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Sandra Sellers | 3 years ago
My Pup Is 8 Years Old And Healthy. Last Year She Had 1 Seizure Which…

My pup is 8 years old and healthy. Last year she had 1 seizure which she’s never had before. We got her into the dr right away and they said there was nothing to be done for 1 seizure except to keep an eye on her and keep a journal if they happen again. She is too old to have hereditary seizures or epilepsy. We thought at the time maybe she had too much salt as she had gotten into a box of chicken nuggets the day before. This time it happened in the middle of the night and I woke up to hear her softly whining and pacing. Then she dropped to the floor and was flopping around. It wasn’t as violent as the one last year. She did urinate also. It only lasted a minute or less (although seemed like much longer). Her recovery time took awhile. She wouldn’t move for at least 5 minutes. My husband went down the hall to use the restroom and she followed like she wanted to be let out but she was afraid or unable to walk down the stairs. He carried her down and he said she ran around the yard like nothing was wrong. For the rest of the night and next day she was afraid to go up and down stairs and she was starving and drinking way more than normal. She was also very clingy. We changed our plans the next few days so 1 person was home with her at all times. We could not find anything that she would have gotten in to (inside or out), she had only eaten her dry food and she had chewed on a bully stick for a little while that day (she’s had dozens of them in her lifetime and never had a problem). She had been stressed the day before because her bedtime routine was messed up as I had to take a trip to the ER that night (gallbladder) and my MIL said she was very stressed that I wasn’t there and probably knew I wasn’t feeling well (she’s very in tune with people’s voices and attitudes). She had also spent more time in her crate due to holiday parties and visiting then normal so she probably had less water in her system than normal. Her yearly exam is due in January so I will talk to the vet and have blood work done if needed. I guess I’m curious if anyone has any experience with random seizures far apart for no known reason? Thank you to those who took the time to read this.

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  1. Sarah

    Hi there ? Sorry you are going through this with your dog. My best advice would be to go to the vet- which it sounds like you’re planning on doing anyway. I would also watch her closely and note any changes to report to the vet when you do go. Maybe try to keep a journal for a few weeks and if it happens again, perhaps narrow down a possible trigger(s). And I would try to keep things for your dog as normal as usual…. sorry I don’t have better advice. It must be quite frightening to deal with. Best of luck to you guys!!

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Breanna Barker | 4 years ago
My Neighbor Is Getting Rid Of Her Sweet Terrior Mix After One Day! And I’m…

