02-03-2019, 02:38 PM
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I'd also ask about an ultrasound. In November, my 10 month old puppy had a similar story. Normal day. Ate breakfast, went to dog park, she was her normal, always hungry self. Then at bedtime she hesitated to climb the stairs. She looked sluggish and uncomfortable. I thought she just ate too much and had a stomachache. I played it safe though and even felt a little silly taking her to the 24 hour hospital and telling them she was acting "off". Kind of droopy and lethargic. They took it more seriously than I expected and immediately took her back to see the vet. I think they thought it might be bloat.
As with your dog, she had a fever. It was 104.7 (I should have thought to take her temperature). X-rays did show pneumonia, but they didn't show the full story. They did an ultrasound the next day and saw fluid around her lung. Further tests confirmed that she needed surgery because part of her lung was infected and wasn't functioning. She had to have part of her lung removed.
They told me, by elimination of other things that she didn't have, that it had to have been an inhaled foreign body. Something like a foxtail seed can be inhaled and "float" around in her system for months before settling somewhere and causing an infection.
I was worried that my seemingly healthy puppy that I brought to the vet wasn't going to come back home.
Eight days later I did get to bring her home. Because of how unusual and random this was, I'm even more aware than I had been that something that is seemingly not much to be concerned about could potentially be something very serious.
X-rays and blood work are usually the first go-to tests, but they can miss a lot of things.