Sun, Mar 10, 2024

So I’ve been trying to get more dog food from friends and relatives and I get what I can right now there are also for other dogs. It’s like she’s drooling a lot and shaky. And she’s walking like her hip hurts. Doesn’t come to me which isn’t normal. Refuses to eat. She peed on me for the first time.

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The symptoms you're describing in your dog—excessive drooling, shakiness, reluctance to move, hip pain, lethargy, refusal to eat, and inappropriate urination—can be indicative of several underlying issues. The drooling and shakiness could be signs of nausea or pain, while the difficulty walking and hip pain could suggest a musculoskeletal problem, such as an injury or developmental issue common in growing puppies. The change in behavior, such as not coming to you and peeing on you, could be due to discomfort or fear associated with pain or illness.

Given the recent change in diet due to your current situation, it's also important to consider that the inconsistency in food could be causing gastrointestinal upset. However, the refusal to eat is concerning and could be a sign of a more serious condition, especially in a young dog.

For immediate steps, ensure that your dog has access to clean water at all times to prevent dehydration. If she's willing to drink, that's a good sign. Try offering a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice, in small amounts to see if she's willing to eat that. This can be easier on her stomach than regular dog food and might entice her to eat.

It's also important to keep her in a comfortable, quiet space where she can rest without being disturbed. If she's in pain, minimizing her need to move around too much can help reduce her discomfort.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be imperative to seek immediate veterinary care:

- Vomiting or retching, especially if it's frequent or contains blood.
- Diarrhea, particularly if it's severe, bloody, or accompanied by vomiting.
- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing.
- Pale or blue-tinged gums, which could indicate poor circulation or oxygenation.
- Sudden collapse or loss of consciousness.
- Seizures or convulsions.

These symptoms could indicate a potentially life-threatening condition and require urgent medical attention.

Remember, while these steps may help manage symptoms temporarily, they are not a substitute for professional veterinary care. It's crucial to monitor her closely and if her condition does not improve or worsens, seeking veterinary assistance is necessary, even if it means reaching out to local animal charities or veterinary schools that might offer low-cost services.

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