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I have a 15 year old springer spaniel that has bad arthritis

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i have a 15 year old springer spaniel that has bad arthritis to hips and back for last two days he is not eating and when he stands up he is pants heavily and needs to sit back down. He had bloodwork done 3 weeks ago which came back normal. he is on meds for his arthritis daily but wont take pills now since he wont eat. Had injuections to his legs yesterday but is still lethargic and turns his nose up at food and needs assistance to get up.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Any retching, gagging, lip licking, drooling, or vomiting?

Can he keep any water down?

Are his gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, does he have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?

Could he have eaten anything he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?

Since he is panting, can you take a breathing rate for me (just count her breaths for 10 seconds + multiply by 6)?