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I have a 5 lb chihuahua. Yesterday when I got home from work

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she was hiding and when...
I have a 5 lb chihuahua. Yesterday when I got home from work she was hiding and when she finally came out she was shaking head to toe. Moves very little. Has not been drinking that I can tell. Ate a small treat this morning and a little peanut butter my daughter gave her. Pretty lethargic.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry to learn Lily is not feeling well. 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.

1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?

2- Did she get into anything?

3- Is she walking any different?

4- Any pre existing medical conditions?

5- Any other symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No vimiting or diarrhea. She was fine night before last (we took a long walk). She's an inside dog. Not walking around much. No pre-existing conditions. No other symptoms that I can tell maybe a little sensitive around her tummy.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
She has not been spayed and I am wondering if she's just in heat but she's never been quite like this.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

1- Can you get her up and see if she can walk?

2- Any vaginal discharge?

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

4- Can you take her rectal temperature?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My son is home with her now. I won't be home for about 30 minutes or so. I'll check when I get there.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I know she can walk. Haven't seen a discharge.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Friend, the symptoms that Lily is showing could be related to many different medical conditions that affect dogs. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: A fever (infection), neuromuscular disorders like a pinched nerve along the back, abdominal pain (pancreatitis), etc. to name a few causes.

Unfortunately in this case we are somewhat limited as to what you can do at home. I would really want to rule out things like pancreatitis or a pinched nerve, for this reason I strongly recommend having her checked tonight by ER veterinarian. In the meantime, check her rectal temperature, the normal temperature in a dog is between 99.5-102.5 F.

Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Lily. How is everything going?
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