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My one year old black lab who is normally full of energy and…

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My one year old...

My one year old black lab who is normally full of energy and in constant motion now seems fatigued and walking with his tail between his legs

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the lab. What is the lab's name?

Rogue

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Rogue?

No. he is a playful dog always full of energy

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Regretfully, Rogue's signs are important but not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. To determine how urgent it is to have him attended to by his vet I need you to assess his vital signs for me, please...

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).
2) Check his respiratory rate . He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.
3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!
Please let me know what you find.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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