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Has your dog had any trauma-a fall, stumble, hit, etc today?
Has he eaten anything he shouldnt have in the past 24 hours?
Is he walking slowly and guarded?
He seems like he has had trouble jumping on the things today but no fall that I know of. I also don't think he has eaten anything but again not sure. He is walking fine--we went for a walk earlier and he seemed fine.
any vomiting or diarrhea?
has he ever had any back problems in the past?
no back problems. he is usually very energetic but even with trick or treaters coming over he isn't getting up
if you look at his gums, what color are they?
the top are pink and the bottoms are reddish-brown (he has an underbite)
any problems breathing
i thought he was cold at first so i put on a dog sweater and wrapped him in a blanket, and he is laying on me, but he is still shivering.
Thank you for the information.
While his symptoms don't point out one particular problem, I suspect he might be sore or painful.
He may have pulled a muscle in his back or may be starting to experience problems with his back.
shivering can also mean they are painful or uncomfortable or not feeling well
his lethargy may be that he doesnt want to move to cause any more pain.
The good news is his vital signs are all good-his color is normal, no problems breathing, and no vomiting or diarrhea.
I would keep him quiet tonight-no running, jumping up or down off of things, or stairs.
You can offer him a warm heating pad on his back for comfort.
Do not give him any OTC medications as they are not safe for him.
I would get him checked up by your vet tomorrow.
If he is starting to have back pain, your vet can prescribe him safe pain meds
Is is ok for me to leave him home alone tomorrow while I am at work?
if he seems worse in the morning, I would consider contacting your vet to have him seen, maybe even set up a droff off appt with him
if he seems better, I would try and keep him somewhere where he will be comfortable an unable to jump up and down off of things
ok. THANK YOU!!!
you are most welcome!
best wishes for a speedy recovery for your little guy!