Saturday, 22 May 2010

when dogs seem to be sick but we're not sure

Penny was lying on her mat asleep this afternoon when suddenly she seemed to be unable to catch her breath. Because she had been sneezing yesterday, I decided to go to a vet and check whether the kennel cough was back. The vet, who seemed to be aged about twelve - I'm definitely getting old - checked her thoroughly and said she seemed fine. I particularly wanted to be sure her lungs sounded good, and they did.

The vet suggested I might have seen Penny reverse sneezing, or that perhaps her sneezing relates to allergies, both of which suggestions sound sensible to me.

I have seen Penny reverse sneeze, and PetPlace has a couple of video clips of dogs reverse sneezing. I'll keep an eye on her and check whether that is the issue. If it is, I won'tworry, as reverse sneezing doesn't seem to be a big problem.

One symptom was that when she barked, she would start sneezing and coughing, but seeing she's at the front door right now, barking up a storm to tell us there are cats in the front yard, I guess that's not a problem now.

As soon as we arrived at the vet's this afternoon, Penny looked the picture of health - as usual. I guess vets get used to owners saying, 'But she looked sick when we were at home!'

On the way home, we called in at Bundoora Park.

There's a little hill - called Mount Cooper, because our continent is so flat that we call every anthill a mountain - and we had a great view from there. It's an old volcanic vent, but seeing it hasn't erupted for 9.2 million years, I felt safe.


Maggie and Mitch said...

How scary this is, Penny! We hope you're feeling better soon.
I used to reverse sneeze all the time and I don't anymore. It used to whig mom out!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

parlance said...

Maggie and Mitch, I'm glad to hear you don't do it any more, and I'll hope Penny doesn't either, lol.

Mary said...

Parlance, I'm not absolutely sure but I have heard that Mt Cooper is the highest spot in Melbourne.

Honey the Great Dane said...

We seem to get a lot of those with Honey too - especially recently! I'm sure the Pet ER people must think I'm some kind of mad, neurotic dog woman coz I'm always rushing Honey in there and by the time we get there, the bloody dog is always bouncing around perfectly fine and making me look like a total fool! :-)

Honey does that reverse sneezing too sometimes - esp after dinner.


parlance said...

Hsin-Yi, I guess ER people know that dogs are cured of most ills just by walking in the door. It's related to the phenomenon whereby cars work perfectly when they are at the motor mechanic's place.

parlance said...

Mary I remember there was a sign saying Mt Cooper is the highest point in the metropolitan area. If that's the best we can do, this must be a good city for cycling!


Woof Penny,

We're so glad you're feeling better. Running in the grass will help. Do you have any rabbits to chase? Thanks for stopping by.

Desert Pups,
Toby, Norman, Keiko and The Ghost of Scuba

parlance said...

Desert Pups, there are heaps of rabbits around here, as they have unfortunately overrun Australia, but Penny hasn't chased any - yet.