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My dog won't get up. He was fine 2 hours ago but now won't

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My dog won't get up. He was fine 2 hours ago but now won't stand up and seems like he can't walk more than a couple feet
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Rufus, he is roughly 4. Got him from a shelter so don't know age or breed for sure
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Rufus?
Customer: No labored breathing or anything. Just won't move, even to go for a walk
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.


This is Dr. KV. I'm here to help with Rufus.

Does he seem painful? Is he alert or disoriented? Can you check if his gums are pink?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He doesn't seem in pain. Just inresponsive. His gums don't look as pink as normal. More of a gray tone
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He just won't stand up or walk or move at all
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Ok, thank you for the info. What breed of dog is Rufus?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't know, he is a mix breed. I got him from a shelter and have never done a dna test
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

I'm worried Rufus may have ingested something toxic since he is so lethargic...that is unusual for a dog of estimated age 4. I recommend taking him to a vet tonight to get examined. They may be able to rule out a toxin by doing a blood test.

Has he ever gotten into the garbage or eaten something he wasn't supposed to?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not today as far as I know. Is there anything I can do now?
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

If he did eat something toxic, the sooner he gets treatment the better. Some toxins such as rat bait can cause bleeding problems that are life threatening. There is sometimes a delay of several days from ingestion to showing signs of illness. This is something I worry about for Rufus as you mentioned his gums look greyish instead of pink. There is treatment for this toxin, but it is time sensitive.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Please feel free to reach out if I can assist you further. I hope Rufus feels better soon.

Please take a moment to provide positive feedback if the info provided was helpful.

With appreciation,

Dr. KV

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Katie Volat