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    I'll just bet I'm overreacting, but...

    Background first: Villain is 31 months (so just over 2 1/2). I alsways thought he was a bit ADHD, but, since getting Flirtt my eyes have opened (lol) and I've realised he is actually quite a lazy sod... he has energy and we do lots and lots and lots of exercise, but potentially left to his own devices he would be a bit more of a couch potato. Flirtt on the other hand flicks the "on" switch in the morning, goes all day, then flicks the "off" switch at night. The difference between show and working lines, I guess.

    Anyhoo, last night he gave me the scare of my life; I went to let him out for "last wees" and he failed to budge. One eye was open and fixed, and he was warm and breathing, but not moving. I checked his tum (thinking bloat) and up went the leg... tum fine... then back down it went when my hand went away. No other movement, not even a blink. So I grabbed his lead and lifted his head to slip it over his neck. STILL no movement, no eye movement and he was stiff as a board. I freaked on the inside and stepped back when he bounced up, went out, peed, wandered about then took himself back to bed. Bloody sod!

    So to today; we've been out and about all day, swimming, walking, visiting friends and we've come home and instead of hanging out on the deck as usual, he's gone off to his houndhouse at the bottom of the yard and snuggled in for a nap...

    Now, it's been warm here (warmer than a Gippsland Winter!) but not stinking hot- mid to high 20's. I will say the wether has been ultra random- hot cold, warm, cold, warm, stinking hot, cold, warm... He could be acclimatising. He could just also be growing up. He might even be contented enough to not need to be hanging at the back door and happy to go find his spot and crash out.... I just dont know.

    I'm super happy to take him to the vet, but my vet (a good man) is likely to ask me what I want to test for.... and I have no idea! His poo is healthy and consistent, his urine looks good, he does not seem to be sore anywhere, no lumps, bumps or other strange things. He is eating and drinking normally, no diet changes and no changes in weight since last weigh in a fortnight ago.

    Any thoughts? Maybe my money would be better spent on a psychiatrist for me?

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    It actually could be sudden weather and temperature changes. My rottie is like that sometimes - lazy as. Sometime's she's so fast asleep that she wakes up only if I yell . She's also a bit on a dopy side but has her moments when she plays and jumps around with my other dogs. But generally, slow and not too interested in learning.
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    If your worried at all that he may be unwell in any way I would take him to the vet & ask for a full blood count(which will show up any bad infections or imunity destruction) & get temp & a blood culture grown as well.

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    If he is in all other ways happy and healthy, I wouldn't be too concerned unless it continues for a long period or gets worse with time.

    My wee Pippi sometimes when having a sleep cannot be budged at all. I can pick her up and she will just by floppy in my arms as if unconious or dead. She's not, she just sometimes goes into quite a deep sleep and stays there until a few seconds after ya pick her up lol. Barney on the other hand will be asleep and the minute anyone moves even the tiniest fraction, he is up and ready to play/cuddle/walk lol

    EDIT to add: I do agree with crazy though, if you are worried, take him in. I am the total opposite where I tend to wait to take my dogs in and dont take them in for every little thing but that is me personally and that is not going to be whats best for everyone. Even if you take him in just to put your mind at rest

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    I try & avoid the vets if possible & because we have livestock & know our local vets so well we are lucky enough to have alot of drugs & vet supplys at hand that others don't.
    I do many things at home other wouldn't but when it comes to a dog having weird turns & the owner just feeling he/she's not themselves but can't put thier finger on it I tend to err on the side of caution.
    If you know whats wrong you can at least treat it but when you just don't know it's a worry it could be something big I guess is my thinking.
    Not that I'm saying Villian is sick just that if the person that knows her best is worried can't put their finger on it & the dog continues in this way they should probley just to be on the safe side get them checked out.
    The others are probley spot on that it's nothing to worry about though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    If your worried at all that he may be unwell in any way I would take him to the vet & ask for a full blood count(which will show up any bad infections or imunity destruction) & get temp & a blood culture grown as well.
    Thanks Crazy... he's currently outside helping Flirtt patrol for bird burglars in the yard and looks perfectly normal... but a blood count sounds like a sensible plan.

    Lala: I often worriy I am paranoid... after losing my Wolfhound to bone cancer, my dogs are taken to the vet poste haste... sometimes even when it turns out to be my imagination!!! Thank God my vet is understanding with the "crazies"

    Fedra: A dopey male Dobe... defintely not an unheard of phenomenon

    EDIT TO ADD: Crazy, you nailed it... it's that knowledge that the dog is just not doing his normal, predictable thing. And when you have a dog who is really "like clockwork", you wonder when it is off kilter...
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 01-05-2011 at 07:37 PM. Reason: Added last para

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Thanks Crazy... he's currently outside helping Flirtt patrol for bird burglars in the yard and looks perfectly normal... but a blood count sounds like a sensible plan.

    Lala: I often worriy I am paranoid... after losing my Wolfhound to bone cancer, my dogs are taken to the vet poste haste... sometimes even when it turns out to be my imagination!!! Thank God my vet is understanding with the "crazies"

    Fedra: A dopey male Dobe... defintely not an unheard of phenomenon
    LOL!

    If it puts your mind at rest then a vet trip is absolutely sensible.

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    yes try lalals tips they are useful.

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    "One eye was open and fixed, and he was warm and breathing, but not moving."

    This would worry me more than anything. I would worry if this happened in the human world and that would be the bit i would explain to my vet.

    It could be TIA's, or a "petit mal" (epilepsy, small), which means no shaking ........I do not mean to worry you, but fixed eyes are a warning. Sometimes it can also be heat stroke, but that would have to be fairly severe.
    I would at least chat with a vet. Especially if they know your dog. I always run on the cautious side............
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    Ah, sorry, meant to update this thread. We did indeed go along to the vet and had blood workup done. Everything came back clear and normal. I've had repeats of the same thing, and have kept a log... The pattern appears to be: busy day with lots of exercise/ stimulation + dinner fed later than usual + toileting voluntarily before coming in to dinner. It would seem, lol, that all of this adds up to tired, lazy, sound asleep dog. I filmed it, and showed the vet and he laughed his head off and agreed Villain was most likely warm, comfortable, belly full, bladder empty and no good reason to get up!!!

    If nothing else, at least I know my dogs must feel secure and comfortable if they are able to achieve such a level if relaxation.

    Thanks all for the replies... Helped muchly.
    Last edited by Villain & Flirtt; 01-22-2011 at 07:35 PM.

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