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My dog in dehydrated running nose and loseing hair she was

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My dog in dehydrated running nose and loseing hair she was finevwhen I went out of town
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Teresa, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Unfortunately, while important symptoms, dehydration, a runny nose, and losing hair aren't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. To know how urgent it is for Spot to be attended to by her vet, I need you to check her vital signs for me:

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

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

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her 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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