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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Twix is sick.....Post from Mom

As many of you know, Twix has had some ongoing health problems for a while.  I haven't updated all her friends lately about her newest issues but she has gotten much worse in the past 24 hours and I need to know if anyone out there recognizes any of these symptoms.

First of all, as has been posted on the blog, she has had blood in her urine for quite some time.  We were under the impression that this was nothing to worry about after seeing a specialist and having a sonogram.  She didn't have any masses or even anything that looked suspicious when we had that done this past summer. The blood comes and goes and other than that she seemed to be just her normal self.

A couple of months ago, she stopped eating her dry dog food and started losing weight.  She usually weighs in the 11 pound range and she had gotten down to a little over 9 pounds.  She would sometimes eat canned food and sometimes she wouldn't and then it got to the point she just wouldn't eat it at all.  We started cooking for her.  Chicken breasts and rice, hamburger and rice, just about anything else that our vet suggested.  Again, sometimes she would eat and sometimes she wouldn't.  It is so hard for me to reach down and hand her a slice of cheese and have her turn her nose away.  She is the dog who will eat anything! We finally realized that she seemed to like sweet things so I started using sweet potatoes instead of rice.  That lasted for one meal.  We started feeding her yogurt and she will eat some of that each day but no more than a half a cup of yogurt per day.  She will sometimes eat some plain chicken or hamburger.  Somehow, she has gained some of her weight back and is now at about 10 pounds. I really don't understand how that is possible since she eats so little but I figure it is because she wasn't eating at all before.

They usually do blood work when we take her in to the vet's office. It will come back normal except for a high white blood cell count so then we put her on antibiotics. When we have the blood work rechecked her white count is normal.  Then the next time the blood work is done (sometimes just a week or two later) her white count is high again. 

She has lost some of her coordination over the past 6 months or so but we had attributed it to her age.  She had started to trip going up or down the stairs.  She was on an anti inflammatory medication but we were concerned that could be affecting her appetite so we took her off of it. When she trips, she may slide down a couple of steps but she never fell and once she got her footing she was able to make it the rest of the way. 

Yesterday, I was at an appointment with my mom and her Daddy was home with her.  Taffy was at the vet recovering from her spay and teeth cleaning.  Twix's daddy had gone to the basement and heard her go upstairs but then heard her fall down all the stairs.  When he came running up to check on her she was standing at the bottom of the stairs dazed.  He checked her over and she didn't seem to have anything wrong other than being dazed.  When I got home she didn't even move off the couch to greet me which is strange. We thought maybe she was a little sore from her tumble.  Not too long after that she started doing this strange jerky thing.  I called the vet and they said we should take her in.  I had this fear that she would stop before we got there due to excitement/nerves.  I took a quick video so that they would be able to see exactly what she was doing.

She is usually quite nervous at the vet's office but yesterday she just stood there.  They checked her over and thought maybe she had a seizure but weren't sure.  They checked her blood work and her white cell count is high again.  While we were waiting for her blood work to come back, she fell asleep in my arms, belly up, like a baby. She would NEVER have done that before. And she was totally out, almost hard to wake. Once I put her down, she was stumbling when she walked and if she stood still she would lean forward to the point that her hind legs would start to lift off the floor before she would catch herself.

Today, she seems the same. Not really much change at all except maybe the head jerk isn't quite as often.  We are taking her back to the vet tomorrow for a follow up.  Dr. Abby wasn't there when we went yesterday but will be there tomorrow.  She has been telling us for a while that Twix definitely has something wrong but her symptoms are very vague and we are having a hard time pin pointing it.  These new symptoms almost seem neurological.

I was hoping maybe, just maybe, someone out there has seen this same thing with one of their dogs or might have a clue of what is going on.  She has totally lost her spark and it breaks my heart to see her like this:

On another note, at my mom's appointment yesterday they decided to postpone her transplant.  The second biopsy came back as leukemia OR a reaction to something going on inside her body.  They don't want to do the transplant on Monday until they have concrete answers.  The doctor said he is sure she has the Leukemia from her blood work and symptoms but it is his job to leave no stone unturned prior to doing the transplant.  So, they will be getting the slides from her first biopsy and comparing them and if the pathologist still isn't sure they will either perform another biopsy and/or send the slides to Mayo Clinic. They said it will probably be a month or more before we proceed.

Thank you for your prayers and power of the paw!

Please feel free to link to this post.
I feel like the more who read it the better the chance someone might recognize what is happening.

130 comments:

Jenner said...

Have they considered Intervertebral Disk Disease? It's so common in the breed. Feel better soon, Twix, you are in our thoughts!

Barbara said...

My very first thought was Vestibular Syndrome or in layman's terms, Old Dog Syndrome. Please ask your doctor about it. It can be treated. My dog had it, he was 15. He responded to treatment but he was very old and died not long after (but not from that, just from being old).

Twix just may be suffering from being an old dog with health problems. I hope you can find out something from the vet, and I offer you the Power of the Paw and all our prayers that she gets well. I know how awful it is to have a sick, older dog.

We'll be thinking about you and sending good vibes too.

Lacy said...

to twix mom, wow, it sounds scary..did they do x-rays of her head..is there anyway she could have fallen and hit her hear?

b safe and get well Twix,
rocky and us all..

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We don't have any suggestions/etc BUT do know THIS one awesome place for advice!

So many pet lovers with lots of experience -

All of you will be in our thoughts -

Khyra's Mom
(and Khyra too)

Jess and Glacier said...

I'm not sure what would be going, but it almost does sound neurological, judging by your last few symptoms. I was thinking blood sugar levels maybe? But the white blood count wouldn't explain that-have her kidneys been checked? Sorry, if I am going over things already done. I have just started reading your blog.
Prayers and hugs

scotsmad said...

