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jesse girl 01-26-2016 10:45 AM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
looking good

i was happy to see the head tilt go away for jesse it looked really sad while walking around for that period

farrwf 02-01-2016 01:24 PM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
Just took a look at this area, and saw your thread, Holli. Poor old Kinser sure is having a time of it! You sure are a fantastic mom to your fur kids. They couldn't hope for better care.

Hoping Kinser keeps improving.

momofdecker 02-02-2016 10:35 AM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
Thanks Bill. It's been two weeks and Kinser's progress has come to a bit of halt. The good news is that he's somewhere around 75% recovered. He can get up on his own and walk on his own. He's been freed from the full body harness.

His eating is still a bit hit or miss - more so not wanting to eat in the morning. But he happily barks during dinner and has a high interest in human food. His evening meal is mostly back to dog food with some chicken or other meat mixed in.

Prior to the vestibular incident he was able to get up stairs and come down on his own. We kept the stairs gated to make sure someone was around to spot him if need be - but the majority of the time he could do it on his own. He can still get up stairs on his own but can no longer get down them.

His head is still tilted and he is still off balance. His back end mobility reminds me a lot of Decker's challenges. He knuckles the rear paws at times and has mild balance checks when he walks around. The knuckling was present prior to the vestibular happening but the balance checks were not. It doesn't take much for him to tip over and he can only turn in one direction. On the positive side - he has his sight and his front legs seem stable. If we don't see any further improvement we still feel confident that quality of life is there for him. He hasn't been able to join us for weekend hikes (not sure he has the strength back yet and the path has been a bit too icy for his footing to handle) but he has been enjoying daily trots down the street. Hoping for an early spring. Would love to get him out on the hiking trail again as it does wonders for his spirit.

Here are a few pics from his November hikes..
Stopping for a pose with his human kid after taking a swim:

One of my favorites - trying to get both Toby & Kinser to pose for the annual Christmas Card photos:

He was still able to make it up the hill on his own:

Joan 02-02-2016 02:21 PM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
Beautiful pictures!! You both look so happy, and that is just as it should be.

Judi 02-02-2016 05:21 PM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
I'm so glad he can walk again. I hope spring comes early too for all of you. Your daughter is growing up way too fast but she is as beautiful outside as she is on the inside! love the pics

Soaphie & Sydney's Mom 02-04-2016 08:56 AM

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Wow - Judi, you got that right! The "human kid" Rebecca really is getting old! Pretty girl!

My favorite picture is the trail of leaves - walking up the hill.

The pups still look good, despite Kinser's challenges.

Hang in there!

Patty 02-06-2016 01:49 PM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
Love the pictures :)

amydunn19 02-08-2016 08:16 PM

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Those pictures are so pretty and that Rebecca is a real doll. She is growing up fast!

Glad Kinser has gotten somewhat better. He looks good and really happy to be out with the family.

farrwf 02-16-2016 10:37 AM

Re: Kinser - vestibular disease?
Those are really nice pictures, Holli. Looks like Decker, Kinser & Toby have been in the best environment possible for 4 leggers to enjoy themselves, as intended.

Abby's Mom 02-19-2016 09:52 AM

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Great to see pictures of your family. I am sorry to hear about Kinser, but he seems to get along pretty good for his age, because of the care you give.

Rebecca sure has grown up, she is beautiful, inside and out.


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