My daughter and son in law have a German shorthair dog a little over 1…

My daughter and son in law have a German shorthair dog a little over 1 years old. He has always been a very high-energy dog. He sleeps in a kennel every night and He woke up around 7 a.m. this morning like every other,, hyped up and ready to go. He went outside to go potty, (also the yard is fenced in, he has no access to any other yard but his own), he was out about 10 minutes, absolute most being 15 minutes. His routine was 100% normal until about 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon today. His symptoms are now,, *unable to stand up without wobbling (he almost acts like he is going to fall over to the side), when I put my hand on either his chest or side and he starts to sway I have to hold his entire weight or let him fall. **He is extremely lethargic (the birds are in the front window birdfeeder, which is always his favorite thing to watch and chase them from inside the house from the living room window to the dining room window NONSTOP for hours on end, (seriously not over stating that,, it is ALL day normally)).
***I’m sure he is running a fever, his head and ears are VERY hot to the touch, the trunk of his body I would say is not as hot as the head, but still very feverish feeling.
****He is not taking food or water (normally he is seriously the biggest pig when it comes to food, he will eat nonstop if allowed, he usually drinks water nonstop, his water bowl is filled at the very least 4-5 times a day. Its a huge bowl probably holds 2 cups of water).
Is there anything I can do today to help him? We have called every vet we can find and have not found any open this 4th of July weekend. We do not live in a big city or near one with a 24 hour animal hospital.

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

I think that regardless of where you live, there ought to be an emergency vet hospital, or an emergency number with a vet on call …? We live in middle of nowhere but most of the animal hospitals around here have one common emergency number with an on-call vet and the hospital we chose has their own. Did you look at their websites? They should be listing emergency contact. Or, often, they cite the number at the end of out-of-office automatic response … ? I am quite worried about a young dog being as lethargic as this, not eating and… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

I think he’s young and healthy and very likely to bounce back with appropriate care. Glad you found an emergency vet. Keep us updated.