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We have a 15 year old Golden Retriever. She has been

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We have a 15 year old Golden Retriever. She has been lethargic for a could of days and has not eaten in 3 days including today. She drinks water, but throws it up within minutes. Temp was 100.5 yesterday. She must be dehydrated. She's typically pretty healthy for her age. Worried about her not able to eat or dehydration over weekend. Should we try to get to a vet or is there something else we should consider first?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry that Mattie isn't feeling well.

If she had only been "off" for a day or two, then I might not be as worried; dogs will have off days now and again but then bounce right back to their normal selves. But since it's been three days since she's eaten on her own and is vomiting after she drinks and she's also lethargic, I share your concern that she's may be dehydrated and that something else may be going on with her.

Given her age, she could have issues with her kidneys or liver or pancreas or even spleen such that the longer she waits to be diagnosed and treated, the more serious her situation might become.

These older dogs simply don't have the reserves of their younger counterparts and it doesn't take much for them to deteriorate very quickly. Even forcing fluids into them (if they aren't vomiting) is often not enough to keep up with their fluid requirements.

I typically would possibly suggest otc medication such as Pepcid AC but I don't think it will be an effective solution to her problem, unfortunately.

If you could have her seen today, that would be my recommendation.

I hope this helps and that she'll be ok. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello again,

I'm just following up on Mattie. How are things going with her? Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Mattie. How is everything going?
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