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Re: Breathing Problems?

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  November 10, 2002 at 01:05:47

In Reply to: Breathing Problems?
Category:   Medical
Posted by:  Shannon Edmondson
Posted on:  November 08, 2002 at 21:48:15

Question:

: I have two Jack Russells. My male is 1 1/2 years old and my female is 3 years old. Recently my male had a couple of episodes during the middle of the night where he would wake me up and would be gasping for air. At first I thought he was choking but he ran to the water bowl so I knew it wasn't that. Then I thought maybe he couldn't breathe? He ran around my room grabbing at clothes and trying to rip them apart. He was acting really strange and really scared. On one episode he grabbed my hair with his teethe. Totally uncharacteristic for him. Both times I finally let him outside where he ate grass as fast and furious as possible. He threw up once (nothing in it) and I gave him Benadryl which calmed him down. He hasn't had any more episodes like this. I took him to the vet where his blood tests came out fine. Could this be a neuroligical problem? Some type of posioning? We found Posion Ivy in the backyard.... One time as a puppy, he had some type of siezure. I am really scared this is something serious and the vet isn't catching it. I would appreciate any insight on this ! Thanks!


Response:

Dear Shannon,

Bless your heart -- you must have been scared to death during these episodes. I think you should follow your instincts and keep looking for an answer. Get a second opinion from another vet...or a third; there is definitely a reason behind his behavior.

I recommend that you think very hard about these most recent episodes and write down anything that may have been even slightly "abnormal" 24-48 hours prior. For instance -- did you have the carpet cleaned, turn on the heat, have company, mow the lawn, etc OR was your terrier crated for longer then usual, fed something he hasn't had before, got his monthly heartworm preventative or yearly booster or flea/tick treatment, etc...

(Please note that I am not suggesting that any of the above caused his symptoms; these are ONLY ideas to get you thinking about things that were outside of the normal routine.)

Since vets don't live with their patients (!), they need us to fill in the "background" information. In my opinion, no detail is too small when dealing with an unexplained ailment; I suggest you also write down what you remember about your little guy's first episode. There may not be a connection but again, "background" information is important. :-)

Best of luck to you and your little guy. Please let us know what you find out.

Leslie