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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a 4 pound yorkie that seems weaker than normal. She

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I have a 4 pound yorkie that seems weaker than normal. She seems worse in the morning and evening. She vomited 3x this week but was fine after .
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Unfortunately, Bonnie's symptoms are quite nonspecific. Weakness at those times might indicate fever at those times. There are too many possible etiologies for her vomiting to list in this venue but her remissing so quickly after vomiting would suggest that it doesn't represent anything serious. To determine if this is an urgent situation I need you to check her vital signs for me...

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths per minute.

3) Take her rectal temperature in the morning and evening. Any body thermometer will do placed 1" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.