--Jayda & Me--
Hello everyone! this is our baby Jayda, she is approximately 13 years old, sorry I don't know her exact age, as her previous owner was not sure if she was 3 or 4 when she gave Jayda to us about 10-11yrs ago.
Jayda is such a happy girl despite her mild hip dysplasia, and a recent bout with some health issues which was first diagnosed as facial paralysis,and an inner ear infection, she was put on numerous antibiotics, had an ear cleaning, but things just started going down hill from there, antibiotics did not work, she was hospitalized for 4 days @ NYC Veterinary Specialists Hospital. Jayda has had numerous blood/urine cultures/tests, a spinal tap, CT scan of the head,and chest/head X-rays, all tests came back negative. She has been on countless antibiotics, steroids, and most recently they suspect her thyroid but that test was also negative.
Whatever it is, has begun to affect her eyes and her nasal passage, we use a childrens' nasal spray to help with the dryness in her nose, her left eye is completely shut now and her right eye is slightly open and is mostly blood shot red, we constantly apply vet dispensed eye ointment and eye wash to refresh her eyes, we are so lucky that my parents can babysit her during the day and are able to do this for us, as me and my husband both work.
Jayda has also begun to lose some muscle mass on her head and is unable to open her mouth completely, it takes her about an hour to eat but she makes sure she licks her plate clean!..I sometimes wonder if I am prolonging the inevitable but her vet has assured me that she is not suffering, I sometimes wonder about his response. Our girl still nudges me in the morning for her walk, is able to make her way to her favorite spot on the sofa,eats constantly and is always looking for someone to play with!..
I apologize for such a long post, but we are at our wits end and frustrated, we have been to 3 vets and neither is able to give a diagnosis. We're hoping that maybe someone has experienced something familiar with their baby, or can share some insight.
Thank you for listening :)
from Sue at a-love-of-rottweilers.com..
Liz, I'm so sorry to hear about what is happening with Jayda, it must be so heartbreaking for you all.
At 13 (or so), she has already passed the average life expectancy for a Rottweiler by quite a bit, but what you describe definitely doesn't sound like normal aging. I'm a little surprised that CT scans and X-rays haven't shown anything as Rottweilers are unfortunately a very cancer-prone breed, and that would have been one of my first guesses.
It's obvious how much you love her and it sounds as though that love is reciprocated 100 times over, Jayda is a very lucky girl and I'm sure you're also very lucky to have been able to share your lives with her.
If your vet says she's not in pain, then I would be inclined to believe him, in my experience they will usually err on the side of caution. You are doing everything possible for her and it sounds as though she still has a reasonable quality of life and is content with her place in the family. It's a very personal decision, and totally different for every dog, every situation etc., as to when to continue and when it's best to put an end to things, but I would say go with your instincts here and do what you think is best - you know Jayda best and I think you'll know when the time comes. She knows she's loved and you've given her a great life, she's one of the lucky ones.
I really hope someone here can give you some more info. or support and I wish you all the very best of luck. My prayers are with Jayda and your family. God Bless