Saturday, November 2, 2013

An Emergency Trip To the Vet

Late last night, (or early this morning), we rushed our dog Merfy, to the emergency vet clinic. He was having episodes of standing still with his elbows spread apart, head extended, back hunched, eyes bulging, making loud snorting sounds and gasping, that appeared to indicate breathing difficulties or choking.
 
To make a long story short, he was having an episode of reverse sneezing. A fairly common, and totally harmless event that often occurs in small dogs.
 
Merfy relaxing after the traumatic event.
 
Needless to say, I was up most of the night!
 
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40 comments:

ClickNCamera said...

Poor little guy...he looks like he is resting peacefully now, thank goodness! (This would have freaked me out. I've never heard of such a thing.)

Linda W. said...

Glad to hear your dog will be okay! How scary.

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TexWisGirl said...

glad merf was fine. :) never knew that was called reverse sneezing. thanks for the education. my dogs will occasionally go thru spasms like that - i call it 'snotty nose', like they have to clear their nasal tracts.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, poor Merfy!! And poor YOU!! That had to be scary! I'm SO glad he's okay! It does hurt SO much to lose a beloved pet. I miss Sam Schnauzer every day.

Lisa Gordon said...

I have never heard of this, Karen, but I sure am glad he's okay. What a precious little one he is!

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

I used to work at an emergency vet and we'd see these little guys all the time. It is scary when they're going through that reverse sneeze thing. I have two chihuahuas at home that still do it. And I hate it. Your little Merfy is precious, and I'm so glad that's all it was.

Carletta said...

Good to hear things turned out well.
Merfy looks like a little prince among those lovely pillows! :)

Nancy J said...

I'm so glad Merfy is OK, and the vet knew what had happened, I can relate to staying up all night too. when they cannot tell us in words, it is so scary. Take care of Merf and yourself today, sleep for you both might be the answer. Cheers, Jean.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh poor baby! Can they do anything to keep it from happening again? Or is it harmless? He looks happy and relaxed and probably got over the whole thing much faster than you did!

RedPat said...

How awful for you! Glad everything worked out well.

Carol L McKenna said...

Lots of healing hugs to merfy and you ~ so sweet ~ thanks, xx

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my. I had never heard of reverse sneezing. I am glad that Merfy is recovering well - and hope you do too.

Lea said...

A few times our dogs have done that, too. Very scary when it happens. Glad it wasn't something more serious.
Hope you are having a great week-end!
Lea

aspiritofsimplicity said...

oh poor little thing

eileeninmd said...

Sneezing? I am just glad Merfy is Ok! I would be a nervous wreck too. Cute shot! Happy weekend to you!

Terri Buster said...

Oh my goodness..I was thinking the worst! Glad he is just fine.

Melanie said...

That picture really makes me miss my sweet little Gigi even more!!! So glad that he is okay, I know that had to be so scary!

Me said...

Nice pic of the patient, poor little guy.

Kathy McB said...

Oh my....Merfy looks tuckered out! My dog gets those fits too, it's SCARY even when I KNOW what's going on!

genie said...

Oh, how frightening. I bet you were up all night. You baby looks to worn out. Poor little thing. I have never heard of reverse sneezes...hope little old ladies do not get them because I sure have lots and lots of the usual ones :-)

DeniseinVA said...

Oh goodness, poor little thing. So glad he's okay. I have never heard of this reverse sneezing before. Sounded like a very scary episode.

SquirrelQueen said...

That had to be really scary for both you and Merfy. I am glad to hear he is okay, maybe you can both get some rest.

lina@happy family said...

You're a so caring Mom. Glad to know he's recovering. You should have a nice rest.

magiceye said...

Phew.... glad to know Merfy is back and on the path to speedy recovery! Take care Merfy!!

Bozo

MyMaracas said...

Oh my gosh! I have never heard of that - it sounds terrifying. I'm glad it wasn't serious, and that Merfy is on the mend. Hope you got some rest today too.

jeannettestgermain said...

Hope your doggie is okay now:)

Nancy Claeys said...

Poor lil' guy -- so happy he's okay. xo

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Well now, I've never heard of 'reverse sneezing' before. But I'm in love with little Merfy....I almost typed Murphy. Too early. :o)

Nancy said...

Poor little guy. That must have been scary for you. So glad he's okay.

Indrani said...

That must have been traumatic for him! Hope he gets back to his normal self soon.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Poor little thing! I'm glad he's okay.

Hanne Bente said...

Cute picture you show a tired dog :) Hanne Bente

Laura said...

Poor little Merfy… I hope he gets the rest he needs to recover, and you too!

Mama Zen said...

How scary! I've never heard of that. Glad he's okay.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This must have scared y'all to death....poor Merfy

Madge Bloom said...

Glad he's okay, I've never heard of reverse sneezing before... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #107!

Pat said...

Sweet little guy. He looks worn out.

Betty Luckhurst said...

I, too, have never heard of this! I'm glad your pup is ok.

Louisette said...

Poor baby, my old golden have a operation last week, now it is beter, eat walk again. Have a nice day.pawspaws from my two golden to your baby.