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my 6 year old lab/springer cross seems to be very uncomfortable.

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my 6 year old lab/springer cross seems to be very uncomfortable. She is unable to settle, is pacing around and whining intermittently. When she does lie down she lies on her front. When she gets up she seems to stretch for much longer than usual. She shows no signs of concern/pain when touched around the stomach or back area.
Symptoms started this morning and thought she was just tired after a walk. They seem to have got worse. Can I wait till the morning to take her to the vet?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Rebecca :

Hello,

Rebecca :

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Millie. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Rebecca :

She does sound uncomfortable.

Rebecca :

Is she eating, and drinking?

Rebecca :

If you look at her gums, are they pink in color?

Rebecca :

If she is eating, and her gums are not pale, I think she can wait until tomorrow morning.

Rebecca :

You could see if some aspirin helps make her more comfortable. How much does she weigh?

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

she last ate at around 8pm, don't recall her drinking.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

Her gums are black

Rebecca :

How do her gums look?

Rebecca :

How long ago was 8 PM there?

Rebecca :

If her gums are black that is pigment, so it might be hard to judge.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

8pm was 2 hours ago. she weighs c 25kg

Rebecca :

When you say she does lie down, she lies on her front, are her back legs still straight? Like a "praying position"?

Rebecca :

Good she ate only 2 hours ago.

Rebecca :

Assuming a "prayer position", hind legs straight and front legs on the ground, that can indicate pain in the abdomen, or in the back or neck.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

her back legs are not straight out behind her, they are underneath her stomach

Rebecca :

If you want to try aspirin, she could take 1/2 of a regular aspirin, or 2 "baby" aspirin, with food.

Rebecca :

Good her back legs are down.

Rebecca :

If she is not vomiting, you could see if the aspirin helps.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

any alternatives to aspirin?

Rebecca :

You could try paracematol, or Tyenol. It should not be given long term, but one dose is safe.

Rebecca :

You would give about 250 mg.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

Ok will give that a try. I assume I should still take her to the vet in the morning.

Rebecca :

You might see how the pain medication affects her. However, it is always a good idea to have her vet check her out.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

what are the side effects of paracetamol in dogs?

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

my big concern is that she may have bloat.

Rebecca :

If ta***** ***** term paracetamol can cause liver problems, but one or two doses are considered safe.

Rebecca :

A dog with bloat looks bloated: hugely distended sides and belly.

Rebecca :

If you think she looks bloated, then you should not wait until tomorrow.

Rebecca :

Bloat is not subtle; bloated dogs are really obviously bloated and distended.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

OK thanks, ***** ***** not look bloated. Will try the paracetamol and see the vet in the morning.

Rebecca :

That sounds like a good plan.

Rebecca :

Is there anything else I can answer?

Rebecca :

I will be checking back to see how she is doing.

Rebecca :

Kindly consider rating my answer, to close the chat, when all your questions are answered.

JACUSTOMER-r4e7zezb- :

thanks Rebecca, I have given her the paracetamol and she has had some water too. Will keep an eye on her.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the great rating. Let me know how she is doing.
Rebecca
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She has now seen the vet. Her anal glands were very full and have now been emptied. She has had anti-biotics (her temperature was slightly high), and some pain relief. She is very tired but at least she can now lie down more comfortably. Thanks again.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
You are welcome. Thank you for the update.
Rebecca