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Hello, My name is Rudy, and my little maltese's name is Lily. She is 2 years old. She has been a wonderful dog. If ought tooth and nail, becuae I didnt want one of those "slimy-faced dogs", but she has worked her way deep into my heart. She is my baby. SHe has been completely helathy until yesterday. I dont woant to have a first post like this but I dont know where else to turn for help. I HAVE TAKEN HER TO THE VET yesterday. Early yesterday, while at my Ex GF's Kate's house (where Lily lives) she wasnt acting right. This dog normally follows you everywhere. She loves her treats. She wouldnt get out of bed. Then later in the day, Kate took her to her Moms for Xmas eve. Lily started "flopping" to the right when held ever so often. If you set her down to walk, she looks drunk, and will eventually fall over to the right, as if she has vertigo or an inner ear infection. As soon as this startd I immediately picked Kate and Lily up and took her to the 24 hour emergency vet. The vet did blood work, and everything checked out good, liver and kidney function, everything. SHe seemed to think it was seizures or a nerological issue. She stuck a Q-tip right up to her eyeball (without touching it) and it was like she could not see it. When she pulled her eyelids back, you could see her eyes trying to "rotate" or twitching. Even now, she her head kind of moves around like she has parkinsons. I am not satisfied with the answers I have gotten from the vet and I need help here. The vet says she thought maybe she has vertigo or somthing, and prescribed Bonine (sp?) a drug like dramamine. I have only given her one pill thus far, and am getting ready to give her another. THe vet really wasnt helpful, and I am SO WORRIED about my baby. Has anyone ever had anyhting happen like this beofre? Her breath is extra stinky, but her gum color is good.

Thank You, Rudy +Lily

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The vet didn't keep her for more tests? Do you have another emergency vet in the area? Id go for a 2nd opinion. Hopefully some of the other ladies will chime in w/ ideas.
 

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Sounds like some sort of seizures. I know there are others on here who are better with medical issues but might not be on because it's the holiday. I would see if there's another vet too. She sounds very ill to me and you need to get help. See if you can find any health threads that are already on here from the past on this in the search area on the black bar. Good luck and hope someone can help. She didn't eat anything strange did she, like chocolate?
 

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I am so sorry to hear about your Lily. I know how worried you must be. Are you anywhere near a vet school? You need to get a referral to a neurologist. Not to scare you, but I'd want to rule out GME.

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Sorry you are having all these problems especially over a holiday. My experience with Dog ER hospitals isn't very good. They double the price of the care and the care in my experience hasn't been very good. They are there to help the other vets offices so they don't get called at all hours of the day and night. Basically they are there for emergency type injuries not to do extensive workups.

She might have an inner ear infection that the Vet didn't see. The dramamine will help with that. Just keep her comfortable until you can see a specialist to rule out neurological health issues like GME. Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis. Here is one web site that explains it.
Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME) in dogs
 

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I have had an experience like this before with one of my greyhounds. It came on so quickly I orignally thought she had been poisoned. However, all of her bloodwork came back normal. I didn't like the answers I was getting, so I went from vet to vet trying to find out what was wrong with my girl. Finally I had a vet direct me to a specialist in Little Rock. What he found was horrible. My little girl had contracted a rare form of destemper. She was vaccinated against distemper, but not this rare strain.

If I had gone directly to a specialist, then I might have saved her, but I didn't understand what was going on and trusted those who were supposed to understand. Have your vet test her for distemper, and if he doesn't have the ability to test for the rare strains, then have him send you to a specialist immediately! The quicker you catch it, the better chance of recovery.

I'm not saying your little girl had what mine had, but I know the symptoms and I would definately get her tested so you can at least rule it out!

I'm wishing for the best for you and your little girl!
 

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Your little one is adorable, I hope she is okay.

