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My dog is shaking and coughing

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My dog is shaking and coughing
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Thank you for your question and I'm sorry to hear about Ozzy. When did this coughing and shaking start? Are there any other symptoms you have noticed today?

I will wait to hear from you.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I left him outside this morning and came back at lunch and he was like this. I left food and water out for him.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Ok thanks for that. I am typing up a response now and will have this to you in the next few minutes.

Kind Regards,

Dr E

Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

Thank you for your patience. There are quite a few possible causes for Ozzy's symptoms today and we need to consider anything from him falling and hurting his throat, to a toxicity, or even a primary cardiorespiratory issue. Hopefully Ozzy is up to date with flea, worm and heartworm treatments. You are definitely going to need to continue to keep a close eye on your boy for the next few hours if you can, and for now - definitely encourage him to have a good drink of water in case there is something lodged in his throat. If he seems to be very restless, or has any issues breathing right now, then please do what you can to get him seen straight away.

For now, please keep a close eye on Ozzy's mucus membranes, capillary refill time and respiratory rate as follows:

Mucus membranes - flip his lip and look at the color of his gums. They should maintain a nice salmon pink color. Get him to the emergency Vet if they appear white or very pale pink, or if they are a dark deep red color.

Capillary Refill time - this measures blood perfusion and test this by putting your thumb on his gum to apply pressure. After you release your thumb you will see the gum blanch. Capillary refill time is the amount of time it takes (in seconds) for the gum to return to a healthy pink color from the blanched white color. If 2 seconds or less don't worry - if it is taking significantly more time, again - off to the emergency Vet.

Respiratory Rate - if he is continuously panting throughout the night, this is a sign of shock and or pain and a signal for a trip to the emergency Vet.

All the best with your boy, and as above, because there are quite a range of possible causes for Ozzy's symptoms, if the coughing continues, definitely play it safe and have him seen tonight. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!

Kind Regards,

Dr E

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do u think allergy or a cold?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is not coughing or breathing hard but clingy and weak
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Hi again,

This could potentially be due either an environmental allergy, or a virus like canine influenza, but less likely if this just occurred all of sudden today.

The weakness you mention is definitely a concern, particularly if he was completely fine yesterday. If you can get him seen today, please do.

All the best,

Dr E

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pedilight? Yogurt?
Expert:  Pet Doc replied 1 year ago.

Yogurt is unlikely to help here and may cause colitis (diarrhea), but if he isn't drinking, then you could offer a little pedialyte, or make up a lukewarm chicken broth for him yes.

Dr E