Maury the Lovebug, our beloved Japanese Spitz dog - whom we got from an animal shelter here in Kuwait - has neurological complications from an old case of distemper. For those who have dogs that have been around Maury we have been assured by the vet that this is an old case that is not contagious. This canine virus has left him with degenerative brain damage. Sadly distemper and parvovirus are very common in Kuwait. Please ensure your dogs are vaccinated and boosters are given.
We are so very sad. The vet has told me today there is nothing they can do for him and it might be a matter of months. I can't believe that he can be so ill. Apart from the twitching he seems fine, he does falter sometimes with his left front leg when walking but he still likes to play, eats well and is as sweet natured as ever.
We've only had him two months and have fallen madly in love with him and I think he has with us too. I noticed a twitching ear that had gotten worse and now his leg has started too. Yesterday one of his eyes started winking and half of his face was twitching. I thought maybe an old trauma to the head, epilepsy or a tumour - all of which might be treatable - but it seems not :O(
So for as long as we have him it'll be oodles of love, double portions of peanut butter (he adores it) and his favourite meal of boiled chicken.
Our stories with Maury so far..
Our New Member of the Family: Maury
Maury Gets a Make-over
Doggy Poop Dramas
The Murder Scene
An update on Maury the Lovebug
Maury's doing just fine he has just recovered from an aural hemaetoma that he got from scratching his ear too hard but other than that he's fine. I'm still in shock at the vet's diagnosis and delivery of that info which has led me to think a) vet has no clue what he's doing. b) he has zero compassion. We're all just so happy Maury's doing okay. Spoke with other vets who seem to close rank a bit but are happy that Maury's decline has been very minimal, in fact, he seems to be a bit better these days still twitches but his balance is better.
Must be all the TLC he gets ;O)