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My dog is panting, committed once and can't stand

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My dog is panting, committed once and can't stand
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Thanks for asking your question. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Did she get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?

3- Any pre existing medical conditions?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Since 5 am, I don't think so no pre existing conditions
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He was fine at 5:00 am this morning, he threw up once and will not stand
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

1- Have you tried to stand her up? If so, is she able to support her weight?

2- Any other symptoms?

3- Prior to 5 a.m. she was completely normal, correct?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Prior to 5 am he was fine but doesn't want to stand
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

1- Can you try to get him up and see if he is able to support his weight?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I will try
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

okay

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He does not want to stand
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He is alert
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He had rabies shot a week ago and flea meds on flea meds on Wednesday
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Friend, when a dog is not willing or losses the ability to stand we need to try to determine if this is the result of a primary neuromuscular disorder or secondary to a systemic disease. For example, a dog with a slipped disc will not have the ability to stand because of the disc compressing the spinal cord. Or, if the dog is systemically like if he/she had: Kidney or liver disease, infections, a tumor, heart disease, etc. they may refused to stand up because they do not feel well. The fact that he vomited I am inclined to believe this could be related to a systemic disease as mentioned above. However, neuromuscular disorders need to be ruled out as well.

In this case unfortunately we are very limited as to what you can do at home. I would strongly recommend having him checked this morning by nearest veterinarian, do not wait. Most of the above mentioned diseases could have a fatal outcome if he is not treated promptly. In addition, if related to a slipped disc the longer he goes untreated the less likely he will recover. Unfortunately not much I can recommend for you to try at home, I am sorry.

I realize that this answer may not be entirely to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
He is very alert and the panting has subsided
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

Those are good signs. I would however have him checked this morning.

Please reply if you have additional questions.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
What are you most concerned about
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The panting or that he doesn't want to stand
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

The panting is only a symptom, this could be a sign of pain, stress or an underlying heart or lung disease. So, I am really concern of all the diseases I listed above. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing which is the underlying cause without a hands on examination as all have similar symptoms.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
You were wrong, it was strong reaction from flea meds, all organs and bloodwork good
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

No friend, I was not wrong I did not examine your dog. And you failed to say you had used any medication. I specifically asked you if she had gotten into anything and you said no (please read above). But, I am happy to learn I was able to influence you to seek veterinary help. Thank you for the update. :)

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Read above I said he had rabies shot and flea meds on Wednesday
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 months ago.

And you said he was fine at 5 a.m. I have opted out so another expert can help you.