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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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I have a 10yearold Shih tzu who over the last couple of days

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I have a 10yearold Shih tzu who over the last couple of days has seemed lethargic and today he seems to be having trouble moving we have checked hid
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How has the Shih-Tzu's appetite been? Any changes in his stool?
Customer: His pads but they seem clear he is also sleepingalot
JA: Could he have eaten something unusual?
Customer: Not to our knowledge unless when we were out walking
JA: And what's the Shih-Tzu's name and age?
Customer: George 10years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: wondered if he might be constipated
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Appetite has been on and off
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Please help us

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I'm sorry to hear about this with George. Regrettably, while his symptoms are important, they're not specifically indicative of any one particular disorder. Please check his vital signs for me to see if he's an emergent patient.

1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F (38-39.2C). This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

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