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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since your dog is showing very non-specific signs and I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Is she on any heartworm prevention? Is she spayed? Does she seem warm to the touch? Is she on any medication currently
Okay thanks for the additional information. You mentioned that she chases the cats, has she every had any fights with them or any other pets in the household? I would be concerned that the area you are feeling on the chest may either be some type of wound that has become infected or some type of abscess especially since you described that she felt warm yesterday.
Does the swelling or the area on the chest feel warm to the touch? Did the swelling seem to come on all of a sudden. I have seen cases where pets rough house together and inadvertently cause a small wound that sometimes can fester into an infection. Sometimes these wounds are not noticed because they may heal before causing a problem trapping bacteria in a pocket of flesh leading to an abcess. If it seems to have come up pretty quickly then that would be my first suspicion. Otherwise I would be worried about some type of injury to either a muscle or a ligament that is causing the pain.
If the muscle injury is due to sudden trauma it could come on that quickly. As far as oral medications to give OTC, it would be hard to recommend any since we don't know what exactly is going on and some medication could cause problems depending on Rosie's illness. But I do have a few suggestions that you can try to see if you can make Rosie comfortable. You can try a cold compress on the chest area for no longer than 5 minutes to see if it helps. Also you can see if you can try to get her temperature to see if it is high. Typically a dog's temperature should be between 99.5-102.5. You can buy a ear thermometer at a drug store which tends to be just as accurate as a rectal temperature in dogs. If the temperature is high then that would indicate more of an infection. As far as trying to get her to eat, I would try some baby food such as chicken to see if you can tempt her to eat something. You can even wipe it on her lips which will force her to lick it off to at least get some nutrition until you can get her to your veterinarian.
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What is her gum color? Is it pink and looking like it usually does, or is it pale? Do you see any areas of bruising on her gums, or anywhere on her belly? When you put your hand on her chest to feel her heartbeat, is it very rapid or slower?
OK. Sorry for the delay in response, you did not reply to me until two hours after I asked you those questions, and I was asleep at that point. I think it's obvious that your dog has something serious going on and needs to see a vet. I think it would be a good idea to have a veterinarian look at the dog, and all you will need to pay is the office call fee. Then the doctor can at least try to give you an educated guess, and give you options for conservative treatment at home. They only other thing I can suggest at home would be to find someone who has access to the human pain medication tramadol and give your dog 1 mg per pound of tramasol every eight hours and see if that helps. But I really think your dog needs to see a veterinarian to better diagnose the issue before deciding what type of conservative treatment at home would be most helpful. In the meantime, the tramadol can help cover any pain without many potential side effects. I am hoping this is just a back injury, which is what it sounds like to me.
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