Over the weekend I gots really, really sick. My owners took me out for a walk and I was glad to go out but as we walked I started to feel more and more tired. I didn’t even care about other dogs off-leash when normally I turn into a very scared and anxious dog when I see other dogs. Finally I just couldn’t walk any more because I felt so bad. My dad ran home with my sister and they got the car and picked us up and we went to the vet right away!! The vet said my heart rate was one of the lowest he has ever heard and that I almost fainted when he was taking my heart rate!! Then we got in the car and rushed to a hospital where they took me back into a room without my owners. Thanks to all the training I have done I didn’t even have any dog separation anxiety even though I had to stay at the vet by myself for over 24 hours! Last time I was at the emergency clinic my dog separation anxiety was so bad that I was whining and crying the entire time I was there without them. I was so scared with dog separation anxiety that time, but this time I knew that it was ok and my owners would always come back for me.
So the vets did a bunch of tests and it turns out that I have dog Addison’s Disease, which means that my adrenal glands aren’t working right… whatever that means? I guess my owners are happy to have a diagnosis so now they can take proper care of me and hopefully I won’t get that sick again! Learn more about Dog Addison’s Disease at AddisonDogs.com
Remember to always pay close attention to your anxious dog because you never know when they are getting sick. If my owners just thought I was being lazy or depressed and they didn’t take me in I don’t think I would be here to tell this anxious dog tale!
Manchego the Anxious Dog
It sucks when our pets get sick, that goodness you took him to the vet right away! It’s a very stressful experience for both the owner and the dog, it’s great your training is working, I’m sure Manchie was thanking you for it!
Hmmm I always thought separation is over production by adrenal glands cause they are anxious and Addison is low production…so shouldn’t they not co-exist? (let me know what you think!)
When a dog has Addison’s they don’t have the ability to create the hormones to help them deal with stress properly so they wouldn’t be able to calm themselves down once stressed. That is why you have to supplement the missing hormones that their body can no longer produce. It doesn’t mean they can’t get stressed just that they won’t be able to properly calm themselves once stressed.