My neighbor is getting rid of her sweet Terrior mix after one day! And I’m conflicted….
So long story short two days ago my neighbor who lost a dog several months ago a dog that was almost in every way perfect he loved her from the start though at first skiddish warmed up quickly, loved her and was perfect for three years old. Three years later he sadly passed away unexpectedly. After several months our kind elderly neighbor decided to get a new dog.
My mother and her went to the Shelter to find her a new dog two days ago. She was interested in a Yorki mix, who was said at the time to be 3yrs. Shes sweet but skiddish, came from Hawaii, with unknown background and licked my neighbors hand which she fell in love with. Before the people besides her who also wanted her could put down payment she smacked itdown andnfilled out the forms.
Next day she invited me along, as a college student and of sorts a step in granddaughter I help walk her dogs throughout the years and care for them when she vists family. She wanted the dog to thus know my mother and my own scent as friendly.
However she was nervous (a very nervous over thinking woman) by the fact that the vet put her around 7-8yrs, making her elderly even though her breed lives for ten or more years after the fact. Though her background is so far unknown, Ive made theories do to quirks I’ve seen in her. Her neves and uncertenties were heightened by the fact that she has some missing teeth….and the fact that on the srcond day, pick-up visit, even with us a distance away so not to intimidate or worry her she was more nervous then she was the day before.
So anyways, while distillingnher fears as family friends, and dog owners our whole life (shes only really enjoyed having dpgs that I know of since her husbands passing and she didnt like her husbands Scottie as much cause he was to active and gave him up)…
Well I should start by saying this song and dance we’ve been through with her once before. Before her dog that was perfect and lasted three years she had a dog that was a year old pr so, not trained and barked a bit, she hated all these things so mipuch that within a week regaurdless of us telling her what to do, helping and such she got rid of it and gave it to her gardener. So let me say personally I see it as a pattern now after this latest finding. She gets herself in a worry and everything so to speak falls apart so to speak.
Okaay so after we convinced her that 7-8yrs was still not bad and seeing no other dog she lied at the shelter. She decided to take her home. She waas very skittish, and made the poor decision to have my mother and I hold her (I was gone working with my dog and didnt have a say to tell her it was a bad idea on the first day to do for long periods while she shopped cause she sorta bonded with my mom, and later dog when I brought him by do to the really hot wheather not being ablr to keep him in a hot car).
Well after she marked her territory, she got really mad and thinking she’d take her back. We explained that dogs dont generally especially if from a shelter come house trained, even then she is most likely marking her territory, all my history of dogs even house trained on first day with mark their territory in some way. Claiming the house as theirs. Her previous dog was a rare case.
Anyways, after we left, apprantly they had a good night. Watched tv, etc. Except she stayed up herself till 2 am. Putting the dog to slep late. She ahd already been sleeping at her feet and didnt want to go in the cafe. She hadnt bought a ticker or anything like that but two toys that crinkled and I swear were cat toys. I guess around 4am she started barking ro waking her. Onky when she said no would she sop then start again.
She called my mom this morning saying she couldn’t do this. We rushed upnthere both with a piece of mind and eart in this for the sweet elderly dog that has had a hard life and was either on the streets or an abusive home and or both (most likely both)She was happy in her new home, and quiet when we arrived. She had bonded obviousky with her neighbor by her actions and distance from us, which I was relieved but soured by. We were going to watch her as my neighbir had a hair appointment. But we convinced her even when it made her anxious to wait it out two weeks, let the dog get comfortable with her sepchedule, and holdin ideas on how to fix the problems she worried over (despite our advise she still kept the dog in a small crate in a small spare computer room not in her room with her since its worked for all previous dogs).
Despite this, i had to leave to give the fedex a signed paper and tale care of our own dog, who had Sunday (six days ago) lost his mate our baby from the same farm, a year apart. (This comes into the question later).
Were doing our best to keep him acticpve on wakjs, especially since in her last few days she andnhim dug holes for the first time ever in our fense gates to escape (probably out of nerves for our house being painted and some parts rewooded/fixed). So walks were the only way to get him out and about since he did this again since her death.
Anyways I feel bad, during this time I suffered a severe headache from walking the new neighbirs dog upat the neighbourhood above us, somthing she enjoyed. But with the smoke from fires and general allergens and lack of usual morning pills since we flew up there I was really having a hammering headache and needed some time to cool in the hosue before returning. Whi ch I giess I now feel bad for an hour before i actually went back uo almost two I had a feeling to go up immediatly and didnt. Heres the thing, my mom walked the yorki mix and she bolted gking to the cul-di-sac I walked her in and rested in the shade of the trees by the pond/swamp. Where two boys helped my mom catch her.
During this time I unknowingly was getting better, got the coffee my mom asked for and walked our dog a bit.
Heading back up after my own few mishaps I came to find them both, espxasperated and my mom got out of the elderly neighbirs car to tell me that she just got back a hour ago from running. As we went in the neighbor said befpcause she took off (kinda like her husbands dog would, though she says she could catch him, even my mom coukdnt catch him in those days) that she was takingnehr back to the Shelter tomorrow.
The problem is this morning my mom asked if we coukd take her in to me. I want to but shes smal and the fense even without the unusal hole ahs had rabbits come in and such, where we havent found their hooes but know its near our back fense, meaning she wouldnt be able to be out for long periods like my dad perfers when were gone or to let them out for outside time.
With that said we have a mourning dog. Our precious baby female died sunday at exactly 11pm, the first not to go to the vet to be put down due to illness and no light in the eyes. She passed in our house surrounded by all of us. Even he watched (though first chose to ignore all that was going on). He didnt show the signs I read about of depression till two days later, though I already started doing long walks and the like. I read about how long to monitor and till a new dog can come in, and it said most vets and stuff suggest three months at least. She was his literal mate since the day we brought him home??? Litterally the first thing he did when he saw her… even the moment after being well you know? first thing hes a funny boy but they loved each other when they werent mad. Even though he got along and is friendly in the neighbors hoke with this new dog, I fear bringing in a new female especially elder is to soon for him, andnits not even been six days. I dont want him hatingnher or think were replacing his mate. But also my mom fears therunning as shes not so spritsy maybe my dad is, but their both in their Golden Years/senior rate years. I love her two, she even played a game with me today where she walked one way then soon as I neared she jumped playfully and jumped happily playing keepaway with her leash hadle it was cute.
Thing is my neighbor after having me ask facebook friends and the like addmited having an agreement with the shelter if she wasnt going tonkeep her to bring her back… so there that goes. But my mom and I are watching this sadly feeling lost after such a loss in our family and yet unsire really wanting to help this swet girl.

