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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Maggie is so sick tonight. First I am going to ask a few more questions to get a better picture of what is going on with her-
-can you look at her gums? What color are they? They should be a nice medium pink color.
-can you take her temperature? Does she have a fever?
-is her belly swollen and soft or is it very hard?
-what allergy medications did your vet prescribe?
Please let me know the answers to these questions so that I can help you today,
Okay. Did she have extra exercise today?
Could she have gotten into anything like the trash, plants, medications, etc?
Does she seem to be in pain anywhere? Common places are the neck and lower back in large breed dogs.
Also, abdominal pain is something to look for as well.
Does she seem to be in pain anywhere?
What medications did your regular vet give her for allergies? Is she still taking them?
Okay, that is pretty mild stuff. It does have prednisone in it, but at a really low dose.
Do you have any dog pain medication at home?
Do you have a dog ER near you?
I am wondering about pain.
We have ruled out some of the really bad things considering that she has pink gum color and a soft belly. (including tumor of the spleen, bloat, internal bleeding, etc)
Pancreatitis is high on the list as well, since she doesn't want to eat.
Usually supportive care such as anti-nausea medication, pain medication, fluids. Most dogs recover completely within days.
It can be from a high fat meal, but it can also come from no where, with no inciting cause found.
Okay. That sounds good. I will be online for a few more hours if you have any more questions.
Pain can cause increased breathing rate without being labored.
If her breathing is labored, that could be lung disease, like pneumonia, heart disease, lung cancer and other causes.