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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sam is not doing well

Our Sam isn't doing well.  He had been slipping on the tiles but we thought at first it was just that, he was slipping on the tiles.  Then it turned to stumbling.  We brought him to the vet, but she is puzzled by his symptoms.
I is not feeling well.
 He has an odd head tilt and almost a paddling gait.  Almost as if he is swatting with his front paws.  It's more noticeable on the left, but it is both paws that are affected.
Everything is so slippery.
Our vet thinks he either has a pinched nerve or, even worse, a tumor growing in his brain.  As you can imagine, this has been a bad week for us.
Is very tired.
Sam knows something is wrong, although he keeps trying to be Sam.  He wants to play and eat and get treats.  It's breaking our heart to see him stumbling when he moves around.  The vet gave us some medicine to try, although it seems that he has gotten slightly worse this week.

He still can be an imp...
Must tear this paper up...
We are holding out that it might be vestibular disease, which a friend of ours mentioned on Facebook.  I think we could really use some POTP, and any lucky rabbits feet you might have lying around.
Mom and Dad love me.

66 comments:

  1. Prayers are coming your way! I pray it is nothing serious, it is so tough seeing your beloved golden facing health challenges. Hugs to Sam and to your family!

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  2. Heading out fur our evening walk -

    I'll spread POTP and my floof fur lukhk!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  3. Praying for your sweet Sam!!!! Hugs from Bella and her humans <3

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  4. Hope you start feeling better Sam - maybe also check if he has had a mall stroke - that can leave them with odd symptoms like that too

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  5. Oh no Sam buddy. You know that you will be in me and MOM's prayers. All the POTP that I can send you way. Nose poke to ya friend.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  6. Paws crossed for Sam from us hobbits!

    Sam and Pippen

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  7. The whole time I was reading your post, I thought "vestibular syndrome." We've had 4 or so dogs that have had it, and it sounds just like it and so I will hope, hope, hope that's what it is and he's better in a few days. But just know that we are all using the POTP here, that Sam gets better and you know we have lots of paws!! Take care, and let us know how your boy is!!!

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  8. Prayers for Sam and you both and Monty. I thought maybe he had a stroke? My dog had one; stumbled, head tilt. Over time she recovered and lived a lot longer.
    With thoughts. Call if we can do anything.

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  9. Prayers for Sam and his Mom. I know it's upsetting for everyone human and canine. Sam I hope your all better soon.

    We too were just reading the other day about odd head tilts being related to a balance issue.

    Our paws are crossed it will be all better soon.

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  10. You've got our prayers! We hope it is the lesser and more treatable of evils.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  11. Poor Sam. I have pinched nerves for the back legs and that causes them to do stupid things like slip out from under me, toe scuff, or suddenly shoot up and sideways.

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  12. So sorry to hear about Sam. Poor guy. Poor you guys. 24 Paws Crossed for our best buddy Sam. We are thinking of you Sam.

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  13. Sending my very best POTP you way Sam.
    Your Friend,
    Ranger

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  14. So very sorry to read this. We hope you can find some answers to help Sam. It is so hard to know something is wrong and not be able to help. We will all cross our paws and have Mom add some prayers for Sam and you.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  15. Power of the paw from us to Sam. Hope it's nothing too serious. Hang on, beautiful boy! <3

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  16. Sending special Rottie POTP to Mr. Sam!!

    -Bart, Ruby and Otto

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  17. Hi Sam and family,
    Our big brother Mack had something very similar. He had a cyst growing on his spinal colum. He took prednosone, and it helped him. He was even measured for a cart, but he moved over thr rainbow bridge before one was ordered.If y'all have a vet that does acupuncture, that helped Mack a lot. He lived for 3 years with his issue, so it is necessarily(we can't spell) the end.
    Good luck

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  18. Sorry to hear this. The very first thing I thought to mention was vestibular disease. I am pet sitting an older dog that had been diagnosed as having had a possible stroke but that we believe had this instead. Keep researching as this is something he might recover from fully with time.

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  19. Positively Golden energy is sent your way dear Sam from Ellie and Lucy. And I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. For you, for Monty and for your peeps.

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  20. Woof! Woof! Oh No ... Sending Lots of Golden Prayers and Healing Thoughts Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  21. Oh Sam! We are keeping all of our paws crossed for you. Tomorrow I am gonna go out and get a rabbit's foot and rub on it for you too. Thinking of you all.

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  22. Sam, we are thinking of you every day. Hope you feel better soon.

    Daisy

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  23. Hang in there, Sam! We all love you very, very much!

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  24. Please know that there are really strong PURRayers coming for Sam from the tip of the Mitten State. May angels surround him as he fights the good fight to get well.

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  25. I love you too, Sam!
    And I hope the meds will work for you and you will be like new in no time!
    Paws crossed here for you!
    Take care
    Lorenza

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  26. I am sending all the Power of The Paw wishes that I can find for you Sam. I am crossing my paws right now.
    I am sending postive thoughts for you and your family- and lots of love. I know how scary this is for all.
    love
    tweedles

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  27. Oh Sam...make sure that you get better really quickly, cause your Pawrents are super duper worried about you dude! :-/ Domeek and I are both sending out all the positive thoughts that we can to you and your family!! I'm sure that you will be fine soon, though! :-) Take care guys!!!

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  28. Sam I swear.... if you don't get better we are going to be very upset!

