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Our little XXXXX XXXXX was playing with our grandsons. They

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Our little XXXXX XXXXX was playing with our grandsons. They had brought a laser light over. Now our little dog is acting really odd. He looks at the floor and is nervous and just not his calm relaxed self. What do you suggest?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 4 years ago.
Hi there,

Thanks for your question regarding your young Jack Russell boy BJ who can't seem to settle after chasing a laser light around! This isn't all too uncommon after introducing this type of toy to a young dog. Many dogs can in fact develop obsessive compulsive disorders towards these laser pointers as well, so if he is like this now - it may be best to avoid the laser pointer in the future.

For right now you need to calm you boy down as best you can. Distracting him outdoors was a good idea, and continue to play with him for another half hour or so with a physical toy that he can actually catch. If he really is having difficulty settling, then giving him a little bit of Benadryl will likely settle him back down again. The typical dose for this is 1mg per pound of body weight and this should be enough to help calm your boy and help him settle and go to sleep.

Best of luck with your boy and hopefully he settles very soon. Let me know how you get on and if you need any extra help, please be sure to reply.

Kind Regards,

Dr Edwards
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

at this point do you hink he needs to be seen by a vet?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
sorry for the typo, should have typed do you think he needs to be seen by a vet?
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 4 years ago.
Hi again,

It is hard to say, but if he isn't having breathing issues and if he doesn't seem too stressed, then he probably doesn't need to be seen straight away. I would however suggest that you keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate this morning as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanced white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the day this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

Let me know how he goes today.

Best of luck,

Dr E