Have you taken any x-rays? Maybe the problem is localized are you sure nothing is stuck in the esophagus or nasal passages, like a pin? Just a quick thought.
thank you for this insight. the interesting thing is she whimpers in her sleep and last night was no different. in the past i could usually calm her down - last night we were up from 3 to 3:30. i wondered to myself "do dogs get anxiety attacks????". now you are describing something that sounds like it could be an anxiety attack - maybe caused by a heart murmur. they never found a evidence of a murmur before - was keelyn's found through a routine exam? also, this just got this bad (before, once in a while she would have what i thought was bad dream, whimper, then go back to sleep) since last thursday or friday.My older dog, Keelyn the Border Collie has developed a heart murmur. I first noticed her panting, pacing and wimpering but still eating well, running and playing. I took her in to the vet and she found the murmur. My vet said those symptoms were very usual for the condition since Keelyn would be feeling very anxious. She's now on meds and feeling better. Maybe you should rule this out.
Hope you get an answer soon
what would you say were the behavior changes that you noticed?I noticed Keelyn starting to act different than normal for her. I waited a couple of weeks to see if it continued then I took her in because of this behaviour. I'm friends with my vet so it's easy for me to talk to her and she knows I don't overreact. I just described the behaviour and Debbie did lots of blood work and a thorough physical. She said she could hear the murmur and described the levels of murmur and said there are even some very light ones that are hard to hear. She did an xray immediately and we waited for the results at home. Debbie's vet tech phoned later that day and said the xray confirmed what Debbie heard. Medicine was in stock so I went right in and got it. My vet has seen her again after a month on the meds to see if they were helping. She did say we wouldn't see an improvement in the murmur but her blood pressure would improve so the symptoms would improve and they did. The meds are expensive but worth it for her comfort and my peace of mind.
oh my goodness - that's jessie. thank you - need to get her back to the vet today if i can. i can't tell you how scared and anxious i am.I would say less sleeping quietly. She'd get up more often and move around, come find me, go get a drink of water, lay down, move again, sometimes pacing and wining even in the night. But still go out and start the playing with Ginger, they rough house a lot outside and she start it most of the time. The other thing - inside they also played what I call mouth games and that stopped, it has restarted now.
I will also say th blood work was to rule out Addison's, Cushings and Diabetes etc.