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He hasn’t eaten in two days and is struggling to catch his

Customer Question

He hasn’t eaten in two days and is struggling to catch his breath dosent want to move anywhere or go out
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: huskie malamute
JA: A lack of appetite can seem worrying. The Expert will know how to help. Does the Husky seem to be in any pain?
Customer: unsure
JA: What's the Husky's name and age?
Customer: ice and 12
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Ice?
Customer: no
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.
Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Ice. This does sound worrying.

Are his gums pink and wet?

Is he bloated?

How many times a minute is he breathing?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
his gums and pink and wet and yes very bloated and an average of 45-50
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Has he been coughing, vomiting or drinking to excess?

Is his stomach hard and firm or soft and squishy?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
As I’m aware no coughing but he has been drinking more excessively that usual he has no energy and refuses to move or eat and soft and squishy but I feel like touching his stomach is causing him pain
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

I am typing my reply now which will take a few minutes.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No problem
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Unfortunately Ice's signs are a red flag and he needs to see an emergency vet now.

We'd worry about e.g.

  • Fluid build up due to kidney failure, heart disease or liver disease
  • A splenic tumour that has burst and is bleeding
  • Peritonitis (an infection within the abdomen)
  • A ruptured bladder 
  • Etc.

He needs to be seen right away given his signs.

The vet will examine him and may run some tests such as a blood test and imaging.

Treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g. fluid drainage, diuretics and medication.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Okay Thankyou for you help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Not at all and wishing Ice all the very best.