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Our sh*tzu is about 6 years old and has recently developed some strange symptoms that last from 2 hrs to 2 days and won't reappear from anywhere to a week to a month. She can't stand, tries to sit but wobbles, will dart off to another room suddenly to turn right back around and try to sit. She will not lie down the whole time she is acting this way. When she does finally sit it is in a hunched like position. Today she has developed a new sympton..a dry raspy cough. She is drinking a lot but won't eat. She did have diahrrea yesterday. This is not my dog but my roomates and I'm concerned because he won't take her to the vet because he doesn't have the money. Please help me by providing some sort of direction so that I can persuade him to get her help. Thanks! Tricia   [email protected]
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
She may have a spine injury that bothers her from time to time making her ability to walk sit and stand unstable or uncomfortable.
The diarhea and cough may be unrelated and be caused by parasites such as worms or coccidia or giardia.
Call your local animal shelter and ask if they can refer you to a low cost vet or one who works with low income. Sometimes vets will take payments and you can also use a company such as www.carecredit.com to finance vet care for your pet. So you can see if your roommate will do that.
If he is not getting the dog groomed some of the symptoms may be from pain of infection under the coat.
Hope this helps you!

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