My 10 year old basset/rotweiler mix has been restless and panting since approximately midnight CST; after the fireworks stopped. She has also been outside several times to go potty. She has not spent an extended period of time out in the heat, our house has AC, and she's had plenty of water.
Name of Dog: Peanut
I've had no idea of what to try.
Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help. I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice. There is no additional charge for information request.1- Is she normally fearful of fireworks?2- Any coughing?3- Take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?4- Can you take a rectal temperature?
Yes....she does get nervous around fireworks. Last night, she was just laying down in an abnormal area, but didn't start pacing until they were done for the night. She has not been coughing. Her gums are the normal pinkI would have no idea of how to take a rectal temp. Do you have to have a special thermometer?
You can use a regular digital thermometer, they are the same we use. To take a rectal temperature this is what you can do: 1- Lubricate thermometer tip with ky jelly, vaseline or soap and water. 2- Insert in rectum about 1 inch and gently press tip up against rectal wall. 3- Wait a minute or until it beeps. Please, let me know, I will be on stand bye. Thanks.
I'll have to wait for my husband to get home. She's not going to like that, and I'll need his help. He should be home in 15-20 minutes.
How much does she weigh?
She weighs approximately 70 lbs. She may have some sort of bladder infection....she's been out A LOT and pees very little if at all. I just don't get the panting part. Her temp is 101 degrees
1- When did she start increase frequency of urination?2- Is she drinking more than usual?
I would say about 2:30 this morning....she woke us up about once per hour since, and since we've been up, she's been out approximately 5 times. yes...she is drinking quite a bit and her food from last night is gone so there don't appear to be any eating issues at this time.
Her temperature is normal (99.5-102.5 F). The history and symptoms you are describing are consistent with a urinary tract infection. She has an infection that is causing irritation (inflammation) of the urethra (tube connecting bladder to vagina), this can be uncomfortable and the reason why she is restless and panting. When the urethra is inflamed it gives the feeling of having to urinate this is why she is going more frequent; the increase in frequency does not allow the bladder to accumulate enough urine and only produces a small amount of urine every attempt. She needs to be seen by your family veterinarian for oral antibiotics. In the meantime, for tonight start her on Buffered Aspirin 325mg 1.5 (one and half) tablet every 12 hours. Follow up with your family veterinarian. Hope the above helps, if you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them. Dr. Peter
Would erythromycin be helpful?
How many milligrams is the Erythromycin?
How about 500 mg amoxicillin?
Yes, Amoxicillin a better choice than Erythromycin. Start her on Amoxicillin 500mg every 12 hours for the next 10 days. Follow up with your family veterinarian.
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