Heartbreaking. We can't give you any advice. But our prayers and thoughts are with little Twix and you.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We just put a post up and I will go back and update it with a link to your post. There are so many out there with lots of knowledge and experience. I don't have any idea what to say other than poor Twix. She really looks like something isn't right. I was thinking maybe stroke or seizure. I will say some prayers. So sorry to hear about the setback for your Mom. You have a lot on your plate. Mega hugs to you.

Kathie

Olive said...

Hey you.. I am thnking of you all.. Keep us updated.

A Million Hugs and Tail Wags to you..

Olive

houndstooth said...

Some things that come to mind are Vestibular Disease, a seizure and serious infection.

Our first Greyhound had a spinal tumor or issue that hit her very hard. She had some of the same symptoms, but not all. She had a very elevated white cell count -- something the vet said they usually saw after a dog had been hit by a car, and we never did find out why she had that. At times she completely lost the use of her back legs, but would regain it quickly. She was put on an overnight IV of steroids and that did help short term for her. She did have epilepsy from the time she was four years old, but she didn't have unusual seizures that were related to the spinal issue.

We have fingers and paws crossed here that you find some answers and that Twix starts feeling better soon!

Bunny and her mom

houndstooth said...

Some things that come to mind are Vestibular Disease, a seizure and serious infection.

Our first Greyhound had a spinal tumor or issue that hit her very hard. She had some of the same symptoms, but not all. She had a very elevated white cell count -- something the vet said they usually saw after a dog had been hit by a car, and we never did find out why she had that. At times she completely lost the use of her back legs, but would regain it quickly. She was put on an overnight IV of steroids and that did help short term for her. She did have epilepsy from the time she was four years old, but she didn't have unusual seizures that were related to the spinal issue.

We have fingers and paws crossed here that you find some answers and that Twix starts feeling better soon!

Bunny and her mom

Marla said...

Thinking of you guys. It almost looks like a seizure. Maddie gets those, and every muscle in her body tenses up and gets very hard and stiff. She takes phenobarbital to control her seizures, and that seems to be working. Not a clue about the blod in the urine. . . best wishes to you guys.

Barbara said...

It really sounds like Vestibular.

http://www.suite101.com/content/what-is-canine-vestibular-syndrome-a51752

The white count could be completely unrelated.

Stella said...

We are thinking prayerful thoughts of Twix and are sure you feel grateful to those who have responded with suggestions. We will be eager to learn what her regular vet has to say.

Blessings,

Jo and Stella

mayziegal said...

MayzieMom here. I'm so sorry to hear that Twix if feeling so bad. And I know you must be scared to death. I don't have any advice for you on what may be causing her symptoms but as far as her losing weight - have you tried Nutrical? It's a high calorie supplement and supposedly helps stimulate the appetite as well. (http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Lyn-Nutri-4-25oz-tube/dp/B00068JT3U)

All our paws and fingers are crossed for dear, sweet Twix. I hope that you're able to find something to make her feel better soon. Hang in there. We're thinking of all of you.

Hugs and brindle wishes!

Katie said...

Praying for you sweet Twix! Feel better soon angel baby!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! So sad to read n see Twix not feeling well. We don;t have any idea what's going on ... If the vet is not so helpful on Twix condition, we suggest to get a second opinion. Sending Lots of my Golden Healing Thoughts n LOVE to Twix. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Nubbin' Tails said...

So sorry to hear about all the troubles lately. I'm sure it's so scary. You are doing all you can for her. We are sending the power of all this paws in this house and that is a lot (24 to be exact) plus human prayers!

Hugs and Wags!

Mr. Nubbin' and his Mom!

Agnes B Bullock said...

What's Her Name is crazy (everyone knows this), but she thinks it might be Cushings, or something similar- Thai had similar symtoms- the falling down of his rear legs, the loss of appetite, etc. (Thai also had IVDD surgery almost five years ago and does have neurological problems) Thai's rear legs kept getting wek over the summer, and are acting that way again.

We apologize, but WHN does have Cushings on the brain since Thai was diagnosed.

Kari in WeHo said...

Oh poor Twix. I wish I could be more help but all I can provide is my support right now

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Mr. Pip said...

I am so sorry to hear that Twix is not feeling well. I wish we had some answers for you. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending lots of healing vibes to dear Twix.

Pip & Kristin (Pip's mom)

Lorenza said...

I am very sad to know Twix is having those problems. And sure I understand how you are feeling right now.
I wish I could have an advice but I am clueless.
I hope her regular Vet will find what is going on soon!
I am praying for her and for your mom too. I guess it is better to wait until the doctor is sure about all the facts and then go for the transplant.
Please take care and give Twix a big kiss from me and Lorenza.
I will be thinking of you.
Veronica

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Miss Twix....We don't know anything about the new symptoms but we sure hope you get better soon and please know you and your grandma and your family are all in our prayers!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Cole said...

Big hugs to both you and Twix. Based on the video, I have to say that she is either having micro seisures or some equilibrium problems.

When you fold a paw under, does she fix it? Have they explored Addison's disease?

Team Beaglebratz said...

Mom B-bratz here. After watching that video I can well imagine what you are feeling when you see Twix behave in a way that she has little control over. The summer before my little Oreo went to the Bridge (he was 16+ he accidentally hit his head on a solid wooden table leg (about 5 inches in diameter) and started acting in a similar way plus he would only turn one way. I rushed him to the vet and the vet also discovered he had developed rapid eye twitching - his eyes would move ONLY to the right - very rapidly. Whatever it is, does seem to be neurological in origin. I would talk to your vet about the Vestibular Syndrome - this does affect their balance and ability to walk without being dizzy. We were never sure what made Oreo act that way altho the suggestion of a stroke was also made. Also the Intervertebral Disk Disease is a very common problem in Doxies. And it can affect their ability to walk and balance also. It is also a problem in humans which is how I know about it and the symptoms are almost identical. That could have been increasing slightly and then Twix's fall could have triggered it into full blown problem. Like someone else suggested - the varying white cell count could well be totally unrelated and just an ongoing problem.

