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Can you please tell me what breed he is and his age?
he is a min pin and hes 6yrs old
Has he had any vomiting or diarrhea?
Has anything changed in the past week? Increased activity, exposure to garbage or anything plant-like?
i let him out to pee and he just lyas in the grass
Is he walking any different? Hunched or stiff?
hes been sneezing alot too
No crying out or whining when moving or going to the bathroom?
not spunky like normal
Does he have nasal discharge with the sneezing? Or a cough?
he just trew up just now
When was the last time he urinated or defecated?
hee peed this morning
the trow up looks like white bile
Did he actively wretch first or was he coughing until he vomited?
OK... no idea when he had his last bowel movement?
not sure i think friday
Has he been licking his lips more then normal the past few days?
no just sits there with his ears back
Can you tell me his gum color?
breath is bad though
Is he panting constantly or intermittently?
Do you have an ability to check his temperature? A digital or mercury thermometer?
let see if i have one ?
Great, thank you
OK, that is a little low...
When was the last time he ate?
Unfortunately the treatment would be quite different for pain related to orthopedic/ back issues that would be contraindicated if he is having gi issues...
Does he seem as if he is getting worse?
no same for two days now
But a little dog like a Min Pin not eating for two days is more of a concern than a lab that has not eaten for that period of time...
My concern is the panting is related to pain, I am unsure if it is gi related or orthopedic pain but when a little dog pants a lot, it increases the gas in their stomach causing stomach upset and vomiting occasionally
What have you offered him to eat?
Does he have any food allergies?
and a small piece of bacon he stubbed his nose at it
OK, so let's go to the store and pick up some jarred baby food, meat flavors. Also, do you have any karo syrup at home?
Do you have karo syrup ?
OK, so let's get some karo as well. If he won't eat the baby food, use your finger to wipe some karo on his gums to keep his sugar level up until you can get him to the vet tomorrow
If you are up to it and you think he might eat it, you can boil some white rice and chicken. It is bland but good for him too
I just don't know if he will eat it.
Karo every 4 hours or so today
thats it do have any idea whats wrong with him
The reduced appetite might be due to orthopedic/ back pain and that would be my main concern but gi issues really cannot be ruled out without an examination...he is not showing any gi signs (the vomiting can be due to back pain or increased air swallowing) such as diarrhea, straining to defecate, actively vomiting
But the reduced appetite is a concern...it will be interesting to see if he eats anything else offered to him
But again orthopedic pain can cause a reduced appetite as well
So at this point my concern would be a back injury (breed issue), gastroenteritis
should i massage him to see if he responds
You can but sometimes a stoic dog will not demonstrate pain when not done by a professional. Worth a try, circular massage on each side of his spine starting behind his skull
Can I answer any other questions for you this morning?
he tensed up real tight but didnt yelp
This is one of those cases that requires a hands-on approach in order to get more information. Where did he tense up?
Usually it tends to be necks on min pins
mid section around his ribs
my son just told me he fell off the bed
OK, that is another fairly common area of injury, especially in little dogs
Ah, than likely it is his back...
I think it will be important to get him to the vet tomorrow to get a diagnosis and get him on some pain medication...
can i give him tylenol
No, please do not! It is toxic and will cause liver failure
dr taylor tommorow then thanks
I really would not advise over the counter medication with him vomiting just a bit ago
You can rotate heat (warm towel) and cold (ice pack wrapped in a towel) for ten minutes three to four times today if he will tolerate it
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Really restrict him today, picking him up between his front and back legs so you minimize him tucking his back causing more pain...
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