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I have a 9 year old German Shepherd/Border Collie mix. Yesterday she didn't eat at all, she started to seem very lethargic and stopped drinking water. Today her symptoms seemed to just progress to the point where she seems weak when walking. I started to syringe feed her liquids and she kept it down and she was able to go outside to urinate. Upon coming back inside I noticed that she just plopped right back down and on the ground where she laid I noticed that she had some very thick, brown, fishy smelling discharge ( which is what I assume she urinated ). She seems warm to touch, and increasingly lethargic. I called a vet and they will be coming to our home to evaluate her tomorrow afternoon, but I'm curious if anyone has any idea what might be wrong. I'm incredibly worried and any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Oh my goodness, I'd be heading to the emergency vet. sounds like something is very, very wrong.

Is she spayed?
 

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In that case I couldn't even guess what it is.

I would not be waiting til tomorrow afternoon to get it checked.
 

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No she is resting next to me in bed, I am unable to take her to an emergency vet at this time. Should I keep syringe feeding her? She picks her head up and looks around every few minutes. I've also noticed the same fishy odor coming from her breath. Any ideas anyone?
 

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I'm not sure whats wrong, could be exhaustion, he could be hot. I would try cool boiled water or filtered water. I'm fairly sure the fishy odour is from the anal gland, it can sometimes empty, usually the dogs lick it, which is why his mouth would smell. Maybe help clean the smell with a wet cloth. We have a product in new zealand called Dokta, which is for sick dogs not sure if you have any. Its got marshmellow root & chamomile. You can buy it in tea bags make a brew & give him a little bit. Maybe you could take his temp? Also if you need to cool a dog down & they wont drink, just put their feet in water.
 

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There are so many different possible causes for the symptoms you describe. If she can't be seen by your Vet ASAP, how about getting her to an emergency clinic! If she is not drinking water, you have a fairly immediate emergency on your hands. Severe dehydration can cause Permanente organ damage, and or, worst case death.
 

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I did end up taking a half day today and I took her to vet, she was found to have very low RBC and Hgb and while we were there she urinated quite a bit of dark red blood. They believe she has a form of IMHA and recommended an immediate blood transfusion at a specialty clinic. However, the only specialty clinic they gave me that does that can't see me until tomorrow afternoon and the vet said that she was unsure whether she would survive the night. They gave her steroid in the office and said that was all they could do there. I came home with steroids for her as well but she looks even more lethargic than before. I am just praying to God that she makes it to the specialty clinic tomorrow.

They said they do not know what could have caused such a quick case of IMHA. I don't know if it's something I did, something she ate, I'm just at a loss right now and I'm trying to keep it together. They said I could keep syringe feeding her to keep her strength up and keep her hydrated.
 

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Wow, I’m not sure what IMHA is, but I’m praying for your dog. Please don’t blame yourself. You sound like a very caring owner. Sending positive thoughts your way.
 

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Can’t imagine why you are waiting for a vet to come to your house. I would be taking that dog into an emergency room for sure. Whatever it is could progress quite a bit before the vet gets there. Please keep us posted
 
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