Hello, I have a 3.5-year-old Great Dane male named Trooper. I have some concerns about his recent health. First Trooper was wetting himself 4 days ago while sleeping then continued when I got him up to go outside. then again later he continued to leak. then it stopped around the time I gave him a bath later that day. I haven't noticed it again since. But I have seen wet spots before here and there since I’ve had him but this was way more.
Then on Friday morning, I was laying with my arm over him and could feel his heart beat. It was not a normal heartbeat rhythm. it would go a few beats then pause one or two beats, so I listened to it with my electronic stethoscope I build years ago. The pattern I heard was similar to the following, 4beats then a pause for a beat, then another 4x then pause, then 3x then pause then 4x and so on. The pause always seemed to happen on the exhale. So, I kept an eye on him but seemed fine.
The following morning (Sat.) I noticed the area under his eyes seemed more pale than usual. so, the three things I mentioned combined started to make me worry. I called the closest vet which is an hour away and they told me to bring him in at 1:00 which was two hours from when I called, so that was cool. The vet checked him out and told me his eyes were probably irritated from all the dust and is why they looks lighter pink than usual and gave me drops to put on his eyes. She listened to his heart and said there was no arrhythmia and it sounded normal. Probably because he was more exited and heart rate was up so sounded normal and what I heard might be normal for him at rest. And for the peeing in his sleep, he might just be incontinent and gave me pills for him to start taking every day for now on. And said there was nothing to worry about. I had also let her know he wasn’t eating as much but that isn’t abnormal at times, but he also doesn’t seem to have the energy he usually does.
Later yesterday night when discussing this with two friends, they said it doesn’t sound right. Then, while brain storming, I thought of some other thing that might be in play. First is that I had put out Tom Cat rat poison that are in a container so can’t access it, but I did catch him sniffing around it and there was rat poop there that a rat who just ate some might have pooped out when leaving the trap. so not sure if he sniffed any up or got some in his mouth. Also, twice last week he had a mouse in his mouth but let both go. I don't think he drew blood on them but they could have or even pooped in his mouth. both may have had contact with the poison too. but I can’t tell for sure. The second time I believe was on Tuesday night. which was the night before he had the peeing while sleeping.
I have not started giving him the meds or eye drops yet. I am very cautious when it comes to giving him any meds. Plus, they do not help my main concerns since he hasn’t been incontinent since.
My concerns are either he has ingested some of the poison or he had a heart problem causing him to be anemic or something that’s slowly making things worse.
To any Veterinarian’s reding this do you have. any suggestions on what it may be if anything at all? Please chime in because time is critical if he has been poisoned and we live out off grid in Arizona.