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. K Your Own Question
Dr. K
Dr. K, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 7544
Experience:  13 years experience as Veterinarian
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. K is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog is suddenly drawn, ribs showing and spine sticking up.

Customer Question

My dog is suddenly drawn, ribs showing and spine sticking up. She is drooling and her gums are white. She will not eat. She is a 5 month old blue heeler. what could be the problem, i don't have the money to go to a vet.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. K replied 8 years ago.

If your dog is in this condition, especially with "white" gums...then this is a true medical emergency which requires immediate veterinary attention. White gums are a sing of poor blood perfusion, usually due either to severe anemia or internal bleeding. Your dog needs to go to an emergency room right away.

If finances are of concern in this case, there are many organizations that exist to help with this. I am listing some of them here for you to contact and see how they might assist you.

American Animal Hospital Association _ _" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

__Angels 4 Animals _ _"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment _to those pets and pet owners in need."

__Care Credit _ _A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. _"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget."

__God's Creatures Ministry _ "This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."

__Help-A-Pet _ "Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor."

__IMOM _ "We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged."

__The Pet Fund _ "The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care."

I hope that this information is of help to you, and I wish you the best of luck with your puppy. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Dr. K