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My dog just started shaking like he has the chills and he was

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My dog just started shaking like he has the chills and he was limping yesterday
Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name isXXXXX will try to help.
I am sorry to hear Milo is not feeling well.
Is he still limping?
Is he eating and drinking as usual?
Could you get a thermometer and take his temperature to see if he has a fever?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He isn't limping anymore. He is drinking but not eating as much. I don't have a thermometer. He doesn't seem to have the chills anymore

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX he back to normal now?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No he seems very tired and didn't eat yet

Ok, it would be great if you could go to the store and buy a thermometer. Just get the human kind. Put a little vaseline, or ky jelly, on the tip. Insert it into the rectum for three minutes or until it beeps.
The can have "chills" if they have a fever, they are too cold, or they are in pain.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok I'll get a thermometer what is a normal temp for a dog

A normal temperature for a dog is 100-102.5 F. Let me know what you get. : )
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thank you.
So his temperature is normal which is good.
If he were limping, then I would say he is shaking from the pain.
Dogs usually eat even when they have a broken leg so I am thinking he may be having abdominal pain or gastrointestinal upset.
You can try giving him pepto bismal at a dose of 1/3 of a tablet, or 1 teaspoon, per 10 pounds of dog. You can give it every 6 hours as needed.
If you do not have pepto bismal where you live, you can give pepcid ac or zantac. Those are human stomach acid reducer. 1/4 of a tablet, per 10 pounds of dog, every 12 hours as needed.
See if he will eat a treat like peanut butter on a biscuit, cheese, or lunch meat.
He can go 12 hours without drinking and 24 hours without eating.
Any longer then that then he should see a vet.
Also look in his mouth, if he has dental, or mouth, pain then he could refuse to eat and tremble. Look for redness, swelling, tartar build up, and a bad odor. Any of those can indicate a dental issue.
Make sure his gums are pink and moist. If they look pale/white he could be anemic, in shock, or dehydrated. His gums should feel moist to the touch. If they are dry and sticky, the he needs more fluids. You can give him water, or low sodium broth, with a syringe or eye dropper.
His breed is also known to have spinal issues. Try palpating down his back and push on one bony vertebrae at a time. If you get a pain response, then it is probably his back causing the problem.
I hope this helps.
If you have additional questions, please click "reply."
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Hi Lorraine,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Milo. How is everything going?

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