Mylo is a lovely 13 year old Labrador who has been coming to see us for several years with joint problems. He has very severe arthritis in his front and back legs so he has needed to be on long-term medication.
At the beginning of December 2015, Mylo gave us a terrible scare. Due to his anti-inflammatories, he developed an ulcer in his intestine which perforated and led to septic peritonitis, a very serious and life threatening condition. We operated on Mylo and successfully removed the affected section of intestine. He stayed with us for 2 weeks with a big drain going into his abdomen to clear the infection.
Unfortunately, the infection damaged his kidneys but he is a little fighter and his kidney function has now improved even though it will never go back to fully normal.
Mylo is a very lovely patient and despite odds being against him, he managed to keep going still with a tail wag when he comes to see us!
This reminds us how important regular checks are when your pet is on long-term medication as some side effects can be prevented or foreseen. Unfortunately, in Mylo’s case, this possibly catastrophic complication happened despite having very dedicated owners who always took him to see us for regular checks and blood tests. But, thanks to their swift reaction to him feeling poorly, we now still have our lovely little man with us over a year later!
A few weeks ago, Mylo came in for sudden collapse caused by idiopathic vestibular syndrome. He struggled to walk, kept falling over and had his head tilted to the right. But we hospitalized him and once again, he fought his way through and is making a good recovery.
Idiopathic vestibular syndrome is a condition that we see fairly often in older dogs. Despite being very sudden and dramatic when it occurs, dogs tend to recover slowly over days to weeks after. No one actually knows what causes it. The same symptoms can also be caused by more serious problems such as liver failure, renal failure, brain tumours and other brain conditions; therefore we can only diagnose it by ruling out other possible causes if the dog doesn’t respond quickly to supportive treatment.
We look forward to caring for Mylo for a long time to come as he is such a happy courageous patient!