Dog Veterinary

Ask a dog vet and get answers to your dog health questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My dod is sick. He can only walk a few feet. He is not eating,

Customer Question
however he is drinking a...
My dod is sick. He can only walk a few feet. He is not eating, however he is drinking a little bit. He can't lay on either of his sides, he only lays upwards. I noticed that his heart is pounding extremely hard. Also, he is experiencing frequent muscle spasms. Please help.
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 4 minutes by:
6/30/2015
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
Dr. Barbara
Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1,614
Experience: Over 30 years experience in veterinary medicine and surgery.
Verified
Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and would like to help you and Dumbo today. I'm so sorry to hear that Dumbo is so sick, doesn't have the energy to walk much, and can't lay down on either side. Along with his pounding heart I think that he may be in congestive heart failure. Has Dumbo been previously diagnosed with a heart problem? Is he on any medications at all? Does he take a monthly heartworm preventative?
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

No we have never given him any heart medication. He has never shown signs of heart problems. But he is fully vaccinated. Also, his belly is pulsing really hard. This pulse, is more on his lower-left side.

Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
Where do you live? You have no mosquitoes and Dumbo doesn't travel anywhere there are mosquitoes?Also, would you check the color of his gums for me? They should be moist and pink, and they should blanch when you push on them, and then the color should return in 2 seconds or less.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
Has Dumbo been coughing in the recent past?
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

In fact he does cough frequently. When he does cough, he will cough for about 15 seconds at a time. We currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and I do not believe mosquitoes too big of a problem in our area. His gums seem to be okay.

At this point, his entire abdomen is pulsing extremely hard. And his head and neck are shaking. Also, I have not seen him open his jaw once since this started happening. These symptoms started last night and seem to be getting worse, fast.

Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
I encourage you to get him to emergency care! He may have heartworm as the cause of his heart disease and lung disease (coughing) or he may have valve disease.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
For all of us, the thought of emergency care is daunting, but I believe that this is his only hope of possible survival!We do have a credit company called Care Credit. They make it possible to get approved for credit on the spot, and then don't charge you any interest generally for the first 6 months. This makes good veterinary care possible for most of us. The other way would be to have had health insurance, but honestly I think this doesn't cost any more than health insurance premiums in the long run.
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

Thank you for your help. But unfortunately, Dumbo did not make it through the night. He started having seizures. The veterinarian could not figure out what was wrong with him. She suspected that there were multiple causes.

Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Barbara, Dog Veterinarian replied 3 years ago
I'm am so, so sorry for you loss of Dumbo! Losing a beloved pet is often more devastating than losing a close human in our lives, and I hope you have the support there as you go through this time of grief.If I can be of help to you during this time, just let me know. Also, we have counselors and therapists available on here.In deepest empathy for you,Dr. Barbara
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a dog veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. John Your Own Question
Dr. John
Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 6,176
6,176 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience

Dr. John is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

904 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,499 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

