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26 June 2007 @ 08:25 pm
I think we've found the cause of Sydney's vertigo...  
I spoke with the vet in depth tonight about Sydney's worsening condition and I mentioned that I thought I read somewhere that some dogs have a bad reaction to some antibiotics... We talked some more and realized that the metronidazole that we've been giving her for her liver might be causing the vertigo...

The vet prescribed it on May 21st and Sydney had her first serious bout with vertigo on June 7th... And it's the only medication that we've been giving her consistently throughout all of this. The side effects of metronidazole especially in dogs with liver disease could be dizziness, vertigo, the side to side eye movement in extreme cases.

We're going to stop giving it to her starting tonight. Please, please - if you are of the praying sort, please say a prayer that we caught this in time - because if we did, the effects could be reversible...

So while I'm glad that we've come to this conclusion and know what's wrong, I'm also VERY worried that we've discovered it too late... Thank you all so much for your kind comments in my entry below - I will be back to respond to each and every one of them after we feed the dog.
 
 
 
Kyliekyliebeth on June 27th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
That's great! I really really really really *really* hope this solves everything! Fingers crossed for you and Sydney!
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on June 27th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your good thoughts - I'm really hoping that we didn't discover this too late! :(
intootjeintootje on June 27th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
I just read about a Finnish Lapphund who didn't respond well to antibiotics at all, his condition worsened when he took antibiotics (it was another kind of case but still). So it is very well possible! You and Sydney are in my thoughts. I really hope everything will turn for the better *hugs*
Sheri: Sydney is...shutterbug93 on June 27th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
I think that this is really Sydney's problem - my fear is that we've discovered this too late. I'm hoping and praying that the effects are reversible and that she's able to get better! HUGS
intootjeintootje on June 27th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
I really hope so too!

We are going on holiday on Friday (yes, again... I hope we have better luck this time) and I hope to get some positive news from you before that!
Kananigirlkananigirl on June 27th, 2007 10:26 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm praying that Sydney will be okay! You guys will definitely be in my prayers tonight!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for your prayers, Rayna!! Big HUGS to you!!
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Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for all your prayers for Sydney and for all your support, Sue!! It means so much to us! Hopefully this was all discovered in time to actually make a difference and Sydney will be able to make a full recovery! Big HUGS!!
Daniel the California Highway Guycahwyguy on June 27th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I hope that's the cause.
Sheri: Sydney Dogshutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Daniel. And we think it really is the cause of all of this...
Kayleakaylea on June 27th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs you guys* keeping you in our thoughts. She'll pull through!! :) she's a strong pup :)
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, Mel! HUGS!
Phenomenull: mercedesangelphenomenull on June 27th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)

This HAS to be it. Keep on keepin' on, you're doing a great job as a Sydney nurse. She should be back to her old Sydney self soon. You can do it!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for all your encouraging words!! Big HUGS to you!!
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on June 27th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
Well at least you may know what's going on now, and hopefully things will be back to normal soon. Robert and I are thinking good thoughts for you that your fuzzy baby is going to be just fine *hugs*.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your good thoughts for Sydney, Laura!!! And I think the medication WAS the cause of all of this... I'm just hoping that she's able to recover from this... Big HUGS to you and Robert!!
photodiva02 on June 27th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
:(

xoxo
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Sue!
Sabine: Micki Kaisergartensabine10 on June 27th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hope everything turns to the better now. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and send good vibes! Big *hugs* to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your good thoughts for Sydney, Sabine and for all your support through all of this!! Please take care and hug your fuzzy ones for me!!
carush_girl on June 27th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Once again I shall pray for your family which obviously includes the oh-so-special fuzzy one. I shall pray that it was discovered on time. Truly all my hopes and prayers.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for all your prayers!!! They really mean a lot to us!! Big HUGS to you!
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on June 27th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
OH I hope this is what the problem is! My fingers are crossed and I am praying!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for all your prayers Stacey!! We think that this may be the cause - but we're really hoping that she'll be able to make a nearly full recovery!
Όμορφη καρδιάqueenstacey_25 on June 28th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
I am hoping she will too! I have faith!

So will I be seeing you on July 7th....Carrie's Wedding?
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on June 28th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm pretty out of the loop right now, but caught this and will keep your little one in prayer. I know how important Sydney is to you! Looking forward to hearing some good news soon.
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 28th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your prayers - we appreciate it so much!! We've been in such a depression over Sydney these past three weeks that discovering what might've caused her to be so immobile is at least a step in the right direction!