I have a beautiful, adoring beagle named Charlie. He is my best friend, my shadow, my shoulder to cry on, etc. He is my whole world. On friday night he was laying on the couch and I went to cuddle him. He's always been a "mumma's boy" and loves his cuddles with me, but this time something was off.
He wasn't resisting me, but it felt un-natural somehow. I lay stroking him and fell asleep for about 20mins. When I woke up he was lying in exactly the same position which is very unusual for him. I picked him up and carried him down to our bedroom and put him on the bed. It was almost like he was paralyzed and unbearably tired. He didn't alter his position in the slightest. I stroked his head and felt that his ears were quite cold, so tucked him in. When I checked on him an hour later, he was still in the same spot. Other than that, nothing else was off so I didn't worry too much, he'd eaten his dinner etc, was going toilet normally.
He slept right next to me the whole night, and when we woke up he was still in the same position. I went to pick him up and he started groaning a little. I took him outside to go to the toilet, but when I put him down he was hunched over and started whining. After some coaxing he relieved himself, very slowly went back inside to sleep. By now I was very concerned. I called the Vet and booked him in right away. Usually when I grab his leash he starts "talking" to me and running in circles. Now he just looked at me, put his head down whined and closed his eyes.
He needed to be carried to the car and into the vets. His temp as 37.8, which isn't too low, but the vet said it was a little concerning since he'd been inside sleeping with me. We ran bloods, which all came back normal. The Vet said he was showing some discomfort in his lower back and abdomen, but Charlie wasn't giving much away. He just stared at me and stayed quiet. The vet sent us home with some pain killers for him, gave him yesterdays dose in an injection, and two pills for today. We were told to keep a very close eye on him and if anythng got worse to take him straight to emergency.
Shortly after getting home Charlie started whining a lot more. The vet had told us the injection would be well and truly working within 2 hours, and that if Charlies sypmtoms were pain related he would be a "much brighter dog" by then. 3 hours later Charlie was whining more, everytime he moves his breathing gets a little labored, and he cries. He's very agitated if people try to touch him, I can only soothe him by talking to him and kissing his head.
If he's not better by morning, he's booked in for xrays and more blood tests. Nothing in Charlie's day to day activities was different leading up to this, no different food... nothing. Just very suddenly got very very ill. If anyone has had anything like this happen to their dog, please please let me know if and what the vets found and did to fix it. Our vet seems a little stumped. I'm worried sick, I can't leave Charlie's side, he keeps trying to find me when I go to do something but then cries if I touch him, or cries because he's moved around too much.
It's just after lunch time, and a whole afternoon and night of this ahead of me is torture. I just want my baby to feel better. He's had his pain killer but it's made no difference what-so-ever. His ears are still cold, he ate breakfast but only because I gave him something special to hide his painkiller, and he's not drinking much. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sorry for the huge write up, it's so hard to just write something short and simple when I'm so totally beside myself with worry. Thanks in advance.