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Dog unable to move.

Species: Dog
Breed: 3/4 Papillion 1/4 po
Age: Less than 3 mon
d help. My dog won't move at all. We got home around 435 this afternoon and she ate her dinner and had some water. Around 5 my husband and I were eating dinner and she jumped off of the couch. She was sleeping straight after that and hadn't moved from that spot for nearly 2 hours. I woke her up to take her outside but she won't move. It's like she can't put any pressure on her legs, they have hardly changed positon in nearly 2.5 hours. She'll lift her head and open her eyes from time to time, but she just puts her head back down almost right away. We just found a pile of vomit by where she has been laying for the past 3 hours. She hasn't been outside since about 415, and I don't remember her eating anything but her food.

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I am so sorry that I didn't respond to you last night. I forgot to turn my online status off when I went to bed. I'm going to do my best to answer your question and I will fully refund you for your payment.

I'm very concerned by what you have described with Lucy. While there are several possibilities for what is going on, it sounds like she is going to need to see a vet as soon as possible.

It's possible that she has injured her neck. A disc problem in the neck can cause paralysis of her legs. Some dogs with this problem will recover if given steroid medication and some need surgery.

It is possible that she is extremely weak from some sort of underlying organ problem. If this were the case though she should have had some symptoms of not feeling well prior to this.

Some young dogs can have a problem where the thymus (an organ in the chest) suddenly ruptures and causes internal bleeding. This could cause extreme weakness because of the blood loss.

Hopefully you are able to get her in to see a vet right away.

I feel awful that I was not able to help you last night. Feel free to respond to the question today and I will respond as soon as possible.

Dr. Marie.

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Customer reply:

Good Morning,

I understand how that can happen, thank you for refuding the payment, I appreciate it.

Unfortunately I don't get paid until tomorrow but I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow afternoon, so we did as much research as we could last night. My mom came over about half an hour after I sent you the question and Lucy tried to get up when she heard my moms voice. She twitched and flipped until she managed to "sit up" but she was still really weak and wobbled a lot. It was almost as if she was really dizzy.

Yesterday was really hot here so my mom did some research into heatstroke on a whim. We tried cooling her down by putting cold washclothes around her head and keeping her paws cool with water. This seemed to get her up and moving a little bit more, and she wanted to go outside. We took her out and she was running around a little bit and went pee on her own. We decided to try that throughout the rest of the night. She slept in front of the fan and every few hours we would wake her up, cool her off and take her outside. This seemed to have worked as this morning she is back to running around, playing with our cat and eating and drinking.

Thank you for your kindness in refunding the payment and for your response.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Very interesting. Dogs usually have to get quite hot to have heatstroke. It would be unusual to happen inside of your house, but not impossible.

I'm wondering if she possibly had a seizure. Dogs can be very "out of it" after having a seizure and this can last for many hours. If the problem happens again then it's worth asking your vet if seizures are possible. If she is a young dog then I would be concerned about a liver problem called a hepatic shunt that could be causing seizures.

For now though, if she's bright and happy then there's no need to rush her in to the vet.

I hope things continue to be ok! Thanks again for understanding about my online status.

Dr. Marie

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