July 14 : 20:45
Had to take Basty into the emerg just minutes after Andrea dropped Ginger off. Seems spinal issue has escalated. Requires MRI… possible operation… [planned to] see Dr Tim at CBVC tomorrow. Was on my way back home… 3/4 of the way, he had trouble breathing… Rushed him back to the emerg … 1/2 way there he deficated on my lap… didn’t stop as breathing was getting worse.
Am now at the emerg… he is in the back w/ the doctor [Dr Chris Collingwood].
July 14 : 22:01
So, I am back home now. Had to leave Basty at the hospital. His tongue was turning purple by the time I returned to the emergency. They tried to get a Neurologist to see him but were unable to make contact. They will be doing a number of tests/blood work/etc in prep for a possible operation. He is currently on oxygen therapy, with the distinct possibility they may need to sedate him and put in a breathing tube.
As you can imagine, I am pretty worried right now… am back home, and need to take Ginger and Misty for a walk… heading out now…
July 15 : 07:51
Quick update… Basty has been on oxygen all night; his breathing has improved, his heart rate is down, and his temp is down. The Dr [Sue Whitley] on the late shift seems to have changed their focus from a possible spinal issue to what I brought him in for in the first place… gastro intestinal… my original complaint was that he was arching his back, was walking funny, and appeared bloated. I am of the ‘less educated’ opinion that the first vet dismissed those symptoms way too quickly, and that is what led to the breathing episode. The late night Dr [Whitley] pumped his stomach of its contents. She indicated he was getting a lot of air is his stomach from all the gasping he was doing, and that resulted in some foaming in the stomach (although the gasping was not part of his original symptoms). She gave him diuretic, and he urinated with no issues. She does feel that the gastro intestinal issues and the possible neurological issue may be related.
I will go back in to see him at around 10:00. At that time we will evaluate if he is OK to transfer to [Canada] West (the drive is about an hour, through traffic, so need to be sure he is breathing OK on his own). At [Canada] West, they will do an ultrasound, and a Neurologist will look at him (possible MRI).
July 15 : 16:50
Quick update… Basty is stable, and breathing OK outside oxygen cube. Transported him to [Canada West] via ambulance. Lots of tests to be done over the next couple of days. A number of possibilities arise but I won’t comment till we know more. He is scheduled fou ultra sound, MRI, and possibly CT… for starters.
Didn’t sleep at all last night… hoping the fatigue will kick in tonight. Ginger and Misty are OK, but feeling neglected… had to leave them alone last night and all day today. More when I know more.
July 16 : a.m.
Went to Canada West and talked with the Radiologist [Dr Trevor Enberg]. The Ultra sound came back indicating healthy internal organs. The only concern was a slight narrowing at the base of his airway. [N.B. I suspect that the pain Basty was in during the episode, and this narrowing of the airway, was the reason for the respiratory arrest he experienced].
July 16 : 17:54
Update… I don’t have all of the details… have an appointment w/ the neurologist [Dr Michael Higgns] tomorrow morning. However, I did chat with him over the phone this evening. 1) In a nut shell, the most immediate concern is Basty’s mid back, which is what appears to be causing the most problems. The MRI showed that he has a couple of slipped disc’s, one of them appears to be ruptured. The ruptured disc is what is causing his partial paralysis. 2) my worst fear… a second MRI scan of the neck/scull indicates that he appears to have syringomyelia. Given he has had no outwardly visible signs to this point (7 years), I can only hope it is a minor case that can be managed for the short to mid term. 3) they checked his airway, and although it appears to be narrowing closer to the lungs, they don’t think it is too serious. Will need to be very careful about getting him too excited as this can lead to collapsing of the airway.
I plan to see him this evening. The neurologist has scheduled him for surgery tomorrow to remove the ruptured disc. When I see him in the morning, we will make the decision to proceed or not. I am not sure I see an alternative.
Link to Description of Syringomyelia
YouTube video showing the effects of Syringo
July 16 : 22:25
Note back from Karen Willis of Kewpy’s CKCS
Oh, that is horrible. The poor guy, he must have been in such pain. I don’t know what to say, but that is horrible. Both his parents are now 11 and appear totally normal, as do any of the offspring that I have heard of. I have both a son and daughter of Bailey and Tiff. Do they know the cause of the airway restriction? That is so strange. Best of luck and thank you for keeping me informed.
July 17 : 17:49
I saw Dr Higgins this morning. He showed me the MRI scans. The ruptured disc is very apparent, and is definitely pinching his spinal cord. We talked about the syringo, and he showed me how the cranial fluid has made pockets in the spinal cord in his neck. There is also some protrusion of brain tissue from the hole in the back of the skull. He has likely had it since he was young, but just never showed any outward signs… this is not unusual. The dragging of his front paws and the quivering of his front legs is likely the first outward sign, and possibly an indication of some progression of the disease.
At any rate, the more pressing concern is the ruptured disc. Basty was supposed to have an operation to remove the disc, this afternoon. Unfortunately, another more urgent case where paralysis was a serious factor, came up. So Basty got bumped as he is stable and his condition is manageable. I have taken him home, and will try to keep him subdued for now… his operation is now scheduled for Thursday.