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Nando’s wheelchair

So many of you have kindly asked about Nando and the status of his wheels, thank you so much for your concern. We got Nando’s wheelchair but he cannot use it, it doesn’t work for him right now. He has been walking with his head tilted to the left and hanging down and when we attached the cart he went over in a somersault. He can barely walk right now, I took him to the Vet the other day who diagnosed IVD, Idiopathic Vestibular Disease or as she put it Old Dog Vestibular Disease. It turns out that he has a severe inner ear infection in both ears which could be the reason he falls and tilts to the left. He is on antibiotics both oral and in his ears. I contacted Harlan at Red Flyer and told him I would return the wheelchair but he said to hang on to it in the hopes that the antibiotics would help Nando so that he can use it.

He was having a hard time before but now this has made things a hundred times worse and more difficult. Watching him try to move is heartbreaking and I honestly didn’t know what was wrong. I thought maybe a stroke, He is struggling but keeps trying to walk, he is so determined. I have to hold him up to eat, he still has a great appetite despite all of this, Nando is my foodie pug. Keep him in your thoughts.

 

Suzanne and Nando

Nando

Nando this time last year

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  1. Oh, Suzanne! I’m so very sorry for you and Nando. Thank you for the update. You are both in my thoughts!!! Much love and good luck!!

    July 14, 2015
    • I am so upset, he is actually worse tonight. I really hope the antibiotics work and he can at least straighten up and hold his head up. Thank you so much Em.

      July 14, 2015
  2. Sending you prayers for Nando that he overcomes these extra struggles. You care so much for him and it shows. We’re thinking of you and praying that Nando gets through this. ♡

    July 14, 2015
    • Thank you so much, I know how you struggle with Rosie, we love them so very much and do everything we can to help them.

      July 14, 2015
  3. Oh Suzanne, I am sorry for the two of you. I hope Nando will feel better soon. You are such a good mom and doing all you can. Hugs for both of you.

    July 14, 2015
  4. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Sounds like he’s fighting for you. Sweet baby! Praying for both of you. Love, Maria

    Sent from my iPhone

    July 14, 2015
  5. Nando sounds like a fighter, Suzanne, as do you. Wishing you both the very best.

    July 14, 2015
  6. Agonizing for you both – part of me hopes for a release for dear Nando – you know I mean that in the best, supportive manner –

    July 14, 2015
    • I know Liz, I truly know exactly what you mean. I really appreciate the support.

      July 14, 2015
  7. I know it’s breaking your heart… constantly. Sending love, Light, & hugs dear friend.

    July 14, 2015
  8. He is so precious. I hope he recovers.

    July 14, 2015
  9. Here is a warm hug to both of you ❤️.
    Every day is a new day and we find amazing strength within us!!

    July 14, 2015
  10. Poor baby 😦
    I hope that he feels better soon- glad to hear that he still has a healthy appetite ❤

    July 14, 2015
  11. Sending Nando healing thoughts and you, Massive Hugs xxx

    July 14, 2015
  12. Sending Nando healing thoughts and you, Massive Hugs Suzanne xxx

    July 14, 2015
  13. Awesome! I hope he loves it and adjusts well.

    July 14, 2015
    • I hope that he will be able to use the chair soon, thanks so much Michelle.

      July 15, 2015
  14. Totally breaking my heart Suzanne!

    July 14, 2015
    • Me too Cheryl, thank you.

      July 15, 2015
      • This Lil’ fella is so strong in his instinct/determination to survive Suzanne. Just tears me up I know you are fighting as hard to keep Nando with you. Oh my I do understand my friend!

        July 15, 2015
      • He has such a strong will to live I cannot take that away from him

        July 15, 2015
      • You my friend are the most caring person on my virtual family! I admire you and your dedication to Nando. He’s one lucky boy to have you as his Mom!!! Hugs to you both.

        July 15, 2015
      • Thank you so much Cheryl I can say the same about you.

        July 15, 2015
  15. Heather #

    Nando you are a very dear boy with a very brave heart, gentle hugs amd kisses for you.

    July 14, 2015
  16. Poor Nando, that just breaks my heart. We worry so much for our dog babies and it is so hurtful when we can’t do anything for them.

    July 14, 2015
  17. talkavino #

    Sorry to hear that, Suzanne. May be it will work better once the ear infection is cleared…

    July 14, 2015
  18. Oh Suzanne, I’m so sorry to read this. I hope the antibiotics do great things and that he is doing better really soon xxx thinking of you both x

    July 15, 2015
    • I hope so too, they say it takes about 72 hours before they really start working. Hoping today is a better day. Thanks Elaine.

