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I have a black lab mix, shes lethargic, wont eat or drink,

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I have a black lab mix, shes lethargic, wont eat or drink, shes crying although no visible signs of injury. She also is very clingy, she keeps going to walls and just stairs... what is wrong
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Christi Belew replied 3 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I'd like to help you and Pita. I do need to ask a few more questions to better assess the situation.

1. How long ago did this start?

2. What is her age? Is she spayed?

3. Any vomiting or diarrhea?

4. When you call her name, does she respond to you? (turns to look, comes over, etc)

5. When you lift her lip, are her gums pink?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
This morning, she's 7 yrs old. She is not spayed, she does acknowledge when i call her name, but she literally will not leave my side. This is not het normal behavior. She is not vomiting or diarrhea, she ate and drank this morning with no problem. She now is just staring into the wall, or whatever shes facing and actually seems kinda creepy. Her gums are pink.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She does not acknowledge when i call her name...
Expert:  Christi Belew replied 3 months ago.

Anytime there is abnormal neurological behavior, we worry about toxins, seizures, etc. Does she have a head tilt? Circling to one side? Difficulty walking (like dragging a foot?). The stopping to stare at the wall could be low blood sugar (even though she ate), a focal seizure, pain, dizziness (like her equilibrium).

She would benefit greatly from a thorough exam by a veterinarian, who can do a neurological exam and see what is triggering this.

Not acknowledging you is most like a focal seizure. I would strongly suggest a vet visit. They will want to run some baseline bloodwork to make sure her liver and thyroid are working normally, then they can make recommendations for treatment.

Expert:  Christi Belew replied 3 months ago.

Any chance she got into any medication (I always let people know, we do not care if it's illegal, we do not report that). The sudden random onset makes me think toxin or accidental medication ingestion.

If I have answered your questions, please kindly rate me (that is how I am compensated for my time). If not, please reply back and I am happy to answer further questions. Thank you.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
She is not exhibitting any other symptoms that you have asked. Although she is an outdoor dog, she never wants v to come in, since this b morning, she is inside and will not leave my side. Over the past 7 yrs, i have rescued 12 dogs, basically i have pack dogs, which is odd that she wants to remain inside. I have only 3 left, which i intend to keep, since she has eaten and has gone to the bathroom, i know her organs are ok for the time being. If she gets worse or remains the same, i will take her to her vet tomorrow. Does that sound ok or do you think she needs attention now?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Did you get my last part/question to this conversation?
Expert:  Christi Belew replied 3 months ago.

I apologize for the delay! Yes, I think monitoring her overnight should be fine. If at any point she is breathing really hard, extremely lethargic, develops a grand mal seizure (on her side, legs rigid or trembling), then I'd recommend seeing the ER.

If I have answered your questions, please kindly rate me (that is how I am compensated for my time). If not, please reply back and I am happy to answer further questions. Thank you.

Expert:  Christi Belew replied 3 months ago.

Hello, I wanted to follow up and see how Pita is doing?

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