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My dog is 13 years old.. body temp is 100.. won't eat and

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My dog is 13 years old.. body temp is 100.. won't eat and gums are pale
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Big red
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: Four years ago have treatment for heartworm and was successful and acting normal
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. IF YOU GET REQUEST FOR A PHONE CALL, IT IS FROM THE WEBSITE AND NOT MYSELF. JUST IGNORE IT. If the gums are pale, then there is a good chance he is very anemic. That can be due to a number of things. A bleeding tumor, immune system destruction of the red blood cells or some long standing disease (i.e.; kidney disease, bone marrow disease, etc) are the primary concerns. The temperature is actually normal for a dog, so that doesn't concern me. The pale gums certainly do, though. I would highly, highly recommend getting him into your vet today to get some blood work done to see what is going on and see if there is a treatment for it ASAP. It is possible that he is in some form of shock, but he most likely wouldn't be very responsive if causing pale gums. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. John
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 month ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how Big Red is doing and to see if you have any other questions.