11) If your large breed dog starts pacing, acting restless, non-productively retching, and exhibits a distended abdomen, have him/her seen IMMEDIATELY. Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV/"bloat") is rapidly life-threatening and requires immediate surgical intervention. With early intervention, many of these dogs go on to live long lives. In the past year, I have done 3 or 4, and all are still alive today. Breeds predisposed include Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Weimaraners, Standard Poodles.
12) Female dogs that are in the post-partum period for up to 6 weeks can exhibit eclampsia - also known as "milk fever." This is due to a sharp drop in calcium due to puppy suckling. Signs start out mild - restlessness, pacing then progress to all over body tremors, weakness, ataxia (difficulty walking), and very high body temperature as a result of the low blood calcium. Treatment is needed immediately to supplement the body's calcium.
13) Any animal that is acutely unable to use its back legs - whether cat or dog - should visit the ER immediately.
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