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Yesterday my dog was extremely lathargic, and non-responsive

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Yesterday my dog was extremely lathargic, and non-responsive we took her to an emergency vet who couldn't provide any answers. After giving her IV fluids we took her home. After an hour of being home she became restless and was breathing extremely heavy with thick mucus coming from her mouth. She was trying to get up and move but would rum into things. We tried holding her and calming her down. Her eyes were very dialated. For us to sleep we put her in her kennel, this morning her legs are straight, she is still breathing very heavy, her eyes are still very dialated. What do these symptoms sound like?
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.

Did the ER do any tests? Check bloods or xray?

Does she seem blind?

Is she totally rigid in her legs? Can she move them voluntarily at all?

Does she appear to be throwing her head back?

Does she seem mentally aware or depressed?

Any access to toxins, drugs, medications, plants or chemicals?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Et ran blood work and found nothing. She isn't moving her legs voluntarily, last night she had thrown her head back when on her left side but not on her right. We don't think she got into anything. She does not appear to be mentally aware, there have been only a couple times she appears to know what's going on.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now I have to say that I am very worried about your lass.

If she hasn't voluntary movement and was throwing her head back, this sounds like a brain based issue now causing paralysis. Causes that would fit with this would be poisoning or ingestion of toxic plants or drugs. As well, the signs also raise concerns of Tetanus, thiamine deficiency, or a severe meningitis (bacterial, viral, protozoal). And I have to note bloods would not have diagnosed most of these unfortunately.

Now in regards ***** ***** prognosis it is very guarded. We'd actually want her hospitalized so that she'd be back on IV fluids, tested for drug exposures, and treated for as many of the above as possible. Otherwise, I am concerned that she won't recover without intensive care and further testing to determine which is causing this for her. Because the sooner we know, the sooner we can treat this effectively and try to reverse the damage this is causing for her.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She passed away.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Good morning,

I am so sorry to hear that she passed. As we discussed at the time, her signs were very severe and her prognosis for recovery very guarded. I would just note though, if you have other dogs, then you may want to consider an autopsy to definitively determine which of those differentials we discussed was our culprit to make sure there is no risk for any other pets.

Please take care, my thoughts are with you,

Dr. B.