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My Maltese has a hard stomach and is shaking since last

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My Maltese has a hard stomach and is shaking since last night.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Wally 7

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I am sorry to learn Wally is not feeling well. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?

2- Did he get into anything?

3- Is he eating and drinking?

4- Is he walking any different?

5- Any other symptoms?

6- Any pre existing medical conditions?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
1. no vomiting, his stool is a little softer than normal but not diarrhea. he went once last night since he's been sick and once this morning. no coughing. 2. not sure if he ate something in the kids room or my sister overfed him sweet potato. 3. when i got up to feed the dogs (i have 2 others) he got up and wanted to eat as well although he was slow to move. not drinking any water. 4. can't tell if he's walking different, slower for anything.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
he whimpers when you try to pick him up. he breathes heavy sometimes but not constantly.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
no pre-existing conditions
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

1- Can you take his rectal temperature?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
no
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Friend, when a dog is shaking and moving slower this could be a sign of a fever or he could be in pain. As far as the source of the pain it can be neuromuscular disorders like a pinched nerve or a pulled muscle along the back; abdominal pain, etc. to name a few causes. His abdomen being hard further supports being in pain. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home, I am sorry. I would recommend having Wally checked by your family veterinarian this morning for a hands-on examination. He may also need x-rays and blood work as an initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. Do not give over the counter pain medication most are toxic to dogs and will interfere with certain medications your vet may need to use. For now, just keep him quiet and limit all physical activity to a short walk to urinate or defecate.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service it is how I get compensated. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
i don't think it is a pinched nerve or pulled muscle. how could that have happened? he didn't run or jump around. He was fine one moment and after eating extra sweet potato, i went to go pick him up and he started yelping. i thought something was wrong with one of his legs but that wasn't the problem because after he was sitting a while, he got up to move to somewhere else and walked fine. What other problem could this be?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

If you are seeing this happened after eating extra sweet potato he could have abdominal pain as a result of Pancreatitis. For this reason, it is important a hands-on examination to pinpoint exactly the underlying cause. However, his symptoms are consistent with being in pain.

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