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My dog has been sick of the day. As far as I am aware he

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My dog has been sick for most of the day. As far as I am aware he hasn't eaten anything he shouldn't (no chocolate or forbidden foods are anywhere near the dogs) ... He has also been refusing water and hasn't gone to the toilet. We have been trying to keep him hydrated with a syringe with water every hour. His gums are rather pale and he is extremely lethargic. He is also shaking - he isn't one prone to shaking. I am going to take him to the vet when they open in the morning - but is there any advice you can give or should we be more concerned? Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear Zulu is not feeling well, pale gums are a very large concern which can indicate several things such as trauma, bleeding into the abdomen or chest, reduced production of red cells, increased destruction of red cells (immune mediated or viral). The concern with the pale gums is that he is going to go into shock without being able to oxygenate his organs and would strongly advise finding a veterinary er in your area and not wait until morning if you are able

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

​I am relieved to see you were able to view my responses, is there anything else I can assist with or clarify today?

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon, I am curious if Zulu was able to recover from the events last week or if you had to go into your vet soonafter asking your question last week? I would love an update when you are able...
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