Less of an inhale, more of a relief...
Last night SouthernDane was acting very odd - restlessly pacing, drooling, and seemingly very uncomfortable. After being let out to vomit a couple of times, I couldn't tell if she in fact emptied anything out of her system - it seemed mostly like foam. Her stomach seemed a bit swollen, so I thought it might be bloat, or even stomach torsion (not uncommon for deep chested dogs). She had her tummy tacked when she was spayed, but that's no guarantee. I did hear her stomach growl, so I took that as a good sign, but still we made haste for the emergency vet. Unfortunately, this is at the end of a very expensive month, and it's all I can do to scrape enough together for the visit, let alone anything else.
After a brief inspection, the vet said that she didn't look bad enough for the stomach to be twisted, and it is likely either an obstruction or just a mere upset tummy. She wanted to do a radiograph, but they would want payment on the spot and I just didn't have it - I would have gladly sold or pawned something to do it but by then it was 1am - not too many potential customers for a Tacoma pickup or a Fender Telecaster walking the streets at that hour. I decided to bring her home and keep an eye on her, and figure out what to do if it got worse.
Fortunately, right then, SouthernDane expelled a massive explosion of gas. While it wasn't pleasant for us, she seemed noticeably perkier. A few hours after I brought her home, she woke me up to be let out, then hightailed it for her "elimination spot" in the yard. This morning her appetite appeared to be normal.
We're still going to keep an eye on her, but I think she'll be ok.