Team Beaglebratz said...

Mom B-bratz here again - and by all means, I am thinking and sending healing vibes to all of you.

bichonpawz said...

We are very sorry to hear about Twix not feeling well. Hope that someone here will be able to offer advice. Sending along prayers for you all.
xoxo Chloe, LadyBug, and the mama

The Thuglets said...

We came across from Barbara's blog to say how sorry we are that Twix is unwell.

We are sending lots of pawsative thoughts and airezen for a speedy recovery.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Anny said...

So sorry to hear that Twix is not well. Hope the vet will be able to pinpoint it soon. We are not too sure of her condition but we hope that someone will shed some light. Our prayers for your dear Twix.

Maggie and Mitch said...

This is very upsetting, Twix. Our paws are crossed that your problem is diagnosed asap so that you can get the treatment that you need. Lots of AireZen is heading your way!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

3 doxies said...

Oh my heavens Twix mom, I do not like to read this. It breaks my heart and my eyes just filled up when I watched the video 7 times. I'm not sure what could be causing the shakes and tremors and her being off balance...but it scares me. I don't think it could be IVDD because Albert didn't act like that (not that that means anything though). His back legs were just completely paralyzed.
Anyway, I am clueless but I hope someone here can help and we definately have you all in our thoughts and prayers. We send you and your famoliy our love and hugs

Allison and Puddles

Mollys Momma said...

Ohhh Twix sweetheart I am so sorry you are poorly, your mom must be mad with worry. I have sent my friend a link to your post as she is queen of Daxies on The Little Dog Rescue she also knows you are on facebook, I hope she can suggest something . You are in our thought and prayers honey and we hope you feel better very very soon.
Much love n huggles
Momma Tea
xxxx xxxx

Mango said...

Miss Twix,
We have nothing to add beyond what has already been said, but our collective hearts are breaking to see you in such a state. I am going to post a link so that more humans can read your words and help. Our thoughts are with you. Please get better.

Mango

hero said...

Oh my Twixie girl, I was really happy to read about your new sister but this post really broke my heart. It's so difficult to read knowing that my girl is suffering and I can't do much to help. Seeing you in the video makes me sad. I will keep you in my prayers and sending tonnes of healing vibes to you.

Please stay strong, Twixie girl... and I truly hope someone can shed some light on your condition.

Hero, koko, cheche & meimei

Martha and Bailey said...

Dearest Twix, we are so sorry that you are poorly.
We do hope the vets find out soon what is wrong with you and make you all better.
We know how worried and scared your humans will be.
When Bailey was ill recently the whole family here were worried sick - thankfully she got better quickly once they knew what was wrong.
Hang on in there dear Twix - the vets have lots of clever medicines - even though we don't much like vets!
Of course our thoughts are also with your grandmother - sometimes there is just too much going on all at once.
Remember all bad times pass.......
All our love
Martha, Bailey & Mum xxxxx

Abby said...

Hi, Twix...

Oh, My...I was sooo sorry to read that you are not feeling well...

I just want you & your Mommy & Daddy to know that I have my paws crossed for you & my Mom says you guys are in her thoughts & prayers...

Lots of Good Lhasa Vibes coming your way...

Abby xxxxxxoooooo

Maggie Mae said...

Mom and me is so sorry dat Twix is not feelin' well.
Twix is in our thoughts and prayers.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and mom

HoundDogMom said...

We are sorry to hear about Twix's sickies. We are sending the power of the paw and praying the vets figure this out. We don't have many suggestions, but our Mom said her friend's dog had white counts it was due to a bladder infection (urine in blood). She went back and forth with it for months. Diet was changed and she would monitor her pee. She did not have the other symptoms that Twix has though. We hope that someone in blogville can help out with some suggestions. We will be sending lots of drool to your family. Hang Tough, Twix we are sending healing power paw vibes. Drools, The HoundDogs and HoundDogMom

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Our little Scottish hearts are breaking for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Roo said...

So sorry to hear of your family's troubles :( Mom and I hope solutions are found very soon! Unfortunately we have no knowledge of what may cause Twix's symptoms. Looks as though some other wonderful peeps and pups do though! Yay for caring knowledgeable souls! :D

Sending our most positive thoughts with lots of hugs your way :)

The Roo Family

ocmist said...

We rushed over after seeing Mango's post, and Grammy is praying for both our furiend, Twix, and for your Mom. It does sound neurological and Grammy is praying specifically that the doctors will get wisdom and figure out what is wrong and what would be the right thing to do about it. Grammy knows how you feel as Grandma OC has been having a hard time too, this winter and we almost lost her a few weeks ago. Just know that we are with you in heart and mind! Grammy and the Country Corgi Crew

The Heartbeats said...

The Beaglebratz sent us over. I was thinking vestibular like everyone else. Have they checked Twix for diabetes? I am thinking the bloodwork and the coordination might be totally separate.

Either way, we are thinking of Twix and your family. We hope everything turns out okay!

The Heartbeats

Madi and Mom said...

God bless you all Mom and I will keep all of you in our prayers....you most certainly have your hands full....
Hugs Madi and Mom

Amber DaWeenie said...

