There’s a third possibility that I didn’t even consider yesterday afternoon when I was writing Part 1 of this particular train of thought….
Maybe, just maybe, my poor dog has just been HOT. She has a thick, double coat; and dogs don’t perspire like humans. Dogs expel excess body heat through the pads on the bottom of their feet or through panting. We had some really warm days around here in February, March, April, and May. And we’ve had some in June as well. Perhaps I should just get a cool, damp towel and wipe the bottom of her feet and her chest and stomach area with it to help her cool down.
The house gets warm for us humans in the evening … a lot of the heat of the day finds its way inside and edges the temperature up to a point where I have to adjust the thermostat so we can sleep at night. We humans can at least sleep in lighter clothing whereas the dogs have no choice but to sleep in their thick, double coats.
Before I call the vet on Monday to schedule an appointment for him to check her out, I think I’ll try the towel idea tonight to see if it helps.