They say that what people fear the most is the unknown.
It might be because when facing the unknown, you simply picture the scariest thing imaginable. After all, that's all you have to go on. How scary that ends up being depends on your past experiences and your imagination.
When I watch movies with people getting all upset about their amnesia, I always wonder if that would be such a bad thing after all. Forgetting one's past is like a brand new start. Dropping all your baggage. I could go for that.
My imagination is pretty good and I have experienced plenty of scary things.
The day started like any other. The guys got two good walks under their belts. It was in the afternoon, about an hour and a half after the last walk.
I was working and Cookie was resting with hubby in the living area.
I heard the sounds as if she was getting up. But then it sounded like a struggle. I leaped up and rushed over to see what was happening.
It seemed as if Cookie was trying to get up but couldn't.
Her front legs were under a foot stool so I yanked it out of the way. But it didn't help. Cookie kept struggling. I tried to help her get up but pulling her up by her harness but she still couldn't get her bearing.
She looked petrified and as if one or more of her legs were paralyzed.
At least that's what it looked like. We moved her to a dog bed, trying to figure out what we were seeing and trying to get her to relax. She stood there, scared, shaking, not moving, though her legs were holding her up.
Then she slowly sat down and eventually we convinced her to lay down, trying to calm her.
I was shaking too, ready to get on the phone with the on-call vet as soon as we got her stabilized.
Did she hurt her back somehow? She looked fine all day, even after the walk. But having had Jasmine with her neck problems usually popping up out of the blue, I thought it was perfectly possible that something might have happened to her back.
I was trying to figure out how we were going to get her to the emergency safely, without causing further damage.
It felt as this was happening for hours but must have lasted just seconds.
As I was trying to catch my breath on my way to make the call, I heard cheerful "good girl!"
This wasn't hubby trying to calm her down, this was a happy praise. I turned around and there she is, walking over to collect the treat hubby offered. She looked better to him so he asked her if she wanted a treat. She did and got right up to get it.
She moved and looked perfectly normal.
I gave her a bunch of treats which she ate. Her tail was wagging, she licked my face. Then she was trying to play with JD. Grabbed a toy and came to play with me.
There was nothing wrong any longer as far as we could see.
What on green Earth happened?
It didn't seem to make sense to call the emergency vet any more, unless something changed. Though I was still so freaked out I could barely hold the treats I was giving her in my shaking fingers.
I still needed to talk to a vet. Thankfully, Dr. Krista of www.pawbly.com was online and was willing to talk to me about what happened and what we should do.
She brought up the idea that it could have been a seizure of sorts.
She figured that at this point we should keep a keen eye on Cookie. That sometimes such things might happen once and never to repeat.
It didn't look like a seizure to me but then I only saw full blown ones in Roxy, where her whole body was in spasm, she was foaming and unresponsive. When I looked up partial seizures online, I only saw videos of dogs mostly having their faces or heads twitch.
This was nothing like that. But who knows.
Hubby wanted me to ask Dr. Krista whether it's possible that her foot or leg fell asleep and that's why she was struggling to get up. While hubby has always been trying to sell the idea of leg having fall asleep, even with Jasmine's busted knee ligaments, Dr. Krista confirmed that it was indeed possible. And perhaps the fear of not understanding what was happening to her did the rest.
Or maybe she did just get her front legs trapped under that foot stool and it got her freaked out so badly ...?
The fact is, we have no idea what actually happened.
The day before, while running around the trailer in a pursuit of a mouse, she did favor her front left leg for a little while. We checked it and didn't find anything. We figured she stepped on one of the picky weeds.
Of course, remembering Jasmine's mysterious front leg lameness which she got a few times and which, as we figured at the end, must have been from the neck issues, got my brain churning about that too. Was those two events related? Or was it just two separate events which had nothing to do with each other?
Again, we don't know.
We had Cookie checked out by a chiropractor again today, no major issues were found. Plus Cookie's issues are in the lower back, not the neck.
She's been perfectly mobile since.
Running, jumping, playing, walking as always.
Of course, we reported this to her vet. Cookie's vet doesn't think it was a seizure, because there was no rigidity and no loss of conscious awareness as far as we could tell.
She agreed that a heavy sleep or sleeping position that caused an abnormal feeling in Cookies leg could have done it. Or sudden muscular back pain, or episode of low blood pressure.
But we don't know.
We are keeping an eye out of anything unusual. Cookie has been a bit anxious past couple of days but that could have been from the weird weather. Maybe.
Hopefully, whatever it was, it was a one time deal.
Dr. Krista said that something like this happened to her dog after Frontline application. But we don't use such things. She also suggested that it could have been from a bug bite, or a tick bite. We didn't find any ticks (we check every day) or any other discernible bites.
Did anything like that ever happened to your dog?
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