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My dog Holly is a lab/collie cross. She has been up and down

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My dog Holly is a lab/collie cross. She has been up and down for days in the hot weather. Today is a down day. She hasn't eaten her dinner and the skin pigment in her mouth is very white. Can you help me please
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.

Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Drew :

If the color inside Holly's mouth appears white, that is a VERY serious sign,

Drew :

and Holly needs to be re-examined today!

Drew :

The lack of color in the mouth means that Holly may have severe anemia (low red blood cell count), possibly due to internal bleeding,

Drew :

or there could be severe dehydration and low blood pressure,

Drew :

either way, Holly's diagnosis needs to be re-assessed, since pancreatitis does not tend to cause the signs you are describing,

Drew :

and her life may be in real danger at this point.