My rescue standard dachshund
, Wally, is almost six. He has been with me for exactly 5 years and when he came to me he was not socialized and terribly thin. As a result he is very food-motivated. Currently on Hills Metabolic diet
and losing nicely, gaining energy and lives for the daily trips to the of-lash park with his "'brother". He is bouncy, cheerful and has never been ill. His shots are up to date. He goes in and out through the doggy-door at will and my yard is fenced like a fortress. We did not go to the park yesterday because the weather has been very wet and stormy and there was a ligntning warning.
Last night, around 1.30 am, I went to bed and Wally did not follow me. As a rule he flies up the stairs with his brother and goes under the bed while I fetch their night-time treats
. Last night he was not under the bed and when I came downstairs to look for him he was on the 4th stair, lying on his stomach
. He can be a drama queen, so I said "Let' go bed" and he heaved himself up an went upstairs diagonally and very slowly. He went under the bed but refused his treat. I went to sleep at 4 am but he had not come out. Sometime in the night he climbed the dogsteps and crawled into his usual place beside me. This morning he came downstairs, slowly, refused breakfast, and is lying on his stomach under the table, obviously very uncomfortable. No bowel movement but he has peed on the carpet upstairs. He is not reacting to his usual joy-trigger "Let's go car/park/walkies" etc., refused his breakfast and water, and a small amount of milk with a 1/4 tsp. of coconut oil which I hoped might produce a bowel movement.
It is Sunday and I am not getting an answer even from the emergency vet clinic. My neighbors are not home so I can't ask whether the kids who were at their barbecue yesterday might have thrown food over the fence (I'm afraid of chicken bones
). I know they were interested in the dogs because Wally and his brother, Paddy, were snuffling at them through the fence.
Wally has just moved from under the table to under my chair, and the top of his head is very hot. He is still on his stomach, but supporting himself with his front paws
. H sem a bit shaky.
I went out on the deck a few minutes ago and found three paper plates at the foot of the steps. No sign of food on them, but I assume they had been out in the rain all night.