Last Monday night, my old dog Casey who's a 12.5 year old Golden Retriever had a weird wigout episode in the middle of the night. It was absolutely horrifying, she was vomiting & couldn't stand up without falling straight over.
The vet diagnosed her with geriatric vestibular syndrome which is where the information which gets sent to the brain gets all mixed up and causes the dog to not understand it's place in space....therefore, their eyes dart back & forth, they vomit & fall over....it's kinda like an epic sea sickness I think.
Due to her age, we thought it was curtains for our old girl and were absolutely devastated thinking that she could have a brain tumour or something which was causing this to happen. We carried her around in a sling for the first 3 days, so she could enjoy the sunshine in the yard rather than just lying on her bed inside.
Anyhow, this story does have a happy ending, a hallelujah happy ending, because Casey, my friends is a wonder dog.
We got her when she was 5 from a breeder who put her into retirement. She had already had 27 puppies and we wanted to give her a fricken awesome retirement sipping pina coladas & wearing boardies.
I kid you not, this dog has been the most chilled out dog I have ever met. When my neices & nephews were toddlers, they used to ride her like a pony....that's how chilled out she is.
We took her to a dog chiropractor who did some work on her and after alot of banging & cracking, the rest, I tell you is a miracle. A week later and she's walking again, prancing at the park and doing Evil Kineval sideroll stunts.....albeit like a wobbly stoner...
So, here's to you Casey..... keep on rockin' in the free world.