I have added a new page to my blog.
It is to be a record of the health and wellbeing of my beloved Max
Max is a lively 8 year old sheltie and has been part of the family since he was a little over a year old. He was born only 5 days after my other dog – Hoppalong Heidi, and they are well matched. Protective when out he is a passive victim to Little Miss Hoppy’s bullyings as she chases him round the house, hanging on to his tail and pulling out clumps of his fur. Their love for one another is evident in the diligence with which she licks and grooms him, but only after a bout of mouth wrestling. Other dog owners will know all about that.
Earlier this year Max was sitting by my side when he suddenly began convulsing. He was struggling to get up, his eyes seemed to be struggling to focus and he was panting and drooling a lot. He never lost conscious and it was all over in less than a minute. He seemed to recover from it relatively quickly. I had a friend who used to have severe epileptic fits and this seemed familiar so I just responded in the same way as I did when my friend was fitting. I kept him quiet, spoke gently throughout, counted the seconds to test the severity and observed the recovery.
A check up at the vets the next day set my mind at rest. They did not want to take any further investigation but asked me to monitor Max’s health and if the fits increased in length, intensity or frequency then return and they will probe further. That was in March this year.
Two nights ago he had another fit.
Once again, I did all I needed to do to comfort and monitor him. He seemed more aware of what was happening and wanted to get close to me. He stood on me (I was lying on the floor beside him) and was wagging his tail but still drooling as he was fitting. I counted the seconds. Still less than a minute. Which is good. More than that and he is to go to the vets the next day. Much more than that and its straight to the emergency vets.
I have decided to create a page here for Max to help me monitor the frequency and severity of his fits. They are bound to recur, it’s just a case of keeping an eye on him and keeping an accurate record. So while Max’s condition remains low key and manageable I shall continue to keep an eye on him and avoid any unnecessary medication or distressing veterinarian hospitalisation. In the meantime – let’s play “fetch”