Throughout my lifetime where there have always been dogs in my life, I've seen many of the symptoms that Twix has......just not all at once. I wouldn't think it could be IVDD as this usually starts out with severe pain before it progresses. In all honesty, I think I would take Twix to a Specialist at this point. Our vet always suggests seeing a specialist when something with many symptoms is involved simply for the reason that a specialist is trained to recognize symptoms and how they relate to each other in a particular disease (or combination of diseases). A specialist hospital also usually has more equipment and facilities to check for more things quicker than your average vet would have access to.

Our prayers are with you and the paws in our home are crossed (all 44 of them). Also..additional prayers for Grandma are on the way too. Your plate is very full right now but always know your friends in Blogville are here for you whenever you need us.

Hugs.....
Amber's Mom

Frankie Furter said...

Dear Ones,
My heart just breaks thinking that OUR BELOVED TWIX is ill. I can only offer you this. I will have you ALL in my heart and Prayers. I love you ALL.
I will have your mom in my thoughts and Prayers Also. I know that this Hurry Up and Wait game is most difficult to deal with. Please send my love to her.
Sincerely, Frankie's Mom

Marg said...

We are so sorry to hear that Twix is sick and so is Mom. Twix does sound like something neurlogical to me. It also sounds like a combination of different things since her white count goes up all the time. I sure hope they can figure out what is happening.
We also send many hugs to the MOm. Sounds like she is going through a lot too. Take care and we hope things get better for you and Twix.

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We are so very sorry to hear that Twix is sick. We'll be posting and giving a link too!

I'm not really sure what it could be, but it does look like it might be neurological. Please keep us updated. We're firing up the Paws of Prayer for Twix!

Woofs and Kisses!
Moms and
The Fiesty Three

Max the Quilt Cat said...

I wish I had some insight to offer, but I'm just stopping by to send pawhugs.

Max

Minna Krebs said...

Oh my dear furrend, Twix! I am soooooo sad to read that you are not feeling well.

My momma only had to see about 5 seconds of the video and her recognized the very same behavior that two of my angel sisters had in their older years.

My momma could never describe it very well....her called it more than a twitch, but not quite a seizure. She took her sweet Jessie to a couple of vets, and they never did give her an answer that made her satisfied. Basically they told her it was a doggie old age neurology symptom.

Many, many, many healing hugs are being sent your way!!!

all our loves,
MinnaK and momma and crew.

Sam and Pippen said...

We all have Twix and her gramma in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam and Pippen

Wild Dingo said...

this sounds aweful. i don't have any ideas and I don't know what you've checked for yet, but it sounds like an infection. did they test for tick bourne diseases? what about ultrasounding the digestive system and intestines. i just heard about a doggie who was very sick and they didn't know what it was. turned out it was a hole in the intestine and it caused leakage and the dog got septic. when they finally found it, it was too late to do surgery which would have save him.

whatever it is, i sure hope they find out soon. Twix is a dollface.

Raising Addie said...

We are very sorry to read that Twix is sick. :(

I have had my fair share of health issues with my pets but have not experienced what you are describing. We sure hope that your vet can come up with some additional tests that can help him.

We will have all paws crossed for Twix and will be praying for him and your mom.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Dillon said...

Just a thought. Possibly Diabetes? Have they tested her sugar levels. We had a Beagle and we had no idea but it was sugar and when they finally tested her she had a stroke because no one was aware she was suffering from Diabetes.
~Dillon's (mom)

Priscilla said...

Hi Twix, I came over from many of our common blogger friends.
I'm so sorry to hear that some sickies are bothering you but I don't think I can offer you any good advice as I don't know much about the sicky things. However, I just want to you let you know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers and we hope you stay strong and fight against those sickies and get a speedy recovery.
Mika isn't good at doing paw crossed thingy and I will try to teach him but Eva will do it for you all the time. Our human fingers are crossed for you too.
Be strong, sweetie Twix!

Brian said...

Puddles told me Twix wasn't doing well so I just came by with purrs and hugs.

kalyxcorn said...

Oh Twix I wish I did have an answer, but all I have is the warmest of hugs for you and your grandma. I will post a link shortly on B's fb page in hopes that it will find a greater and more immediate audience.

Channon said...

Mango & Dex sent us over, so here we are. There have been a couple of REALLY sick doggies at our house, so we understand and send you and your mom lots of good vibes, prayers and hugs!

Corbin said...

Our cocker spaniel had Vestibular Disease and she had a similar headjerk to Twix. We treated it with over the counter motion sickness meds - we thought it was finally her time because she couldnt stand and was very out of it -she was 15. We brought her to the vet prepared to say goodbye, and he told us it was something we could treat and have some more time with her. She lived with a slight crook in her neck, but it didn't effect her at all! I sure do hope you find out what is causing this in Twix, and I hope it's something you can treat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our fingers and paws are crossed.
-Corbin and his momma, Jenn

pam said...

We are all praying so very hard for our darling Twix.

Bobo, Meja and Mommy

Sue said...

We're all so sorry that Twix isn't well. Our Mom has seen some of those symptoms but never all together. We hope your doctor can figure it out and make Twix feel better soon.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Elyse and Riley said...

So sorry to hear about Twix's problems. We came over from Puddles' blog. It seems like such a scary thing to go through...I can only imagine if Riley was presenting those symptoms how scared I would be. We hope you get some answers soon and that Twix will start to feel better!!

Elyse and Riley

rottrover said...

Our mom was thinking "second opinion" also. We have paws crossed and holding you in our thoughts today.

XXXX,

-Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

Suka said...

Twix and Family,

We are so sad to hear of Twix's illness and we are sorry we have no suggestions of what it could be. I agree with some of the posts that perhaps a second opinion is in order. It must be very scary and heartbreaking to see your precious little Twix experiencing this and not knowing how to help.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. And Twix, we are sending you tons of healing power and positive thoughts! Please get well soon!

