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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog name is ***** ***** is 11 weeks old he just had his 2nd

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Hi my dog name is ***** ***** is 11 weeks old he just had his 2nd round of shots on Tuesday and today he isn't eating and head rocking and balance is off he also had a bath yesterday can you help me figure out what can be wrong with him thanks
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Jax's head rocking (tremors?) and being off balance (ataxia/"drunken sailor") are worrisome symptoms of intoxication by prescription or recreational drug, a chemical, or perhaps insecticide. Did he have access to anything like that? Encephalopathy (brain disorder) needs to be considered as well - infectious or congenital (present at birth/birth defect), mainly.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
He had shots 3 days ago and no to the other he shakes like he's cold
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Can you take his rectal temperature for me? Any body thermometer placed 1" into his rectum for 1 minute will do. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. Please check his gum and tongue color as well. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues). Finally please check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute. Please let me know what you find.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
His breath is normal his gums look pink ant I don't have a temp he is just sleeping and won't eat or drink and he haven't been to the bathroom since this morning he was fine then
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
He may be experiencing a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to his last vaccines. Please have his vet take a look at him tomorrow. Such a reaction can be countered by administering a glucocorticosteroid such as prednisone. Have his head rocking stopped and balance improved since you posted earlier?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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