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13 year old Maltipoo not eating and sleeping constantly.

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13 year old Maltipoo...

13 year old Maltipoo not eating and sleeping constantly. Drinking very little

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the Maltipoo. What is the Maltipoo's name?

Olivier .I also hear some breathing difficulty

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Olivier?

Eyes are red

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello again,

Sorry to hear Olivier is unwell, however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. Having read your question through I have to say that if these symptoms continue then what you should do just to be on the safe side is have a vet check him over sooner rather than later. The reason I say this is that while the symptoms you describe would not allow me or any other vet to pin this down to any one particular disease via the internet the fact that he is suddenly lethargic and has respiratory symptoms like this makes me think that it is possible that he is running a temperature and so may be in the grip of some kind of infection. This would be the commonest cause of what you are seeing though in his age group other diagnosis are also possible, for example older dogs with heart problems can present like this ...

2. I normally like to suggest home remedies if I can do this safely but in your case I think it is not worth the risk as it could well be that prescription drugs such as antibiotics would be what is needed if he is indeed running a temperature. In the meantime until you can get your dog to a vet all you can do is to keep him comfortable and reassured and make sure he is getting fluids regularly.

3. However I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Olivier's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Olivier is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning the suspect elevated temperature ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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