What is your best suggestion knowing the circumstances that we should do, Im in college and live at hoke so Im not going anywhere and care and love my dogs… Should we take in this dog not even a week since the death of our Baby girl? Should we let her be at the shelter for another family? Or is there something we can do to help both my elderly neighbor and the yorki be happy living together and fixing the possible problems????

They aslo now are worried that her poop was dry and brittle outisde her cage.

Please let us know, and thank you for taking your time to read through my overly long explanation, for everything that you do, and putting up with my many grammar and writting errors thanks to the limitednview on my tablet.

Sincerely,
BlurrsGirlsQuestions

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello, In all cases like this I ask people to take a step back from the situation and put the pet first. What is best for them? How can it be attained? Start there. If you need help from an expert find someone locally who can visit the home and observe all the things you mention. Or seek the help from a vet you know and trust. I wish you all the best. Thank you for helping this pup.

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Kasper Gonzales | 4 years ago
My Dog Had An Emergency C-section About A Month Ago She Was Not Her Usual…

My dog had an emergency c-section about a month ago she was not her usual self i believe cause the meds she started to recover then all the sudden she got a rash on her stomach then her eyes swole up and her furr around her eyes is gone and skin is flakey arpund now she has a dry cough some time she spits up what looks to be just clear foamy siliva is it maybe just allergies?

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  1. Anonymous

    You need to ask the vet this question. They need to see her in person. I would not wait on this.

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Betty Van Sant | 4 years ago
Our 16-yr Old Bichon Recently Suffered A Serious Accident When She Raced Off A Platform…

Our 16-yr old Bichon recently suffered a serious accident when she raced off a platform chasing “something” she saw in our yard. She fell about three feet and apparently damaged her neck and spine. This happened on 9 May and we took her to an emerency vetenarian practice. X-rays of her legs showed no broken bones.

Prior to the accident, Pumpkin was limping on her right hind leg. After the accident, she cannot walk or control her body in order to lay upright, but if she is positioned in an upright position she can hold her head up and look from side-to-side. She pulls her left hind leg back if you pull on it. She does not react when you pull on her other legs, but for the past three days when held over a training pad with support under her chest and abdomen, she raises both hind legs and her tail to urinate. She has allerted us to her desire for water and need to urinate by licking her lips and making a whining sound. She is usually alert and notices sounds and people walking by her bed.

She has also deficated, both while lying on her side and while being held over the training pad, but her bowel movements are irregular because we have not discovered the best diet for her yet.

Initially we gave her some miralx, but that gave her diarrehia. Primarily we have been feeding her low-fat chicken tenders that have been braised for hours to make them soft. We tried feeding her a mixture of white rice and ground chicken, but she ate the chicken and left the rice. Recently we gave her some canned pureed pumpkin with some chicken babyfood mixed in. She seemed to like that. We are going to try mixing chicken, brown rice, pumpkin and babyfood together to discover a combination that will make her bowel movements more regular. She has a pretty good appetite and we have not used the Entyce (see list of meds) recently. We have to be careful with her diet because Pumpkin suffers from bouts of pancreatitis. Prior to the accident, we gave her a very small bit of chicken mixed in 3/4 cup of Annamaet grain free lean reduced fat formula dry dog food once per day at dinner time. Her weight stays at about 12 lbs +/-.

