Ollie: Woofs everyone! Ollie here! Woe, woe, woe is me! Terrible things have been happening to me! On Sunday evening, I was asleep at #1's feet as she watched and watched TV, and I suddenly woke up screaming. Literally screaming. I was also shaking and panting, as though I had just had the worst nightmare possible. #1 held me close and I eventually calmed down. She took me outside before bed and I was perfectly normal. But she sent a quick message to Dr. C to tell her we would be coming in first thing. I had a quiet night, and then had another episode at around 6am.
Dr. C examined me very thoroughly and also did a exhaustive blood panel. I am fine. Nothing to raise any alarm bells. So, she and #1 got their thinking hats on. Already from the time I was a puppy, I snored very loudly. Dr. C had looked inside my mouth and told #1 that my soft palate seemed unusually long, that it wasn't a problem at the time and might go away as I grew. Fast forward almost three years. I snore louder than ever and Dr. C is wondering whether it might now be causing a kind of sleep apnea when I am deeply asleep, making me feel as though I am suffocating. The other possibility is some kind of neurological "incident" similar to an epileptic fit. But #1 has seen dogs having epileptic fits and this is nothing like one, plus it only happens when I am asleep.
Dr. C called VetRef, the referral veterinary hospital where Benny had his polyp removed last May and, amazingly, they were able to offer an appointment this afternoon. So, #1 is taking me, along with Ms. N. It's almost two hours away by car so she will be glad of the company. I will probably have to stay at VetRef for a couple of days, after they do whatever they must do.
I would appreciate it if you could cross some paws for me, pals!