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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-26-2020, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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This week DS had surgery, and I’ve been with him while DH is home with DD and Sundance. Usually I arrange daycare or a puppy sitter during hospital stays, but due to Thanksgiving weekend and DH working from home, I didn’t this time.

On Tuesday Sundance spent most of the day waiting in the window but he did stop to play a couple of times. By the evening he wasn’t responding to play, and he was licking his lips a lot. DH gave him some of my clothes to lay on and the licking stopped. Wednesday was worse. He followed DD everywhere and wouldn’t play, and most of the time wanted to lay directly on her so she wouldn’t leave. He ate yesterday morning, and some of his dinner, but he refused treats, even cheese. Starting today he refused to eat. DH was certain he was upset about not seeing me so he brought him to the hospital when he came to visit tonight. After spending an hour with him, I told DH he needed to go to the vet hospital right then. He greeted me but it wasn’t very enthusiastic and after a minute he laid down on my lap. I gave him a few bites of turkey and he was excited about that but it was still muted. DH brought his dinner and he did eat it and drank water and then he laid down again. I have never seen him like that. DD held him in the front seat on the way home and DH said he already seems much better. He is hoping he’ll continue to improve because the only place open tonight does not have the best reputation.

No one can think of anything he could have eaten or gotten into, his poop and everything seem normal. He’s just completely despondent. I’m concerned he’s seriously sick and it just happens to coincide with us being gone, but DH thinks he’s made himself sick because of anxiety. Has anyone seen a reaction like this?
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I don't know what to suggest other than to get him to his regular vet, and I'm sure you were planning on that. Ugh. You don't need this on top of DS recovery from surgery. I hope your son is getting stronger every day and that Sundance returns to his normal self soon. Know we are thinking of you!
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So sorry this is happening. It is always so stressful to see our dogs acting “off”. This scares me more than any particular symptom. I would take him to the regular vet and have him checked out. I prefer to avoid emergency vets unless it really seems that it cannot wait. However, if your gut tells you that is what you should do then I would do that.
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I’m sorry that your family is going through this too... I also tend to agree with the whole “going with your gut” idea. While he may be responding to stressors in the home, only you know him best. I hope he and your son both are feeling better soon!

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How is Sundance doing today?
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I don't really have anything to add to what the others have said, except to to let you know I'm wishing you all well too! As long as he continues to drink and eliminate normally, he can safely go several days without eating, so I think you can wait until you can get to your regular vet. Do your family members know how to check his gums for capillary refill to check for dehydration, and can they check his temperature? Those are two things you can keep tabs on at home.

He's PROBABLY just being melodramatic, but I know how worrisome it can be when our pups decided to do this stuff when the vets aren't open. (do they EVER do it when they ARE open?!?!) Just what you DON'T need with a kiddo in the hospital!!!


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I don't really have anything to add to what the others have said, except to to let you know I'm wishing you all well too! As long as he continues to drink and eliminate normally, he can safely go several days without eating, so I think you can wait until you can get to your regular vet. Do your family members know how to check his gums for capillary refill to check for dehydration, and can they check his temperature? Those are two things you can keep tabs on at home.

He's PROBABLY just being melodramatic, but I know how worrisome it can be when our pups decided to do this stuff when the vets aren't open. (do they EVER do it when they ARE open?!?!) Just what you DON'T need with a kiddo in the hospital!!!
Oh how true! Do they ever act up when vets are open and when it is a “good” time? Not sure there is ever a “good” time but do they have to pick the “worst” times?
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Thinking of you and Sundance and hoping for good news soon.
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DH thought he seemed better last night. This morning DH made him an egg and a fancy breakfast and he really perked up. He wanted to take him to the vet anyway but they were closed today. But by the time DS and I got home tonight, he was worse again, so he went to the after hours clinic. The vet said it’s a strain or pinched nerve and prescribed pain meds. Where it’s located is often from a fall, but he’s been like Velcro the last few days, and we can’t figure out when it could have happened. He went on a longish walk on Thanksgiving morning without a problem and seemed off before that. But maybe the walk aggravated it and that’s why he seemed worse later in the day.

He’s definitely happy everyone is home, and he seems more comfortable right now. I don’t really feel settled about it, but I feel a lot better about the rest of the weekend.
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I hope that rest, meds, and the fact that you are home now, will help Sundance feel better soon!



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