I would absolutely get a 2nd opinion and ask about a possible liver shunt I guess. I had a Maltese before my current two who exhibited similar symptoms who had a liver shunt and passed away before age two. He also had bladder/kidney stones and UTIs due to the shunt. Have the vet check urine if they didn't already.

Please keep us updated.
 

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Well, after I first posted on sat, I had Lily in my lap, and it was time for her medicine. She was not cooperating with opening her mouth, so I had to open it, placed the 1/2 a pill of Dramamine in, and chased it with a syringe of water. She then had what I would most definitely call a seizure. Kate, (who was not here) claims Lily was just freaking out, and I suppose it is possible, but I have seen people have seizures before, and I am most sure it was a seizure. It lasted WAY too long (a few seconds) to be a freak-out although I suppose it is possible in her condition. She returned to the vet last night (sunday) and got a much more helpful vet. This new vet, called a neurologist immediately. Lily was taken in yesterday (monday) to the neurologist. They say it is Encephalitis, and she has swelling of the brain. They gave her a spinal tap and we are awating the results. She was also started on antibiotics and steroids in the meantime. They said it is a 1/3 chance she will be ok, 1/3 chance she will need stronger drugs, and 1/3 chance we will have to put her down. I have been reading up on this horrible ailment all night and lets just say I am less than optimistic and have more or less started the greiving process. Lily is In Kate's Care in the meantime, as that is where Lily lives, but I go and see her at least once a week minimum. Lily was only here for a short while on saturday, and it was REALLY tearing me up to see her like that. I just dont get it. She was a perfectly healthy dog a few days ago. I have taken her to EVERY scheduled Vet apointment, at least 2x a year, and any other time I even THOUGHT something was even remotely wrong..... She has had all of her shots. This disease just sounds (and IS) horrific, and the longest survivor I can find is 2 years. It seems like If it is either 2 of the 3 kinds, it is over...... I love that Dog and her feline brother more than anything in this world....... I didnt care for the little dogs before her but she she warmed my heart over and I just dont know what I will do without her.....

Thank You for all your help and Kind words.

Rudy
 

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Rudy, reading your post breaks my heart for you and Lily. I don't have any advice but I wanted to tell you that I sincerely hope this isn't as bad as it sounds and you can find something to help her. I can tell by your post that you really love that girl and I'm so sorry your news from the vet wasn't better. Please let us know when you get the results from the vet and let us know how she's doing.
I'll be thinking about you and Lily and praying you get better news.
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Well, after I first posted on sat, I had Lily in my lap, and it was time for her medicine. She was not cooperating with opening her mouth, so I had to open it, placed the 1/2 a pill of Dramamine in, and chased it with a syringe of water. She then had what I would most definitely call a seizure. Kate, (who was not here) claims Lily was just freaking out, and I suppose it is possible, but I have seen people have seizures before, and I am most sure it was a seizure. It lasted WAY too long (a few seconds) to be a freak-out although I suppose it is possible in her condition. She returned to the vet last night (sunday) and got a much more helpful vet. This new vet, called a neurologist immediately. Lily was taken in yesterday (monday) to the neurologist. They say it is Encephalitis, and she has swelling of the brain. They gave her a spinal tap and we are awating the results. She was also started on antibiotics and steroids in the meantime. They said it is a 1/3 chance she will be ok, 1/3 chance she will need stronger drugs, and 1/3 chance we will have to put her down. I have been reading up on this horrible ailment all night and lets just say I am less than optimistic and have more or less started the greiving process. Lily is In Kate's Care in the meantime, as that is where Lily lives, but I go and see her at least once a week minimum. Lily was only here for a short while on saturday, and it was REALLY tearing me up to see her like that. I just dont get it. She was a perfectly healthy dog a few days ago. I have taken her to EVERY scheduled Vet apointment, at least 2x a year, and any other time I even THOUGHT something was even remotely wrong..... She has had all of her shots. This disease just sounds (and IS) horrific, and the longest survivor I can find is 2 years. It seems like If it is either 2 of the 3 kinds, it is over...... I love that Dog and her feline brother more than anything in this world....... I didnt care for the little dogs before her but she she warmed my heart over and I just dont know what I will do without her.....

