holly's story is really a just a bunch of question marks...
Carol · Jun. 11, 2012
but i can fill in a few of the blanks with what i do know about her and a few things that i guessed.
about a year and a half ago holly was adopted as a senior dog from one of the spca shelters. i don't know how she come to be there or where she came from or why she was there tho. all i know is she was there and she was eventually adopted.
one night, several months ago, the spca after hours emergency line received a call from her adoptive family she was bleeding rectally, needed to see a vet and she was too dfficult in her old age for them to to handle anymore. the spca emergency officer had her signed over for treatment or euthanization, picked her up and took her to animal emergency. she was in pretty rough shape initially and really quite ill. she did quickly respond to treatment so the emergncy staff called and asked if we could take her and we did.
a few weeks on some flagyl and her rectal bleeding was under control. but there was definitely something mentally or neurologically wrong with her..i wasn't sure if it was a profound canine dementia, brain damage from head injury or from a major stroke when she was bleeding (they can stoke if their blood pressure gets too low) or was she just simply so stressed and overwhelmed that she was lost inside her head. i took her into both our vet clinics a few times for her bleeding bowel issues and then for her continuing anxiety. none of the bloodwork or testing showed an organic reason for her dementia so it was suggestd either she was a basically totally stressed out dog or a feral, unsocialized dog, or she had something organic going on like a brain tumor. we decided that the best thing to do for holly was find her a quiet and stable home and see how she did. this was a BIG mistake...48 hours out of here and holly had a complete and total meltdown so she came back again.
she settled back in amazingly smoothly and at least i now knew that she was in fact, better off here. but within a few weeks she started falling, and she became more and more uncoordinated and unsteady. then that first seizure struck about three weeks ago and on this weekend, she had six more. whatever was going on was quickly progressing. now we were pretty sure that it was some kind of cerebral disease or dysfunction that was messing holly up...could have been a growing tumor or i suppose the effects of multiple strokes or seizures or lesions that kept damaging her brain even further.
in any case thru no fault or choice of her own, holly's own brain was betraying her..it was time to let her go.....there was no way we could make it better for her.
anyway..that is what i know of holly's story..oh and i also know she was an incredibly sweet and gentle dog who deserved a far better end of life then she had.
Thanks so much for the info Penny, that's great. I did a little search today when I got home and did not see anything in the area the racoon ran to . I will ask the neighbors if they have seen anything.