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A couple of nights ago, my dog Kettle woke me up because she was breathing so rapidly. She was wide awake, and her ears were pretty hot. I thought it might just be "full moon fever" since it was a full moon, and it was very bright in our bedroom.

Last night she only ate half her dinner and this morning she ate one or two bites and then left it alone. Not sure if these things are related. I've never seen her not eat her food. We feed her the dog salami, which she loves. I have noticed that she's been especially farty lately. Of course, lately is relative for me since we only adopted her 2 weeks ago.

Otherwise she seems pretty normal. During the day I haven't noticed any lethargy or weird behavior except for the eating thing.

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What is this "full moon fever" you mentioned?

What was she eating before you adopted her, and if you have switched her food what did you switch it to?

Does she chow it down rapidly or eat more casually?

Any potty issues from that end...IE...possible obstruction or blockage?

Just throwing out ideas here....but apparently this has been going on for a few days. Have you consulted a vet?
 

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Full moon fever is when animals (or people for that matter) get nuttier during the full moon.

I don't know what she was eating--i could call the pound, but I think that they just eat whatever food gets donated.

She chows rapidly.

No potty issues--goes about twice a day. I did notice that this morning's stool wasn't *quite* as solid as normal.

I also just started giving her these once a day : http://www.greenies.com/dogs.aspx
I feel like *possibly* the fartiness started then, because it wasn't a problem at first...

Not been to the vet yet. Seems too minor at this point.
 

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There is a chance that the greenies could effect the poop issue...and a constipated or blocked up dog would not be happy..true. This could have an impact on the appetitie...true.

But I see nothing that accounts for this 'full moon fever' you're talking about.

Please check with your vet. There are plenty of fully logical things that could be the root cause, and it's better to be safe than sorry. All adopted dogs should see a vet ASAP anyway. Not every pound/shelter/rescue provides up to date care.....although that would be nice. Still...better safe than sorry.
 

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Oh--she did actually see the vet about a week ago. Our county does free inspections within 72 hours of adoption. No problems, no parasites.
 

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OK..so about a week ago you saw a vet...and just a few nights ago this rapid breathing started? Perhaps it's a new thing that developed AFTER the vet? Allergies? Bad food? Anxieties? Still many more possible causes aside from parasites and the full moon fever.
 

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I might suggest that the food you are feeding doesn't agree with her or is too rich for her? I'm not sure I've ever seen anything called "dog salami" but it doesn't sound terribly healthy
 

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My vet did tell me that she sees the majority of her epileptic patients having seizures with the full moon. I know mine did.
Possibly this is the problem, and I hope if the poor pup does suffer from seizures, the OP gets this checked out and the pup responds to some sort of treatment. But seizures in my book goes beyond just 'acting nutty'.

I'd consider 'acting nutty' to be more on the extra hyper/energetic spectrum. Perhaps it's a wording thing that caused a miscommunication.
 
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