Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Veterinary Questions
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
2- Did she get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
3- Any other symptoms?
1- Is she walking?
2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?
3- Can you take her rectal temperature?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, lethargy and decrease appetite are very non-specific symptoms and can be related to many different medical conditions that affect dogs. It will be difficult to determine the exact underlying cause on history alone as she is not showing other symptoms. But, common possible causes are: A fever, infections, ingestion of a foreign body, kidney or liver disease, etc. to name a few causes. In this case, your dog will need a hands on examination by a veterinarian, blood work (chemistry profile & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test to determine the exact underlying cause. Treatment will be based on clinical and diagnostic findings. In the meantime, offer her a bland diet of rice & boiled boneless chicken or ground beef. If possible blend the food and force feed her small amounts 4-6 times a day. Follow up with family veterinarian for a hands on examination.
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