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I"m Ed, my dog killed a skunk this morning. she keeps pacing

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Hi I"m Ed, my dog killed a skunk this morning. she keeps pacing around and is really panting heavily and drinking alot of water
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.

Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry the expert you requested is not available. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
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1- How long has it been since this happened?

2- Can you take a look at her gums and see if they are pink or pale?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Happened about 3 hours ago. Her gums seem ok. She has also stopped pacing about so much and has seemed to have settled down a bit in the last half an hour.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 2 years ago.

Friend, the symptoms that you were seeing are directly related to the skunk spray. It is important that you keep a close eye on her and make sure her gums do not turn pale. There is a rare condition that could develop called "Skunk toxic shock syndrome." Basically what happens is that the spray destroys the red blood cells of the patient leading to severe anemia with a fatal outcome. I would keep her out in the open today with plenty of air. Keep monitoring her gums through out the day. If she continues to drink excessively or gums turn pale have her checked immediately by a veterinarian for supportive care.

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