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17 September 2009 @ 03:19 am

Okay, it's really late but i was just woken up by my dog. I was fast asleep and then I hear my dog barking at the foot of my bed. I try to coax her back up on the bed, thinking she just heard the dog downstairs and is on the offense. she jumps back up on the bed and starts doing this think like she's ducking from something. She tries to get under the covers and does it again, and then tries to get out of the covers while still doing it. I get up, turn on the lights, and she's still ducking down, like in a ticking manner. I turn on the lights because it almost seems like she's freaked out by a shadow or something,and she continues to do it.

She seems perfectly fine right now, but it really upset me. She has no history of seizures, no history of any medical problem. She's 3 and a half years old. Any idea?

I managed to catch video of it. Please help!

miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on September 17th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
honestly, it looks like she has the hiccups.
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on September 17th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I agree with you, when either of our dogs get the hiccups it's just this little flinch, sometimes it's kinda a wave.

p.s. CUTEST icon!
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on September 17th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
yup. and getting scared by something definitely can start the hiccups!

ty! :)
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 17th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
i know it wasn't hiccups because she gets them quite often. I literally "scare" her to get rid of them. I stayed up til 5 last night with her, and it was all focused on her leg. I rubbed and rubbed her leg and then around 5am, she was able to get comfortable and fell asleep.
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on September 17th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
maybe it was some kind of muscle spasm? keep an eye on her (obviously) and definitely go to the vet if it happens again. you can call your vet and explain, and maybe email a link to the video, and see if they can offer any advice.
For-Chan Cookie: Niku says forchancookie on September 17th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
I agree with cottonmanifesto. It looks like she's got hiccups. Niku gets them sometimes. If she was acting weird and you've never noticed them before, she was probably just as freaked out as you were by them.
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 17th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
like i said, bella gets hiccups, and these definitely weren't hiccups. something was up with her leg and it was causing her whole right side of her body to spasm.
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on September 17th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Ghosts? :)
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 17th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
now that I think about it, it may be anxiety. I'm moving at the end of the month, and last time we moved, it took 4 days cross country. she must of had some visual/scent cue. I dunno....
Kieranwalklikethunder on September 17th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
maybe she saw a ghost?
i have no idea...
Loving Life: Bubbyllinthesand on September 17th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Well, my first thought is hiccups... then I read your comments.

Bubby had seizures, two different kinds actually... the one where he just lays there and can't move ::: and the other was a tick jerking action but Bella is doing NOTHING NEAR what he did... she looks more like it's hiccups or maybe a muscle spasm.

I would not worry AT ALL but IF she DOES do it again definatly take more video so you can show it to the vet. I am just about sure it's nothing, having gone through seizures with Bubby.

(also, they normally drool during a seizure)
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 17th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I came home from work since I was so worried about her. After research, i think it's either a spider bite that could have caused some spasm, or almost like a doggy anxiety attack. I'm moving at the end of the month. We moved to Minnesota from Arizona in March, and it was a 4 day move. I'm using the same boxes I did when we moved. Part of me thinks that the smell of them, or even the sight, could have triggered some anxiety in her, because she had a hard time with the move. i'm going to try to keep the boxes away from her for the time being and see how that goes.
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on September 17th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
She may have woken up with a charlie-horse of sorts. If she was barking and then moving around awkwardly she could be trying to work it out. Of course, being a pup, waking up with your leg going OW is a little weird. I'd be looking for whatever 'bit' me, too!
sportma2sportma2 on September 18th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
I really can't tell from the video what is going on, but full blow seizures in dogs... they lose control of their bowels, urinate and drool... when having a seizure. The vet told us that our dog probably had a high fever or infection in the brain causing the seizure. I don't see any of this in your video (thank goodness for you). I did have a poodle a long time ago that had small pen strokes, in which his head would bob and weave (like the toy dogs on the dashboards)... but again, I really don't see this either. If you are really concerned, take her to the vet and get it checked out. Good luck. She looks like a cutie!!
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 18th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
thanks for your concern. I'm glad it wasn't a seizure. I was afraid it would escalate to that, and i stayed up all night. I really think it's anxiety. I went to work for like 45 mins today and was too worried and came home. I noticed she scratched her ears a lot and licked her paws a lot....and she was VERY happy to see me. I've tried keeping her occupied all day and she seems a lot better.
C.a.t.h.i.e_simplyinlove on September 18th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
yeah violet has seizures and this wasn't it. like sportma2 said, they lose control and when violet has them she does a swimming motion like she's paddling, then when it's over she pants really bad and drinks a lot of water. it looks to me that your babe was just scared or probably did have a muscle spasm. Violet's done that before where she'll be laying on one leg weird and she'll jump up and start acting all weird (and I've gotten scared it was another seizure myself) but she'll literally just walk it out or stand there and sorta favor it, but she'll go back to bed. All you can really do it watch out for seizures, and while I don't think this was one, you can call your vet and explain or just see if it happens again. you can always just make a note of the date and what happened. we had to log violet's seizures since she's not on meds to see if we ever need to put her on them.

Hope this helped!
Sheri: WHITE DOG IN YELLOW LEAVES BY raptureicobooksaremyhabit on September 20th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what it is, first I thought hiccups then no, not hiccups..is she better now? I hate that they can't tell us what's wrong
Joannamiss_upsetter on September 20th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
she's fine now. I was freaking out and wishing the same thing! :(