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With a reverse sneeze you can stop an episode sooner by rubbing under the neck have you tried that?
Also why is she on rescue remedy, is she normally a nervous dog?
I put her on Rescue Remedy hoping it will keep her a little more emotionally "level". I thought it was helping, but I think now it is not doing anything. I gave her half of an adult Benedryl tablet last night and that worked wonders, but I can't keep giving her Benedryl for the rest of her life. I am trying to find alternative products or techniques to stop the progression of a reverse sneeze / drool episode. It can last for hours...
Sadie has been better with the addition of the DAP collar, however, she is still not well. I am going to the market this weekend and will pick up Melatonin. My gut feeling tells me when she gets over stimulated (whether it's seeing one of our cats she wants to get near to or whether she gets frightened from a stranger appearing on our walks), she starts the reverse sneezing - which by itself doesn't appear to upset her. It's when the reverse sneezing is constant that she seems to get more agitated and may be wondering "what's going on with me?" so this sets her off even further into a spiral of anxiety. Then her stomach gets upset so she starts to drool profusely and regurgitate. I have seen her excited over the cats and not reverse sneeze so it could be that she has nasal mites or something. I am planning to get a 2nd opinion with another vet in our area, hoping the video I've taken of Sadie will clue someone in as to what we can do for her. Thank you for asking. We feel kind of helpless.
Yes - I will keep you in the loop. Sadie sounds like such an oddball case, I am sure you and anyone else looking for answers like this would love to know the diagnosis! I've just never seen anything like this before. Something is irritating the area behind her nose.......
Awns? What is that?
Little things from weeds/reeds, or maybe some other type of weed piece or something from the ground that she sniffed up and is stuck in there.
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I just want to give an update on Sadie. We finally have a diagnosis! Although Sadie has not needed to start a prescription treatment as of now (and we are hoping she won't need to), we are prepared in the event she has to. Her condition is "Idiopathic Phenobarbital-Responsive Hypersialosis" - say that 3 times fast. It is a form of Limbic Epilepsy.
I've always associated the word epilepsy with what I have seen - Grand Mal Seizures. I never realized there were other forms of epilepsy that do not resemble anything like that! And this can also affect humans; not just canines.
I found a great paper on this through VetLearn.com about a 7 year old female Lab who started to show signs of this. Her treatment plan worked wonders for her with the phenobarbital!
Sadie has not needed meds to date although she is finishing out a round of Prednisone for her inflamed throat and tonsils. She was scoped and her sinuses flushed prior to diagnosis. All her blood work came back perfect. All her organs perfect too. Although she has a few moments of minor drooling, she has learned to remove herself from the situation causing her to be overstimulated (which could bring on a IPRH episode), and calm herself down. She is learning! Her new doctor also said that Sadie could very well outgrow this and even if Sadie does have to start taking Pheno, her treatment plan would include the eventual stopping of the drug (unless full blown episodes returned of course). So she could be weaned off of it.
Thank you for all your help. And I appreciate you always checking up on her as well.