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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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Lethargic and somewhat weak at trying to get up from the

Customer Question

Lethargic and somewhat weak at trying to get up from the back end?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Male European Great Dane puppy 6 weeks old. Weighs 10lbs
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about European Great Dane?
Customer: Out of the 6 in the litter he is the only one acting like this.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with this pup. I need to differentiate weakness in the rear end due to a general weakness (as would be more likely because he's also lethargic) from a congenital (present at birth) skeletal defect. Please check his vital signs for me...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

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