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My dog is barely moving, flinches randomly, drooling

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My dog is barely moving, flinches randomly, drooling excessively, also she is 8 years old
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
She is also not making whining noises or any sound of distress and she has vomited once
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B,a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she been showing signs?

Is she eating and drinking? Can she at least keep water down?

Are her gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count her breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?

If you press on her belly, does she have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could she have eaten anything she should not have (ie bones, stones, socks, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Any diarrhea?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Just an hour ago she started showing these signs. She's eating lunchmeat but won't drink on her own. No diarrhea, there was grass in her vomit, didn't see anything else in it. When I push on her belly it tenses up but she doesn't show any signs of discomfort other than not moving and just laying there. Her breathing rate is 36. Her gums are pale pink and her tongue is very pale.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thank you,

Do you think those gums are paler then usual for her?

Again any chance she has eaten something non-edible?

Has she had any black stool?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Her gums are more pale than usual. Her tongue is almost pinkish white. She hasn't pooped recently so I don't know the color of her stool. I don't think she ate anything non-edible she is a very good dog and doesn't eat anything but food. She started having a coughing attack then started drooling excessively, then unable to hold herself up to walk. I thought it could be her back legs but doesn't whimper or cry like she is in pain.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Loud noises and sudden movements make her flinch
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
We have three other dogs that are not acting abnormal at all
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thank you again,

First, these pale gums are a real concern. If we don't have any breathing changes, then they may be telling us that we have internal blood loss or anemia. This could certainly make her weak and unable to hold herself up. Otherwise, she doesn't give me the impression of any issue with her back legs. Instead, that drooling, poor appetite, and refusal to move (usually done to avoid pain) have be concerned about severe gut pain (if there is a blockage from something she had or if the gut is being occluded/compressed by itself or another organ), a stomasch ulcer, pancreatitis, or an issue with the spleen (ie torsion rupture of a mass/hematoma on it, etc). And again if we have anemia, then these more serious issues would be on the top of our list for her.

With this all in mind and again with those pale gums, I would strongly advise having her seen urgently. Her vet can determine if we have active blood loss that needs to be stopped, pinpoint the source of this and her pain to give her the best chance of recovery. At the very least, they can treat with injectable pain relief, anti-nausea treatment, +/- gastroprotectants. But if something is caught or the spleen is compromised, then surgery may be indicated. But in this case, we wouldn't try home treatment here with her signs being advanced despite coming on so quickly.

In this situation, just in case you do wish to see an emergencyvet, you can check @ http://www.vetlocator.com/ or

www.veccs.org/index.php?option=com_hospitals&nationid=1&Itemid=193

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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