Okay, so this morning my son arrived at the Show Low veterinary to discover the dog is much improved, but far from 100%. They’re releasing him to go home. As soon as M’hijito’s dad and NW (New Wife) show up, they’re heading back into town, and I gather he intends to try to get home without further incident and then tomorrow haul him to the vet, taking yet another day off work.
Here in town, my son was using the veterinary favored by NW, but the beloved vet there retired. I was SO totally not impressed with that outfit when I took Ruby there with a urinary tract infection…honest to God, the woo-woo holistic vet at Alta Vista did a better job with better results and infinitely better patient relations. There’s a veterinary at 7th Street and Maryland where I used to take Anna the German Shepherd. Although they’re part of one of those damn chains that try to bamboozle you into signing up for endless unnecessary exams and needless treatments, nevertheless the vet herself seemed to be very good and pretty sensible.
Meanwhile, the dog is still unable to walk normally. The vet up there thinks it’s neurological damage and may never entirely go away. However, if you assume he did not suffer either from heat exhaustion or nervous prostration but instead had a vestibular stroke (not uncommon in dogs), some websites say the gimpiness will clear up in a few weeks.
IMHO, though, the first order of business needs to be to find out what really happened to the dog. We know he didn’t get a fever of 107 degrees(!) from being left in a hot car and probably not even from sun shining in on him (the windows have dark tinting, and the air conditioning is highly efficient). So the possibilities are…
- He worked himself into such a frenzy that he suffered an episode of psychogenic hyperthermia.
- He had an infection or heartworm which led to an extremely elevated temperature.
- He had a stroke (which probably would not have resulted in a 107-degree internal temperature, but who knows?)
- He had a heart attack (which some sites suggest might elevate body temperature).
- Some other factor is at work.
This looks bloody expensive, if you ask me…