Fri, Mar 29, 2024

She went into heat almost a week ago. And about right after she went into heat she's been acting like she's almost depresses at times or instead of looking up when her name is called she just stares into space and ignores me. And she seems like she wants to sleep more than. Usual and there's times when she won't eat human food like chicken she just looks at it and lays down. She's usually wanting to play but lately she's been real moody with her best friend she always plays with (she was in heat as well too) but harmony just seems like she's down. I notices too that she's been wheezing when she breathes too and her growl when she is active sounds like scratchy. She still barks and gets worked up when she sees other dogs but right after she goes back to being like that. I'm not sure what it is but she's just not acting right to me but I worry a lot too and I stress out over it because I'm so scared to lose her so I am over protective too.

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These symptoms can be attributed to the hormonal changes she's undergoing. However, the wheezing and scratchy growl you've mentioned are concerning and could indicate a respiratory issue or an infection, especially if these symptoms are new and not typical for her during her heat cycle.

For the behavioral changes, providing a quiet and comfortable space for her to rest can be helpful. Ensure she has a cozy area away from too much noise or activity where she can relax undisturbed. It's also important to maintain a consistent routine with her feeding and exercise, even if she seems less interested in these activities. This can help provide a sense of normalcy and security.

Regarding her diet, it's good to continue offering her regular dog food and ensure she stays hydrated. If she's turning down treats like chicken, which she usually enjoys, it could be due to her current hormonal state, but if this lack of appetite persists, it could be a sign of something more serious.

The wheezing and changes in her vocalizations are more concerning. Ensure her environment is free from potential allergens or irritants that could be affecting her breathing, such as smoke, strong perfumes, or cleaning agents.

Remember, while it's normal to be protective and concerned about your pet, keeping a close eye on her and noting any progression or improvement in her symptoms will be crucial. If her respiratory symptoms worsen or if you have any doubts about her health, it's important to have her evaluated by a professional to rule out any underlying conditions that may require treatment.

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