10,818 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

10,089 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

9,808 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

8,947 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
His left back hind leg has had muscle spasms a little bit-
His left back hind leg has had muscle spasms a little bit- with little tremors under the skin for 24 hours now. He is eating and drinking. His gait does seem slow at times and just a little wobbly at … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,195 satisfied customers
Our 11 year old male Boxer has been suffering with arthritis
Our 11 year old male Boxer has been suffering with arthritis and now is experiencing muscle spasms in his back right leg. … read more
Dr. Denise
Dr. Denise
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
532 satisfied customers
My dog ate cookies with chocolate and peanut butter. Help!
I have a hound, he weighs about 80 lbs he ate about 6 girl scout cookies peanut butter inside, chocolate outside. What should I do?… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,415 satisfied customers
I have a reindeer chihuahua/miniature pincer mix who has
I have a reindeer chihuahua/miniature pincer mix who has begun to cough and is having difficulty breathing to the point he's struggling to take a breath and has been holding his head back as if to kee… read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,483 satisfied customers
Dog acting weird after neutering? Licking anus constantly?
I have a Silky Terrier that I found on the street about a month ago. I took it to get neutered and he took shots and was tested for various diseases at the same time. I was told that he is completely … read more
DrMelJ
DrMelJ
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
377 satisfied customers
My dachshund started getting a strong pulsh in her neck under
My dachshund started getting a strong pulsh in her neck under her mouth - she was walking around fine - but did seem sad - she was not breathing hard and would bark - she is sleeping now and it seems … read more
dvs1986
dvs1986
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
256 satisfied customers
My 6 pound Yorkie is walking in tight circles. I have palpitated
My 6 pound Yorkie is walking in tight circles. I have palpitated her belly and extremities and all seem fine. Any thoughts?… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
8,947 satisfied customers
Hi i was talking to you earlier about my dog Bobby, and i
Hi i was talking to you earlier about my dog Bobby, and i fed him some chicken broth, and he seemes to be in a little bit of better spirits, however my sister noticed something that i didnt, that he s… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
yorkshire terrier: pound..hiccups..its reverse breathing..discomfort
what can I do to cure my dog( three pound yorkshire terrier) of the hiccups? He's never had them before. I don't think its reverse breathing, because his heart rate is normal and doesn't at all seem t… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,615 satisfied customers
tongue..careful his back legs wobble and he almost falls over..weaker
my Beagel has muscle spasms, stiffness and he keeps sticking his tongue out. He will walk a bit then stop and stiffen up and if he is not careful his back legs wobble and he almost falls over. One sid… read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
752 satisfied customers
poodle: My 14 yo min...listless..shaky and weak in his back legs..pet
My 14 yo min. poodle is listless but eating. He is shaky and weak in his back legs, drags his feet somewhat, and has head spasms when exposed to bright sunlight and, now, at times, when I move my hand… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,328 satisfied customers
German Shepherd: front leg, stuck in his crate..limping
Hello, I have a 3 month old German Shepherd pup. He got one of his middle toes ,on the front leg, stuck in his crate for about 2 seconds and was limping for days. I couldn't afford to take him to the … read more
DrLucy
DrLucy
Small Animal Veterinarian
DVM
146 satisfied customers
mini schnauzer: my 11 year..11 year old..beside me..his favorite chair
Last night I woke up to my 11 year old mini schnauzer laying beside me with what seems to be rhythmic spasms in his romp area. They have continued into this morning and he seems hesitant to jump up on… read more
Dr. Sawyer
Dr. Sawyer
Doctoral Degree
135 satisfied customers
My 10 month old Chocolate lab is having a hard time standing
My 10 month old Chocolate lab is having a hard time standing up. He often falls down when walking or going up stairs. He sometimes favors his left back leg but there is no swelling. What could be wron… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
My yorkie was shaking and hiding. My vet put him in a week
My yorkie was shaking and hiding. My vet put him in a week of rimadyl he didn't get better so now he has been on prednisone for 3 days. He is not getting any better. He has had recent bloodwork and hi… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
miniature Schnauzer: urinating..poop..lick..yelps..kidney stones true
I have a miniature Schnauzer that is having pain. He is urinating with no blood, and poop is normal but he trembles and is trying to lick his anus, and jumps and sometimes yelps as he tucks his back e… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
Hello, We have a 5 year old mix breed (mostly Akita) named
Hello, We have a 5 year old mix breed (mostly Akita) named Mickey. He is having leg pain and limps from time to time. He cannot put weight on his right hind leg. X-ray shows that he has a little bit o… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
9,808 satisfied customers
I have a daschaund, 15 lbs, suddenly acting as if he is in
I have a daschaund, 15 lbs, suddenly acting as if he is in pain. He stopped jumping off the bed and couch. At times he seems better. Now he is back to yelping if he moves a certain way, slow in moveme… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Emergency/Critical Care Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9,712 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x