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my dog wont eat or drink anything - he had a rabies shot on

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my dog won't eat or drink anything - he had a rabies shot on Tuesday. Took him to our vet yesterday and he thought he had an intestinal "thing" going on. Have clavamox to give him but he won't eat or drink anything
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

Hi, I am Dr. Peter and would like to help.


1- Any vomiting or diarrhea?

2- Is he lethargic?

3- Take a look at his gums and see if they are pink like yours or pale?

4- Can you take a rectal temperature?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
no vomiting or diarrhea - he is lethargic, gums are pink, temperature is normal
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

The symptoms your dog is exhibiting are very non specific. It is common after a rabies vaccine for dogs to be more quiet for a day or two. But, what you are describing appears to be more than just due to the rabies vaccine. You need to speak to your vet to do some testing like blood work +/- xrays. If he won't take the clavamox in food you need to open his mouth and place the pill as far back on the base of the tongue. Close his mouth and direct it upwards while rubbing his throat to make him swallow it. Follow up with your veterinarian.


If you have additional questions I will be glad to answer them.


Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
how long can he survive without eating or drinking?
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.
Without food he can go a couple of weeks or more depending on his fat reserve. Without water several days. You can try to pick a dropper in your local pet store and try to get him to drink. Or, if you have access to ER veterinarian have him checked today; they can give him fluids and keep him hydrated until they can run some test to figure out why he is anorexic and lethargic.