Monday Moan: Poor Nala

This is my very first Monday Moan. It’s NOT happy. :/

Last Thursday, we all noticed something different about my furry sister, Nala. She’s 15 years old, and is in pretty good health except for her arthritis. But on Thursday, she was wobbling more than usual. None of us really thought much of it — we just thought it was a part of getting old. Until mommy noticed her eyes moving back and forth in a rapid motion.

Many years ago, mommy and daddy had a rabbit that displayed similar symptoms. That rabbit was diagnosed with an inner ear infection, and was treated and got better. So mommy made an appointment for Nala to see her doctor.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Nala wasn’t too happy. Mommy had to carry her in,
because she was having a hard time walking.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
In the exam room, Nala begged to go home.

The doctor looked Nala over, and said she was in very good health for her age. He said that her heart sounded good, her lungs sounded good, and even her eyes were good (there were signs of old age, but no cataracts). Then he gave mommy a diagnosis that she already knew (yay for the Internet) — Nala had vestibular syndrome.

Here are the symptoms:

  • Ataxia (lack of coordination without weakness or involuntary spasms – in other words, stumbling and staggering around).
  • Motion sickness.
  • Nystagmus (back and forth or rotational eye movements. The movements will be slower in one direction. This is the side where the neurologic lesion is likely to be; however, nystagmus is named according to the direction of the fast component – i.e. there may be left nystagmus but the lesion is probably on the right side of the vestibular apparatus.)
  • Circling (usually toward the side of the lesion).
  • Head tilt (usually toward the side of the lesion).
  • Falling to one side (usually toward the side of the lesion).
  • Trouble with other nerves controlling the head and face.

Nala has been displaying all of the above symptoms. :(

The good news, is that vestibular syndrome many times goes away on its own. The doctor treated Nala with injections to prevent dehydration, nausea, and any inflammation she may have. He told mommy to keep her calm and try not to let her get too stimulated.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Nala was unusually quiet on the car ride home.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
I was very concerned. I had to get a closer
look to make sure she was OK.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Nala didn’t want me to touch her.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
I gave her a kiss then let her get some rest.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Nala’s tilt was to the left, so Friday night,
this is the position we found her sleeping in.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
On Saturday, Nala seemed to be a bit worse.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
She rarely sat. Most of the time she
ended up sitting because her legs just
gave out beneath her.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Nala didn’t eat or drink much Friday or
Saturday morning, but on Saturday afternoon,
we were excited to see her drinking
out of her water bowl.

Monday Moan: Poor Nala
Mommy constantly checked to make sure she was
breathing, and was happy when she looked
comfortable while sleeping.

Sunday update: Nala seemed to be slightly better today, though she found it really hard to chew anything. She seemed to not be able to open her mouth much, but was able to use her tongue. She licked applesauce (mommy mushed Nala’s motion sickness pill inside), and while Nala wasn’t able to eat the scrambled eggs and ham that daddy had made her on Friday, she was able to lick some cream cheese, and eat some Nutro canned dog food (as long as it was really mushed up). We all can’t wait for Nala to get better!

I am so sorry I have not been by to visit you. Please know I think about you all and hope you are doing well. There is just so much going on that I just do not have the time. Please help us by keeping Nala in your prayers. Thank you, friends. <3

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8 Responses
  1. siku marie says:

    We are sending our strongest White Dog healing energies to Nala. Hopefully all of the medication will trigger a rebound. Human baby food is a great hi-calorie food which is easy to swallow and digest. Oso has the same mouth/teeth not working issue and during his bad days that is what he gets. Stay strong and positive.

  2. Cinnamon says:

    Sending all powerful prayers to Nala.Be well sweet fur friend.

    xo Cinnamon
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  3. Frankie and Ernie says:

    OH NO….. Nala we are soooooo sorry to hear that you are having the sickies… That sounds kinda scary…. butt we are SURE the medicine will fix you up speedy quick.
    We have our PAWS Tightly Crossed and are Sending POTP to you. Keep us posted.

  4. Bailey says:

    Lots of doggy prayers for you Nala. Feel better soon.
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  5. Sam says:

    We were so hopeful it was vestibular disease with Sam. I’m sure Nala will be on the mend soon! Sending hugs and love!

    Monty and Harlow
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    • Bailey says:

      While Nala has all the signs of vestibular disease, the only way we’ll know if it isn’t serious, is if it does go away (or if things get worse and they do more tests). I’m keeping my paws crossed that things don’t get any worse. :/

  6. Tanner and Beth says:

    Feel better soon, sweet Nala. Mommy knows what motion sickness is all about and she says she can’t imagine having it last so long. Get some rest and let the family take care of you. Know that you are love. All of you.

    Tanner and Beth

  7. Sending hugs, prayers, and POTP to Nala. Feel better soon, pretty girl.
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