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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our cockapoo has been very weak last 2 days and is eating

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our cockapoo has been very weak for the last 2 days and is eating just a little.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Weakness and inappetence are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. Because his symptoms are nonspecific I first need to determine how urgently he should be attended to by a vet. Please do a few things for me...

1) Check his gums and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2. Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking no more than 40 breaths/minute.

3. Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will of placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This should be a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.