Syncope / Fainting in Pugs? Your experiences please
Well we had a real fright with cookie.
Cookie is a very healthy pug, on a trip to the vets with my gran's poodle, the adoring vet who loves her said he is "The healthiest pug he has ever seen, she should be in textbooks as the picture perfect ideal of pug health!" She's 18 months old, ideal weight, no joint problems, no soft pallete/breathing problems, she doesn't even snore!
A couple of weeks back she nearly died in her sleep, and had she not cried out we think she might have.
We were trying to get cookie used to sleeping in her crate, she used to sleep on our bed but we're trying to get her used to sleeping in the crate.
She sleeps most the night through, though occasionally we get the odd indignat squeak when she wakes up and forgets where she is.
It was about 2am and we heard a noise we've never heard from her, she is not a vocal dog and she doesn't bark at the door, or whine or cry, the only thing we really get is her "spoiled princess" squeal when she's in a huff, or an occasional growl if mums cat sniffs her treat/toy.
The noise we heard can only be described as a scream and we're certain she did it to alert us as when we rushed and turned the lights on, honestly it was like she was gone she was not breathing, her whole body was limp and her eyes were in the back of her head.
We swang her upside down, and I got my fingers down her throat and she gagged and started breathing again. After that she was fine, like nothing ever happened, we had a quick chat with the vet who seemed to think she had chocked on something and us making her retch had loosened/brought it up which we could believe, as she tends to chew her chews into pieces and leave them allover for later, he said any signs she may do it again to bring her straight back in but she was fine.
Last night it happened again, worse.
She followed me into the bathroom at around 1am as I was putting my trousers on to take her for her last wee, she wagged and tilted when I said "want a wee" walked out of the bathroom and collapsed.
Her jaw locked, eyes rolled back, she wet herself and and stopped breathing, we did the same as we did last time, hung her upside down and got our fingers down her throat to make her gag, even though we knew she was not chocking it worked last time and it did this time.
After she had calmed down a bit, she's a very clean dog and was upset that she had wet herself, I put her harness on and went to take her into the garden for a wee. When we got into the kitchen she collapsed, she did not faint but her legs went out from under her like she couldn't hold herself up.
A paniced call to the on call vet said that to keep her calm and quiet with the lights off and to bring her in the morning if she showed no more signs, or if she did show signs of doing it again to bring her to the emergency vets.
She was very subdued over nigh and did vomit but other than that normal self, though she has been "chasing fairies/ghosts" a lot, where she looks as if she's watching an insect flying round, but there isn't any??
She didn't do it again and we took her in the morning, she had very traumatic bloods taken from her neck and the vet said she had no soft pallete problems (I could have told her that, she has fantastic breathing, clear nostrils and doesn't even snore)
We're awaiting results tomorrow and have been given rectal diazepam in case she has another "seizure" despite the fact that the vet will not listen to us when we tell her she was not seizing, she was passing out, we are certain it is syncope, she does not tremble or jerk like a seizure and we are more concered about getting her breathing again, than administering rectal drugs for tremors she isn't having....
Anyway, does anyone have any experience of Syncope / Fainting in pugs? I've read of it in older pugs, but not younger healthy ones? I dread that it could be PDE but she has no other symptoms and there are faints not seizures I am certain of it, I have family with an elder dogs that has epileptic seizures and these are nothing at all similar.
if the bloods are clear we don't know what to do, the vet says it could be anything from idiopathic epilepsy, which is basically seizuring with no explanation, but we are certain it is syncope not seizures, and she is an otherwise healthy dog,it could be that or low blood sugar, vitamin/mineral deficency etc.
It cost me £135 just for the tests ($216), so hopefully they will give me some answers, and in the meantime anyone can give me some advice on syncope in pugs