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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Just adopted her 1 week ago. Today I thought she was being

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Just adopted her 1 week ago. Today I thought she was being more calm and sleepy than normal. Took her on her last walk for the night and when we got back she started trembling uncontrollably. I finally got her to calm down but now she seems in pain, breathing heavy and panting heavy. I want be able to get her into vet till Monday
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Pseudocyesis (false pregnancy) is a possibility and can cause quite a few symptoms including mammary problems (engorgement, lactation, licking of the glands) as well as abnormalities associated with aberrant maternal behavior (nesting, digging, adoption of animals or objects). Depression or anxiety, anorexia, and excessive vocalization (whining) are also possible. Uncontrolled trembling and panting - often pain responses - aren't expected, however. Can you take her rectal temperature? Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

My concern is that she may be suffering from a post-parturient metritis (uterine infection). Please give me an update on her.