Thank you for your question regarding your 8 year old boy Kyro who has been off food, drooling and with a runny nose. As you can probably appreciate, there are quite a number of possible causes for these symptoms in your boy including anything from a toxicity or poisoning, to an early gastroenteritis, to even an internal organ issue. Hopefully he is drinking well and not vomiting at all.
You are going to need to continue to keep a close eye
on him for a while if you can. Continue to try and encourage him to drink, and perhaps try him with a few different types of food to convince him to eat something.
Please also keep a close eye on his mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:
Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.
Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.
Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.
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