So if you follow my Facebook page, you probably know that I had to rush my sweet ol gal, Symone, to the vet this morning. Here’s the story…
I woke up in the morning, and let all four dogs outside, while I prepared their food. They came back in, and had their breakfast while I logged on to work. This is our normal morning routine. Once everyone is done eating, they are allowed out of their kennels. Typically they all want to go back outside again!
Oscar and Lucy were chasing each other around the yard. Tooley was howling from the deck, pissed because she has to be on a leash (darn hound nose!). Symone mostly stands on the deck, but every so often runs down into the yard…I think it’s to make sure her boyfriend, Oscar, isn’t being harmed! Haha!
After about 15 mins, they’ve usually had enough and we head back inside. They all settle down on the cold kitchen floor for the next couple of hours until they get bursts of energy again.
That is when our normal routine differed this morning. I was on the phone, and I glanced back to see where Symone was. She was laying where I could only see her head, and it was shaking. I couldn’t tell at first if she was scratching herself, or what, so I went to check on her. That’s when I noticed that only her head was shaking, uncontrollably. Symone was able to get up and walk. She didn’t seem disoriented or confused, though understandably a bit scared. Thankfully the rescue president, and my good friend, is the person I was on the phone with, and she told me to hang up and film Symone. Best idea ever!
Because it lasted several minutes, and she was clearly getting stressed, I rushed her to the vet. (She had an appointment for Thursday, so it was just a debate of taking her now vs later.) Of course, once in the car, Symone came back to normal, and stopped shaking. So glad I video taped the episode! I was sad to drop her off, knowing her age, and what the result could be.
After hours and hours of waiting to hear some news, we finally heard from the vet’s office. They did a full xray, and lab work. Everything was normal! Her bones actually look pretty good, minus some arthritis. Her lab work was great. So, basically this ruled out cancer and/or tumors, for now. The vet feels the episode was a focal seizure, which is why it only affected her head. What is really difficult, is not knowing if this has happened before & we just weren’t told, or if it is new to Symone. The vet has to rule things out, and so she made the educated assumption that this is epilepsy. We can only work with what we know, so that is what we are going with for now. I have to monitor her, keep track of any additional seizures to see how often they do/don’t happen, and we’ll go from there. My sweet ol’ foster girl is home now, resting at my feet.
Now on to more info that I found out about Symone’s background, and I’d love to hear your opinions on this…apparently there is a local vet who has been breeding English Bulldogs for years. MULTIPLE dogs of this genetic line have had severe health issues over the years. These health issues include too short of a nose making breathing difficult; too short of a palate, making loud breathing and panting more pronounced; and epilepsy. Dogs have died because of being unable to breathe properly. Dogs have died because of these issues that are hereditary and linked directly back to this “family”, and this vet continues to breed them anyway. This makes me sad…angry…disappointed…disgusted.
I do not hate breeders. While it is extremely unfortunate that there are SO many homeless pets in shelters, dying every day due to lack of kennel space, this is generally not the breeder’s fault. It is the fault of the humans who committed to these animals, and them dumped them in shelters. That being said, I do believe there should be restrictions and guidelines for breeders, and there should be some kind of follow up with their dogs that they sell. I could go on and on, and I do know that there ARE some truly caring and responsible breeders out there. The thing that I want to say the most, is that this vet is well aware of the health issues that these dogs are having, so why does he keep doing it? How is this ethical? When you realize that you are directly responsible for a dog’s health issues, because of the genes that you are causing to be reproduced, shouldn’t you stop?? There is NO shortage of English Bulldogs, I assure you. Here are just a few of the rescues specifically for this breed:
Those are just a few that I saw at a glance, after googling for local bulldog rescues.
So tell me, do you think it is wrong that this “family” continues to be bred? Am I crazy to think that this is unethical? Help me understand!
Thanks for all of the good vibes, prayers, and well wishes that you sent via the FB. I told Symone all about your kind words! 😉