Suka and K

Aniemother said...

We're so sorry you're so sick. We keep our paws crossed and hope the power of the paw will make you feel better furry soon!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

I can't add anything to your symptoms but I can offer a treat that we used in the kennels when I was growing up to get sick pups to eat... chicken liver brownies. I would crumble one over kibble or if the pup isn't eating at all, feed in bite sized pieces.

The recipe is here: http://creekhiker.blogspot.com/2009/12/chicken-liver-brownies-for-sick-pups.html

Good luck to you and Twix!

Ms. ~K said...

Sending healing thoughts to Twix!
Will remember you ALL in my prayers,
Kit

The Teacher's Pets said...

I am so sorry to hear about Twix's health issues and I wish I was a vet so that I could give you a proper diagnosis! Really! Have you taken her to a specialty clinic such as Tufts? That's what pet owners do here in New England when a serious condition arises. I will be thinking and praying for your sweet pup's recovery!

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Twix's Mom, I'm so sorry to hear Twix isn't feeling good - we do hope you find the problem quite soon, and she will start feeling much better.
Our paws/fingers are crossed for good news!

Rudy's Raiser

Pauley, Middy, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

We are sending prayers for sweet Twix.


Pauley James & Middy Sue

Ruby and Penny said...

We don't know what could be causing Twix's symptoms. We cross posted on our blog.
Sending lots of doxie vibes and love your way.
Love Ruby & Penny
Pees - mom says she would not let Twix use the stairs anymore as a precaution. Stairs are dangerous for doxies.

Piappies World said...

Hi there dear Twix,

We are sorry we could not be of much help in analyzing the symptoms. We offer our prayers and we will keep our paws crossed that you feel better already and that the Dr. V-E-T can give you answers to your needs. We are thinking of you fondly.

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

Oskar said...

This is so very sad, we don't have any good answers for your but will be praying for healing very hard!

Nubbin wiggles & hugs,
Oskar

Sally Ann and Andy said...

We are so sorry to hear about Miss Twix. We heard about y'all from Dexter and Mango's blogg. My sister Sylvie had Renal issues, and she acted the same way about food. One day, she would eat, the next, she wouldn't. My big brother Mack had a tumor on his spine, and it went from ok to really bad in three months. He never had any fits, but his head range of motion went from 180 to about 20. He did shake sometimes, and his walking slowly stoped. The weekend before he moved to heaven, he couldn't walk at all. The lesion on his spine had grown to such a point, he couldn't move.We sure hope Twix's health improves. Mommy gave prednosone to Mack, and it really helped him.
Sally Ann

Penny and Patches said...

We are soooo sorry you aren't feeling well, Twix! We're sending you lots of healing Aire-zen!

Aire-hugs,
Penny & Patches

Bobbi said...

Hi, I just came over from Puddle's blog. I've never had a dog with these symptoms but I'm just here to let you know we'll be praying for Twix... and a full recovery. This just broke my heart...

Hannalei said...

Dearest Twix and Hoomomma...
I hope you do not mind. I linked this posting and a wee bit of the story on dachsie.org as I belong to the forum and it seems that when we are having stuggles, everyone rallies in prayer, love and support. I don't know what Twix's issue might be and I am usually a silent reader of her bloggy but I wanted to extend the prayer circle far and wide. I hope that's alright. Here's the link if you'd like to see what I shared.. http://dachsie.org/vbb/showthread.php?63022-Non-DBB-related-sick-Dachsie&p=778647#post778647

Much love to Twix and many prayers and good healing vibes coming her way from the Oregon Coast!! XoXoXo's

George the Lad said...

So sad to hear Twix is not well, my heart goes out to you, sorry I cannot help, but the power of the paws is coming from across the pond for all your family.
Thinking of you
Jan and George xxx

Junior and Orion said...

Miss Puddles sent us over. We are very sorry that Twix is not feeling well. When we read blood in the urine, we thought UTI. Then as we read on, we just don't know. That is alot of symptoms, and sounds like several blood tests, with no luck figuring anything out. We agree with Amber DaWeenie, take her to a specialist. We will be purring for Miss Twix to feel better soon!

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We also have our paws crossed and our heads bowed in prayer for Miss Twix, and for her grandmother. If the head twitching only started after the fall down the stairs, mama is thinking concussion. The white blood count elevation and nausea do sound like renal or liver disease. Lord knows your plate is full, but if there's a good specialty clinic or a vet school near enough, we'd high tail it over there. We certainly send our best wishes and strongest healing vibes your way.

Jed & Abby

Zona said...

Oh dear Twix! I'm so sad to read that you're not feeling like yourself! I can't view the video right now (this laptop blocks them) but by the symptoms I was wondering about a stroke or a seizure. Not sure that encompasses all of the symptoms though. I hope you get some answers FAST! We have all of our paws (and fingers) crossed for you and are sending up lots of prayers.

Hopeful wags,
Zona

Aksharaa said...
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Remington said...

You are in our thoughts and prayers....

Aksharaa said...

We are so very very sorry you are sick, Twix.Even as we write this we are hoping you are feeling better.
Mummy watched your video carefully. Those are ticks, certainly. But DOESNOT appear vestibular. In age-related vestibular degeneration,there is general unsteadiness, not ticks. Besides it is a gradual process and will not show any changes in white count.
Serious infection of any kind would have been accompanied by high fever.
Seizure is a symtom of a disease, not a disease itself. and true seizures are violent and will lead to unconsciousness or periods of inactivity at least.It doesn't sound like that.
Ticks can be very common in kidney disease leading to uraemia.But you said her kidney profile has been investigated. So renal disease is ruled out.

mummy is thinking very seriously of Liver Disease.
It is very common in older dogs and can be due to accumulated toxins,tumours,autoimmune, or even parasitic infestation/worms.
It can cause weight loss, lack of appetite, vomiting, dullness, unsteadiness and even bleeding due to the liver's inability to produce clotting factors.

