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17 June 2010 @ 10:46 am
 
So day before yesterday, right as we got home from work, Bella did her "I'm happy you are home dance" and then ran outside. She started eating some grass and then immediately started reverse sneezing. I went over and put my fingers over her nose to stop it....but it wouldn't stop. The reverse sneezing fit went on for about 20 minutes and she vomited twice.

I called the emergency clinic by us and explained the situation and they stated if she's functioning normally otherwise, don't worry about bringing her in. However if it persisted through the night, take her to the vet in the morning.

The rest of the night, about every 10 minutes, she'd have a little reverse sneezing fit. I took her into the vet first thing the next morning and they gave her a steroid shot, put her on antibiotics, and sent us on our way.

The vet stated that if it persists through friday, to come back in. They'd sedate her, and go in to look at her throat and push some water through her nose....

I went back to work today (I stayed home yesterday to monitor her), and she had one fit before we left.

Has anything like this happened to anyone before? If so, what action was taken? I was not able to take Bella to our regular vet since they were closed yesterday morning. In my research, the only possible culprit I could imagine that would cause this is the grass - a piece of grass or grass seed being stuck on her palate or in her nasal cavity.....

The next course of action would cost me about $400 (according to her non-regular vet). I'm hoping it doesn't get to that point.
 
 
 
For-Chan Cookie: Laaaaaaaaazy Nikuforchancookie on June 17th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
After an emergency trip to the vet at our local Petsmart (never again), Niku started having awful reverse sneezing fits. Then Scutter started having them. It took me a while to realize that it was actually kennel cough that Niku picked up while at the vet and passed on to Scutter. It was awful. Niku got so shook up every time she had a fit ;_;

If Bella's been around some other dogs lately, it's a possibility. Hope she gets better soon!
Joannamiss_upsetter on June 18th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
she hasn't been around other dogs lately...she seems like she's doing much better now!
Sheri: BOOKS IN FOREST BY syncopated timebooksaremyhabit on June 17th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
how scary, hope Bella's better?
Joannamiss_upsetter on June 18th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, she's doing much better!! Thank you for checking in! She had one little reverse sneeze attack when we got home from work yesterday (which is normal), but none after that. Thank god!
astro boy toystarlitziggy on June 18th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
maybe allergies? inhaling pollen?
Joannamiss_upsetter on June 18th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that, too...I honestly think she snorfled up a piece of grass seed!
Amber: Ashton says Hichancepuppeh on June 22nd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Ashton had a fit just like this a few years ago. He had just finished eating and was snuffling the floor for leftovers. He started reverse-sneezing then he started having problems breathing all together. About 10 minutes into this, he collapsed. His face, mouth and tongue turned purple and I had to give him mouth-to-snout to keep him going between his labored breaths. It was a total nightmare.

My sister had to rush us to the emergency vet (hour drive made in thirty minutes). A steroid shot, 20 minutes in an oxygen tank and $300 later, we were sent home with my dog who was breathing a little better but still not 100% with only being told that it was either asthma or allergies.

The next day, he seen his regular vet, had x-rays done and a physical done, ran blood tests. Everything came back fine. She referred us to a trachea/larynx specialist and after having tests ran with him, nothing was found other than the fact that he has a typical Boston Terrier make up.
Joannamiss_upsetter on June 22nd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
oh my god, how scary! That's great you knew to give him mouth to mouth....was he fine after that?
Amberchancepuppeh on June 22nd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
This all happened 2 years ago and he hasn't had another episode of it. I still worry every day that it will happen again and I can still see him on the floor just like it would have happened yesterday.