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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Not Good

I've found out that Zephyr has encephalitis (swelling in the brain).  On Thursday I took him to the veterinary neurology center in Phoenix because of symptoms he was showing.  It looks like it is not caused by an infection based on MRI, blood work, etc.  But she wasn't able to get spinal fluid because of concern about the amount of inflammation, that would confirm an infection.  He was given steroids to reduce inflammation. He did really well the first night, but started having seizures about 5 or 6 Friday morning.  He had many seizures yesterday.  Something had to be done so he started on chemotherapy yesterday about 5:30 p.m.  That reduces the inflammation, but it is a risk if he does have some kind of infection.  Today the only seizure was about 4 a.m. unless he's had one since I left about 4:30 p.m.  Today he could barely wake up and he can't stand.  He can take some water and chicken puree when it's squirted on his tongue.  And once he got really upset and was barking, howling/crying out, and kicking his front legs.  I was holding him then.  The Dr. said that's likely from his brain trying to "reboot" and his confusion, maybe from coming out of the sedation and seizure medicine, etc.  I don't know how this will turn out.  Sorry I can't give more information now, but I just wanted to let you all know.  Needless to say I am extremely scared.  This is a huge shock.  If you would keep Zephyr in your thoughts and prayers I would really appreciate it.

25 comments:

Silka said...

I'm sorry to hear that Zephyr is sick, I wish him a speedy recovery. We're pulling for you.

Arabella

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Oh no. I've been wondering how Zephyr is but thought no news was hopefully good news. I know nothing about encephalitis but from what's happening with Zephyr it sounds very serious and most unpleasant. You must be shattered as well as extremely scared. I wish I could help or write something that would help. All I can do is wish you all the luck in the world and you are both definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

Lindsay said...

Oh no! Zephyr will for sure be in our thoughts! As will you. I know this is a really difficult time. Hang in there!

BrittBeah said...

So sorry. Of all the things that can happen, seizures are always the hardest on the owners to watch. Thankfully most of the time the pups are so unaware it seems easier on their part, emotionally that is.
Sending you guys happy thoughts. I hope your sweet boy gets to feeling better soon.

houndstooth said...

Oh no! I thought he was getting better and it was just a regular old virus getting to him when you talked about it before. Our first Greyhound, Treat, had epilepsy, so I know that seizures (especially the ones in the middle of the night) are really scary! Please know that we're thinking about you and Zephyr and praying for the very best.

GreytMusic said...

My Mom's dog, Ellie has epilepsy. Seizures are scary, no fun, and painful to watch. I can't imagine dealing with unknown encephalitis... :( My thoughts and prayers are with Zephyr and his family hoping for a happy, healthy recovery... <3 Hugs

Sue said...

I am so sorry to hear abourt Zephyr. I hope the treatment works and he makes a full recovery.

Sopng and I are sending him positive healing thoughts and both of you huge hugs.

Sarah Regan Snavely said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Zephyr. Sending positive thoughts from North Dakota.

gyeong said...

That just Sucks! Me and the kids are sending positive thoughts your way. Hope Zephyr feels better soon.

IHeartDogs said...

I am so sorry! Sending tons of healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy full recovery. *fingers and paws crossed*

Tarmar said...

I am so sorry to hear this! I will keep you and Zephyr in my thoughts and prayers!

KF-in-Georgia said...

Oh, no! How terrifying--for all of you! I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be thinking of you all.

Kathy

White said...

Wow! That's tough...we will definitely be thinking of you and Zephyr! Sarah is starting to show signs of her hip damage at 3 1/2, but we knew that was coming. The out-of-the-blue is worse!

Krista and Andy

greygirl25 said...

Sending good thoughts for Zephyr. I am so sorry. I have a greyhound that has seizures and they are tough. I so hope you are able to get a handle o this.

Edina♥Regina said...

my thoughts are near you and Zephyr, you'll exceed this hard time and sickness: a big hug to both of you! ♥

Sue said...

Just popping by today to say I hope Zephyr is picking up. Song and I are keeping Zephyr in our thoughts.

Mango said...

Bunny the Greyhound sent me over. That sounds so scary and awful for both of you. I hope that Zephr gets better. Seizures are the worst even without the other stuff going on. Sending good thoughts.

Mango Momma

Mr.Mischief said...

I just found out through Bunny about your blog and came to send good thoughts from me, my wife and our grey Oberon.

Nicole said...

Praying for a full and speedy recovery!

Anna the GSD said...

Hopped over and paws are crossed for you!! Hoping the Dr. Vets get you feeling better in no time! Hugs!!

Lauren said...

I am thinking positive thoughts for you and Zephyr!!!

Keep me updated.

House of Carnivores said...

Sorry to hear that you and Zephyr are going through such a rough time... sending prayers and good thoughts your way.

jet said...

Poor Zephyr. Thinking about you guys :P

Suzanne said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Zephyr. I hope he gets better soon. We are sending good thoughts your way.

Terry said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Zephyr -- from George, Terry, and our grey Falco in Galena, Maryland.