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    I just had this today. After our walk Rox started to act weird all of a sudden: panting, pacing, constantly stretching and bowing. She didn't want breakfast and even turned down a piece of cheese, which she usually loves. OH is interstate and I had to go to work. Luckily I'm self employed and had only one appointment, which I could postpone to another day. So I decided to work from home today to keep an eye on her and take her to the vet if she gets worse.

    But this isn't always possible and if I was employed I had to make the choice to call in sick or leave the dog alone. She seems to have settled down a little by now and we may get away without a trip to the vet. But still, I really don't like leaving a distressed dog alone at home. What do you do in such a situation?

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    started to act weird all of a sudden: panting, pacing, constantly stretching and bowing
    reads like could be a tummy upset, or even a bee sting (tho not sure about the stretching).

    Has she been foraging?

    it's always a toss up between go to the vet or wait and see.

    When my dog got stung in the nose and the sting was there for quite a while and she looked like a bull terrier by the time I got the sting out - I rang the vet and they weren't too worried as long as she was still breathing and only swollen at the sting site. iced it and gave her some anti histamine.

    If she'd been allergic that time she probably would have died because she didn't come and tell me...

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    I found her in the garden standing quietly with her eyes closed and her head pressed against the fence not moving at all. When I called her she looked so confused that I rang the vet. I just came back from there. They kept her over night to run a blood test and monitor but don't know what's wrong with her. She has got a temperature and a slow heart rate. Apparently she shows all signs of a drug overdose but we are far too old and boring to have anything interesting... I know my neighbour grows some weed but I really don't know how she could have gotten into that.

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    Well depending on the days, I either work from home or at a vet... so I don't have this problem... I always plan to work in the animal industry, so there will probably be few places I work that wouldn't allow me to bring my dog to work occasionally.

    If I had to chose between leaving the dog at home or taking a sick day.... I'm a worry wart.. If the behaviour was really unusual, I'd probably waste a sick day on the dog

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    I take my dogs to our vets and they stay there for the day....katy had what i thought was a possible early bloat....took her in and she stayed, picked her up after work. And becuase we were still not sure, she came every morning for a week and stayed....she now thinks their tea-room is hers. I do not take risks. Wehn Yussie was sick i rang work and told them why I would not be there........I offered to take annual leave, but they gave me sick leave. Iwould have been useless anyway
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    I know my neighbour grows some weed but I really don't know how she could have gotten into that.
    One of your neighbours or a friend might have been stoned enough to want to find out what a dog would be like stoned. And tossed a cookie over the fence.

    It would be possible to test for that - probably a good idea. We had a few dogs here a couple of years back ate some drug dealers' stash at the park. No idea why a dog would eat that stuff unless it had been put inside something tastier... but those dogs were very very sick.

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    I can't say I fully trust my neighbour. Or his mates, who are hanging around a lot lately. But this must have happened this morning and she was with me all the time. She was fine during our walk but went downhill within 30 min of us coming back. So I'm wondering if she picked up something on the way. I didn't see her eating anything and she usually sticks to me. But it's not impossible at all. It would have to be something pretty delicious though... she is so picky with her food I don't think she'd eat a pill or a bit of dope - or even a cookie. Not unless it's coated in liver or cat poo.

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    I am just grateful that I do not work outside my home so I am usually on tap to watch to see if vet is needed.
    If I wasn't I would be asking someone closeby to check every couple of hours. Out here we look after each other.

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    I would take sick leave but she usually manages to have a crisis on a Sunday when the vet is shut. We end up paying after hours fees most of the time
    It is worrying when they eat something weird Maggie did it last year...on a Sunday,long weekend... The vet said fast her for 24 hrs then try chicken and rice. In the 48 hrs her coat went dull, she lost weight, heart beat slowed, could barely see her breathe. Lay still on her side pale gums dry nose. Syringes of water ( well tried to) on the 3 rd day ( when the vet reopened) she got up fine. The vet said all they would do is watch her and we would do it better and dehydration was the main issue.
    Home all day when it happened mainly out the back, still dont know what it was. One grassy plant had little purple berries so we pulled it up. Maybe ate a poisonous insect? Anyway she lived throught it.
    You have my sympathy.
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    I have had a dog do this and the vet thought it might have been pancreatitis but her blood tests didnt indicate this. We think it was most likely a gut ache, not sure what caused it. It happened once again a couple of years later but I kept watch on her and it passed.

    I would never leave a dog with these symptoms alone for the day. I would also get a vet appointment and leave her at the vets for the day. Fortunately where I live this is all part of a country vet practice. They accept people are travelling long distance to work and are happy to keep the dog in for the day. Otherwise I would take leave.

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