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Trixie

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  1. Thank you. I was just talking to the vet. He has been in consultation with a behaviourist as well and they are 80% sure that she has SOIA, but we'll run the tests anyway just to be sure. Thank you everyone for your best wishes.
  2. That was funny, I have to admit. Thank you for the giggle.
  3. I completely agree with you. I also work and help with people with MI; the analogy was made as a worst case comparison. I have had a few experiences with people who have serious and extreme illness and who have been medicated to the point of debilitating lethargy and completely flattened affect (patients with Schizoaffective Disorder, various Psychosis, Schizophrenia and some concurrent disorders). It is very heart rending and one of the reasons some people refuse to take the medication. Luckily there are better medications out there for most people which allow them to function wonderfully
  4. Thank you, GentleLake. Yes, losing one of your best friends is quite hard on the heart. My vet wants to do some tests for that and a few other things and will send it South (I think Guelph U in Ontario) to see if that's it.
  5. Thank you all for your responses, I apologize for being touchy. I live in Canada, in Northern Ontario. No behaviorists here. I will ask my vet if he can consult with one from down South. I am really struggling with the idea of putting her down, and you're right, Pam, I need to ask myself those tough questions. Can I live with this for her whole life and watch it get worse? Can I risk someone or some thing getting injured? My vet has told me about some medications that essentially act like lithium in humans - stops the episodes but flattens them out to almost comatose. I don 't want tha
  6. If it "needs to be treated appropriately", treated how? That is what I am trying to find out. Until all possibilities are exhausted, until I know there is no treatment, until I am sure there is no underlying cause that could be treated, I am not putting her down. I posted to get help and information, not judgment.
  7. We don't have such specialists up here, but in my Vet's experience, and from the research I have been doing, she exhibits classic symptoms. As I have learned, it is rare, but not so rare as top not have some information about it available on line. It used to be called "Cocker rage" as it was observed predominately in Cocker Spaniels in the 60's and 70's. It has been diagnosed more frequently now in Bernese Mountain Dogs and a few other breeds, including BC's. A few decades ago people would not "diagnose" it as such, just put down the dog as unpredictably aggressive. There is some theory t
  8. My 4 yr. old BC has been presenting with "episodes" of rage since she was quite young, but I did not know that it could be SOIA until a few weeks ago when it was becoming too much and too often to deal with. I had up to then been trying to train her out of her behaviour, but have realized that when she is experiencing an episode, she can not even hear me. She presents classic symptoms, with the pupil dilation, biting and attacking whatever is close ( such as my leg or hand, or the cat or other dog), slavering and growling/barking. The rage usually lasts anywhere from 30 seconds to just less
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