Before we get into this post, we want to mention that this post shouldn't be taken as medical advice or as a substitute for visiting a medical professional. Having an ailing pup is no fun and fixing him or her often begins with a guessing game, so we're simply shedding light on a few incidents that we've experienced.
Below, are the six heart attacks ;) that Mike and I have experienced...
Scare #1: Pierogi had bouts of bloody stools
Diagnosis: It took puppy Pierogi awhile after he came home to get "regular", but one day he experienced several bloody stools. Alarmed by the blood, we immediately scheduled a vet appointment for Pierogi. But after one of our vets ran several tests and received inconclusive results, he came back to ask if Pierogi enjoys munching on sticks. "I guess so", I replied, and the vet's hunch was immediately confirmed. He explained that Pierogi was likely simply irritated by a few rough sticks and to keep him away from the twigs so that he wouldn't get stick-er (his words, not mine! ;)
Scare #2: Pierogi woke us in the middle of the night from a terrifying snorting fit
Diagnosis: If you have a dog in the #squishyfacecrew, you've probably experienced this scare, but if you're not familiar, a snorting fit can seem absolutely frightening. One night, when Pierogi was a puppy, he sat up in our bed, froze, and began wildly snorting. Eventually, the sounds woke us up and we panicked . Could he not breath? Was something serious happening? But Mike was quick to think and jumped on Google (while I tried to calm Pierogi) and we soon realized that Pierogi would be fine. He was simply experiencing a little reverse sneezing, which although the theatrics are intense, the episodes are harmless. Today, Pierogi and Gilly still get snorting fits, but few months back, another Boston Terrier family taught us to lightly cover the nostrils to halt reverse sneezing (and it works)!
Scare #3: Gilly suddenly developed a runny nose accompanied by constant sneezing
Diagnosis: Not too long ago, Gilly went through a day sneezing here and there. We didn't think too much of it, until the next morning when he also woke up with a runny nose -- yes, just like the kind that humans experience. Once more, we turned to Google, but the results were harrowing, so it was back to the vet for our family! I was so nervous for little Gilly and had written out everywhere he had been and anything notable that he had experienced in the previous three months. It turned out that he was battling something like a human cold and was prescribed antibiotics and rest. I was so relieved that it wasn't anything more.
Scare #4: A small, hairless and red bump popped up on Gilly's hind leg
Diagnosis: On the same day that Gilly was diagnosed with a cold, we came home to relax after the vet appointment, when I looked down at Gilly and noticed a small, hairless and red bump. Oh no! What could that be? Not wanting to gamble on a diagnosis, we later swung back to the vet's office and they quickly diagnosed the bump as a benign growth. The vet predicted that it would quickly fade away and sure enough it did. Phew!
Scare #5: One evening, Gilly (are you noticing a trend? Ohh, little Gilly! :) ran over to us with a very crooked smile...
Diagnosis: Pierogi and Gilly tend to display a lot of facial emotions, but when Gilly ran over to us with a very crooked smile, we initially laughed at his silly expression. We assumed that his smile was caught above his teeth and gave him warm attention, but upon looking closer...we noticed that an ant was latched onto his lip! We were able to gently pull the ant off, but we couldn't believe what Gilly had gotten into! :)
Scare #6: While hiking one day, Pierogi suddenly slowed down and began limping
Diagnosis: One afternoon, my brother, Mike, Pierogi and I decided to explore a flat, but rugged Arizona trail. In hindsight, the area probably wasn't best suited for a walk with a dog, but that thought hadn't struck us yet. On the hike back, our all-star hiker, Pierogi, suddenly slowed down and began limping. Mike immediately scooped him up and I scanned him over for the root of his pain. Worried that he had seriously injured one of his legs, we gently touched each one, but Pierogi didn't react. We moved onto his paws and spotted the problem: a tiny thorn had pricked his paw. Luckily, the majority of the thorn was sticking out and we were able to pull it out in one piece.
Have any of these things ever happened to your dog?
Woof! (Hey, there!) Pierogi, Gilly and Sarah here. Thanks for stopping by our dog blog. We're a little dog-obsessed around here and Pierogi & Co. is all about inspiring you to enjoy the dog days. Because life's more fun with your best (furry) friend by your side. So grab a bone and follow along as we stop to sniff the flowers...