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Old 12-10-2012, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We had to board my baby for the past 2 nights when we went out of town for a wedding, but since we picked him up earlier this evening he has not been himself. He is often tired whenever we pick him up from grooming, so I have just been watching him all night to see if he starts acting like he feels better. He is 3 years old and weighs about 7 pounds. However, he has now been shivering on and off for the past 2 hours, and smacking his lips as well as it seems he might be having trouble swallowing. His gums are very light pink, but still have some pink. His nose is definitely warm to the touch and dryer than normal. Please let me know your thoughts!! I am about to call an emergency vet in my area, but wanted to see if you all might have an idea. I am more than willing to take him to the vet at midnight but just don't know how worried I should be. Thanks!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you should take him to the vet ASAP. I don't mean to alarm you but it does sound like he needs to be evaluated by a vet. I hope he feels better and please keep us posted on him. Sorry your going through this....but I really think he should be looked at.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would take him to the vet too. It's always better safe than sorry of something were to happen during the night. Please keep us posted!
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Hi Tiffany,

I'm sorry to hear about Indy's condition and I am wishing for the best. Please do take Indy to the Vet as soon as you can if not already and keep us posted on his condition and the outcome of the visit.

I am glad you found this great forum has there are tons of very knowleable and loving Maltese owners here who will take time out of their time and life to help guide us.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes I agree def take him ASAP he probably caught something from boarding... Or could bean allergic reaction or shock.... Keep us updated!!!!


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Yes, I, too, would take Indy to the ER now. Please keep us updated. I pray your precious fluff baby will be okay.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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praying for your baby sounds like a vet visit is the best idea .
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Take him to the ER Vet....

Sounds like he is sick. Smacking of lips is usually nausea.... But that along with the other symptoms are not good.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your advice. I definitely agree that I want to take him to the vet as soon as possible, but I am having trouble finding an emergency vet in my area (so far the closest is about 45 minutes away - ridiculous.) and, at this point, my vet's office will be open in a little over 6 hours. I am just not sure what to do, and of course my husband is convinced Indy is just exhausted from the vet and thinks we should wait 6 hours till his vet opens. Indy hasn't shivered in an hour or so, but also won't drink anymore water since he drank a lot of water about an hour ago. The weird opening and closing his mouth slowly every once in a while is my main concern. Do you all have any advice on signs he needs to go somewhere now, as opposed to waiting the 6 hours (which are going to be a very longgg 6 hours...) to see his own vet?
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It does sound like he is nauseous. Shivering can mean a fever. It's very hard to tell but he does sound like he doesn't feel well. It is not exhaustion....if that were so he would be asleep.
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