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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 5 year old drahthaar began limping, upon closer examination

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My 5 year old drahthaar began limping, upon closer examination I realized his right back leg is painful with extension. He seems to have fever as his testicles are enlarged and hanging about 6 inches lower than usual. He is also breathing diaphragmatic. He doesn't appear dehydrated. But he has lost weight since I last saw him 10 days ago. It is also noted he has not eaten in several days. There also is slimy puss like discharge from his rectum.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please note I am a nurse (on humans, not dogs) but I have assessed him just as I would s human and provided as much info as I can. I have been away on vacation and has someone tending my animals. None of the others are ill or exhibit any s/sx.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Such a profoundly symptomatic dog requires the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. His abdominal breathing alone should dictate an emergency visit and X-rays of his chest. The finding of lameness, orchitis (inflammation of the testicles), dyspnea (difficult breathing), discharge from his rectum (pus, mucus?), and weight loss suggests a systemic infection (life-threatening sepsis) but doesn't clarify what type of infection is present. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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