Harlow & The Almost E.R. Visit

I didn’t intend to write every single post about dogs this week, I truthfully try to space them out so this doesn’t turn into an accidental dog-blog. But after last night when I was literally five seconds away from rushing Harlow to the Chicago Animal ER I’ve really got no other choice.
Let me just start by saying I’ve been known to “overreact slightly” when it comes to Harlow’s health, according to Chris anyway. One time when he was a puppy I rushed him to the vet in tears because I was certain he was choking on something and couldn’t breath and I thought he was going to die, when in fact he just had a large amount of dry cereal caked to the roof of his mouth… Let’s just say in the three short years of Harlow’s life he’s been to the vet no less than fifteen times. 
Without going into too much detail, I’ll just say that for the past few days Harlow’s been having “flu-ish” like symptoms. I actually tried to get him into the vet yesterday morning, but cancelled after he seemed to be doing much better on Tuesday afternoon. He was fine again all day Wednesday, but after dinner last night he started acting very funny. He wouldn’t come near Chris or I and instead chose to just lay near the front door; something Harlow never does. I took him outside and the poor thing just plopped down on the ground and refused to move. He just collapsed on his belly with his big droopy eyes looking up at me begging me not to move him. He eventually started throwing up again and then shaking profusely. 
After a while, I coaxed him back inside and sat on the ground with him as he crawled into my lap with his muscles shaking and his breathing getting heavier and heavier. And then I started googling things, which only lead to me full on panicking. My biggest fear was that he somehow got into rat poisoning, which is actually pretty prevalent in a city. However, Harlow is never more than five feet away from me, so I knew the chances of this were pretty slim. But never the less, it was all I could think about. 
It got to the point where Harlow was lying on his back, feet in the air, panting heavily when I said enough was enough and I was going to pay the $200 to take him to the emergency vet. I would sell every last thing I own to pay for medical treatment if Harlow needed it. Luckily, Chris tends to be a little more logical than I am and suggested we maybe take him for a quick walk before we rush him to the E.R. and subject ourselves to more Harlow medical bills we can’t exactly afford. 
We hadn’t so much as got around the block when Harlow spotted a rabbit and suddenly his tail started wagging and he was excitedly pulling on the leash to go after it. This was my first indicator that perhaps whatever was ailing him wasn’t quite as serious as I thought. The second indicator was when we got to the park and took him off leash he dashed right for his favorite drinking fountain. And even went after a few squirrels on the way there… At this point I started to feel a little silly for all of the tears the way I overreacted and figured that perhaps a trip to the vet could wait until the morning like Chris originally suggested. 
Long story not very short, as of now Harlow seems to be doing much better. If anything, he’s just a little more clingy than usual, which I don’t mind one bit. He’s sleeping soundly in my lap right now and hasn’t been quivering or shaking for the past hour. But a trip to the vet and a few more bottles of Gatorade will definitely be happening today. 
In the meantime, I promise a more upbeat/nothing-to-do-with-dogs post will be coming later today. Can it just be Friday already?

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  1. August 29, 2013 / 7:41 am

    Oh, I am the SAME way with my dog. My husband also thinks I'm crazy. I had to call out of work once because he kept coughing and choking and google had me convinced his stomach was flipped. Turned out he had Bronchitis and all I had to do was give him some Robitussin. What?! What baby needs, baby gets! hahah

  2. August 29, 2013 / 7:49 am

    Maybe it's a girl thing…I'm exactly the same way with my dogs. I came home late one night to an empty container of trail mix (it was huge!) on the floor and started to freak out because of raisins AND chocolate. I couldn't figure out which dog ate it all so I rushed both to the emergency vet, only to pay almost a thousands dollars to find out only one dog ate the entire thing. But, I'd pay anything to make sure they're OK. Oh dogs…

  3. August 29, 2013 / 7:50 am

    PS I hope everything turns out OK at the vet and Harlow is 100% healthy!

  4. August 29, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Make sure he is still… going to the bathroom. Our cat did the same things because it had some blockage so every time he would eat it would cause pain that would then go away. Keep the Harlow updates coming (dog blog or not!), I was a wreck last night!! You know Kalie loves him like a brother 🙂

  5. August 29, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Our puppy is 8 months old, and she has had lots of intestinal issues. We had to take her to the ER vet one night and it was one of the scariest nights of my life. I took off work to stay home with her the next day, and the day after that, my husband called and said she was "panting and acting weird" so OF COURSE I rushed home. She was fine…but I would rather be over cautious than not cautious enough!

  6. August 29, 2013 / 8:54 am

    My dogs tend to get like that sometimes. Normally when one of the dogs get shakey it because they are being little butts and won't go poop outside..and I am being completely serious in this. I am glad Harlow is okay though…he is the cutest pup!

  7. August 29, 2013 / 9:01 am

    Poor puppy!! I went to the ER during my pregnancy for bleeding and when I was finally released, around 2 am, I came home to a funny acting puppy and seriously thought she was dying. Of course, I rushed her to the ER and realized she had overworked herself or something like that but still, better safe than sorry. To this day, we joke that she was just trying to steal my thunder.

    Give that puppy some extra love!