      July 15, 2015
  19. I am so sorry to hear about Nando Suzanne, it’s really been too long since I’ve been able to spend some time commenting on my blogging friends’ posts. I will be praying for Nando and I hope that he will experience some improvement soon. Sending you all so much love and hugs xxx

    July 15, 2015
    • Thank you so much Laura. I appreciate the prayers and with all this love and support he has to improve.

      July 15, 2015
  20. Oh sweet Nando… he will be in my prayers. 😦

    July 15, 2015
  21. It’s so heartbreaking to read this. I hope the antibiotics will help him get better. Stay strong, both you and Nando!

    July 15, 2015
    • Thank you so much Jasline, yes I am trying to stay positive that he will improve.

      July 15, 2015
  22. What a sweet baby, fighting for you. Your love keeps him strong!

    July 15, 2015
  23. I am so sorry to hear that Nando is not doing well Suzanne. I hope that the medications help and that he is able to try out his wheels in the future. Sending you both some strength and support.

    July 15, 2015
  24. You are both in my thoughts, wish you the best.

    July 15, 2015
  25. Oh Bless him. I hope he gets better soon. Poor thing. Emma xx

    July 15, 2015
    • Thanks Emma, one thing about Nando is that he is fighter (in a good and kind way) he has battled diabetes for 7 years, has been blind almost that long. He will pull through this.

      July 15, 2015
      • Bless him. I wish Nando all the best. I also wanted to say I am opening up surreyKitchen to guest bloggers. If you would like to write a guest post one day then please get in contact. I am happy for you to blog about anything you feel our readers would find interesting. Take care. Emma xx

        July 17, 2015
      • Would love to do a guest post. Thanks so much Emma!

        July 17, 2015
  26. Suzanne, my heart is breaking for you and Nando. He is having such a tough time. I hope the problem with his inner ear can be fixed so he can enjoy his new wheels.

    July 15, 2015
    • Thank you so much Sharon, it’s thanks to you that Nando has the wheels. I am very hopeful the inner ear infection will clear up and he can use the wheelchair.

      July 15, 2015
  27. Aw, poor Nando, it’s such a shame that he cannot use his wheels. I hope the antibiotics give him some relief. It must be heart breaking to watch him. 😉 Bx

    July 15, 2015
    • Thank you I see a little improvement today at least I think so am hopeful!

      July 15, 2015
  28. It is so hard to see them suffer. This must be brutal for you! I hope he recovers and is his ‘ol self again soon!

    July 15, 2015
  29. Sandhya #

    Suzzane,
    My heart goes out to you and Nando. It must be so hard for you to see him suffer. I hope he feels better soon. You both are in my thoughts.

    July 15, 2015
  30. Had to take our chihuahua to the vet ‘coz we noticed that his right ear was tilted. Both his ears are now upright thanks to his prescribed meds. Hope Nando’s antibiotics work for him too!

    July 16, 2015
    • I am so glad your doggie responded to the meds. How old? I hope Nando responds, so far he hasn’t really, because it’s an inner ear infection maybe it takes time. Here’s hoping. Thank you so much.

      July 16, 2015
      • Max turns 10 today! 🙂 We administered an ear cleanser (Epi-Otic) plus meds for two weeks. He’s okay now.

        Rooting for Nando!!

        July 21, 2015
  31. Suzanne– add my love and prayers with all the other people concerned for Nando. Hoping these antibiotics make a difference. Hugs from here…

    July 16, 2015
  32. Oh Suzanne, my heart is breaking for Nando, I am just so sorry, I hope the antibiotics take effect and work, my thoughts and prayers are with you both always!! xoxo

    July 16, 2015
    • Thank you so much Amy, I hope you are ok, read about the flooding in KY.

      July 17, 2015
      • Hi Suzanne, we are fine, the flooding is down further in Ky, I live right across the river from Cincinnati, so if you hear about the Ohio flooding it may not effect me since I live high up, and around 7 miles from the river, that would be my area per-say 🙂 Cheers friend!!

        July 19, 2015
      • So good to hear the flooding did not impact you. Good to you live high up. Where I live is higher also so we never experience the flooding other parts of Brooklyn have. Have a great day Amy.

        July 19, 2015
  33. Oh Suzanne., am so sorry for you and Nando. … you both are in My prayers… wish you both a good luck. ..

    July 17, 2015
  34. You and Nando are always in my thoughts, Suzanne. I’m glad that the ear infection is something curable, and that it will help with his locomotion. Kiss his sweet head for me, please. Love to you both.

    July 17, 2015
    • I got some potentially very sad news today. Took Nando to the bet because I saw no change after 5 days of the antibiotics . The doc thinks it’s a brain tumor. She put him on steroids because he does have inflammation in the ear I hope she is wrong and the steroids help but if not I am going to have to help his pass peacefully. Thanks Cynthia.

