Need some help with my 6.5yr old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Bosco. (please bear with me as I'm not good at typing and have hardly slept since Thursday night)
First up before I forget, he had a small tic-tac sized Mast cell tumour removed from his scrotum about 3 weeks ago and was neutered at the same time, my vet did not bring this up at yesterdays consultation, so I don't think it's related to this
I woke up Friday morning to find he had vomited his entire dinner (fed Thursday night,1 x BigDog Pet-food Turkey Barf patty + 1 x tin of Sardines in Springwater) on his bedding and the laundry floor. When I opened the back door to let him out,I noticed he was a bit wobbly on his feet, he looked drunk, but was breathing normally, I checked him over thoroughly for a tick and couldn't find any. I called in sick from work ,cleaned up the mess and rang my vet who said to remove any water/food, check him over thoroughly again and watch him for any respiratory distress and to bring him in if his condition changed in any way.
He stayed the same Friday, listless and a bit wobbly. I gave him a little water + 2 tablespoons of boiled rice and chicken on Friday night. I checked on him throughout the night, he was very quiet (normally he snores like a freight train) but other than that all was good . When I let him out on Saturday morning he was still wobbly on his feet , shortly after he went down the back of the yard and did a bright yellow vomit.
I called my vet who said to bring him in immediately. He checked him over again for a tick, including inside his mouth and ears, and found nothing. Bosco is quite lean and has a short coat, so even tiny bumps are very easy to feel on him. He checked his hydration,temperature and heart beat with everything being completely normal, Bosco was sitting on the table panting as normal and when on the ground he was eagerly walking around sniffing (although still a bit shaky on his feet)
Because Bosco was not showing any other symptoms of a tick (other than the vomiting and wobbly legs) my vet felt that it may be something else, like an upset stomach from eating something he shouldn't have. Because one of his eardrums was a little bit inflamed he gave him a cortisone injection and also an injection to stop the vomiting. I was told to keep an eye on him for any change in his breathing, to withhold food for 24hrs and monitor his water intake. I also got some Permoxin and some Cortisone. I gave him a thorough rinse through with the Permoxin when we got home and started him on the Cortisone. There was no more vomiting on Saturday (or since)
When I let him out this morning, Sunday, he is STILL wobbly on his feet, though he has definitely pepped up a little (getting up and checking his food bowl every time I walk out the door lol ) I called the vet to see if I could start giving him a little food, which he said was fine. He thinks it could be possibly be something neurological, he mentioned a few possible things (epilepsy,a brain tumour,lead poisoning,slug poisoning) He advised me to keep monitoring his breathing for any change and to limit his food and water to small amounts.
******Okay,I think that's everything up till now*******
So what should/can I do now? Has anyone seen or had a dog exhibit these symptoms? Does anyone think it could still be a tick? Can I get the tick antivenom,even if it may not be a tick?
Please, any help advise would be greatly appreciated
I live across the road from a river and we sometimes get small snakes up in our yard, could a snake bite or spider bite cause this as well?