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Re: [bassethound-32] Basset Bash Moving to August

From: Penny H.
Sent on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:32 PM
Keeping in mind that I'm not a vet, so my advice is probably worth precisely what you paid for it....
Sounds like you're doing everything right. I've heard that panting is always either heat, pain, or nervousness - so it sounds like she's frightened. Particularly if pain meds don't help the behavior. I'm assuming you've tried them? Any recent changes in the household? New people? New noises? Even moving furniture when you have a blind dog can make them panicky. My 13-yr-old is deaf and it doesn't seem to faze her unless she's touched and hasn't seen us first. Then she jerks with surprise. So I try to either stomp on the floor first or blow gently on her head before I pet her. The blind thing is way worse. Please keep us informed, because it's bound to happen to one of us too. When mine had a seizure, the vet said to give her a valium. If the Prozac doesn't work well enough, you might want to try it. It may not be good long-term, but she's 13 and miserable, so that shouldn't be hugely important right now.
Is it possible there's a physical problem that isn't showing in the blood work? The blindness came on gradually, and she must have gotten at least a bit used to it, so it just seems like a hidden pain could be it.  Particularly if she's difficult to console and is pacing.   I pace with a toothache -- how about her teeth?  Abcesses?   Ear infection?  Those would hurt like the devil and not necessarily show up in blood work.   If she's eating & pooping normally, she's probably not in significant pain. 
If she's pain-free, maybe leave the TV or music on when you're not home? She might feel less abandoned/isolated in her new darkness.
Penny (Sequim)

Sent: Thursday, April 04,[masked]:02 PM
Subject: RE: [bassethound-32] Basset Bash Moving to August

Hi, all –


I’m looking for a little advice.  Our 13-year-old sweet basset girl is going through regular periods of pacing and panting and extreme neediness, at which times it’s almost impossible to console her.  She doesn’t seem to be in any pain and her blood chemistry tests come back like that of a three-year-old.  Her sight has gradually deteriorated and now I believe she is completely blind.   But she manages like the trooper she is.  We work from home whenever possible and stay home with her and take her where we can.  But this seems to be getting worse.  I’m working with the vet and she is taking Prozac at night which has helped her and the rest of the family get some sleep.  I just started her on Dinovite and have been giving her probiotics, fish oil, and milk thistle for some time.  Any suggestions?





From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Joni Thomas
Sent: Thursday, April 04,[masked]:47 PM
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Subject: [bassethound-32] Basset Bash Moving to August


I have had lots of messages from people wanting to know about the Basset Bash. The city of Woodinville is moving the parade and the Bash to August. Here is a link to the newpaper article. I will post the Basset Bash info soon along with the flier. So the Bash is still happening just moving to warmer weather!



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