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Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
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I don't really know what to do I was away this weekend and

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I don't really know what to do I was away this weekend and just picked up my little 12 lb Maltese-Shitzu dog and she is really shivery and shaky and she is super lethargic. What should I check for or do???
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 11 months ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb.I recently came online and see that your question about Chewey hasn't been answered. I'm so sorry that you've had to wait for a response, but if you still need assistance, I'd like to help if I can. If Chewey is still not acting like herself, the following are things which you can evaluate to assess her situation: 1. I'd take her temperature since many dogs will shiver and shake when they're running a fever. Normal is between 100 and 102.5.Of course, then we'd have to wonder why her temperature is elevated. Tick disease, bacterial or viral infection, autoimmune diseases are all possible explanations.2. Check her gums. They should be pale pink not white or blue or deep red (although they might be near the gum line if she has gingivitis).3. Count the number of breaths she's taking per minute which should be 15-30. Of course, if she's running a fever, this number might be higher than this. If it's significantly higher, such as 50-60 breaths per minute, then this may be cause for concern.4. She should be responsive to you when you call her name or talk to her. So, if her temperature is high, if her gums are not pale pink, if her respiratory rate if high or labored, or she's non-responsive, then a vet visit would be prudent. I hope this helps although, again, my profuse apologies for the delayed reply. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 11 months ago.
Hello again,I'm just checking in on Chewey. How has she been doing? Deb