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Sorry to hear about Ryder.
My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am a licensed veterinarian.
Has there been any vomiting, or diarrhea?
Is there any way you can take his rectal temperature?
I do not have proper thermometer to take his temp.
Bloodshot eyes, and lethargy, are very nonspecific signs of illness. Without being able to examine him, and take his temperature, it is hard to say what is wrong.
If he has a fever, I would recommend trying a fever reducer such as aspirin.
Could swamp water cause an infection of some sort.
Can you look at his gums, and tell me what color they are? Normal is "bubble gum" pink.
He could have a tick borne illness, a systemic infection, or have sustained an injury we don't know about.
one moment please ... gums are pink
That, and the fact that he is not vomiting or having diarrhea is good newsx.
So is that he is eating.
His eyes are very very red, he is lying on the bed, he won't put his head down.
He sounds uncomfortable. You could try the aspirin, and see if it makes him feel better. As long as he does not vomit, it is safe to try a dose.
Give it with food. How much does he weigh, so I can give you a dosage?
I don't think I have aspirin, only extra strength advil. He weighs 71 lbs.
Never give Advil to dogs.
No, of course not
He could take 1/2 to 1 regular strength aspirin, with food. But no other over the counter pain reliever would be safe.
If you have any eye drops that do not contain any steroids, you could try that as well.
It scares me that he won't put his head down. I want to know if he'll be okay until tomorrow when I can get him to my vet; I'm sure she will want to do a bloodtest.
But what he really needs (and sounds like he will get tomorrow) is a good physical exam, his temperature taken, his heart and lungs listened to, etc.
I can't tell you if he will be OK, without being able to examine him, know his temperature, etc.
My vet gave me eyedrops for him a while back because he had green discharge for a short time.
If he has neck pain, the aspirin might help.
But neck pain can (very rarely) be a sign of serious illness, like meningitis. So I really can't guarantee he is OK.
Could neck pain cause bloodshot eyes?
You could try those drops.
Blood shot eyes can occur with any stress or illness; not a very specific sign (except that he may have an eye infection, which would not cause lethargy and neck pain).
But try the drops you have.
I will try those drops. My first dog a long time ago had an illness like meningitis. I had to put him down. Gawd, this cannot happen again.
I sure hope not. He is young, so this is probably not serious.
I remember his eyes being very bloodshot.
Even meningitis is not always fatal and often can be treated.
thanks for the reassurance
Try the eye drops, and a single aspirin if you can get it. Keep him drinking and hydrated.
And I hope you both have a good night.
Me too. Pray for me. Thank you.
I know how worried I would be if this were my dog and I am currently far from an animal hospital to treat her if she got sick (Silverton, CO). I do pray and hope for the best for you.
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But in any case, I do hope for the best for both of you.
Thank you. I just need my dog to get thru this night without any more complications.
He is young, strong, and has a lot of reserves an older dog would not. The odds are very good he will pull through.
You are welcome.