Have you had her liver function tests done? are they alright?
Please get them done if you haven't.
You can put her on some enzymes and liver support medications. These will not lead to any problems even if her liver is not diseased.
In fact, older dogs are advised to have occasional liver de-toxyfying meds from time to time, just like humans.

Some coagulant, that is medication to stop bleeding may be needed if bleeding continues. Or else she will get anaemic which will further deteriorate her condition.

Please get a second opinion from another vet, if possible. Mummy says you can never be too careful.
If her liver is diseased, better restrict her to the MOST necessary medications ONLY.
Trial doses of anti-inflammatory or anti biotics will only make it worse.

Maybe you can get a brain scan done to rule out one of the common causes of seizures or ticks or unsteadiness like symptoms - neurocysticercosis or worms in the brain. it is very much curable unlike a true brain tumour.

we hope this answer will help you in some way

We feel for you and our heart goes out to you.
we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and are hoping you will be well again.
Heaps of love n hugs,
ginger, Buddy, Shadow n Mummy

pee ess: sorry about the deletion. We just wanted to make some corrections

Aksharaa said...

Has Diabetes been explored? It seems to be one of the common age related problems in dachshunds.
But then, routine blood sugar tests must have been done.

We are really worried and hope someone will be able to help and you will soon find a good vet and a cure.
Hugs from us here

Three Dogs Long said...

Our hearts are breaking, for dear little Twix! We don;t know how old Twix is, but our Xena has been diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Disease....similiar to dimentia in humans. Although Xena's blood work came back normal, no high counts, like Twix.
We pray that Twix feels better soon, we know how worried her Mommy and Daddy are....along with all her blogger friends.

(((Hugs)) and kisses Twix
from your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

GRAÇA said...

The other day a buddy came so very sick and with spots on the snout, the vetrenario counties found that he was so checolate have eaten and it was this-do
Hope this has helped or have already discovered what he has
Good weekend and ronrons.Pray that it is good

Kika

♥MONA + MOMMY TOO♥ said...

Dearest Twix,

We just heard about you being so sick and are so sorry. Mommy feels so useless and doesn't have any suggests but it does sound like a Neurology problem. We will keep you along with your Grandma in or heartds and prayers.

I was coming over to saw how cue your new sissy is and she's a wire hair like me but prettier...rhey say blonds have more fun.

{{{huggies}}}...Mona

The Army of Four said...

We're so sorry to hear all of this! :( Mom wishes she knew more about vet stuff - but doesn't have any answers. Please know that Twixy is in our prayers.
We love you!!!
Tail wags,
Storms

Carol from Down Under said...

Hello little Twix. I hope you get better real soon. I came over from Mango and Dexter. There are lots of people wishing you well. All the best to your Grandma too. Take care and love from Carol.

A MilShelb Mom said...

Twix and Twix's Mom,
We are so sorry to hear you are not doing well!! We wish we had all the answers and could help you right away, but we don't know anything helpful to say. We are going to repost this. We hope everything will be ok soon!
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
~Milly, Shelby, and their mom Maggie

Helen/Spike and Drusilla OK Citizens said...

Hi - this is my first visit to your blog (via BlogPaws). First, I am so very sorry for Twix's condition. Considering how I feel about my duo, it breaks my heart to know what you must be going through. I am not sure where you are located but we take Spike and Dru to the Red Bank Veterinary hospital in NJ, http://redbankveterinaryhospital.net/, and they have specialists for everything. Anytime I have called them, they have been more than willing to help over the phone. I know it's a long shot but maybe you could speak to one of the specialists there and they might have some info for you. Their phone number is 732-747-3636. When my cat got very sick, they walked me through a lot over the phone. You are all in my prayers.

Helen
http://spikeanddru.com

~Shelle said...

My two dachshunds, Milo and Dixie, and I are praying for you, your family, and your vet, Miss Twix. Many hugs to you all!! Stay strong little girl!!

Kea said...

We came from Pet Blogs United to offer our purrs and purrayers. We don't have an answer re: Twix, the mom was thinking "neurological" before she read your mom was thinking the same thing.

All we can do is offer up our cyber-support for Twix and your mom, for you all.

Sending universal Light and wishing you all Blessings and Peace.

-Mom Kim with Annie, Nicki and Derry at Fuzzy Tales

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

We are so sorry to hear about Twix. We sure hope they can figure this out. Sorry mom doesn't have any ideas as to what might be going on but we are sending Big Heeler Vibes your way Twix and a big cyber human HUG Mom's way...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Kris said...

i was reading frankie further bloggy i can not add anything else cuz what i though maybe she has was already told by many previews post ... my prays and good healing thoughts goes on your way from neighbour country canada ....

kristina

Those Elgin Pugs said...

Our thoughts and Prayers go out to your baby Twix~ We are so very sorry to hear and see this~

Although, I think it was very smart to post a video.

My Josie does that. Yes, that is vestibular. Old age related.

The blood in the urine I believe is a separate issue unfortunately.
She might has multiple issue going on with her.

We send all our love~
We are thinking of you all~

hugs,
~Katy, IzZY, Josie, TriXie and Anakin Man

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

We are so sorry that Twix is having such problems and we so hope that she'll be diagnosed and treated quickly. We wish we had some ideas to offer, but we don't. However, when Alpha Mom comes in, and if the internet is still working, we'll show her this post and see if she has anything to offer. Sometimes she knows things. It's kind of a longshot that she'd know anything more than everyone else who's posted, but worth a shot.

lots and lots of healing licks and wishes from us and our whole family.

