Yesterday afternoon, Kona became scared of me. This has happened enough times in the past that I know it means one of two things. Either she's physically not well, or she associated something that scared her with me.
Her fear confused me yesterday because I couldn't link it to one of the two usual causes. It really seemed to be out of the blue. But I know Kona too well and thankfully, she doesn't get scared of me for no reason.
Today, she has given me more clues and I'm afraid we're headed to the vet tomorrow. The first thing I noticed this morning was that she restricted her yawn. I had suspicions yesterday that her mouth hurt, and she kept confirming them today.
Along with the restricted yawn, Kona is reluctant to put things in her mouth. She did eat this morning, but this afternoon she has started to spit out whatever I give her. She'll pick it up and eat it after she spits it out, but her initial reaction is pain.
When I tried to open her mouth to see what was going on in there, she yelped. That was it. She's been pretty darn pitiful with me since then.
I have to admit that I absolutely hate taking Kona to the vet. She ends up at such a high level of fear it's hard for me to watch her. Then, it often takes her a few days to be comfortable around me again because of the fear-by-association thing.
But I have a feeling this one isn't going to figure itself out on its own. Fingers crossed for nothing serious and a healthy Kona Dog.