Ella4-years-old at the time
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
When Ella was about 2-years-old, she started scratching herself more than usual. Nothing major, just enough for Ella's mom to notice.
Their vet concluded Ella was having food allergies so they started looking for food that would agree with her. A few months later, Ella's mom also noticed that there was something odd about the way Ella would go up the stairs. But while at the vet's office, there was nothing conspicuous in the way Ella moved and acted.
Ella's continuous scratching at her ears was diagnosed as an ear infection.
Ella also seemed unusually tired after a daycare visit of play with her buddies while being restless at night. It seemed as she just couldn't get comfortable.
None of those things seem all that unusual or serious. However, Ella's mom felt that something was happening but nobody was catching on.
At one point, Ella started hiding under furniture, shaking her head all the time, and having a seriously hard time walking up the stairs.
The veterinarian insisted that those things are caused by an ear infection and allergies. Could that really be the reason behind all that?
What do you make of Ella's symptoms? What would you do if Ella was your dog?
Read Ella's story.
What is your dog telling you about their health?
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog now available in paperback and Kindle. Each chapter includes notes on when it is an emergency.
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is an award-winning guide to help you better understand what your dog is telling you about their health and how to best advocate for them.
Learn how to see and how to think about changes in your dog’s appearance, habits, and behavior. Some signs that might not trigger your concern can be important indicators that your dog needs to see a veterinarian right away. Other symptoms, while hard to miss, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or limping, are easy to spot but can have a laundry list of potential causes, some of them serious or even life-threatening.
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog is a dog health advocacy guide 101. It covers a variety of common symptoms, including when each of them might be an emergency.