One of the most important things that is not seen in this video is her desire to be outside.
It seems that's where she wants to be. When outside, she wants to dig a hole to lay in, except she hardly ever actually lays in it (not during these episodes, otherwise she loves to use the holes she digs)
Being outside either makes her feel better or offers enough distractions to make it appear that way. Though if I just sit with her on the lawn she will actually lay down. Otherwise, getting her to lay down is difficult and if she does she won't stay for very long.
She will jump up like a spring and get back to the pacing.
She does want attention and physical contact during these episodes, in fact, massage can calm her right down when the episode is mild enough. With marked episodes she will still like the massage but it doesn't seem to help much otherwise.
She can be distracted during these, she will accept food, play, respond to stimuli in the environment. However, distractions do not end the episodes.
I specifically tested what happens if I offer play.
She did play with me, as she normally would, but it didn't solve the problem.
When I do succeed in getting her to lay down and she falls asleep, rapid breathing remains and sooner or later she will jump up and everything starts all over again.
Sooner or later the episodes resolve on their own and everything is back to normal.
Except the massage, which helps sometimes, nothing we tried made any difference. There were many theories on and off the table but, frankly, the cause of this remains a mystery.
She comes to me and wants me to do something, but what?
We tried therapeutic trials with pain meds, anti-inflammatories, benadryl, antacid ... nothing seems to make a difference.
The onset is typically with a weather changes, usually before.
It can start about half a day before a storm and typically she calms down by the time the storm actually get here. Though last time it lasted through the entire nasty heatwave we had. The weather change doesn't need to include an actual storm.
So far the cause of these remains a mystery.
What are you seeing? Has your dog ever gone through something like this? What was the cause behind it?
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