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 Dr. Bruce Your Own Question
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 17649
Experience:  15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Bruce is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog is eating and drinking. pooping and peeing.He is only

This answer was rated:

My dog is eating and drinking. pooping and peeing.He is only 2 years old. He has been lethargic for 4 days. Vet took X-rays of digestive system no blockage or foreign objects. Blood work showed nothing and he has no temperature. He does not run or greet and trouble going up stairs. It's like he has turned into an old man. What has my vet missed cause all this cost $650, and no diagnosis?

Welcome. I'm Dr. Bruce and I've been a small animal veterinarian for over 12 years. Thank you for your question. I'm sorry that Today's not feeling well. To best help, I need to ask some questions.

1) How long has he been vomiting? When did it start?
2) How long ago was the x-rays and blood work?
3) Does he eat things he shouldn't?
4) Did they parvo virus test him?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yoda only vomited yesterday after I gave him 3 tsp of castor oil mixed in his food. The symptoms of lethargy started Friday sept 30. He was fine the night before when I took him for walk. X-rays and blood work were done on Saturday along with 2 enemas. Had a good size poop on Sunday. Actually perked up for about 5 mins.
Yes he does try to eat stuff on walks and we have had occasions where he has chewed eraser or pencils.
No I asked vet about para virus and he said no to that. Did not test him for that should I go back and ask for that to be done?
Thanks for that information Susan. After the vomit yesterday, has he been eating and drinking normally today?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
We fed him a smaller portion and he ate it all. No vomit today.
That is good that he ate all his food today and hasn't had any more vomiting. When they did blood work, did they check a CBC (white and red blood cell count) as well as a chemistry panel (looking at how his liver and kidneys were working)?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
He did a 13 chemistry blood work and told me all was good. I have read that sometimes these tests can be misleading? Could he have an infection without a temperature? We need our puppy to be healthy again!
Typically an infection is something that is picked up on / suspected for when a patient has a fever and also has an elevation of white blood cells on their CBC. Can one have an infection and not have this? I've seen cases like that so it isn't an absolute that he doesn't have one. It would just not be that suspect for him. That is good that the 13 chemistry blood work was all good as that covers a lot of organs and their functions. Sometimes tests have to be correctly interpreted in light of the situation, but if they are normal, then that should be accurate. It is good again that he's eating and drinking. If he was still vomiting or not eating / drinking, then my concern would be hedged towards the intestinal tract as x-rays are not 100% complete for ruling out intestinal blockage. I've seen cases where blockages have been present and plain films are not interesting. Parvo virus can happen in dogs and look like this, but I would be more apt to test for it if he wasn't eating or vomiting again.

At this point, one thing to consider with him is Lyme's testing to see if there is a chance of Lyme disease. It is a quick blood test. Another thing to consider is a trial of oral pain medication to see if that helps the situation. Some can have nonspecific soft tissue injuries that just "hamper" or "slow" down a dog and they need time and rest to get over it.

I know you want Today to get back to his normal self and I'm hoping that he'll be there soon!
Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 17649
Experience: 15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
Dr. Bruce and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Hi Susan,

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

Dr. Bruce

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... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...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
< Previous | 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

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Joan's Avatar


    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • Candy's Avatar


    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • 's Avatar

    Satisfied Customers:

  • Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew


    Satisfied Customers:

    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery