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My dog has a fever, dry nose, no appetite and has high ...

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My dog has a fever, dry nose, no appetite and has high respiratory rate with shallow breaths. What can we treat her with until we can get her to a vet? She weight approx 10 Ibs.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.

If her fever is 104 or higher it's a medical emergency. Use cool compresses on her neck area/head, 'armpits' and thighs.


You can try to offer (unflavored) pedialyte to keep her hydrated, but most important is getting her temp down on the way to the vet where (s)he can administer fluids as necessary.


http://www.dog.com/information/fever.asp


Labored breathing is another urgent care symptom.


http://www.seefido.com/html/dog_has_fever_symptom.htm


I wouldn't delay having her seen by a vet, even if it's an emergency visit. Please


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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to TheCaretaker's Post: Her temp is 99.4. Can I give her aspirin?
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.

Wait - that's not a temp for a dog. Actually, it's the opposite.


Her temp should be between 100-102.5


http://hypertextbook.com/facts/1999/JieYaoHuang.shtml


While aspirin is fine for dogs - this size dog shouldn't have more than a 'baby aspirin' once every 12 hours unless a vet advises differently.


The non-eating, dry nose, low temp, labored breathing are still indicative of urgent care needed.


Is she at least drinking? Moving about? Has she urinated/defecated? Were they normal? Diarrhea? Strong urine or frequent urination?


Has she had her vaccinations? Is there any coughing or sneezing? Any vomiting?



Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to TheCaretaker's Post: I gave her 50mg of aspirin last night. She was a little better this morning. My husband is taking her to the vet today. Thanks for your help!
Expert:  S. August Abbott, CAS replied 10 years ago.

You did just perfect! Not too much aspirin and a vet visit.


Thank you for being such good people to this animal. She's a very, very lucky dog!


Let me know how it turns out ok?