Pumpkin is taking the following medications:

Codene tabs 15 mg, half a tab every 12 hrs (previously, every eight hrs)
Methocarbamol tabs 500 mg, quarter tab every eight hours
Prednisone 5 mg tab, one tab per day
Entyce 30mg/ml, 0.5 mls once daily, as needed.
Metronidazole 250 mg tab, half a tab per day (for two more days)

Pumpkin also has eye allergies and we give her some Prednisolone Acetate drops, one drop in each eye per week.

We intend to continue treatment for awhile to see if Pumpkin can regain some use of her legs with prospects of walking again.

We would like any advice on how (and how long) to proceed at this stage, both regarding her injuries and her diet to achieve regular bowel movements.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your pup. And I think it’s wonderful how you are so dedicated to helping her get better.
    It sounds like a few things should be discussed first. I think it’s important to find a neurologist to help you understand where you are now wrt to prognosis and status. There are a few in your area. I also think seeing your vet weekly ( or more) is key to understanding the changes and evolution of this injury. I think it is also very important to learn how to palpate and feel with your hands the urinary bladder and colon to know they are emptying normally every day (or multiple times a day). You also need help with at home physical therapy care and husbandry care. Your vet can help with these. It might be best to call a mobile vet to help you get started. Don’t worry so much about the feces as long as they are soft and consistent. Any softened food and an oral ladrive (jic) are usually all that is needed. Remember they won’t eat or defecate normally until the pain is managed. Start with a thorough exam at the vets. Ask lots of questions and read all my blogs and watch all the YouTube videos on IVDD they have tons of info.

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Brittany Garcia | 4 years ago
My Cat Is An Indoor/outdoor Kitty And He Came Home With His Eye Very Swollen…

My cat is an indoor/outdoor kitty and he came home with his eye very swollen. His right eye is swollen and his face his puffy. They are red, leaking fluid, cloudy and he has a white covering his eye. I believe it’s his third eyelid, I think. I’ve had to give him wet canned food because he is having trouble chewing his dry food. The vet is closed today and I am wondering what I could do for him at home in the meantime?

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  1. Anonymous

    That looks BAD. If your vet has an emergency line, I’d call it.

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Please find a vet ASAP. The longer you wait the worse the prognosis of saving the eye is. This looks like a very nasty wound/injury. Until you can get there don’t let him rub his eye.

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connie camacho | 4 years ago
After Spending The Day At The Vet Maggie My Dog Came Home With Dry Itchy…

after spending the day at the vet maggie my dog came home with dry itchy skin around her eyes and her nose has crust inside can I open her nasal passage way by using a rubber ball syrenge like the ones used on babies?? she is a 9 yr old and has diabetes

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  1. Sarah

    Have you contacted your vet about this? Was this the reason tour dog was originally at the clinic, or are you concerned that this situation is something that happened while there?

  2. connie camacho Post author

    I took maggie for a glucose tolerance or for the vet to check her sugar level every hour so she was their all day. I have 2 other dogs they do not have this yet. I called my vet RE: this and he said that diabetics can have alot of eye problems. My dogs aren’t exposed to too many animals we live in the mnts and our neighbors are quite aways from us. I’ve never seen this nose problem in a dog. I have had dogs for 60 yrs. The eyes remind me of a problem when I fed out of a yellow bowl yrs ago and allergies happened from dye.. I’ve used cammomile tea bags and saline and now applying antibiotic cream please help

  3. Sarah

    Hi again- I’m hoping that you got through to your vet and they gave you some helpful information on how to help your girl Maggie?

  4. Sue Harbin

    If Maggie was in the clinic environment for a whole day, chances are their building was drier and cooler there and maybe no constant access to water. My thought is Maggie was a bit dehydrated and for lack of humidity in the room, her eyes and nose were dried up and a little extra water for her, some normal saline applied to her eyes and nose should clear it up overnight.

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SUSAN SIRICO | 4 years ago
Need Advice – My Poor GSD Has Been Thru The Ringer These Past Few Months. First…

Need advice – my poor GSD has been thru the ringer these past few months.
First vestibular, then fleas! – then what looked like dog flu, runny eyes, warm, runny nose… skin infection.. discharge from eyes (like she’s crying) and now sores under both eyes, being washed with warm cotton ball, dried and cream applied with cortisone with anti itch stuff.

has been in Cipro prescribed by vet, for at least 25 plus days (3rd refill) 2 treatments of steroids (vet prescribed)

and NOW, horrible Ear infection/mites, its Jan 1st, Im waiting until Jan 2nd to get her in the vets, BUT is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? There must be something?

