This evening was quite a scarey one to be honest.
About an hour after Ushi had eaten her food, she saw a blue bottle buzzing around. She got very very excited and started bounding about. Shortly afterwards, she started to pant like crazy and her tail wasn’t wagging. I thought that maybe she needed to go out, so took her a short walk around the estate to see if that calmed her down.
She couldn’t wait to get away! The panting did calm down a bit.
When we got home again however, she was panting away. She came upstairs, and went into the bathroom. My sister closed the door to our room while she killed the bluebottle, and Ushi started to really whine and look frantically around her. She then just sat outside the bathroom door for ages and ages. She then lay down but was still panting very hard. I tried to offer her water but she wouldn’t take any at all. I got my sister to make sure she hadn’t got stung or anything but there was no stings or anything on her and no swelling.
I phoned my dad to see what he thought. He said she would be grand and not to worry too much. About 10 minutes later, mum came up as she could hear Ushi panting above the TV downstairs. She advised me to call the vet.
Mum went to get the house phone as my mobile kept disconnecting, and Ushi went downstairs. Before that she wouldn’t move at all from the bathroom door.
While I was waiting for the vet to ring me back as the receptionist was calling him, Ushi did take a massive drink of water. I was so glad. As I was talking to the vet, the panting became quieter and quieter. Before she sounded like a train! (Usually you have to strain to hear her pant).
Once I explained to the vet what had happened, he said that because she was getting better it wasn’t really worrying him. The fact that she wanted to walk and wasn’t retching or anything and was steady on her feet was also good. He said if it was anything serious she wouldn’t be calming down. He said that she could have just got too excited and panicked a little. I was extremely relieved about that. He said just to keep an eye on her, but that what I was describing wasn’t worrying.
I thought that maybe Ushi had got a blockage because she had picked up a bit of a crisp about half an hour before the bluebottle. I also thought it was something called Rudder tail where the tail gets sprained but she was able to wag it a bit.
After I had finished talking to the vet, it was a very quiet pant. She still was looking around quite alot, but she did move about more and she even took a little dog biscuit. Mum says that if it was a blockage she would be retching and the water and that wouldn’t stay down.
She is grand now, but hasn’t come upstairs yet. She is just content to lie on the floor now downstairs.
I’ve decided that she’ll come upstairs when she’s ready, but for now she seems comfortable and much more like her wee self.
She is quite quiet in nature but earlier she seemed more subdued than usual.
I’m hoping she will come back up to the bedroom as that was where the bluebottle first was. I’m sure she’ll come up eventually.
I’m so glad that the panting has stopped. I guess i’ll never know what happened her to make her panick like that. Any of you ever experienced such a thing?
Thanks alot for any help!