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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.
I'm sorry to hear this.
How long has Arnie been unwell?
What breed is he and does he have any medical history I should now about or is he on any medicine?
Any other symptoms e.g. panting, pale gums, bloated abdomen, reduced appetite or lethargy?
Thank you for this.
Has she been spayed?
If not, do you know when her last season was?
Any chance she has eaten something she shouldn't or been given some rich human food?
Great, thank you.
And until today she has been completely normal?
Have you tried offering some extra tasty food such as warm chicken or fish?
Are her gums still pink and wet?
Finally, is her breathing settled and at a rate of 30 breaths/minute or less?
Bless her, that's a good sign!
Her symptoms of being clingy/shivering are not specific and could have many causes including a stomach ache, anxiety, infection etc. It is difficult to know for sure without examining her as there are a number of potential causes.
It is reassuring that she has been well until now and accepted the cheese. Similarly, it is good she has no other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea.
I would be happy to monitor her for now. Ensure she is comfortable and not too hot or cold. Offer some bland but tasty food such as a small bowl of chicken and rice (cheese may be a bit too rich!) and encourage her to drink.
Hopefully she is better after a good night's sleep but, if not, we would want her checked.
That's great. You are very welcome to keep me updated if you have any questions before then.
Alternatives to chicken would include turkey white fish, cottage cheese or scrambled eggs as all are easily digestible and should be tempting when warmed up.
Perfect! Avoid any oil (or butter) in the pan as this could upset a sensitive stomach, so plain egg is best.
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