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Ima try and sum this short, my dog has been acting strange,

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ima try and sum this short, my dog has been acting strange, walking slow, head down, breathes fast when sleeping, has a cough once in awhile, sometimes walks in reverse, she is a big chichuaua for her size, but im too broke to take her to a vet
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: Estrella and 6 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Estrella?
Customer: I honestly think shes depressed because her partner died around this time about a year ago
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is***** but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian.

I understand that your pet Estrella is having some strange behaviors including: coughing, breathing fast while asleep, depression/lethargy, and walking in reverse.

These symptoms may be related and in particular the lethargy, breathing fast while asleep and coughing (occasionally) all indicate a potential heart disease issues.

I understand you are also under some financial restraints right now. These symptoms do not indicate simple depression from a pet that passed away, they indicate an underlying disease process and my top suspision is concerning her heart. Which would require getting her a chest x-ray and examined by a vet to confirm and see if she needs to be placed on heart medication to treat her.

I do have a few financial resources that may be able to assist you if you would like for me to share them here?

- Dr. H

- Dr. H