I am a long time lurker, first time poster. I have a 4 year old Havanese name Lexi, and she has been acting VERY strange ever since I got home from work on Friday. I'm hoping maybe someone has some insight as to what is going on with her.. I did some searches on the forum, but couldn't find any posts similar to what she is experiencing.
My Lexi is all of a sudden afraid to walk on the carpet in my apartment. We have lived here for a little over 4 months, and she never had this problem before! The apartment is all carpet except for the kitchen area and two bathrooms. She will sit on either the kitchen and bathroom floors and just stare at us. If she needs to walk on the carpet, she will bolt to wherever she needs to go. I tried picking her up and setting her down on the carpet and she got all upset and tried to climb on me. I can't think of any explanation for this.. We haven't done anything to the carpets that would cause any smell that would bother her. It seems to have bothered her so much that she can't be comfortable in the apartment.
I took her to the animal medical center Friday night after noticing the strange behavior (this was before I realized the rug was the problem). They told me she had a fever and low white blood cell count, which worried them. They wanted to keep her overnight to run additional tests. I know they did blood tests, urine tests, xrays, and tested for lyme disease. They called me Saturday morning and said that her temperature had gone done, they re-checked the white blood cell count and it came back normal the second time. Also, none of her other tests came back as abnormal. They told me that she was doing ok and I could pick her up that night. When I took her home Saturday night, the weird behavior started up again and seemed worse. This was when I noticed the whole rug issue. She also would not get comfortable that night and wouldn't sleep, therefore I couldn't sleep either! I ended up calling my poor parents in the middle of the night and asking if I could try sleeping with her on the couch over there. Once I got there, Lexi was calm and slept fine! Me, not so much! Once she woke up, though, and started walking around the house, the weirdness started up again with their carpet, although it didnt seem as bad as at my apartment.
Anyways, I ended up calling the animal medical center today and explaining the carpet thing, the vet had no clue what to tell me. Just to make an appointment with my regular vet tomorrow and that maybe it was a behavioral thing. Hopefully I can get in an appointment tomorrow and they will have some suggestions. I am just worried they will look at me like I'm a crazy person. If I don't find a fix soon, I will never get anymore sleep!
I just want my normal Lexi back! This whole thing has made me a complete wreck!
Has anyone ever experience anything similar? Any suggestions?
Thanks for listening!
p.s - Here is a picture of my baby (hopefully I do this right!)