Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Thor.
A lot of separate issues to breakdown.
first, the leg.
To be favoring a front paw is clearly a problem.
My primary concerns for a limp on a front leg/paw include:
1. Having stepped on something that no longer remains.
2. Hypersensitivity reaction (i.e. insect bite or sting)
3. Hyperextension injury (like bending your wrist back too far)
4. A soft tissue injury (like sprain or straining your wrist or ankle)
5. Fracture, especially in the digits of the paw
6. In older pets, I always think about exacerbating arthritis
(common for the elbow)
My primary worry is there is some type of soft tissue injury, and therefore, he really needs some appropriate anti-inflammatory and/or pain medicine.
Avoid over the counter drugs as he has recently vomited, and something like aspirin is very likely to make him more sick.
Vomiting causes can include:
- Dietary indiscretion (eating something you do not know about)
or intestinal foreign body
- Something that was given to them (new food, new treat, human food)
- Intestinal parasitism (not just the worms, but the microscopic bugs like Giardia and Coccidia). They can cause vomiting also, not just diarrhea
- Toxin exposure would be less likely, unless you have reason to suspect exposure to a chemical.
- Less commonly, endocrine diseases like Addison’s
- Generally, in older pets, I am also concerned about organ disease (liver, kidneys) and cancer.
It is possibly some of the shaking is related to either nausea or pain. Either one or both.
The eye discharge could suggest an allergy issue, conjunctivitis, or recent trauma (like getting scratched or walking
So, some separate topical therapy will be needed to help out those eyes. You can clean the eyes with just water or some sterile saline solution available at most grocery stores.
To help settle the stomach you can use of the following, but not as a replacement for veterinary examination include
1.Pepcid A.C. (famotidine
) comes in 10mg, 20mg, or 40mg tablets.
You can give it every 12 hours. You can give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg.
2.Prilosec (omeprazole). It comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets.
You can give in every 24 hours. You give 0.5mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get 10mg
3.Zantac (Ranitidne). It comes in 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg sizes.
You can give it every 8 to 12 hours. You give 0.25 to 1mg per pound of body weight. So, a 20 pound dog would get roughly 1/3 tablet of the 75mg. Even with bigger pets, it is easiest to get the smallest size tablet. Even a 75 pound dog would only need one 75mg tablet.
4.Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
You can give it every 8 hours. The average dose is 1ml per pound of body weight, and that is the TOTAL dose for the day, which should be divided into two or three doses. So, if a pet weighs 30 pounds, they would get a total of 30ml a day divided. This is dosing for regular strength Pepto-Bismol. If you use maximum strength liquid, give half as much.
I guess we can't blame Thor for being irritable. If suffering from stomach problems, a hurt leg, and having some eye issues, he is very likely uncomfortable and that will contribute to his agitation. Well worth getting your vet, any vet, to evaluate him and start some supportive treatment.
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