Great news! Sadie's stumbles have disappeared.
For 36 hours, she stumbled & tumbled. And the next 36 hours showed very little of those symptoms. As quickly as her Ataxia (wobbliness) symptoms appeared, they disappeared.
She appears to have completely recovered. We have no idea what might have caused her issues. We're not sure if this is a one-off or if they will come back. And I have heard 3 different vets in 3 different practices say "Well, Sadie sure presents an interesting case" ...also known as the worst possible thing to hear from a vet when your dog is having a health crisis. It basically means her neurological issues, if they come back, are rare, may take lots of tests to properly diagnose, and we may never know why she is having these issues. Super.
But we are ever so grateful that she is OK right now. That is all that matters!
For the better part of the last 4 days, I have cursed our dear friend, Google. Shouldn't there be some sort of technology that prohibits our ability to indulge in those worst care scenarios that the internet is so happy to provide?
Our greatest worry was Hereditary Cerebellar Ataxia. Mostly because we suppose she is part Staffie (this is a hereditary disease seen in Staffies) and Google told us all about it. It is a degenerative neurological disease with no effective treatment or cure. She would lose control of her body but be completely sound in mind. It scared the hell out of us.
While I have been cursing Google these past few days, yesterday I developed a deep appreciation for the ability to be prepared with the neurologist. By this time, her symptoms had completely disappeared, which made the neurologist's job a heck of a lot more difficult. We hope that she is just passing a toxin and this will be the last and only of it. There are several other possibilities and without my obsessive Googling, I would not have known about Hereditary Ataxia or the many other possibilities it could've been. I wouldn't have known what to ask about. And she wouldn't have been able to reassure my troubled mind - this awful disease does not come and go in her experience and therefore, we can cross our worst care scenario off the list.
We will of course be keeping a close eye on our dear girl. We are waiting on some test results regarding her liver and those will hopefully show nothing to be concerned about. She seems right as rain for the time being and that makes us so very relieved and happy. What a trooper she is!