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Old March 25th, 2008, 10:00 AM
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Question Not him self (sick?)

I have a 4 year old Shih tzu, who usually is a burst of energy, but since yesterday, will not eat or drink and is not himself. This morning he seems to be a little better, but still not himself. There is no vet in my town, the closest vet is 2 Ĺ hours away. He is not vomiting or anything, but Iím still very worried something is not right. What should I do!

What I mean by not himself is:
Just lays there not playing with his toys
Usually has to be sitting on someone, he is just laying on the floor
Never turns down a treat, his treat has been on the floor since yesterday.
Almost like he is depressed.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 10:04 AM
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It does sound like he should be seen by a vet. Pets don't have to vomit to be sick.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 10:37 AM
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It sounds as if he is feeling poorly, even very poorly. I wouldn't wait for any more red flags. Trust your intuition and get in the car.
PS Please don't give him any people drugs in the meanwhile. Just thought I'd mention that
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Old March 25th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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The other thing I should mention is whenever I have taken Sprocket to the vet for shots or checkups; I have waited for the vet to come to town. The vet comes to town at the end of every month. The reason being, sprocket gets really sick when he is in the vehicle drools vomits etc. I donít think waiting to the end of the month will is an option this time. Will I make things worse if I try and take him the way he is feeling now?
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Old March 25th, 2008, 10:56 AM
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Oh poor guy, on top of everything else. I don't know what to say, adding to his suffering seems cruel, but if it is a real emergency?
Calling Dr. Lee...
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Old March 25th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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Do you have any anti-nausea meds you could give him maybe? Then again, not knowing what's wrong it might make it worse ... Rescue drops! If he's calm from that, he might not drool/vomit as easily in the car, as that could be more stress related than anything.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Sprocket is now drinking water and had a small amount to eat, seems to be getting better, but still has no energy. Should I wait a couple of hours to see if he keeps improving?
Also I have tried to call my vetís cell and just got message machine.
No I donít have anything for nausea.

Thanks for the advise
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Old March 25th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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I am sorry to hear about Sprockets problems. Frustrating not to have access to a vet!

A few questions: Have you taken Sprocket's temperature? (Normal is 99 - 102F)? Color of the gums? Are they a healthy pink? Eaten anything unusual?

You may want to try giving a little Karo syrup (or other pancake syrup - do not need a lot) to help give him some extra blood sugar. Also pedialyte can help maintain their electrolytes.

It does sound like we need to get Sprocket seen by a vet asap though! Good luck.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 12:20 PM
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He could have possible eaten something my 2 nephews are in town 3 years and 6 years of age, and it being Easter time possible chocolate? I asked them but they are young and said no of course! If he did eat chocolate it would have been a very small amount. He wonít let me open his mouth to check the colour of his gums, he is not cooperating with me right now. I will try and give him Syrup.

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