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My dog is lethargic, not eating, feels warm to the touch.

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My dog is lethargic, not eating, feels warm to the touch. This has been going on for a little over 24 hours. She is drinking a little bit. Local vets are closed today and tomorrow. I am not sure what to do for her.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

Hello, I am Dr. Peter a licensed Veterinarian. I would like to help. I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advise. There is no additional charge for information request.


1- Is she spayed?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Can you take a rectal temperature?

4- Take a look at her gums and see if they are pink like yours or pale?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

She is spayed,

she takes thyroxine .7mg twice a day for a thyroid condition

I do not have a thermometer

Her gums are pink, not pale

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.
Any other symptoms besides being lethargic?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
She has sort of huffed or hacked, as if she is trying to cough up something? She did go out once today to urinate.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

The symptoms your dog is exhibiting are very non specific to even isolate what organ system may be the problem. This case needs a hands on exam by a veterinarian. I understand your local vet is closed. But, maybe there is an ER clinic not far from where you live. Consider having her checked by an ER vet.

I have submitted this as info request so you do not get charged. I am sorry I could not be of more assistance in this case.


Dr. Peter

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thank you, she seems to be coming around, she is eating now.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 6 years ago.

Eating is always a good sign.


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