Sep 16, 2013

Update On Xander

He Passed Out Again

My dog collapsed

In my previous post, My Dog Fainted TodayI wrote about Xander having a fainting spell. I was hoping that it was going to be a one time thing, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. 

On Saturday, September 14th, we had plans to hang out with my family for the day. We packed all the dogs in the car and headed to my brother's house in Bolton, MA. Upon arrival, we let the dogs into the back yard to have a pee after the long drive. Our dogs love this yard (and so do we) - it's over 1/2 an acre and completely fenced in, so that even the tiny dogs can't get out.

As always, Xander and the others took off running. After a few minutes, my brother and his wife came out to the yard to meet us, adding their 2 dogs to the mix. All the dogs were running like crazy, stopping occasionally just to have a roll on a worm or in the wet grass. It was at this point that Xander rolled over and simply went limp.

Unlike the last time that this happened, he didn't just pop right back up. Instead, he just lay there completely out of it. His breathing was very shallow and his eyes appeared to be bulging out of his head.

My sister-in-law Cara is a pet first aid instructor. She examined him and noticed that he had a very weak pulse and that his gums and tongue were extremely pale. He had great difficulty trying to get up, and when he tried to walk, he seemed like he was drunk. We decided to take him to the emergency room.

Tufts University Veterinary School has an emergency room and was only a 20 minute drive from their house, so off we went.  

As soon as we walked through the door, we were greeted by a receptionist. She called the veterinarian, who promptly took Xander from us straight into the clinic. Unlike the emergency room here in Boston, they did not ask us to pay first. They seemed really interested in getting care for the animal, instead of payment up front - a very reassuring feeling.

They did an EKG, ran basic blood work, and took a chest x-ray to look for heart enlargement. All results came back normal and did not reveal a cause for the collapse. In the hopes of getting some answers, we have made an appointment with the Tufts cardiologist, who will do a more thorough cardio exam. 

Needless to say, this is very disturbing to me, and I don't know what I would do if I were to lose Xander. He means the world to me. Let's hope we can figure this out.

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