T is for Tanners Troubles

In Communication, Griot, Networking on June 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

Help! Somebody ring the bell! Call 911!
Tanner is in trouble and the look isn’t fun.

tanner STRESSED bw

Update at the bottom of the story

The usual ritual: Tanner, (my 2# chiuahuah) and I are usually up watching Morning Joe together (on DVR) as I sip a cup of jo, and this morning was no different. What was different is when Tanner got up to leave his beloved pillow to jump on the couch with me. Tanner isn’t allowed on the couch, so I didn’t understand the charted attempt. I made eye contact with the little guy and gently said, “No,” but he didn’t go away. He just stood there for a minute and then his posture started to deteriorate in front of me to a paralytic state. His right hind leg retracted first, then the left leg. Tanner tried to do a hand stand, but couldn’t pull it off and began to tilt over to the left. I started freaking out! “Tanner, what’s wrong?” I was trying to have a conversation with the poor pup. I started to massage him. I offered him water (for God’s sake), but he couldn’t drink it. His eyes were open, but his mouth was paralyzed – he saw the bowl, but could do nothing about it. (Now that I think about it, what made me think he would take a sip of water in that state? Human antics. When someone is in physical trouble, we always offer them a glass of water).

Well, it’s been two hours later and Tanner is still out for the count. Why haven’t I taken him to the vet? Well, this isn’t my first rodeo with a paralytic chihuahua. This happened to me a few years back with my beloved Chippy. Chippy was fine, running around the house playing with my daughters and then all of sudden he wasn’t fine. His tiny chihuahua body seemed to be going through spasms of some sort and physically Chippy became unresponsive. I called my husband at work, (he’s an engineer by degree, but was also an EMERGENCY RESPONSE TECH at the time),  he’s the calm one I run to when I’m in a panic. My husband told me to massage him and see if that works — when it did not I insisted on rushing Chippy to the Vet. Once at the vet’s the nurse confirms that he’s spassing out and is indeed semi-paralytic and said that the doc recommends an over night stay, and an IV. I inquired about the cost of overnight observation and the nurse estimated it to be about $800. I was strapped for cash and pretty sad about it. As I sat in the car trying to figure out a way to make this happen, I noticed it had been at least 5-hours since all of this first started. I called my hubby and informed him of my situation and conveyed that I was fresh out of ideas. He asked me to bring Chippy to his job. Once inside of the job’s parking lot my hubby walks over to the car to lay eyes on Chippy, the moment he called Chippy’s name, Chippy snapped out of the spastic grip and ran to the car window to greet him as if nothing had happened– and my world was happy again!

Total paralytic time: 5.5 hours.
Remedy: Time.

I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now. Tanner is frozen and spassing. I have done a thorough body check and there are NO TICKS. I have contacted my Chihuahua Circle Of Friends and none have any concrete advice for me, except to wait it out at home or at the vets. It seems to be a degenerative issue, something small dogs are likely to suffer, (though I’ve heard of this happening to medium sized dogs too). The good news is that Tanner doesn’t appear to be in any kind pain. He’s sleeping and I’m sitting right here next to him, watching his every move.

I just want to be a good pet parent. I’m truly doing my best.
I could use any good advice to help Tanner past this test.

If you have any information to share, please send it on the double.
I’m certainly at wits end as it pertains to Tanners Troubles.

Grateful am I that Chippy made it through,
I’m Qui
with todays query: What will Tanner do? Stay tuned…

UPDATEdivider blk_south

[@11:11am] Just when I was starting to reconsider my “wait it out” watch,
Tanner stood up and began to walk.

This is the first time that this has ever happened to my little man,Tanner is BETTER I’ll make an appt. with his vet, for a neurological scan.

But I am really hoping that it’s just a small dog’s knack,
and that just like in Chippy’s case – it never comes back.

And so we conclude this tale, just like we did the last.
My chihuahua had a spasm spell, a few hours later – it passed.

Total paralytic time: 3 hours.
Remedy: Time.

Today I am happy, though I am not as ‘patient of a person’ as I’d like to be.

Thank you for all of your good vibes, things have worked out for Tanner & me.

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