Thank you for your question regarding your 10 year old Poodle Maltese
boy Andy who has been lethargic and droopy. There are a number of things that could be going on here as you can probably imagine. This could be due to anything including an early gastroenteritis, a toxicity or poisoning, an allergic reaction to something, or even an internal organ or endocrine issue.
Because there are such a range of things that could be going on here, you will need to continue to keep a very close eye
on Andy. Don't give your boy any human medications or anything else like this at home, as often these can make things worse as many human meds are toxic
to dogs. Make sure Andy has plenty of fresh water and try to encourage him to drink.
For now, please keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:
Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.
Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.
Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.
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