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  1. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    Thank you for answering so fast. Phoenix is eight years young, getting control of the fleas involved, advantix, soresto and bravecto (yes all three) I now think she got them from my son’s girlfriend cat who is no longer with us, and I’m terrified that what got her, had crossed to my girl. This doesn’t make much sense to me, but her cat, the last thing the vet was checking was hema bordatella? Before seeing her at the vet on the last day, I’d never seen an animal so emaciated. Her blood counts were in the 8% for RBC.
    I’m an EMT, I can take care of humans, but my animal knowledge is limited.
    I don’t have anything else from our vet, part of me is thinking like a human and wondering if all the Cipro is causing a yeast problem as it does in humans?
    Just is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable before tomorrow? (If she was human I’d give her Tylenol, put her to bed, and so on…)

  2. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    No Tylenol please! I think that you just have to wait. There aren’t too many options if you are on a steroid. All would be prescription and/vet exclusive. The ER is the only place to get them. I also have never seen a dog on three flea preventatives. So I’m not sure about them either. I’ve also never seen fleas cause his many issues in an older dog. Sounds like something else is going on. I suggest asking for a specialist referral.

  3. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    Sorry about the tylenol quip, my English/EMT humor doesn’t transfer to text well.. thank you, I’ll update after we see the vet!

  4. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I’m also sorry to say that we can’t provide advice on prescribing anything because we don’t know your dog and don’t want to jeoprodize your current or future treatment plan or options. Maybe there is something that has been given to you already that you can use until tomorrow? Did they give you any pain meds or shampoos to try? Your only good option is to go to the ER or see your vet first thing tomorrow. I hope things work out.
    I have to say that I always worry about immune mediated diseases in German shepherds. I also think it is time to ask about a specialist as it seems things are getting more complicated and difficult for him

  5. Sarah

    Good morning. I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I think that all of the concerns which you have voiced here, should also be brought up at your vet visit, even if you’ve already asked. Seeing as you’re still trying to find out what is happening and how best to treat it, it can’t hurt to double check. If it’s possible, perhaps you could put a call in to your vet? Maybe they can squeeze you in early as possible, or suggest something else to do in the mean time since they are familiar with this case? It sounds like right now you are doing all you can to keep her comfortable as possible. Good luck. Please keep us posted.

  6. SUSAN SIRICO Post author

    OK! – she had a bacterial infection whose name escapes me (sounds like coxsackie in humans) so she had her ears cleaned out, and has drops every day, and has ointment for her eyes, and.. the red patch under her nose, is from a nasal drip – so basically – an upper respiratory thing?

    Phoenix now has clean ears, no runny eyes, and a new vet! when her vet said they couldnt see her until friday, that was it.. she seems a lot better in herself already.

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Sara Thompson | 5 years ago
My Guinea Pig Has A Squinty, Dry, Crusty Eye. I Think She Has A Uri…

My Guinea pig has a squinty, dry, crusty eye. I think she has a Uri, if so is it contagious to my cat or dogs?

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    In general pets do not swap infections between species. Please ask your vet to help your guinea pig. In general antibiotics are affordable and easy to give. You can also ask about an antibiotic ophthalmic to help too.
    Best of luck

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Lydia C | 5 years ago
My 11 Years Old Dog Just Had Pyometra Surgery On May 3rd, Stayed In The…

