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Old 10-13-2009, 05:50 PM
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So last night was a long night for everyone. My mom went in for what was supposed to be an hour test and John and I went with her so he could drive home. Well her heart stopped for a few seconds during the test and they decided she needed a pacemaker right away.

Well what was supposed to be a few hours turned into almost 48. It sucked for us, but I'm worried Mina might get SA.

There was someone home to let them out. She told me that Mina cried ALOT of the time I was gone. When I did get home I let her out of her kennel and sat down to give her a snuggle and she crawled in my lap and just CRIED AND CRIED for a good ten minutes. Not only that, but while I was gone she chewed almost all of the hair off of her belly and the back of her legs. I'm guessing due to stress.

After that, I went to let Upendi in from going potty and John was in the room with Mina. He said that as soon as I left she started SCREAMING and running back and forth until she finally broke the door open. She promptly ran downstairs and just sat at the gate crying.

In all fairness to her, I've never been away for more than 12 hours at a time and she's 6 months now. So we haven't been apart much. Most of my days are spent with my girls, all day.

Does this sound like it could be SA?
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:05 PM
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Since this is the first time you have been away from her for a very long period of time I'm going to say it was probably stress. Does she usually whine or get upset when you leave?
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:13 PM
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Only if she sees me take Upendi out and she's in her kennel.
According to my gramma she'll occasionally whine when I leave, but it usually only last for a minute or two and then she quiets down. I do know that since I've been home she's been quite the velcro dog.

She looks funny with her bald but. She took out everything except for the feathering almost the whole way down and her belly hair is gone too.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:17 PM
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EDIT: (For some reason it double posted) Sounds like she may have had some mild separation anxiety that now due to you being gone so long is getting a bit worse. I'm not sure what advice I could give though having a SA dog myself that is severe...I've not found any ways to help him in a great manner.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:23 PM
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She may have sensed your anxiety too ! Good vibes for your Mom !!!
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:31 PM
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Cricket - I know how horrible SA can be. I'm hoping though if it's just starting I can gradually just spending little amounts of time away from her and try to build from there before it gets severe.

Thank you Grammy! It was a horrible night. After the surgery they kicked us out of the waiting room we were in and the one they sent us too was so cold we ended up sleeping in the car because it was warmer. They neglected to tell us about the family house we could've stayed at even though we asked them repeatedly if there was any accommodations available at the hospital or even hotels nearby.

The good news is my mom is doing fine. They got the pacemaker in without any issues and after a night of monitoring her to make sure it was working properly they released her around noon today. She's got some strict rules to follow for the time being though.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:40 PM
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Glad all went well with your mom. Guess that means you won't be able to use the microwave anymore.

On the SA issue was their always someone their when you were gone?. As for the dog being velcro you have to break that habit and don't let them do that because that will intensify the SA. Short periods of the dog being by themselves left with a kong or something and then slowly increasing the time.
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