Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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ok this georgie story-- the symptoms you described are about the closest i have found to what i'm going through with georgie.
it started about two years ago (actually much longer, but only hints) when he started falling off the closets he slept on top of. he tipped over to the left, plus he's losing control of his hind quarters. today i saw it clearly, and there seems to be a bit of atrophy there, too.
sometimes he's a bit disoriented; vision and hearing are most likely impaired, but he's neither blind nor deaf. and he can compensate for his losses, i still let him out, about an hour in the cold, but as it's warming up here now, he's out several hours at a time, especially evenings. at night he's in the house.
his appetite is relatively good, considering he's now at least 16, probably 17.
and at night he presses himself against me, sometimes his vital signs are rather laborious, sometimes they seem to be gone (and i freak, of course). some days he sleeps in and then looks terrible, doesn't eat much or at all, then after a day of that, he's up and about as fresh as a daisy.
check out 'another georgie story'-- a belgian shepherd moved in the house a few weeks back, and georgie attacked him. he's still got a lot of spunk in him, that's for sure.
if the disorder is neurological (my vet says most likely a brain tumor, or just a tumor somewhere in the vestibular system, probably), there's nothing to be done. as you said, diagnostic methods are so invasive, they might cause more harm than good, and then there would be no treatment anyway. sometimes less is more.
so i'm just living with it, trying to give him the best 'last days' as i can, and hope there are plenty of them. i was hoping he'd reach at least 20, but now i'm hoping he'll have another pleasant summer. and that's exactly where i was last year at this time, when i realized the vet was getting ready to put him down!
please keep me posted on samson.
btw the symptoms georgie is showing now have always been there, i noticed them ever since i had him, back in 1999. so maybe the two of them can live with it and enjoy life anyway!
all the best, georgiegirl