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My dog won't eat and her gums are pale, and she's 4, she has

Customer Question

my dog won't eat and her gums are pale
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bailey and she's 4
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bailey?
Customer: she has a hernia from her umbilical cord from when she was born
Submitted: 5 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Stacy replied 5 days ago.

Thank you for your question. My name is***** I have been a small animal veterinarian for 14 years and I'd like to help with your question.

Pale gums are usually caused by either anemia or low blood pressure, both of which are very serious. Can you tell me a bit more. When did she first become ill? Does she have any other signs such as vomiting or diarrhea? Could she have gotten into anything... such as rat bait?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
she first became sick about a week ago. and yes she vomited 8 times yesterday
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
no there's no way she has gotten to anything
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
she vomited bile because it was like yellow foam
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Expert:  Dr. Stacy replied 5 days ago.

With no chance of rat bait and (from what your have told me) no evidence that she is having any bleeding then the pale gums are likely to be from low blood pressure. This is very concerning. It can happen with sepsis from pancreatitis or an intestinal twist or foreign body. There is very little you can do at home to help her. She really needs IV fluids to keep her hydrated and raise her blood pressure.

I would strongly recommend that you fine an emergency vet to get her to as soon as possible. You can try to get fluids in her orally, but it will not help with her blood pressure and with the vomiting she is unlikely to be able to hold down enough to hydrate her.

Expert:  Dr. Stacy replied 5 days ago.

I'm sorry I can't offer more for you to do at home, but I would try to get her to an emergency clinic today.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Ok. Thank you
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I will take her to the vet ASAP
Expert:  Dr. Stacy replied 5 days ago.

Best wishes!