Two Pitties in the City said...

This must be so hard for you all. We are thinking of Twix and hoping for a speedy recovery.

Stanislaw said...

Hey weiner dude. We came by way of Mango's blog. We're not vets but have a couple of ideas...

Have you had a STERILE urine test done for infection? (Sterile tests are the ones where the vet extracts the urine - your folks do not bring a sample in.) We're wondering if the blood in the urine could be a UTI that moved into the kidneys.

What did your blood tests show? If a UTI resulted in a kidney infection, your kidneys might not be functioning properly causing a "poisoning" of your blood. This might be causing seizures or other dizzy and strange behaviors. You would certainly feel really awful and might not want to eat.

Are you on pain meds? Many dogs won't eat when they're in pain. But make sure your kidneys and liver are in good shape before taking any of that stuff. Your body needs to be able to filter it properly.

Dogs love strong tastes, so maybe a VERY LIGHT dusting of garlic on your food might help. (Too much garlic is bad, but we get a tiny bit at times.) Pups also like sweet tastes, so maybe some babyfood applesauce will make you eat. Mom used to use the unflavored Pedialyte to keep me hydrated when I was really sick when first adopted. It helps with hydration.

Have you been tested for tick fever?

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Tucker said...

Oh nos, I don't like Twix being sick. Please get better. The only bit of advice we can give is blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels of low in animals they loose coordination and appear bery sleepy. Kitty brother Troubles (RIP) loss the use of his back legs and would fall down when his sugar plummeted. If the vet did bloodwork they would see the sugar levels though.
I'm sending my bestest get well thoughts!

woof - Tucker

Barbara said...

Can you give us an update?

DoMoFi said...

We're so sorry to hear this! :( Speedy recovery to Trix.

ForPetsSake said...

You have alot on your plate...I'm sorry you're going through all this. My thoughts are definitely with you. I had some suspicions as I read through Twix's symptoms and I did a bit of research before posting. Forgive me if I'm repeating anyone's comments from above here...

Have there been any changes in urine production? Small, large amounts? Change in thirst at all?

This sounds like a possible kidney issue - which really should have been caught in bloodwork if present. Not sure if there are any relevant values in past bloodwork that might indicate kidney function decline, or acute kidney issues. Also if bloodwork isn't current, then new bloodwork may show a more current change in function.
My first thought was bladder stones - in females, these stones can be passed while urinating(unlike in males who if blocked, need immediate surgery). If she's been developing and passing stones on and off over time, this will tax her kidneys. Also, acute onset can cause neurological symptoms due to systemic toxicity.
Have they taken an xray and urinalysis to rule out stones recently? This is a relatively cheap way to start. I'd also recommend bloodwork to check her kidney values. Here's a website that might help...

http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dog-health/dog-kidney-failure.aspx

I'm not a vet, and I leave the diagnosing to the doctors, but it's my educated guess as a vet tech.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that any advice you get from all of us here might help. Please keep us posted

Jazzi said...

I am sorry to read about Twix. I dont have any ideas for you but we are sending our prayers out and hopefully the vet can figure it out, Our hearts break for you all.
Paws crossed here!!

Love
Diana and Jazzi

PoochesForPeace said...

so sorry to hear about all of this, how scary. i have no idea about the more serious stuff but i know dogs can have blood in their stool from urinary tract infections. that wouldnt explain everything else tho. i hope your vet is taking a proactive stance to really figure this out because this really sounds like a big deal. prayers are with you, from the pooches :)

Katie said...

Twix, how are you feeling today? Not only did we link up, in doing so we awarded you a blogger award! Come check it out! http://thedogblog84.blogspot.com/

Teddy said...

It sounds like you have a lot of stress right now. I hope you can figure out what's wrong with Twix and get her some treatment. My pups have never had all those symptoms together, so I can't pass on any wisdom. Hopefully other bloggers might have some ideas.

Teddy and his mom

The Boston Lady said...

{{Twix and Mom}} from The Boston Lady, Ann and her Bostons.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are sending positive healing thoughts filled with love
xoxo
tweedles

Jake of Florida said...

Hello Twix!! We're kind of late in sending you this message -- but we just read about your being so sick and we wanted to send you our love and hopes that the vets will find out what's wrong. In the meantime, we see that the Power of the Paw is working overtime to help you get better!!! Lots of love and wirey woofs!

Jake and Just Harry

Ludo van Doggy said...

Hi Twix. So sorry to hear that you feel so ill. I has no advice but wanted to share some of my paw power for you. Reading through the comments it seems like you have some good suggestions to start exploring and I hope one of them makes you feel better.
~lickies, Ludo

Clive said...

We're sorry that we don't have any specific advice for you, although there does seem to be some very good advice in previous comments.

We just wanted to say that you are in our thoughts and that we have our paws crossed for you.

with best wishes
Clive and Murray

road-dog-tales said...

Twix - We know this must be scary for you and heartbreaking for your family not to know what is going on. Looks like you are getting some good advice here and wish we could help on that front. All we have are some well wishes for you and we're sending them your way. Take care and hope you get better soon!

The Road Dogs

Sagira said...

We came over from Pet Blog United. I really wish I could help with the symptoms but haven't dealt with that before. Just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts...I hope you feel better soon Twix.

Sammy and Andy said...

Sweet Twix, you don't know us....we have seen you mentioned on several of our friends' blogs, so we wanted to come by and let you know that we have been purraying for you....and for your human. xxxxxxxxx

FrumsGlass said...

