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Hello, my name is Kathy,

I have an elderly dog about ten years old and he just all of sudden got really quiet, won't eat, won't play, won't let me pet him much and is breathing a bit strangely compared to the other dog we have, his nose is also running so badly that it is dripping on the floor from where he is laying on the couch. What can cause this, and what should I do. He was playing this morning, but now not so good.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jenn, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
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Hi there

This behavior is a cause for concern-especially because of his age! Things to be concerned about would be neck/back pain, respiratory infection, or even a heart related issue which could cause fluid to come from the nose. Your baby REALLY needs to be seen by a vet-the sooner the better so we can begin the appropriate treatment before things get worse. Hopefully there is an emergency clinic in your area. Dr. Jenn

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
How urgently does he need a vet. His owner isn't home and drives a truck otr, and I don't know that I can get him to the vet..
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jenn, Dog Veterinarian replied 8 years ago
From what you are describing, it would be best for him to be seen tonight.-if that is not possible then I would get him in first thing in the morning!
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