I am a worry-wart dog momma. I think it is a true blessing that God saw fit not to give me human children, as I cannot rest easy when there’s the slightest thing wrong with my fur-babies. For example, the last few days, Chase has been gasping intermittently, scaring me to death every time. I’m extremely thankful for the greyhound community, as they are such experts and so willing to help any time help is needed. Last night, I sent out a frantic plea on Greytalk (a group on Facebook), and within minutes people responded, telling me that it sounded like Chase was reverse sneezing. In this situation, dogs intake air rather than expel it; their body goes rigid and their eyes bug out. It looks like they’re choking or having a seizure or may die any moment. I looked up reverse sneezing and found it to be a common phenomenon among some dogs and not life-threatening. It has many causes, some of which could be seasonal allergies or nasal mites. There are more ominous causes, too, but we won’t talk about those here. (Link below shows a greyhound reverse sneezing).
I was relieved. I made Chase take some Benadryl, and we all went to bed. Even so, the very idea of nasal mites or something worse prompted me to call the vet today and make an appointment. Sometimes it’s worth the money of a vet visit for a little piece of mind.
Am I the only neurotic dog-mom out there?