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Typically, whenever either of my dogs are ill I get frantic especially if I cannot figure out the problem. It was no different when my beloved Kaya fell ill last night. My husband first noticed her digging & licking the carpet a bit and called out to her to stop. When she did and came closer to me, I realized that she was licking her lips with more vigor than usual. Immediately I became concerned and turned to hubby for assistance. At first I thought she was eating something so I opened her mouth to inspect but found nothing. Then her demeanor changed. She became really quiet and a bit fearful so I picked her up and she grabbed on to me for dear life. My adrenaline kicked in. I whisked her downstairs where I used pet mouthwash to clean her mouth. That helped temporarily.
I cleaned her face and comb her hair – yes it’s hair not fur on Maltese dogs. Still I noticed that she refused to keep her usual still self during the mini grooming and became concerned again. My husband came downstairs to investigate and watch her while I tended to something else. Suddenly she burped loudly, something we’ve never heard her do before. Hubby thought she had gas but I wasn’t convinced even though she seemed better. A short while later, he came running to me with something in his hand; it was a hairball and from Kaya’s throat no less. More than surprised, I was relieved because she was now her 100% self. I never knew that dogs could cough up hairballs. Then again she is always licking herself. It’s back to medicine to stop the licking for her and Yuki. Crisis averted, now I can breathe.