Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that people who keep their dogs outside do not care for them. I was just venting a bit and probably should not have voiced that in an email as I can see how easily it can be misread.
Yes, gray gums are an emergency. Good for everyone to know. The only reason I was even aware of this is that we almost lost Jazz in the first few days after we got her at 8 weeks. She tested positive for parvo, but it was never clear as to whether it actually was parvo or a false positive as she had just been vaccinated for it a few days earlier. That's a whole other story, but bottom line is thankfully she made a fully recovery from that crisis.
Also, I should add that having liquid Benadryl on hand is not meant to take the place of a vet visit in the event of a severe allergic reaction. I think at best, it might buy a little time, if the vet's office is closed and I have to take her to the Evet, which is approximately an hour's drive down the highway with no traffic delays.
This is my first encounter with a severe allergic reaction in a dog and certainly was an eye opener for me. Our previous shepherd, Gracie, had been swarmed by wasps so bad that we had to use oven mitts to get them all off her. She was traumatized for sure, but luckily, she did not have a severe allergic reaction.
Just like kids, they are all different and just when you think you are well versed in their care, along comes an unexpected curve.