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I have a 16 yr old maltese. She hasn't been eating day.

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Hi, i have a 16 yr old maltese. She hasn't been eating for 3 day. She's very weak but drinks water occasionally. She refused to be handfed too. And her tongue hangs out on the left side of her mouth. Plse help. Tkns.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Any retching, gagging, lip licking, drooling, or vomiting?
Can she keep water down?
Are her gums nice and pink (not white/pale)? Moist or sticky?
If you press on her belly, does she have any tensing, tenderness, discomfort, or pain?
Could she have eaten anything she should not have (ie bones, stones, socks, toys, plants, chemicals, human meds, etc)?
Any diarrhea?
Can she physically move her tongue at all?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She does lick her lips occasionally.
No drooling.
She did vomit about 3 days back when we hand fed her.
Yes, she can keep water.
Her gums are pale.
No discomfort in her belly.
No pain either cause we can carry and cradle her.
No, she did not eat anything unusual.
No diarrhea.
Yes, she can move tongue in occasionally.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you,
Do you think those gums are paler then usual for her?
Do you think she is breathing faster then normal (>30 breaths in a minute)?
Any known health issues?