Thank You for all your help and Kind words.

Rudy
If I were you, I'd contact Pam. Her username is pammy4501. She has a dog with GME, which is a form of Encephalitis. She should be able to help you understand it more and what to expect. I think her dog has had it for about a year or so.

Welcome to the forum, I just wish it was with better news. I'll keep your little one in my thoughts.
 

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You're not that far from the MSU vet school, are you? If she were mine, I'd take her there. We have a little Yorkie on another forum I belong to who has GME and is doing miraculously well.

Unfortunately, Maltese are one of the breeds affected by GME. Have you contacted Lily's breeder? If you got her from a reputable breeder you may have gotten an extended health guarantee. Her breeder would also want to know that she produced a GME puppy and not breed the parents anymore.
 

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oh rudy this just breaks my heart , lily is absolutely precious and to have her get sick so suddenly is horrible , i will be praying for your baby , maybe it wont be as bad as ur thinking , lets all pray for her and please keep us posted . it is apparent how much u love her
 

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I'm so sorry to hear your precious Lily is not well. I will keep Lily in my prayers that she will pull through and be okay. She is so adorable ... she looks like an angel.
 

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Did Lily get hit on her head? My Marshmallow Fluff had the same symptoms as Lily. Marshmallow was accidentally dropped by someone who knew better. Anyway I think if I took her to the vet right away they might have been able to stop the swelling of the brain. We had a bad outcome. You need to talk to Kate to make sure Lily was not hit or dropped on the head? Make sure that everyone who has come in contact with her did not hit or drop Lily.
Wishing the best for you and Lily.
 

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You're not that far from the MSU vet school, are you? If she were mine, I'd take her there. We have a little Yorkie on another forum I belong to who has GME and is doing miraculously well.

Unfortunately, Maltese are one of the breeds affected by GME. Have you contacted Lily's breeder? If you got her from a reputable breeder you may have gotten an extended health guarantee. Her breeder would also want to know that she produced a GME puppy and not breed the parents anymore.
We got Lily From Kate's parents. Her parents were not intentionally bred, but they did what dogs sometimes do SO... There were 2 pups. Lily and another female. The dogs are now fixed and cannot breed anymore.

***UPDATE***

I spoke with Kate today, and Lily is doing MUCH better! She started eating wetted-down solid food yesterday, and was growling at the neighbor and trying to bark! As of TODAY, she is barking! Kate says she is almost back to normal! She says she is crazed, even jumping off the couch! (although she tries to prevent this in her condition) She says she isnt shaking anymore, and is doing great. She even sleeps through the night. I have been SO bummed out all week... I didnt want to get out of bed each day to face the day and the fact I might lose my baby. So as of Now, she is doing Much, much, much better! The doctor confirmed it IS Ensephalitis, but we still do not know what kind. As long as she continues to respond favorably to treatment, we wont know what kind it is until she is weaned off of the medicine. HOPEFULLY she will be ok, and not have a bad reaction or get worse when we take her off of the medicine/steroids. I have been hoping and praying it is the infection kind of ensephalitis, and not the other 2 autoimmune kinds. I guess we wont know until she is finished with the medicine/weaned off. We are not out of the woods yet, but CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC........

Thank you agaqin for all of your kind words and support. I have used your website as a resourse in the past resaerching things such as tear stains, foot chewing, etc. Seems like a great place and I hope to stick around and not be a one-post-wonder that everybody hates!

Thank You, Rudy/Lily

 

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Rudy, thank you for the update of your baby Lily and i'm happy to hear that she is doing better. I will continue to keep her in my prayers.:grouphug::prayer::grouphug: Please keep us updated on your Lily.
 
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