  8. August 29, 2013 / 9:03 am

    OMG I totally freak out anytime the most minor thing is possibly happening to my dogs (mini dachshunds). They are licking their feet? oh they probably have an infection. Hansel threw up in the middle of the night (most likely just from gagging himself from chewing on the corner of the blanket)? Time for the emergency vet! Good thing I too have a boyfriend who usually talks me off the ledge and makes me wait, and everything is usually fine. The couple times I have taken them to the vet in a panic have honestly been by myself when he has been out of town (*embarassed face*). I actually did a whole post today about how much I love dachshunds hahaha it's crazy how attached we get to our dogs, isn't it? Glad Harlow is okay!!! You're a good dog mama!

  9. August 29, 2013 / 9:06 am

    Poor Guy! I'm the same way…I overreact like crazy! But he's your baby!!!!!

  10. August 29, 2013 / 9:41 am

    If my dog Bandit started acting like that – I would freak out too! Almost once a year he goes through a weekend where he just throws up constantly, and its awful. I always end up taking him to the vet and getting him meds. He's so little, so if he throws up too much he could loose a lot of fluids and such. Poor Harlow! I'm glad he's okay though.

  11. August 29, 2013 / 9:48 am

    So glad Har is ok! They love to get us all worked up over nothing, don't they?

  12. August 29, 2013 / 10:44 am

    Poor Harlow! I hope everything turns out okay with him!

  13. August 29, 2013 / 11:00 am

    soooo glad he's ok!!! Hugo sends his regards!

  14. August 29, 2013 / 11:37 am

    When they aren't acting like themselves, it's ok to be worried. Our lab, Happy, is barely 2 and just had $15,000 in vet bills. Yes, you read that right. $15,000. He was wheezing and would just stand in one spot for an hour or so and not move which was really strange, so I took him to the vet. He had a 106 degree temperature and was told to rush him to the emergency vet. Turns out he had a blade of grass the size of a grasshopper leg that found its way into his chest cavity. They had to operate, break his chest bones, and drain all the fluid. THEN he wasn't healing from the surgery and needed a human blood and protein transfusion. Not kidding. After 7 days in the ICU he got to come home. The next few weeks were awful though because he was on so many pain killers that he would just pee on himself without knowing it every day. He was also allergic to the antibiotics they prescribed so he would constantly throw up and break out in hives. It's been three months now and he's all better, and just the happiest dog in the world again. Good luck with Harlow!

    • August 29, 2013 / 12:01 pm

      Oh my goodness this is just the most intense pup story ever! So sorry you had to go through all of that! Good thing Happy had you guys as parents who were with him the entire way!

  15. August 29, 2013 / 11:44 am

    SOOOO glad he's ok! I'm such a freak about mine too. I'm sure my vet sees my name on her appointments and is like "oh hell…."

  16. August 29, 2013 / 12:33 pm

    If something is wrong with one of my dogs, I immediately think OHMYGODTHEY'REDYING. I am a major over-reactor. I'm glad Harlow is better, sorry about the stress for him and you.

    We just adopted a new dog this week, so while my dogs are frequently on my blog, facebook, instagram…I feel like I've crossed the line into Dog Lady territory this week.

  17. August 29, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    I'm glad Harlow is okay! It's so scary when pets get sick; they can't even tell you what wrong 🙁

  18. August 29, 2013 / 3:37 pm

    OMG YES. I am THE SAME WAY with my furbabes. I think they're dying every single time they cough or lay down for too long or don't poop/pee enough/too much. I think I should never have actual kids. I'll freak out WAY more and I will likely have a heart attack. But of course I'll play my heart attack down like it's nothing. Because it's me. BUT MY BABY DIDNT SLEEP LONG ENOUGH AND SNEEZED TWICE OMG CALL THE AMBULANCE!

  19. August 29, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    I'm glad that Harlow is okay! My vet just sent me an email saying that the dog flu is going around the DC area. I didn't know that was a thing!

  20. August 29, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    It can be really terrifying when your pet is sick. I've had to rush my seven year old pup to the emergency vet twice, both times as a result of her eating things she shouldn't have. I should mention that I don't leave hazardous things laying around my house, she's just really tiny (almost eight pounds) and both times what she ate and the amount of it probably wouldn't have harmed a normal sized dog. But you worry, and that's natural. It's better to be safe than sorry. I'm happy to hear that Harlow is feeling better!

  21. August 29, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    Phew. So glad Har is doing better. Make sure to give him a get better hound pound from Floyd.

  22. August 30, 2013 / 9:31 am

    I am very sensitive when it comes to my pup's health too! When he was 6 months old he got a sandspur lodged in the back of this throat and while you couldn't see it, I SWORE something was wrong with him (Mother's Instinct?).. and low and behold- there was. Anywho– if you ever suspect that he's gotten into something and ingested it, you can give him a capful of hydrogen peroxide and it will induce vomiting. I learned all kinds of tricks in my three years working at an Animal Hospital.

  23. September 3, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    I am totally the same way with my dogs! They're like my children, I would do just about anything for them! & our first weim was killed by someone putting an extreme amount of rat poisoning in his food 🙁

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