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My black lab hasn't been herself.. tail down and not as much

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My black lab hasn't been herself.. tail down and not as much energy. When should I take her to the vet. How many days should I give her to bounce back. She still has normal bowels
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

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

Does she allow you to lift her tail? Any pain there or changes around the rectum (ie swellings, redness, sores, lumps, etc)?

Any retching, gagging, lip licking or vomiting?

Any breathing changes?

Are her gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on her belly, does she have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could she have eaten something she should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Passing normal urine?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She allows me to move her tail, no abnormalities around rectum. Urinates the same. Still has appetite, and i dont knows if she ate anything foreign? She could have ingested 1 nut 2 days ago She does have a tendency to chew toys. But there is no indication as in partial toys.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No belly discomfort ,gums look normal
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Well, she certainly isn't giving you many clues to what is causing this off day. Still, its positive to hear that she also has none of those more worrying signs that would suggest we had an urgent situation on our hands either.

Now the significance of any nut ingestion would depend on what type it was. Most are no worries but macadamia nuts can be toxic causing GI upset, lethargy, and sometimes neurological signs (in higher doses). Otherwise, shelled nuts can also be an issue. When dogs eat whole walnuts or similar we can see vague signs if they irritate the gut or even cause blockage. So, hopefully we don't' have those to worry about with you lass.

With that in mind, we do want to tread with care. In regards ***** ***** long to monitor, as long as she doesn't have any of those signs I mentioned before then we can monitor for 24-48 hours. Of course, any discoveries regarding something she has eaten or red flag signs suggesting it (vomiting, appetite loss, black stools, straining to pass stools, paling gums, or belly pain) and we'd want to have her seen sooner. Otherwise, we can try her on a light diet if this is just a dietary indiscretion she has not told us about. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish,cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (as long as its garlic/onion free). There are also OTC vet diets that can be used (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) too.

Overall, she is being very subtle here but since she has none of those worrying signs of trouble, we can use the above over the weekend as we monitor. And if we see any worrisome signs or she hasn't perked up by Monday, then we'd want to plan to have a check with her vet.

All the best,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Patricia,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Patricia Bandoni. How is everything going?