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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping I can help you with your Chocolate Lab today. Does she have any history of relevant health problems?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Does her belly seem distended? Does her gums or mucous membranes appear pale or do they look pink?
Okay based on what you are describing with the pale mucous membranes and the lethargy, one thing I would be concerned about would be internal bleeding. With the breed your dog is one common cause of internal bleeding is often a tumor on the spleen called a hemangiosarcoma. These tumors can bleed then stop which could explain why she may seem a little better. When the tumor starts bleeding again then she will get worse. These tumors are often diagnosed by x-rays and ultrasound. Another cause of lethargy I would be concerned about is immune mediated hemolytic anemia. This is when the body starts attacking its own red blood cells. Lab work can help confirm this condition. With the pale mucous membranes and the heavy panting, I would recommend that she sees a veterinarian to rule out an emergency.
Unfortunately not. Those above disorders all require intensive care if they are to be corrected. This could include hospitalization with intravenous fluids, blood tranfusions, and even possibly emergency surgery if a tumor is found. Anytime you have pale or pale pink membranes associated with the signs you are describing it usually indicates a very critical and urgent health situation. With exhaustion you would expect her to recover quicker. Since you mentioned that she is drinking excessively it is very unlikely it is due to just dehydration. She may be feeling thirsty because of possible blood loss.
Okay I would also keep an eye on her gums, if it gets more pale then I would have her seen as soon as possible. If you concerned about your budget you may still want to take her in somewhere to check her blood count. They can do a simplified test called a hemotacrit or packed cell volume which will tell you if she is anemic. That shouldn't cost you more then $100 even with the emergency visit. At least that will tell you if she is in a critical state and needs emergency treatment
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If she has been an active dog most of her life and hasn't had any issues in the past I would think it is unlikely. Something significant would have had to change for her to all of a sudden have a problem with extreme activity. So basically she would have to have an underlying condition whether it is a heart condition, blood loss, or problem with the lungs that would not allow her to tolerate this activity.
That would depend on what the veterinarian finds on the physical exam. If a mass is felt in the abdomen during the exam then a abdominal x-ray would be the most crucial if you had to choose. If the veterinarian just find pale mucous membranes then lab work would be the most crucial to r/o blood loss. Ideally both should be done but when deciding between the two you have to think which will give you the most information to help you make the best decision for your dog.
Keep in mind you may have a little more flexibility in options regarding blood work so depending how much money you have to work with, you may still be able to do both.
So you may able to do a lower end blood test and still take an x-ray and find out enough information.
It depends, I have seen tumors grow very quickly especially that type in some instances so that can't be completely ruled out. So it could have been still too small to be felt. Sometimes they may not be detected until a x-ray is performed. If it is an issue where the blood cells are being attacked by their own body then that would not have been detected on the physical exam at that time and that condition could come on suddenly
No problem. Let me know if you have any further questions. Hopefully you can find out what is going with her quickly and you can find a easy solution for it.
So sorry to hear about your beloved dog Sasha :( My condolences to you.