      July 17, 2015
      • My heart aches for you. And for Nando. I am shedding tears as we speak. I pray that you can feel me holding you. Izzy and Nando have become such a part of our pet family, and I ache for your losses and pain. Please, kiss the top of his sweet head for us.

        July 17, 2015
      • I feel your deep pain. Having pets means having to make the difficult decisions. May peace be with you both.

        July 17, 2015
      • I am holding Nando as I type this and gave him a kiss from you. Thank you.

        July 18, 2015
      • I’m holding you both in my heart, Suzanne.

        July 19, 2015
  35. Hello Suzanne! I’m in France right now heading back to Italy next week so I’m kind of neglecting my blogger friends but I wanted to let you know that you and Nando are in my thoughts. I’m so sorry to hear that the wheelchair didn’t work and that Nando got that darn infection. I can only imagine the sorrow and the worries! I’ll pray for both of you and I send you both a virtual big hug. Please keep me posted if you feel like it.
    Love,
    F.

    July 18, 2015
  36. Dear sweet Nando… I really hope that once the ear infection is gone that he will be able to make use of the wheelchair. He sounds like such a little battler… it’s reassuring to know that he hasn’t lost his appetite though. Sending you both special thoughts, M.xx

    July 19, 2015
    • Thanks Margot, so sorry for the delayed response. Poor Nando is still battling the inner ear infection/Vestibular Disease. He was prescribed the wrong antibiotic and had to start over which is not good at all. He is a real little fighter and continues to eat even though it’s very hard for him. He loves his food.

      July 28, 2015
  37. Sending Nando buckets of love and healing thoughts and prayers. So sorry Suzanne – this is hard on all of you. Good for you for all that you are doing for the sweet old boy. My dog Lola sends LOVE. xo

    July 21, 2015
    • Thank you Lindy, I have never had to deal with an inner ear infection with a dog before and it’s absolutely catastrophic for Nando. He cannot walk at all, it’s so sad because he tries but falls over. Give Lola a big kiss from me and Nando.

      July 28, 2015
  38. Just the fact that Nando is determined to walk makes me feel good. I know his diagnoses isn’t great, and I know he is in pain, but the strength Nando has is incredible and should be an example for everyone that hears this story. You may be down, but that doesn’t mean you give up. I will definitely be praying for his body to be healed. Thanks for this update Suzanne.

    Kia / House of KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

    July 21, 2015
    • Thanks Kay, he is fighting to survive, seeing him try is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Thank you for the encouragement and kind words.

      July 28, 2015
  39. well if he is still eating that is a great sign isn’t it – poor animal with the vestibular issue, but that could resolve itself at which point he would hopefully be able to use the wheels, provided its a bacterial infection and not a virus? Keeping fingers crossed for you boht

    July 23, 2015
    • Yes his appetite is not suffering for sure, he is a real food lover and will eat at any time of day or night, I hope it’s not a virus, geez, we have been treating this now for 3 weeks his poor little body is pumped full of antibiotics.

      July 28, 2015
      • Hiya – 3 weeks with no improvement sounds very odd for a bacterial infection…at least in a human it would be of concern, although you said the first Ab was not the right one. Does he still walk at all? Does he bump into stuff – predominantly one direction or not? Do you trust your vet beyond question? Does this type of thing happen a lot in pugs – or is it something rare where a second opinion might be worth it? There are so many different possible etiologies…..(I guess I am not being helpful here, so I’ll send you positive thoughts as well)

        July 28, 2015
      • It is a long time, they did not culture his ears initially, bad move and I thought they did, I had to take him back in the following week for a culture since there was no improvement, the culture took a week to come back and when it did they said what he has been on was not what he should take to kill the bacteria, it did nothing and he took for 2 weeks. He then started clavamox with ear drops also, 5 days in improvement is there but hardly noticeable. He has taken a few steps today which is huge, prior to today he could not walk at all, he falls over when he stands plus his head hangs down almost touching the ground and is tilted to the left. I have to hold him up with great difficulty to go to the bathroom, it’s really hard. He lost 2 weeks basically of treatment with an AB thatdid not work on his ear infection I am sure got worse. Inner ear infections are horrible and the poor little guy is having a really hard time. They also said it could be a brain tumor. My Vet is upstate 90 miles away and I cannot go to him anymore Nando cannot tolerate the trip so I am seeing a local vet that was recommended by a friend. The upstate Vet was great, integrative medicine so he was treated with both western and eastern medicine, holistic, homeopathic as well as traditional it was great but since the vet moved even further than was I cannot make the trip with Nando.

        July 28, 2015
  40. I’m so sorry to hear this, Suzanne! My heart goes out to you. Praying for you both!

    July 28, 2015
  41. Bailey sends Nando big doggie hugs. Hang in there, Suzanne. We are keeping you both in our thoughts!

    August 1, 2015

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