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Need urgent advice: Stella might had a stroke

Stella is 13 years old, just recovered from lug infection and a heavy antibiotics cure. She has a big tumour in her chest, but it might not bother her too much. Her heart is good. When she was ill, she lost appetite and weight and was really slow, now she has regained her weight, has been eating good and is for a dog of that age a quite active walker.

Yesterday my wife mentioned that she seemed a little unstable on the walk.

Tonight we woke up from noise downstairs. She had vomited all over the floor and couldn't stand anymore. First we thought it was the back legs, but she cannot keep balance but steers sharp left and falls whenever she tries to walk.

We have taken our out on the grass, where she is lying in the shade where she loves to be. She is breathing calmly and seems to have no pain, she wants her cuddles and cheese. She is doesbt move much, but seems in no distress as long as she lies. If she tries to get up, she falls immediately.

We have a doctor appointment late in the evening. As far as I am able to google, this might be a stroke, a vestibular disease or fibrocartilagenous emboli (FCE). We hope the doctor will be able to say, but in the meantime I would so appreciate any advice on how to proceed, make her comfortable (how to deal with toilet needs), what to do or expect.

We lost our other Golden, Maja, 5 months ago, so this is really taking a toll on us...
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Update: we are now 8 hours after the incident tonight. She has been on the lawn most of the time. I went inside 1 minute just to get her a sun shelter, and when I got out, Stella had managed to get up to pee (up until now, all attempts to get up have been usess) ! She then walked about 15-20 meters. Quite unstable, but she walked (tail high!! She is a trooper) but then fell again. It was IMPORTANT to her, but it took all she got, so now resting....
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Let us know what the vet says after her appointment.

I know it is hard when a beloved pet is ill. You are a good pet parent.
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It sounds like you are doing everything you can by keeping her as comfortable as possible and giving her lots of love and whatever food and water she wants. If she's staying outside please make sure she's warm or cool as needed. If she were younger I would say bring her to an emergency vet asap but I think the goal now is to keep her as comfortable as possible. I'm sorry you're going through this again so soon.
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Sounds like vestibular disease, which isn't all that uncommon in older dogs and generally has a pretty good prognosis.
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So... Been to the vet several times during the weekend. Exhausting. The doctor guesses cancer metastasis to the brain, although a stroke is not impossible. Stella is now on drip, two rounds already, and the third today. she has improved quite a lot - she is mostly able to get up and lie down herself, she can walk quite a bit without falling, and she can walk almost in a straight line, although she looks quite drunk.
Her involuntary eye movements have become quite a bit better.

She loves to lie outside in the grass, and she shows some signs of comfort (rolling a bit in the grass, wagging a bit), and no signs of pain as we can see.

She sleeps a LOT though, and doesn't want to eat very much at all.

The way it is now, we keep going, but it is on a day-to-day basis. she might get better, she might get worse still. Our other dog died from what we believe was a heart attack (in December 2018), and we never had the time to take the discussion if to help her leave or not, so this is the first time we face that situation. I wouldn't want to see her become apathetic, she has been such an active and strong dog, but probably sleeping a lot at this point - 2 days after the attack - is something to expect. But good, lord, I'm tired. She has just recovered magnificently after a lung infection (probably connected to cancer) that threatened to finish her off. It is a miracle that she got through, and she was just back to almost full force again, and then this comes....
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I also agree it's the vestibular. Let's all hope it's vestibular. You and your dog are very strong. Try to keep her calm, start anti nausea meds, dehydration to avoid ,nutrition is important, be careful with accidents like slipping and let's hope it all solves in 3-4 weeks. Stella still has bright nights and days.
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So, we are out going for 40 minutes snappy walks again, not bad for a 13 year old girl 😊 recovery has been amazing, and the only time now she gets unstable is if she walks by my side and tries to look up at my hand with goodies... Boom 😁 as long as she is watching and going in the same direction, no problem.

Fast recovery has a downside, though, as the vet says it might be an indicator of cancer metastases from the lunges to the brain.

But my wife came up with a different thought. Stella has been heavily coughing for 2 months. Probably partly connected to lung infection and to cancer, but the vet also said there could be some clog in her lungs. From the day she had her brain attack, she hasn't coughed once. Not one single cough. From one day to another, gone. It is the weirdest thing.

So, my wife suddenly though - what if a clog loosened from her lungs and got up to her brain? We refuse to any more scans of her, so we'll never find out, but the coincidence is remarkable..
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