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shakey white dog syndrome

Postby lambo » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:09 am

Chrissie my girl maltese.........The vet in Cairns told us she had shakey white dog syndrome 10 weeks ago. I went straight to the internet and started reading everything i could about the decease. But no one seems to have a answer. We put her on 2 types of tablets over the first 8 weeks. But 2 weeks ago we had to put her to sleep. She was paralsised in her 2 back legs.
Something in her brain from this decease stop her 2 back legs from moving. It still hurts after 2 weeks. She was 7 yrs old and our only female. We have 2 more males. 1 is the father and the son of Chrissie. We just hope it doesn't happen again.
Can anyone give us some feed back on shakey white dog syndrome. The vets in Cairns were no help.
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Re: shakey white dog syndrome

Postby MyMalteseKid » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:02 pm

Am so sorry that your little one had to leave for the Rainbow Bridge where she is free to run now.

White Shakers Syndrome is rare but it does happen. Was your vet sure this was the case? Most Vets do not know about WSS at least this was the case with my little one years ago. I had to ask him if he thought it was White Shakers Syndrome. I went to see a Specialist and he knew with in 10 minutes. I would hope that today they do know more.

Here is a link for you as an FYI.... http://www.malteseonly.com/shakerdog.html

I haven't heard that this could affect their legs like your little one :O(

Can you tell us what symptoms was she showing that lead to him saying it was WSS?

Was she acting like someone with Parkinson's? Did her head shake when she was resting meaning with her head of the floor? Most times the shaking would stop if they were at rest/sleeping? The nervous system nearer the back of the head begins WSS....their white cells for some reason will begin to wear away/attack the covering on the nerves. Steroids would help and most times end the WSS. There are times with a little one would have to be on meds for a life time.

If you look at past posts on the forum you will see more discussions of WSS.

Yes, sometimes this can be genetic. You will have to watch your other little ones for any signs. If this should happen I would suggest going for a 2nd opinion at a different vet.

Please let us know how you are doing.
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Re: shakey white dog syndrome

Postby carriegene » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:03 pm

White Coat shaking syndrome is generally treated with steroids. I had one years ago who was effectively treated with a very low dose of Valium. Personally, If it happened again, I would stick with that med as it doesn't have the side effects of steroids. In any case, this syndrome does not cause paralysis, so I wonder if she had something else. I am sorry to hear of your loss.
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Re: shakey white dog syndrome

Postby lambo » Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:22 am

I am gald people there also cares......Thank you.
We first notice it one Saturday night when she wouldn't climb up the back stairs.She was a girl and was always wanting me to carry her up. By late Sunday afternoon she was starting to shake. But and walk abit funny. We all ckecked for ticks and there was nothing. Monday morning she was starting to walk sideways and fall over. I took her straight to the vets and he didn't know much either. After a lot of phone calls he and all his vets came up with WSS. They put her on steroids and within a couple of days she looked like she was getting better. After 10 days all the tablets ran out and she was ok. THEN 2 days after it came back. The steroids were back and started to work again but after went down hill about the week 4 mark. Back to 2 different vets and x rays but they can't tell us why one of her back legs seemed to be starting to not work with the rest of her body. We even put her in a cage to trying and settle her down because she still wanted to try and play with the other dogs. After actually 8 weeks our beatiful little angel couldn't walk. She was paralysis. Both back legs wouldn't move. It been 2 1/2 weeks and it is still painful to even write about it. She will be missed forever............
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Re: shakey white dog syndrome

Postby MyMalteseKid » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:50 pm

Chrissie will be in your heart for a lifetime. I know it is still very painful. Keep her memories tucked in your heart and when you think of her a smile will come.
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