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Old 06-02-2010, 11:08 PM
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Hello, My brother and i own a Black Labrador, his name is "Panther" we adopted him in 1996 at 8 months old, This Coming July 12th he will be 14!! YES 14 years old, Just This morning, i received a call from my grandma, I had to rush to Rockland county, and get Panther to the animal hospital.

He seemed ok/normal when i got to the house, he has trouble supporting his back legs, he was swaying back and forth, but his sense of direction seemed pretty well. We go to the animal hospital, they took some test, and we are looking for some results tomorrow, the doctor thinks it might be kidney problems since he has been on arthritis medication for the past few years.

Before we left the animal hospital the doc gave him a shot of cortozone to ease the pain he might have in his joints. He went outside to the bathroom, and once again i had to pick him up and put him in the car. When we get back to the house, we notice he was acting a lil weird, his eyes started twitching real bad, he could not support himself at all on his legs, I had to carry him from the car to the couch, i put the A/C on to cool the room off, i ran a few test myself, when i would say Paw or Hi Five i would get a response, and he would give me either left or right Paw, i can call his name and he will respond but he sways his head as if he is confused/dazed "i guess due to the eye twitching" Right now we fear he might be having a stroke or he might have gotton heat stroke, any input would be great, i will be traveling back to my grandmahs house tomorrow to visit panther and spend as much time as i can before the unknown happens.

Below is a link to a youtube video of Panther, taken just a few months ago.

YouTube - Panther "Black Labrador"

I will be taking more Pictures and Video in HD tomorrow, as a memory just incase the unknown happens..

Mike J Fox
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:16 AM
Location: Maine's garden spot
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Since I've had two old dogs, my first guess would be that he may have had a stroke.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:27 AM
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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This might be canine vestibular disease. Seems like a stroke but it's not. Most dogs recover in a matter of days to a couple of weeks, although some have a permanent head tilt. One of mine had it and I just had to hand feed him since he couldn't seem to tell where the bowl was and he was also nauseous for a couple of days. Also gave him dramamine,per the vet.


I hope he's soon all better and back to his usual antics.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:34 AM
Location: Suffolk County
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I have no idea what Panther may have but I just wanted to send you and Panther some good wishes. I hope he is okay. I just adopted a black lab which is 8 months so when I read that Panther was that age when you adopted him and saw that he is 14 years old...I hope my Sarah will be around to see the age of 14. Good luck to you and Panther. I would spend as much time with him as you said b/c of the unknown.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:46 AM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Sending good thoughts your way.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:53 AM
Location: California
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I agree, sounds like Vestibular. My now passed 13 yr. old Golden went through similar symptoms.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:48 AM
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Thanks for all the input and comfort, my brother and i will be spending the day with our first family dog <3

I will take new photos and videos in HD so i can have a memories, i will also share some with you guys to get an insight.
I just hate how is eyes are twitching/shaking back and forth it makes me feel like he is suffering, i forgot to mention, the doctor jolted his head left,right,up & down, to see if his eyes reacted, and they did not in the hospital, its just weird he is fine, walking sluggish after the visit, we get to the car and he knows he cant make it in, so he just stands there until i pick him up, he is very intelligent and smart, you can see his expressions, feelings in his face, the movement of his body,head, eyes, if he goes to the bathroom in the house, he has such a guilty look.

PS: i have also Owned a Saint Bernard, and a new foundland/Black Labrador Mix, both purchased at baby age, when we moved we had to give them up for adoption, we insured they got good homes, and a clean loving family, Panther has been our first family dog, we would never give him away, our grandmah accepted the responsibility of caring for him, my grandmah also has 3 little dogs of her own, they all get along together and play in the yard to stay active.

Mike J Fox
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:15 AM
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I wouldn't know what it is but wanted to send my well wishes to Panther. Please keep us updated.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:02 AM
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Hey Everyone, my Brother and I went to visit panther yesterday, he seems to be doing better then he was the day before, we talked with the doctor, and he said it is most likely a stroke, his shaking in his eyes seem to have subsided "Shake very little" we were able to give him water, and food, and he held it down good, you could tell he was tired, the doctor said he is in very good shape for his age, only time will tell.

Here are some HQ Pictures, i tried to get some video, but the room + lighting was very dark "Dam Bloggie"


There are some awesome pictures also taken with my brothers iphone, he will be emailing me them soon.

Mike J Fox
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:35 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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Sending you good vibes Mike!
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