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I have a 2 year old boxer and I'm not sure what she could've

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Hi I have a 2 year old boxer and I'm not sure what she could've eaten but she seems pretty lethargic to me. I feel she's in pain as sometimes her breathing is short and quick followed by a long snarling one and back to a normal pace. After that her stomach starts making all these weird gurgling noises even though she hasn't eaten all day. I gave her some probiotics for digestive problems but nothing's changed. Currently she has her 2 back legs curled up to her and every now and then her muscles twitch a bit. When I try to get her up she stands stretches and then back down. Should I take her in ?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear that Eazy is not feeling well today. It does sound like her gi tract is upset and the probiotics may help but likely will not treat whatever is causing her underlying issue. The increased gurgling of her gut is increased gi motility, laying in the curled position is an indicator as well of gut pain but then adding in the muscle twitch which for a dog does lean towards malaise I would absolutely advise a veterinary exam for her.

They can give her medications to control the gi noises and discomfort and hopefully allow her to rest more comfortably but also stimulate her appetite as well.

Reasons to consider a veterinary er tonight:

- Gums are pale, yellow, brick red and sticky indicating dehydration

- Vomiting or diarrhea with blood in it

- Increased lethargy or difficulty getting comfortable

- Swollen abdomen

- Respiratory rate > 60 while at rest

- Temperature rectally <99 or >103.5

- No interest in food for 24+ hours

- No urination for 12+ hours

- Trembling without resolution for more than an hour

- Productive coughing

- Taking a "play bow" or what looks like a downward dog position which is abdominal distress

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 11 months ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, how is Eazy doing since you asked your question yesterday? I hope my information was helpful to you both and would love an update when you are able...

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