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Puppy in Shock

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We have a new puppy today that has not been to the vet (we'll take her tomorrow). She has played a little, but mostly she is lethargic, sleepy and has fast shallow breathing. She has played a little and seemed much more energetic a few hours ago. Is she in shock? Does she need to go to the vet today rather than tomorrow?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
To check for shock - look at her gums, her tongue and the inner lower eyelid to see if these areas are pale or white or bluish colored. That would indicate shock. If the refill rate is slow - ie if you push on the pink gum or tongue it should come right back pink like your fingernail does when pressed - of color comes back only very slowly then that also might be a sign of shock.
She might just be tired - baby pups play some, then sleep some, and all the excitement of a new home, and being away from all that is familiar may have tired the puppy out.
You can try giving the pup a dollop of Karo syrup on the tongue or some sugar water to drink (a tablespoon of sugar in a cup of water) and see if that perks her up.
Baby pups need to eat often and can run low on blood sugar.
If that perks her up feed her a small meal and then let her rest.
See the vet Monday for a well puppy check up.
Hope this helps you!
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: Hi Nancy,

Thanks for the advice. I will follow it carefully.

Dan

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