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Hi there and welcome to Just answer!! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.
White gums are an emergency, do you have an emergency veterinary clinic in your area?
It means shock and/ or blood loss
The gums aren't totally white, kind of pale, not pink like they normally are. Yes, there is an emergy clinic about an hour away.
If she were a German Shepherd or a larger dog I would say let's see what we can do but a dog this small can get very sick very quickly (as you can see...) and would recommend heading into the er
There are no signs of bleeding and she is responsive not like in shock??
The bleeding can be internal and may not show any external signs... the pale pink gums are a very big concern for a veterinarian
What does the diarea mean? My wife says the gums are looking better then they did an hour ago but still a little pale.
Diarrhea is an indication of gastroenteritis, the moaning might be due to abdominal pain such as cramping
Do you have an ability to take her temperature?
We have a thermometer, do we take it rectal?
Yes, with some vaseline
Should be 98.6?
No, between 100-102
ok, taking now.
OK, I will be here
It is 99.7
A little low...has her diarrhea had any blood in it?
None and no runny hose
I am still very worried about her gum color.
Yes ,earlier when we first noticed but not since.
When is earlier? When was the last time she ate?
We don't know exactly but we did see her eating earlier in the afternoon and she was playful and excited like normal. She is starteind to move around and hold her head as we speak now but she wasn't at all earlier.
Vomitting an hour or so ago
When this episode began then?
Pretty much, yes.
OK, because she is so small I would get some sugar in her. Do you have any karo syrup?
Yes we do.
Go ahead and give her a tsp of it
I would definitely recommend bringing in a fresh stool sample to your vet in the morning to begin treating the diarrhea
Ok, should we still consider ER or is waiting till morning, ok. We have nutrical is that ok?
How is she acting now?
standing and on her own now
No nutrical, just a little karo to ensure her glucose is stable
about the same
ok on the karo
If she is continuing to improve just keep an eye on her but the gums still bother me
If it happens again, I would go in...
Understood, thank you for your, have a great evening.
You as well