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She's very lethargic. She doesn't want to stand up or walk.

She's very lethargic. She...

She's very lethargic. She doesn't want to stand up or walk

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 dog. What is the dog's name and age?

Zoey, 1 year

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

She recently went through her first heat cycle

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She is eating and drinking without issue, but she does not want to stand or walk. Her nipples are also quite enlarged.

How long ago was her heat cycle?

Was she bred or around any intact males?

Will she stand and walk on her own when placed into a standing position?

Is she dragging any of her limbs?

What breed is she?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Heat cycle ended about 3 weeks ago.She has not been bred or had access to active males.She will stand if I set her on her feet, and she can walk slowly.She's a golden retriever.

I am concerned by her symptoms. There are a wide range of ailments which can cause slow walking and profound lethargy. This can range from injury (such as overexertion while running) to pyometra (infected uterus) since she's unspayed and has recently had a heat cycle. The fact that she's eating and drinking well suggests this is unlikely to be a GI problem, though the potential does exist as retrievers tend to have strong appetites even when they feel unwell. Based on the fact that she's experiencing such symptoms, I do think it would be very wise to have her examined today. Diagnostics are probably going to be the most useful in determining the cause of her feeling unwell. I imagine your vet is going to want to start with bloodwork and x-rays, as well.

If you must observe from home, keep her food and water intake up. If additional symptoms develop at any time, message me back on this thread at no additional charge and we will keep conversing. I would avoid giving any medications at this time as it may mask her condition and keep us from being able to tell how she really feels. OTC pain medications, as well, can be toxic to dogs and should be avoided.

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