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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Buddy. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
How long has he been sick?
Is he eating, and drinking?
If you check his gums, are they pink in color, or do they look pale? This is an Info Request, to help me answer your questions. Rebecca
It is good that he is eating something.
Is the congestion so bad that he has to breathe with his mouth open? Is the congestion in his lungs, or his nose, or both?
If the gums are pink, that is a good sign. If you can take a rectal temperature, normal is between 101 and 102.
If he has to open mouth breathe, or if his gums are pale, that is serious.
At home, try to keep him hydrated by keeping him eating and drinking. You can offer broth or Pedialyte to get extra fluids into him. If his nose is congested, you can use over the counter children's nose drops.
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When you see your vet the next time, you could have a sample of the crusts from the nose examined microscopically to see it that tells us what is wrong.
I don't know when 2:05 is for you; I am in Mountain Time and it is 11:32 here now. No problems about the delay; let me know if I can continue to help you or if you would prefer another expert who can make a phone call. Rebecca
Shivering can be a sign of pain, fever, stress, internal disease.
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Hope to hear from you soon. Rebecca
I doubt that would be the reason.
Pink is good; black is normal pigment.
If he is eating and drinking, and his gums are pink, tomorrow might be OK. If he looks a little better, tomorrow should be OK. It is always best to see a veterinarian who knows him, and his history, but it would not be wrong to go to emergency today.
Can you take his temperature with a rectal thermometer?
It might help. Normal is 101 to 102. If he is 104, he should see a vet today.
I will be here.
How is Buddy doing?