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  29. Sam mate, we have paws crossed for you. Special hugs to you.
    No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

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  30. Dear Sam, I hope your Dr Dog gets to the bottom of this and that you feel better soon. My thoughts are with you, and your mama who must be so worried. Big hugs X

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  31. Our paws are crossed for you, Sam! We want you to feel better soon!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  32. Oh No! We are so sorry to hear this and are crossing every paw, hoof and finger available that it is something that can be put right. Thinking of you.

    Woofs, Purrs, Neighs and Hugs from
    Everyone at The Poupounette

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  33. Oh man, it is so difficult to see them not acting like themselves, especially when the doctor isn't sure what the problem is. I had a dog who had trouble walking (due to severe arthritis) on tile/wood, so we ended up putting cheap runners down on his typical "paths" it helped him out a lot.

    Don't be afraid to go get a second opinion.

    Poor Sam :( Sending positive healing thoughts your way.

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  34. OMD we feel for you. What can we say? Nothing will make you feel better until Sam is well again. Poor baby. We pray that the vet finds out what is wrong and that they can do something about it. Our thoughts are with you. We send big love and POTP.
    Take care and let us know how Sam is doing.
    Best wishes Molly

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  35. I was thinking vestibular syndrome as soon as I started reading your post. Hopefully that's all it is as that gets better with time.

    Sending all the positive vibes I can to Sam and you. Hope he's feeling better ASAP!

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  36. Sending positive healing vibes Sam's way. Hope its nothing too serious xx

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  37. This sounds VERY similar to what Starr was doing. We treated her with Prenisone and slowly weaned her off of it and haven't had anymore episodes. It is like they will be standing there and then like a person who isn't trying to fall asleep scares themselves and jumps, that is how Starr was. Then Starr also had an episode on the couch where she went to circle to lay down and her face landed in the side of the couch her eyes were rolling back and forth, up and down, it was so scary. We laid her down and calmed her down. Luckily since on the Prednisone she hasn't done that again either. I heard that the acupuncture is good for dogs who have vestibular as well.

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  38. hello sam its dennis the vizsla dog hay we wil send yoo mutch potp and also tail wags!!! we hope it is sumthing they kan figger owt and treet!!! ok bye

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  39. Ah bless those paws Sam... So many luvs Sam, Freya Rose Blossom X X X X X X X X









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  40. Sam, we are thinking of you and sending Siberian POTP to woos. Mommy is saying prayers for you all. Please, get better.

    Painter Pack

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  41. Oh, no, we are sorry Sam is not doing well. We send lots of purrs and pawtaps for him!

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  42. Power of the Paw on the way. We know how frightening moments like this can be, but also know how many of them turn out to be so treatable. We are hoping for the best.

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  43. Sending our love

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  44. I'm so sorry. I'm still praying for you!

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  45. Toby and I send lots of POTP for Sam. I hope it is nothing too serious and that Sam is up to his old mischief soon. Love his little flower and card. Rest and sleep Sam until it is all better!

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  46. Oh dear Sam! We are sending lots of POTP your way and we all have crossed paws here for you... and much love for your Mama. We hope you get well soon and this was just a like clumsy stumble...

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  47. :( hope sweet Sam gets better soon...hugs

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  48. HI Sam
    Where sorry your not feeling well we sending you POTP and we hope you will feel well again soon from Milo & Jet

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  49. We're keeping Sam in our prayers and thinking of you all!

    Love
    Thor and Jack

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  50. Oh Sam... our thoughts and many prayers are with you. We just hope that its just the tiles that are slippery. Get well soon Sam. We'll keep all our fingers and paws crossed for you.

    *HUGS*
    Dommy

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  51. Mahoosive amounts ov POTP headin Sam's way, get well soon dude

    Lovs
    Da K Krew
    xxxxxxx

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  52. Oh my goodness, poor Sam. Sending the POTP your way and hoping it's something easily treatable.

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  53. All the beagles here are crossing their paws for Sam.

    love & wags from us,
    River

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  54. I'm so sorry to hear that Sam! Lots of love and healing warmth to you from all of us.

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  55. We love you Sam!! Sending some healing Aire-Zen and Prayers in your direction tonight.

    Love,
    Wyatt and Stanzie

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  56. Oh no, Sam... please hang in there and be ok. We are praying for you and got our paws crossed for you buddy.

    We love you lots.

    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

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  57. Awww Sam - we are sending you a tonload of POTP and love to you and yours. We thinks about you lots and wish we lived closer to give you hugs in person xxxxxxxxxx
    Love Sammie and Ava

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  58. Oh my word, I am so sorry to hear this news. I will be lifting you all up in prayer and holding you close to my heart. Sending lots and lots and lots of love. I know how difficult these things are.
    (((hugs)))
    MAXMOM IN SA

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  59. Our prayers are with you that it is NOT anything to do with the brain..Keep us posted won't you.. Big hugs and we are thinking of you all xx00xxx

    http://www.molliesdogtreats.co.uk/ourshop/

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  60. Sorry we came up on your blog with the wrong link..We had just sent our shop link to Roo for the new Mall and forgot to change it xxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  61. Sending healing thoughts to Sam.

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  62. Oh, SamSam! We love you, too! We'll be saying tons of prayers for you!!!
    Camo!

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  63. 28 paws of luck coming your way! Hope Sam feels better soon. :)

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