Hugs and Prayers for Twix and her family. I've heard of dogs with similar symptoms and they were diagnosed with liver disease. Keeping your family in my thoughts and I hope a treatable condition is diagnosed quickly.

Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie, Zeek said...

Hi Twix,
We're so sorry to hear you are so sick. I Butchy just started having seizures 2 weeks ago and still not sure the cause. My angel sissie was epileptic for over 2 years before she crossed to the bridge.
Our suggestions would be to rule out:
Low Blood Calcium
Low Blood Sugar
Bladder Cysts or stones (our uncle kept having blood in the urine and it was due to a cyst in the bladder)
Have extensive kidney or liver tests done. Tumors on the liver can cause many problems.
Maybe do some xrays of the spine, etc. to rule out tumor on the spine.
Other than that, the movement problems do sound like a neurological problem.
This could be age related, but maybe not.
We'll keep praying for you to recover soon!
Wirey Hugs,Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Katie, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie & Zeek

Pink Bicycle Society said...

Dear Twix, We hope you are feeling better- We know about being sick-
you are in our prayers.
Miss Maisy

Mariodacat said...

Mario's mom here. My heart just goes out to you with all you are going through. The worry over Twix and also your own health issues. We'll keep all of you in thoughts and prayers, and Mario said he'll send healing, positive thought vibes that you all get well.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Wow...you do have a lot on your plate...the comment from For Pet's Sake is what we were thinking, but hers is researched and very well explained. When you mentioned weight gain without eating much, we were wondering kidney also...

Oh, we hope you find an answer for dear Twix...and we are keeping your mom in our prayers too...

Hugs and tons of love,

Scruffy, Lacie and Stan

MadameMoiselle said...

Hi Twix

Hero sent us over to send you some healing pawers.. Get better soon..

Licks
Zelle

Kimberly said...

Hi there,

This definitely looks like Geriatric Vestibular Syndrome. The high WBC count indicates a response to an infection/inflammation occurring in the vestibular system (located in the ear). This center controls balance. The head tilt is a classic sign of this disease. The lack of interest in food is most likely due to the disease's effect on her fine motor control. Often, dogs will only be able to take food from the hand of his/her owner (because the dog cannot pick the food out of the bowl). I would presume that is why she would eat wet food but not dry food as dry food requires much more finite control to "pick up" as opposed to just licking up wet food. Here is a link to information about the disease: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-vestibular-neuritis.htm

Has your vet done a neuro exam?

Ruby's Raiser said...

I am so sorry to read this post and wish I could offer any other suggestions. I hope that your doctors can isolate the problem and my heart is with you. It's so hard when our little loves are hurting and can't tell us what is wrong.

esti said...

Hi Twix,

Hero (the Shar Pei from Malysia)told us you were having a bad sickies. We really hope you will get well soon. We live in Belgium and stores sell delicious cookies called 'Twix' here! They are human cookies, but every time I'll eat one (and I eat a lot!) I'll be sending healing thoughts. Lots of love, Esti x

I Am HoneyBuzz said...

I came over from Miss Puddles' blog. I'm so sorry Twix is feeling poorly. I am sending you lots of love and happy energy from across da miles.

Hang in there Twix and feel better soon!

Gentle slurps, HoneyBuzz

Jon Terry said...

Our heart goes out to you all and please do know that we have you all in our prayers. NO matter what, keep believing and never lose hope coz we really believe that all things can work out for the good.
Sending our healing vibes to Twix now

Love ya,
Jon Terry & Kim(Jon Terry's mommy)

AngelPups said...

Hi, Twix~ It's nice to meet you and we're sorry your having so much trouble...we don't have any ideas what might be wrong but we are going to share your blog with everyone we can in case someone we know has any ideas. WE're sorry to hear about your Mom's Mom, too. We'll say a prayer for both of you!
Kelly & Crew
Big Mac, Molly & Moxie
http://angelpupscreations.blogspot.com

Sunshade said...

Oh Twix... Maggie and Mitch asked us to drop by and have a look to see if we can offer any insight.

I'm so sorry you are not feeling yourself, and mum feels bad for your mommy, it must be hard on her.

Mum says that personality change (ie, you lying on your back for your belly to be scratched) combined with drunken walk, wobbly-ness, inappetence could be signs of a brain tumour. My thought I had a pituitary macroadenoma (brain tumour) too because things that used to make me excited no longer did, and I wasn't a b*tch anymore. I also stumble some. However, as it turned out, I had Cushing's disease that required meds. Once I started the meds, I began to slowly return to my former self. I still stumble, but it most likely originates from cervical region of my spine, unrelated to the brain.

An MRI would show brain tumours as well as spinal lesions. But it requires anesthetic.

I really hope there is nothing major going on with you and I will be sending you lots of AireZENS!! Hugs to you and your mom.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

the booker man said...

miss twix,

me and asa and mama were so sad to read that you have some bad sickies. mama wishes she knew somethingie that could help you. :(
but we are definitely putting our paws together for you and sending you lots of lovins, okie dokie? we love you!

*woof*
the booker man

janeiro said...

hi, I had a dog with a central nervous system brain lesion that did display some of these symptoms. The jerky head was one of them. See jessie's story on www.janeiro-emmy.blogspot.com
I really hope twix gets better. I am also praying. It is so terrible to see them so helpless and dependent and ill. My Jessie was paralysed for a year but did get better, although never 100%. She still has quality of life though. She had to relearn everthing from peeing, eating, walking the whole lot.
jan

GRAÇA said...

Vineyard whether were better, but your mami says nothing, look I have a candle lit in my blog for my little friends who are sick get better, I hope I have good news
Ronrons of Kika