Thank you so very much everyone for your input - I appreciate it so much. Paris doesn't have HD thank goodness. My thought too was that Paris has had a mild stroke. Our Vet isn't open on weekends so tomorrow morning I'm going to phone for an appointment. Unfortunately our nearest holistic vet is 2 hours away, which is the way I would prefer to go. I wish more Vets would convert to the holistic approach ....
Gail, thank you for the website on Vestibular Disease - I read it through but Paris has none of the symptoms. Although I'm wondering if she might have an inner ear infection causing the vertigo. She's not throwing up or salivating & her head is not tilted all the time.
Yesterday when she fell over, it was first on her right side & then later on her left side, & her bowels emited a little liquid diahorrea. Each time she was rigid & lay like that for a couple of minutes & then got up on her own. But each time she falls it drains her energy & by the time we're back in the house she's out of breath & just plops down on a bed or the floor, panting heavily. This morning when I took her outside I used my Witchie's (RIP) belly sling to support her & stop her from falling over - this worked. But once back inside & she plopped down, her body stiffened & her neck arched to her left & she rested her face on my foot (I was squatting next to her). After a minute she came out of it again & was alert. She's not wanting to eat her regular food but she is eating her morning cup of plain, fat-free yoghurt with her immune system builder & her supplements in it. I cooked skinless boneless chicken breast for her & she ate that too, so at least she's getting something into her tummy. I'm going to try her with a little of her regular food + chicken tonight.
At midnight on a Saturday two years ago (April 2008) when Paris was 12~1/2 yo, she had emergency surgery for bloat. To this day it's beyond my comprehension as to how it happened, as I have always take preventative steps to esure it doesn't happen. Both the ER staff & our local Vet were amazed at how well & quickly she recovered from this trauma, but I know it's because (1) she's healthy & not filled with drugs & (2) I contacted all my Reiki friends & animal lover friends who sent healing energy & prayers to her - the power of belief & prayer is amazing! :-). So as a result, I've been extra careful with what I feed her (I soak her dry food until it's completely saturated) & how & when she exercises. The one thing I'm unable to control is the thunderstorms - she gets so stressed out & Rescue Remedy doesn't help at all, even if she get's it before the storm breaks. Dogs are so sensative to the changes in barometric pressure that before the rolling thunder & lightning even start, she knows it's coming & starts pacing & hyperventilating.
I have been building a website for Paris & in it you can read about us (I still have more pics & info to add):
I will keep you posted on Paris' progress. I'm not ready to part with her although I know I have to do what's best for her when the time comes.
I love Shepherds & have had 7 over the years.