooed to her and gave her gentle pats and a cuddle, whilst carefully feeling parts of her body to see if I could find anywhere that hurt. Nothing. Zoey walked (slowly) to her bed and curled up to sleep.
Within five minutes the vigorous tremors had been replaced with gentle shivering, and twenty minutes after that they had stopped. Zoey slept, unhappily, and we phoned the vet.
Zoey is always under supervision or, when we can’t watch her, in her crate. It’s rare she’s left in a room on her own for even a minute.
This meant we were 98% sure she hadn’t gotten into and eaten anything, not even on her walks as she stays on her lead. The only oddity she had eaten was 1/4 of a small cream cake she scarfed from the table!
There was nothing she had pulled into the crate and eaten in there. There were no other symptoms, and she was fine this morning. My partner let her out to the toilet at 10am and her wee and poo were normal.
After listening to all this the vet said that her advice was to let Zoey sleep, and see how she did when she woke up. It was good that Zoey hadn’t had runny poops or been sick, but it could be White Shaker Dog Syndrome. If she got any worse, we could take her in.
A few hours later Zoey woke up. She moved from her bed and came and settled on the couch next to me…and the trembling started again, hard 😦
We phoned the vet and said we would be bringing her in, then ordered a taxi. We dithered trying to figure out whether to put a collar on Zoey (I don’t remember the last time she wore a collar, and we worried about it stressing her out when she pulled on lead) or put her harness on (Zoey dislikes having her harness put on and it involves picking her up).
Eventually we went with the harness, and she was fine having it put on – in fact she even seemed eager to get outside!
We walked to a patch of grass and Zoey did a wee. Almost immediately she improved…the slow fearfulness was gone, she was happy to be out and interested in her surroundings.
The taxi arrived and Zoey climbed right in, despite it being her first time in a taxi. All she wanted to do was give the driver kisses and love ❤
The vets was deserted and treating us was THE SAME VET WE SAW WITH REY!! I was so happy to see this as we already knew she was good and trusted her…she was very confused to see us back at the vets with a different dog 🙂
We went into the examination room and omb, I cannot begin to describe how amazingly good Zoey was. Bearing in mind she hasn’t been to the vets in a long, long time.
She greeted the vet like a long lost friend. Then we all struggled to let the vet see Zoey’s eyes, and check her gums (think fantastically happy wigglebutt desperately trying to kiss everyone, and you get the idea). Once that was over the vet checked Zoey’s joints, tummy and heart.
Next it was time to take Zoey’s temperature, and Zoey really didn’t enjoy this (would you??). The vet had Zoey’s bottom, my partner had Zoey’s harness and I held her head, which I kissed regularly. Her temperature was a little high, but not worryingly.
Finally Zoey was to have two injections: an anti-biotic and an anti-inflammatory. I’ve done a lot of work scruffing Zoey, so I held her head whilst the vet got her scruff and injected her. She was SOOOO good 🙂
In conclusion, the vet said Zoey looked fine and healthy. She said it could be there’s an infection somewhere, and hopefully the anti-biotic would help with that. Hopefully Zoey will make a full recovery, but if we’re worried we can phone up and bring her in again.
Back in the taxi, more wanting to love the driver. On the way home my partner had to pop out at a cash machine, and Zoey perched on my shoulder to watch where he was going…then we were home 🙂
In a matter of hours Zoey went from a seriously ill looking dog…to this!
And since she has been back she has been spoiled rotten. She has played with squeaky toys (normally not permitted as she drives us crazy!), had some ham, got a new Nylabone and played played played.
Earlier her ears were far back on her head, her tail was tucked under her belly and her body was low and bent…this makes us much, much happier to see 🙂
We love you Zoey and we couldn’t be prouder of you. You did wonderfully at the vets and you are such an inspiring dog. We hope you are done being poorly now ❤
Typical that Zoey got ill on a Sunday, and then appeared healthy at the vets, huh? We don’t care about the £95 charge, we’re just so glad our special little girl seems better and was such a star!