Q. Vomiting, ears and paws are cold very lethargic lost weight suddenly ribs and back bone.. 3 dogs in 6months die the same way.. please help we still have 3 adult dogs and 2 puppy's

Sat, Aug 12, 2023

Can't hold down anything other then small doses of water and pedalyte.. after giving pesto bismal. He lost a lot of weight very sudden.. he's all ribs and back bone... he will get up and go outside.. he walked around for a bit.. but gets tired becoming very lethargic.. he won't eat any food at all.. has no want to at all tried warm milk replacer... this is the 3rd dog we've had die this way in a 6 month time period.. we still have 3 adult dog and 2 pups.. please tell us what we need to do...

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There are a few potential explanations for your dog's symptoms. One possibility is gastrointestinal issues, such as an infection or inflammation of the digestive tract. This could explain the vomiting, inability to hold down food, and sudden weight loss. Another possibility is a systemic illness, such as kidney disease or liver dysfunction, which can also cause similar symptoms. Additionally, there may be an underlying infectious disease or toxin exposure that is affecting multiple dogs in your household.

Given the severity of the symptoms and the unfortunate history of multiple dogs experiencing similar issues, it is crucial to seek veterinary attention promptly. Your veterinarian will be able to perform a thorough physical examination, evaluate your dog's medical history, and recommend appropriate diagnostic tests.

While waiting for your veterinary appointment, there are a few things you can do at home to help your dog. It is important to keep your dog hydrated, as dehydration can worsen the symptoms. Offer small amounts of water or an electrolyte solution like Pedialyte frequently throughout the day. However, if your dog continues to vomit or is unable to keep any fluids down, it is important to discontinue oral intake and seek immediate veterinary care.

Additionally, try to keep your dog comfortable and minimize physical exertion. Provide a quiet and warm environment for your dog to rest.

In terms of additional symptomatic situations that would require immediate veterinary attention, any worsening of symptoms such as severe lethargy, difficulty breathing, pale gums, or collapse should be considered as emergencies. If your dog becomes unresponsive or shows signs of severe distress, it is important to seek emergency veterinary care without delay.

In conclusion, the symptoms your dog is experiencing, including vomiting, cold ears and paws, lethargy, sudden weight loss, and the unfortunate history of multiple dogs passing away in a similar manner, are concerning and require immediate veterinary attention. While awaiting your veterinary appointment, focus on keeping your dog hydrated and comfortable.

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