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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Lack of stamina, don't want to eat, shivering, fever, falling down the body, excessive breathing


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Dr. Frank
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The symptoms you're describing in your 8-month-old mixed breed dog—lack of stamina, reluctance to eat, shivering, fever, weakness (falling down), and excessive breathing—can be indicative of several underlying health issues. These symptoms suggest that your dog may be experiencing a systemic illness, which could be due to an infection, such as a viral or bacterial disease, or other conditions like poisoning, anemia, or even heart disease.

Given the severity and persistence of these symptoms over a two-week period, it's crucial to address them promptly. The lack of appetite, in particular, can lead to further complications due to nutritional deficiencies and weakened immunity.

Firstly, ensure that your dog remains hydrated. Dehydration can worsen the condition and lead to further complications. Offer small amounts of water frequently, and if he's not drinking on his own, you might need to gently syringe-feed water or an electrolyte solution.

Secondly, try to maintain a comfortable environment for your dog. Keep him warm, but not too hot, and provide a quiet, stress-free space where he can rest without being disturbed.

For the fever, you can use cool water to dampen his paws and ears to help bring his temperature down. However, this is a temporary measure, and if his fever persists, it's a sign of a more serious issue.

If your dog is willing to eat, offer a bland diet—boiled chicken and rice, for example—in small, frequent meals. This can be easier on his stomach and more appealing when he's feeling unwell.

It's important to monitor for additional symptoms that could indicate an emergency situation. If you notice any of the following, it's imperative to seek immediate veterinary care:

- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea, which can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
- Difficulty breathing or any changes in gum color to blue, white, or very pale pink, which can indicate poor oxygenation.
- Seizures or loss of consciousness, which can be signs of severe neurological issues or acute poisoning.
- Extreme lethargy or unresponsiveness, as this can suggest a critical decline in your dog's condition.

Remember, these symptoms are serious and require professional medical attention. While supportive care at home can be beneficial, it is not a substitute for veterinary treatment. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.