My 11 years old dog just had pyometra surgery on May 3rd, stayed in the clinic and got discharged on 6th. When she got home she still oozing out fluids from her stitches and the doc said I only need to clean it up and try to push the skin a bit to let the fluids out, also we got an ointment to be applied on the stitches to make it faster to dry. But just yesterday (9th) we kinda discovered that there’s another fluid came out from her vagina as well, I asked the vet and he didn’t say anything, I just googled and found out it’s probably a remains from the post-op pyometra. I’m just unsure why there’s still vaginal discharge eventhough it’s already 7 days post-op? for the first day she came home, we didn’t know that it’s very forbidden that her to not lick her wounds, but it happened already and now her stitches are still wet (we clean it up continuosly, sometimes let her wearing a towel wrapped on her body).
*My concern is: * She still doesn’t want to eat, at all. She was already losing appetite around 7-10 days before surgery, but at that time we thought it’s because of her heat so we only gave her vitamins and keep force-feeding her with baby’s porridge. After surgery until now (7 days post-op), she doesn;t want to eat, and literally becomes lazier and doesn’t want to do anything other than sleeping the whole day. Sometimes she would get up to pee but that’s just it. She also had difficulties to poo, I’m not sure is it because she barely eat or what… she only ate a very small bowl of porridge that we force-fed her.
Expression wise she looks pretty healthy, I feel like her eyes are ‘alive’ and generally pretty happy. She’s still sometimes responding to us by wagging her tail, or barking when a stranger came into our house. But she’s lazy in general. I wouldn’t say ‘weak’, because her eyes are just bright. Sometimes she also breathes weirdly, there’s a weird noise as if there’s something in her nose. But there are times she doesn’t make a sound o_O it happens especially when she’s sleeping peacefully.
I really don’t know what to do, I have a very difficult time to bring her to the vet because we don’t have a car and this is a big dog. None of the vets are willing to pick up either. Please let me know what should I do…. thank you.
Attachment: The reddish color in her stitches are not blood, it’s the ointment the doc gave us. The fluids looks a lot in the photo, but it’s because it’s been left to sleep all night and this morning we opened the towel to clean it up, so I took the photo first. I meant to show you the most fluids, because on average since we clean it up and also there’s a towel, so it’s not flooding like waterfall.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Hello,
    Please go back to the vet. Or seek a second opinion. I really expect her to be feeling better by now. I hope they do an exam, bloodwork to look at her CBC and admit her for fluids and antibiotics. That’s a rough idea of where I would start. I also think an X-ray to make sure there isn’t any free abdominal fluid is a good idea. I really hope she is ok. Let me know what happens please.

  2. Lydia C Post author

    Do you think it’s the vet’s fault or not? I would expect that they will cover the post-op treatment since doing blood test & X-ray is pretty expensive and I’m running out of money…. but then again they told me in the beginning that she’s pretty old so they couldn’t assume anything. And I have mentioned this a lot of time that she doesn’t want to eat ANYTHING, but they only give a stronger vitamin and keep insisting that the stitches needs to be dry at all times. I mean, pardon me if I’m wrong, but i think eventhough the stitches are hurt (she doesn’t look hurt whenever we clean it up tho..) at least she should be hungry and eat the food that she really2 likes. I personally don’t think the wetness of her stitches have anything to do with her appetite…… it’s just my feeling.

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Tabitha Croft | 5 years ago
My Small Dog Was Attacked By A Pit Bull This Morning. She Is Very Lethargic…

My small dog was attacked by a pit bull this morning. She is very lethargic and weak. She has been laying in her bed all day. Her eye lids and gums are still pinkish color. But she hasn’t drank or ate since the attack. She has no signs of puncture wounds or external damage. She is now getting dry sticky gums and I’m wondering how much water she needs to keep from becoming dehydrated? She weighs 12-15lbs. Also what can i give her to help with minor pain when she whines. We have no emergency vet near us And will not be able to take her to get checked out at vet till Monday morning.

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  1. Krista Magnifico

    Your dog needs to see a vet now. I do not think waiting is safe for your dog nor is it responsible pet ownership on your part. There is always a chance of internal bleeding, organ damage, infection (which in my opinion amaot always happens) and your pup needs something for pain. Without these things and based on your description simple things like dehydration will further compound whatever else is already going on. Based on your description there is very likely something that happened to her. She needs a vet now. Every dog in a fight needs to be seen immediately especially if they are iacting ss you describe. I hope she is ok

  2. Sarah

    I would call my regular vet, even if they do not have emergency hours. Hey will most likely have at least some sort of contact for emergencies and a way for you to get in touch with them. They will want to see your dog right away. Good luck