If you are anything like I am as a first time puppy momma, you are constantly running around like Chicken Little, screaming that the damned sky is falling! Everything is an emergency and the end of the world.
However, going in to the vet office for every little thing is a fast track to a homeless-chic lifestyle.
We went back and forth from there and I have been told to keep Alfie watched, and not to give him food. However, if in 36 hours, he is still drooling like this, OR if symptoms grow, I need to take him in.
The timing for responses was very quick, and I am so far satisfied.
As of now I like... you will hear if that changes.
Because pup did in fact get worse, I took him in to the actual vet office to be treated. However, I still think this service is great, and have been totally impressed with the service provided by the vet I was put in touch with. As it turns out, after some online digging, I found out that he is a retired vet. Such a good idea to take on this kind of work after stopping working in a practice!
In other news, Alfie is sick but should be fine... Love this little guy!
So, after making and canceling a vet appointment today for what MAY be a big nothing-burger of a question, I discovered JustAnswer.com.
I am able to contact a certified vet (all info available on site for personal verification as well), and ask them a question for a one time fee of $19, or I can pay that amount monthly, to ask questions (should my insanity continue). If I am not satisfied with the answer I receive, my money is refunded.
Look, I understand the risks here, and I do NOT endorse this being an alternative to regular, in-person vet visits, but for these one-off questions, they are a good way to determine whether or not a vet visit is needed, without giving up your entire paycheck.
*Call me what you will, but I will never be accused of being anything less than informative*
My Initial Question:
"My 21 week old miniature dachshund (longhaired) has been drooling a lot this morning, which is not something he usually does at all. I am wondering if this is something I should be worried about/do something about.
Here is how the day has gone so far:
-Woke up in his crate, totally normally.
-Let him into my bed (per usual) so he could snuggle for a bit. He went under the covers (normal) and then was licking the covers quite a bit, making a big wet spot (abnormal).
-Let him out when I got up noticed he then started to lick himself a bit and was drooling, so his front legs and chest were covered in drool.
-It finally subsided and he stopped licking himself.
- To combat the lost hydration I gave him water with ice and he is drinking, eating and eliminating regularly.
-Drooling is still a bit more than normal (unless I am now paranoid about it...very possible), but he is no longer getting it all over himself and it it less than it initially way.
I checked to see if something was stuck in his mouth or teeth. Nope.
Cannot think of or find anything abnormal he ate in the last 24 hours, and as I mentioned, everything was fine while he was in the crate.
What gives? Thank you!"
drew bailey scott
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