I just got back fro the vet's office. Again! Poor Jazi!
Earlier she was stretched out beside me on the couch, snoozing, and she let out a high pitched, weak wail. At first I thought she was dreaming because she didn't move. But then it happened a second time, a sound of fear or anguish or pain, and I saw that her eyes were open, and this time the other pups came running to check her out. She still wasn't moving, so I shoved them back to avoid her getting hurt.
I picked her up, and she was almost limp. I was terrified because I thought she was having a seizure, but having had two dogs before with epilepsy, I know about the terrible breath that accompanies and she did not have that. She just laid in my lap and looked pathetic, but didn't seem to be in pain. And her eyes were alert, so the likelihood of a seizure was decreased.
I watched her for a while, and she seemed generally OK. She wasn't showing pain, at least. She panted lightly for a few minutes, sneezed violently a few times and when she licked her lips, her tongue was very pale. I rolled her lips back and the gums were pallid, too. Not a good sign, but she seemed to out of whatever distress it was. Then she drifted off to sleep again.
I called the vet and they were alarmed at the pallid tongue and gums, too, so we drove in to Ruidoso. She checked out fine, particularly her heart, and the color was returning to her mouth. Then he suggested that he check her anal glands. What?? Well, he said it is not unusual for a dog to have pain if the glands were too full. And brother, were they full! Poor little girl! As soon as he was finished expressing them, she curled up on the exam table and looked just as comfortable as could be!
Good grief! If only they could talk!
BTW, her eye has completely healed, and when I told him what was in her eye, he said it is more common than he would like to find fox tail grass seed in eyes or ears. I gotta be sure that stuff is killed out.