How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask S. August Abbott, CAS Your Own Question

S. August Abbott, CAS
S. August Abbott, CAS, Own Animal Care/Rescue Org.
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 7388
Experience:  We rescue what others leave behind; Animal Care author; Behavior & Nutrition Consults
1604863
Type Your Dog Question Here...
S. August Abbott, CAS is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog has a fever, dry nose, no appetite and has high ...

Customer Question

My dog has a fever, dry nose, no appetite and has high respiratory rate with shallow breaths. What can we treat her with until we can get her to a vet? She weight approx 10 Ibs.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 8 years ago.

If her fever is 104 or higher it's a medical emergency. Use cool compresses on her neck area/head, 'armpits' and thighs.


You can try to offer (unflavored) pedialyte to keep her hydrated, but most important is getting her temp down on the way to the vet where (s)he can administer fluids as necessary.


http://www.dog.com/information/fever.asp


Labored breathing is another urgent care symptom.


http://www.seefido.com/html/dog_has_fever_symptom.htm


I wouldn't delay having her seen by a vet, even if it's an emergency visit. Please


S. August Abbott, CAS, Own Animal Care/Rescue Org.
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 7388
Experience: We rescue what others leave behind; Animal Care author; Behavior & Nutrition Consults
S. August Abbott, CAS and 6 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to TheCaretaker's Post: Her temp is 99.4. Can I give her aspirin?
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 8 years ago.

Wait - that's not a temp for a dog. Actually, it's the opposite.


Her temp should be between 100-102.5


http://hypertextbook.com/facts/1999/JieYaoHuang.shtml


While aspirin is fine for dogs - this size dog shouldn't have more than a 'baby aspirin' once every 12 hours unless a vet advises differently.


The non-eating, dry nose, low temp, labored breathing are still indicative of urgent care needed.


Is she at least drinking? Moving about? Has she urinated/defecated? Were they normal? Diarrhea? Strong urine or frequent urination?


Has she had her vaccinations? Is there any coughing or sneezing? Any vomiting?



Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to TheCaretaker's Post: I gave her 50mg of aspirin last night. She was a little better this morning. My husband is taking her to the vet today. Thanks for your help!
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 8 years ago.

You did just perfect! Not too much aspirin and a vet visit.


Thank you for being such good people to this animal. She's a very, very lucky dog!


Let me know how it turns out ok?


JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Dog Specialist
S. August Abbott, CAS
S. August Abbott, CAS
Etiquette consultant
1082 Satisfied Customers
We rescue what others leave behind; Animal Care author; Behavior & Nutrition Consults